Thursday, August 13, 2009

early start

it's common knowledge that if you want to learn something, you should start young. somehow, young minds & limbs acquire skills with ease. hence, they start piano & language classes even at pre-school.

i learned to play chess when i was 6. my kids started piano lessons at 5. but when the boy asked me to teach him solve sudoku puzzles, i told him i'd do it when he's older. however, he was adamant that younger was better. so, i showed him the puzzle in today's Star papers & taught him the rules.

surprisingly, even to me, he seemed to have caught on rather quickly. with some pointers from me, he managed to go this far by bed time.....

not bad for a 1st timer, huh?

Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it. prov 22:6


iml said...

Like you say, the earlier the better. Sudoku makes one think out of the square.

stay-at-home mum said...

he's good. There are actually sudoku puzzles for kids. Just google and print for him to do!

doc said...


you mean "out of the box"?

yes, it take a bit of ability, not to mention patience & determination, to solve this. which is why, after all these years, i still can't figure out the rubik's cube!

doc said...


he's got determination, that's not in doubt.

thanks for the tip.

JoMel said...

Actually, I don't think we should wait for the child to turn a certain age before introducing a new activity of hobby. It all depends on the readiness and the interests of the child yeah?

doc said...


yeah, different children develop at different stages & rates. probably they show the most interest in stuff & activities when their minds are still young & inquisitive.