Yesterday I finally got my copy of Ability Development From Age Zero by Shinichi Suzuki. It was such a captivating book that I read it end to end in one night and then I read it all over again this morning! Actually it is pretty thin book but very fascinating! It is wealth of knowledge in 96 pages. If there were to be compulsory reading for parents, I would vote for this book!
Suzuki was a music teacher in Japan. Who believed that ability is not inborn, rather it can be cultivated, developed and flourished. He used his methods to help children across the world learn music. Suzuki is the founder of Talent Education Method . He applied the methods that children use to learn their mother tongue to music, and it worked.
Suzuki advocated that all children have unlimited potential and possibilities. If they can learn their mother tongue by the age of 5, they can very well learn anything. How a child will grow and what abilities he would have, is dependent on how he was raised. A baby uses his survival instinct to absorb information from his environment; at an age of 5 months he is already picking information that will help him understand music or prepare for a fight with a future spouse. Therefore the environment provided at home is crucial. Children from happy households are able to concentrate more on ability development. According to him, the best way to develop an ability in a child, is for parent to develop that ability and then instill an eager want to learn in the child.
Following poem is inspired by his works.
Dear Adam you are a wonderful life force
Don’t let the world tell you what you can or cannot do
Ability is not inborn; it is cultivated and nurtured in you
If you can learn a language, you can learn any skill
All you need is an open mind and a strong will
Appreciate the beautiful life force that you are
Be thankful for the possibilities, my little star
Every child grows in the way he is raised
You can do anything – you will be amazed!
A thousand notes and more- you can memorize
You can read many books and then summarize
You can play with numbers, add, subtract or factorize
You have unlimited potential-do you even realize!
Adam, my dear son, you are a wonderful life force!
You are beauty, you are pure joy, you are my source
you make me want to believe, you make me want to pray
With so much warmth and love- you make my day
I hope that I can show you how to love and be loved; to inspire and to be inspired
I pray that I can develop you into a beautiful human being that can be admired
I hope that I reflect inwards and fix my own flaws and that I will never scold you
I pray that on this journey of our lives I will always love you, hug you and hold you
And if I ever falter- remind me that no two children should ever be compared
Every Child comes with unlimited possibilities; Every child must be loved and cared
Remind me that every child brings hope; that every child has that wonderful life force
And that happiness helps develop ability and a happy child will learn anything in due course