On the importance of climbing trees

Wow. So about a year ago I was going to resurrect this blog. And then work got incredibly busy and my best intentions got swept aside.

So here’s another go. For my first post in a long time I wanted to write something a bit more personal.

I’ve seen a lot of postings/commentary about school age starting. Probably due to the fact that my peers are in that sort of place. And wanted to share a personal view for what it’s worth.

My wife and I thought long and hard about where to send our kids. As any parent would. Luckily we have/had the luxury of a choice.

In the end we went for a system where reading doesn’t start till 6 or 7. 

For me, at least, I was more than happy to delay the start of formal reading in exchange for earlier exposure to foreign languages.

And so far there seem to be no ill-effects. I’m more than happy that they spent their early years climbing trees rather than trying to learn to write. Plenty of time to put away childish things later on. Mens sana in corpore sano


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