The Great Predictor of Success
How many of us parents are awake to the potential of our young ones? In The Tortoise and the Hare, the fable’s moral is clear: the hare underestimates the tortoise. Is it possible that we underestimate our children? Yes, they often surprise us! But are we aware of their true potential?
“The child has a different relation to his or her environment from ours… the child absorbs it. The things she sees are not just remembered; they form part of her soul. She incarnates in herself all in the world about her that her eyes see and ears hear.” (Maria Montessori, The Absorbent Mind, p.56)
The learning potential of little ones is nothing short of miraculous. It is a gift from God. Never again will we learn so effortlessly. Never again will we absorb a language spontaneously and without the aid of grammar rules.
A fact that is evident to builders, is one that we as parents need to be reminded of – everything relies on a strong foundation – not just in academics, but in a child’s whole outlook, in his or her sense of purpose and feeling of worth. The foundation that is laid – especially in the early years – is critically important for the successful development of a child’s imagination, heart and will.
The elementary and middle school years are precisely when we want to fill our children with what is good, beautiful and true!
Saint Patrick Academy holds that the early years of development are a better predictor of future success than even the college years.
College is equated with success in life, especially material success. From the beginning, parents begin to save – understandably so since most colleges are astronomically expensive. Yet we want to point out the importance of setting a strong spiritual and academic foundation, fully recognizing that the early years of a child’s life are a miraculous and formative time.