About RCG

Who We Are:

Rainbow Cultural Garden is an early child-development program which, through careful, progressive exposure to multiple languages, cultures, representational systems and aesthetics, seeks to inspire and capture the miraculous, creative, learning lives of children.

Our Core Values:

JOY: We believe developing a rich internal world is key to our children’s optimal fulfilment in life; as such, we seek to emphasise and prolong the wondrous state of joy and curiosity that naturally exists in all children.

HUMANITY: By exposing children to loving role models from a diversity of cultures, we seek to foster a sense of solidarity with all of humanity.

SKILLS: We believe it’s important that out children learn “how” to think rather than “what” to think; build self-esteem and self-reliance and develop problem-solving skills that will serve them no matter what challenges they might face.

How We Work:

Using the most current scientific understandings in child development, Rainbow Cultural Garden gives families with children in Early Years Foundational Stages (EYFS) access to carefully sourced and highly trained child development specialists who, through one-to-one or group interaction, impart to them their unique language and culture.

Testimonial

“The Rainbow Cultural Garden Program is a great opportunity to provide your child with a good start in life! It nourishes the desire to learn at its best and supports the emotional, cognitive, physical and linguistic development absolutely pressure-free!”

Katharina Moeller, German MDS, London, England

The Science

A newborn’s brain is incredibly complex and flexible. Every stimulus received over the next critical months will either aid in or detract from the child’s optimum development.

Every sense and experience — whether seeing one’s first rainbow, crawling across the floor, experiencing language, or smelling a rose — excites certain neural circuits and leaves others dormant. Those that are consistently used will be strengthened, while those rarely excited may be dropped away.

The Science

Some scientists believe certain critical periods correspond to a period of synaptic excess known as the “exuberant period,” occurring between infancy and early school years when the brain overproduces connections far more than will be preserved in the average adult. During this critical period, a child’s experience — sensory, motor, emotional and intellectual — determines which of these synapses will be used and therefore preserved.

At the peak of the exuberant period, the cerebral cortex portion of the brain creates an astonishing two million new synapses every second! With these new connections come a baby’s many mental milestones, such as colour vision, a pincer grasp, and first words.

By two years of age, a toddler’s cerebral cortex contains well over one thousand trillion (1,000,000,000,000,000) synapses. The number of synapses remains at this peak, over-abundant level in all areas of the cerebral cortex until about age eight. Thereafter, the number of synapses gradually declines until the end of adolescence, when it reaches adult levels.

The Dream

The Rainbow Cultural Garden nurtures and promotes children’s linguistic, emotional, physical and problem-solving potential during the most critical learning period of their lives. We believe during this period – when the synaptic garden is at its greatest abundance – children have the greatest potential to capture a more robust foundation that will serve them for the rest of their lives.

Through careful, progressive exposure to multiple languages, cultures, representational systems and aesthetics, the Rainbow Cultural Garden seeks to inspire and capture the miraculous, creative, learning lives of children. This cumulates in pre-adolescents fluent in four to seven languages and cultures, having a deep experience of aesthetics, and possessing the fundamental qualitative and quantitative building blocks on which advanced learning will stand.

These children of the world will have an inspired love of learning, the skill of how to think – not what to think – and a deep sense of what it means to be human, independent of culture.

“A Senegalese poet said ‘In the end we will conserve only what we love. We love only what we understand, and we will understand only what we are taught.’ We must learn about other cultures (and I would add, languages) in order to understand, in order to love, and in order to preserve our common world heritage.”

Yo Yo Ma