Early development. In what feature of a technique of Cecile Lupan? I learned myths and reality of
About a technique of “early development“ of Frenchwoman Cecile Lupan about 5 years ago from the eavesdropped conversation of the former odnokashnitsa - two mothers walking children. The meeting for them was unexpected in the warm spring afternoon, and they sat down on a garden bench about me.
At one was three children, from 3 to 7, joyfully running one after another. Another, become mother “a little more than a year ago, after professional take-off, a successful marriage and conscious desire to give birth to the child“, held a carriage with the sleeping peanut. “Here if only not to miss career“, - she told. “And how son?“ In reply - the expressional story about “early development“ in Doman, “tremendous experience of the French actress Cecile“, her book. “I should return as soon as possible on service. I cannot waste time and I want to give to the son of knowledge and abilities more. And you know, we already swim, but we do not read yet!“ Mother having many children listened, smiling.
Several years later Cecile Lupan`s book fell of me into hands. The name confused: “Believe in the child“ (“Croire en son enfant“) - unless, having decided to give birth to the child, something else is necessary for belief in it? The book consisted of two parts: “Life in a family - the most fascinating of adventures“ and “Practical guidance“.
In introduction to the I part the author emotionally tells about himself, about parents, about parental love. Deliberating future motherhood, Cecil arrives at idea that “If I can give to the person life, why the biggest pleasure of familiarizing of my child with the world of knowledge has to get to others (which, certainly, much less, than I, will feel it)“ . Book contents demonstrates that this thought for it becomes a guiding star.
Cecile`s experiment on training of her daughter - the baby is very interesting to swimming, described in chapter 1. Training of babies in swimming for the Russian reader from the world of exotic though is not something unnatural for psychophysiological development of the child about one year and is applied in many countries. For the Russian who does not have an opportunity most to do swimming from - for deficiency of pools, swimming with the baby - a fantasy, and for the Frenchwoman - “basis“ for search of other techniques of development of the baby. And Cecil finds them at Glenn Doman.
Her enthusiastic story about visit in 1983 of G. Doman`s institute and participation in a seminar of “BBI“ is very interesting. Detailed the description of institute, a seminar, a form and style of carrying out classes in training of “professional parents“ at first inspire, but, reading about behavior of listeners and children - participants, begin to feel that very much it is similar to sect.
Cecil writes: “Everything is provided to the slightest details. The short instruction in a package asks us not to be late for occupations, not to leave audience during lecture, and also not to smoke, is not, not to drink, not to be engaged in a knitting or sewing and not to interrupt the lecturer at all … I am literally suppressed by such organization of management of our acts“.
“Daman, this brilliant speaker, the actor,… this surprising director (eight days it kept us in continuous suspense, constantly forcing to pass from laughter to tears!) “ the author narrates
In a chapter 3 about attempt to apply methods of early development of BBI on the nine-months daughter, but fails. She writes: “Now I begin to understand why mothers from BBI were similar to the zombie. Their daily schedule is simply improbable. More than 60 times a day they have to switch from one occupations to others … And then, same some mechanical idea of training“ .
The same is confirmed also by other parents, “which also tried to master this technique“ . But G. Doman`s authority is unshakable and Cecil is not going to give up: “Having overcome the doubts,… again I find intuition and I begin to use step by step the methods very different from the BBI system“ , first of all, it concerns training in reading.
In what business, why such persistence? For this purpose it is necessary to remember Cecile`s story about the childhood: “I was the last in a class on progress (the first year of training in lyceum) as … experienced difficulties when reading“ . Teachers will tell you that in that case the school student has a fear of “not success“ (discrepancy to social requirements of the immediate environment) and the urgent help of the psychologist is required. As her parents made. Connection of the psychologist, the active help to mother helped Cecile to overcome school difficulties, to be disaccustomed and become successfully the actress.
But children`s fears so do not leave: can be forgotten, but can, in certain situations, again be shown. As happened to Cecile who wished to become mother. Her school fears were transformed to fears for daughters, more precisely, for their future success. She does not admit it, but her reasonings on shortcomings of an education system, a role of parents in familiarizing of the child with the world of knowledge, other statements and persistent desire as soon as possible to train daughters in reading, confirm to the account it.
At the same time I do not want to belittle her dedication at education of daughters at all. I liked the majority of the recommendations provided in “Practical guidance“. However, if to withdraw from them chapters about reading, the account, then they will differ a little from traditional recommendations of education of preschool children in Russia. From - for a lack of knowledge of regularities of development of a brain and sense organs of Cecile takes on trust G. Doman`s “theory“ and in the reflections not always does the right conclusions.
Her opinion: “for the child there is no difference in how to comprehend language - verbally or visually“ , in a root is not true. Languages: oral (through hearing - the speech) and written (through reading - the letter), are comprehended by the child differently and in different terms. For example, intellectual development of the blind preschool child much more is ahead of the deaf. It is explained by the fact that the blind child through hearing, by means of oral language, can inform of any concepts (corresponding I will increase) that cannot be made for the deaf, using sign (visual) language. And Cecile, seemingly, departed from Doman`s recommendations about time of the beginning of training in reading and suggests to begin it not earlier, than the child will start talking.
Being engaged in education of the blind son, watching it and his companions, I admired more and more ability of a human brain to adequately perceive world around, even in the absence of such information channel as sight. The possibility of independent and active life of the blind person in the company of sighted people confirms the unlimited potential of a brain. It is only necessary to involve it, and it first of all depends on conditions in which the blind person in the childhood grew and was brought up.
I also had to change the mind much about a role of parents. For me the truth that mother has to be engaged personally in education and development of the child not less than to three-year age is indisputable. But, unlike Cecile, I consider that the main role of parents at education of children not in becoming for the child the only teacher, the tutor, and in ability to involve in his education and training of necessary experts .
In conclusion there is a wish to note:
Enthusiastic responses of “supporters“ of Cecile Lupan, type: “Cecil Bri - Loupan is self-sacrificing young mother who, bringing up the little daughters, tries in the best way to develop their intelligence, and at the same time, to make them psychologically healthy people“ , cause only bewilderment.
Krom of similar delights about “uniqueness of a technique“ of Cecile, I anywhere did not find anything how it developed school and adulthood of her daughters and that they tell about “early development“, about the “psychological health“.
I.e. a question of results of experiment of Cecile Lupan with the daughters, begun 30 years ago, remains open.