"Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it. "
- Proverbs 22:6
Research shows the crucial years for learning are the early years. Children learn more and set themselves up for the future. Investing in the junior years plays a critical role in the development of the adult. Anyone who knows the value of education will tell you that the academic performance is set between the ages of 6 to 10 years old. Establishing the foundations for life-long learning while children are young is the best way to create good learning and study habits and a good primary education secures a child’s future track record. Of course, a good high school helps, but a student's performance is set by the time he or she is 10 years old.
Primary education is the crucial and critical stage for academic and social performance for the long-term future. Primary school is also when children are most open to adults as wise mentors and to being positively influenced by good role models. They want to listen and are open to adult directions and support. Once at high school, children are more likely to be influenced and motivated by their peers.
During the primary school years we are also best able to identify and support learning issues and difficulties, and develop strategies to assist learning needs. Early intervention is crucial as remedial intervention is then short-term with the purpose of addressing and resolving issues before the high school years.