The Prodigy Framework™ is a proprietary method created by the Raising Superstars team for the development of all-round abilities in babies, toddlers and young kids.
At the heart of the framework is our belief that early childhood education is fundamental to every person’s long-term growth and development.
Think about it: every person who is good at singing, arts, sports, math, reading, or has a good memory: they’ve always had their skill throughout their life. Not because they had some magic genes for that talent. But simply because, knowingly or unknowingly, they developed their skill while they were a little child and it stayed with them for life.
A baby is born with about 100 billion brain cells called neurons.
As the child explores and learns new things, these neurons start firing and forming connections called “synapses”. Over time, with better and more frequent experiences, these synapses may get stronger.
However, the synapses that are left weakened, start to get cut off by the brain by a process called “synaptic pruning”, especially between the ages of 0-6 years of life.
This is almost like the brain cutting off talents that a child was born with, but which did not get a chance to bloom.
The Prodigy Framework™ provides measured opportunities to every child at the right intervals to create and strengthen synapses that can help them enter school-going age with strong fundamental abilities in all areas of growth and well-being.
Glenn Doman famously said, “Every child is born a genius”. However, they rapidly lose their miraculous genius abilities as they grow older, partly because of a lack of timely opportunities to nurture their skills, and partly because parents unknowingly sap some of the confidence out of our kids.
We adults often impose our own belief of what is possible and what is not, thereby robbing our kids of important opportunities to accelerate their learning and growth.
For example, a baby is perfectly capable of belly crawling right from birth (watch our videos if you don’t believe us). However, most parents tend to swaddle their babies and also actively prevent them from lying face down on a surface. Over time, babies “forget” that they had this skill at birth and only start crawling at the age of 7-8 months, thereby missing out on the wonderful benefits of early crawling.
We see this same scenario played out with skills like learning to talk, being able to sing and play an instrument, being able to remember and recall (memory), problem solving, math, reading, thinking creatively & imaginatively, and even personality traits like determination, resilience, compassion, empathy and confidence.
However, it is not really our “fault”.
Adults have a hard time comprehending the mind of a young child because adults are left-brained while babies and kids are right-brained. Left-brained adults think logically, analytically and from past experiences – their logical brain cannot fathom the realm of possibilities that exist in the abstract, out-of-the-box, imaginative mind of the right-brained child.
How would you know if your child is intelligent? In fact, is there just one kind of intelligence, the one that is measured by an IQ test?
Howard Gardner, the famous psychologist from Harvard University, noticed that a child who may be good at one thing, may not be good at another. He thus postulated that there must be different types of intelligence.
In 1983, he proposed his Theory Of Multiple Intelligences which says that every child can think, learn, and demonstrate their intelligence in various different ways.
This is the genesis of our Prodigy Framework™ – a simple system that provides a guided, step-by-step path, for every child to develop tangible and demonstrable superiority across all human skills and abilities.
The Prodigy Framework™ was created as a collaborative effort between expert early childhood educators, researchers, engineers, and new parents of babies and toddlers. Relevant parts of the framework was also vetted and verified by paediatricians and university professors. More than 17 different individuals have directly contributed to the creation of the framework in its current form – and this does not include the large engineering and content creation team that brought it to life for parents to use.
The Framework is not accredited by any governing body, and this is by conscious choice. We are neither a school, nor a school replacement, and we thus don’t want to adhere to any specific standards set therein. Staying away from accreditation allows us complete flexibility in what we teach and how we teach them.
The Prodigy Framework encapsulates teachings from various methodologies, including early childhood philosophies like Montessori, Waldorf, Reggio Emilia, Playway, Shichida and Doman, and more specific ideologies in areas of athleticism, music, arts, memory training,
math, problem solving, creative thinking and personality development.
Our goal is to make it easy, convenient and fun for all parents to use the Framework, but also derive tangible, real-world outcomes for our next generation of kids.