Early Stimulation: "Mamita y Yo"
“Mamita y yo Spanish Immersion” Early Stimulation Program with Mom and Dad
We at AEBS believe that learning should be fun! Our #1 goal is to bring Spanish to life by infusing culturally enriched learning experiences and authentic scenarios into our curriculum that emphasize the “Stimuli for a Brilliant Brain Program.” In turn, this helps our parents to support their babies in the development of speaking, listening, reading, and writing.
The Mamita y yo program is for children ages three through 24 months who are accompanied by an adult parent or caregiver who does not need to know Spanish. For parents who know little or no Spanish, it’s the perfect way for you and your children to learn Spanish together and bond with your child.
South Campus: 8707 Mountain Crest Drive
North Campus: 2700 West Anderson Lane
Lakeway Campus: 107 Ranch Rd. 620 Suite #300
$120 per month, including materials.
What is the program about?
Austin Eco Bilingual School is introducing a new program to multiply a baby’s intellectual potential with “Mamita y yo,” a program inspired by the Dr. Glenn Doman method, who was one of the first to specialize in child brain development.
This unique accelerated learning program provided some amazing discoveries where newborn children have a genius potential that, if thoughtfully developed, can exceed the achievements of Leonardo da Vinci and Albert Einstein. But in order to access this genius, young children should be stimulated from the very beginning – within the first 24 months of life.
- Every child has a potential to be a genius.
The key is to begin stimulating the baby’s brain, from the moment he is born. “Every child born has, at the moment of birth, a greater potential intelligence than Leonardo da Vinci ever used.” – Glenn Doman
- Teaching should commence as early as possible (from birth). The younger the child, the easier the learning process.
The younger the brain, the more malleable it is – that’s why young children are much like sponges. Scientific tests have shown how experiences shape the brain and led to the theory of “critical periods” – specific time periods in which stimulation must occur, or the chance to develop normal functioning will be lost. “The first year of life is a critical time. This is the time when the brain is growing explosively. The brain literally grows by use – and if we use it, we’re going to grow it. And if you don’t use it, especially in the first 12 months, then you literally will lose brain cells.” – Janet Doman
- Nature versus Nurture. (or Nurture versus Nature?)
A baby’s brain builds itself by forming connections in response to the stimulation it receives, and continues wiring itself in response to his experiences of the world. So babies will condition themselves to any routine environment that we set. We should stimulate their “5 pathways to the brain”: Visual (seeing), Auditory (hearing), Tactile (touch), Gustation (taste), and Olfactory (smell). It is very important what we feed the child to ensure that he develops a healthy lifestyle. Janet Doman discourages drinking cow’s milk, and encourages only fresh or organic food (which means NO freezing food or serving leftovers!), and food rotation.
“Before the age of five a child can easily absorb tremendous amounts of information. If the child is younger than four it will be easier and more effective, before three even easier and much more effective, and before two the easiest and most effective of all.” – Glenn Doman
- Function Determines Structure.
Physical intelligence is the foundation of intellectual intelligence, so it is important that we also build the “physical” developments of the child. Scientists have discovered, for instance, that certain areas of the brain are larger and more developed in children who play musical instruments than in those who do not. These include the cerebellum, which processes rhythm and timing, and the corpus callosum, which acts as the conduit for communication between the brain’s left and right hemispheres.
“The world has looked at brain growth and development as if it were predestined and unchangeable facts. We have discovered that brain growth and development are a single dynamic process. This is a process which can be stopped (as it is by profound brain injury). This is a process which can be slowed (as it is by moderate brain injury), but most significantly, this is a process which can be speeded.” – Glenn Doman
- Play is essential. Develop the child’s Love to Learn (and Memorize Less).
Children naturally love to learn, and young children need time to explore the world around them. We should engage the majority of their time in hands-on play. Focus not only on IQ (intelligence) & EQ (emotions), but also on SQ (social skills). “Kids would rather learn than eat; kids would rather learn than play. In fact, kids think learning is play.” – Glenn Doman
- Parents are their child’s best teachers.
“In your worst minute of your worst day with your child, you will be your child’s best teacher – better than anyone in the whole world. On an average day or the best moment of your best day, you are absolutely spectacular – because you know your child better than anyone else. And you happen to adore your child – that’s the perfect combination for a teacher.” – Janet Doman
- Do not focus too much on the results.
Avoid focusing on having your child achieve specific knowledge goals. Instead, treat teaching your child as an opportunity for strengthening the parent-child bond. “One of the beauties of teaching a tiny child is that the process of teaching is a pure process of giving information without asking for it back again.” – Janet Doman
- Teaching and learning should not involve testing.
Take the pressure off kids and making learning fun. Testing destroys the fun of learning, and slows down the learning process. “The more you test him, the slower he will learn and the less he’ll want to do. The less you test him, the quicker he will learn and the more he’ll want to learn. Knowledge is the most precious gift you can give your child. Give it as generously as you give him food.” – Glenn Doman
- Teaching and learning should be joyous & never be forced.
All the experts emphasize the importance of keeping lessons fun and free from pressure, as babies and young children naturally love to learn. Regular practice is important. Teach only when the child is receptive and stop before he loses interest. “Parents deserve to experience the joy that comes from teaching their baby, and babies have a right to appreciate the joy of learning with their parents.” – Glenn Doman
AEBS offers accelerated learning programs for parents, and has several tips to continually multiply your baby’s intelligence. Parents learn how to teach their children to read, how to learn a foreign language, how to learn math, music appreciation and more. Parents will also learn about sensory and motor development and the fundamentals of a good nutritional program for the family.
There is also the physical program which involves a range of activities – from encouraging babies to crawl from birth, to teaching children to traverse a horizontal ladder (or monkey bars). And finally, a music program that teaches musical appreciation, rhythm, note reading and perfect pitch.
“Everyone is born a genius, but the process of living de- geniuses them.” – R. Buckminster Fuller
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