NIKITIN’S METHOD IN ACTION: WHAT CHILDREN FROM THE FAMOUS FAMILY REACHED
Today we can safely draw conclusions about the effectiveness of the work done by Boris and Lena Nikitins, using their own children as an example. Therefore, today we offer you to see what the Nikitins’ children were able to achieve and whether they adhere to the methods of their parents when raising their own offspring.
Nikitins technique in action: what did the children from the famous family achieve
Soviet teachers Boris and Lena Nikitina became famous due to the fact that their seven children were brought up according to a special method – the “system of early comprehensive development of children.” In the 60-80s, the Nikitin family aroused interest both in Soviet society and abroad. The books of Boris and Lena were published in millions of copies and translated into many languages, and their experience was taken over by other families.
The pedagogical community was twofold in their methodology: some criticized, saying that the Nikitins’ approach was unacceptable because of deviations from pedagogical and medical norms; others noted a number of positive qualities acquired by children brought up in this way.
Today, after more than 50 years, we can safely draw conclusions about the effectiveness of the work done by Boris and Lena, using their own children as an example. Therefore, today we offer you to see what the Nikitins’ children were able to achieve and whether they adhere to the methods of their parents when raising their own offspring.
WHAT IS THE ESSENCE OF “NIKITIN’S METHODS”
First of all, “education according to the Nikitins” requires maximum dedication and self-awareness from parents. It is based on 3 basic principles:
creating the most favorable conditions for the mental and physical development of children;
all classes involve the freedom of children’s creativity;
“Early development according to the Nikitins” implies the beginning of the development of the child before his birth. B. Nikitin had a hypothesis that in every person from birth there are certain developmental abilities that are irrevocably lost with age. Therefore, parents should contribute to the active comprehensive development of the child from his early years.
Together, Boris and Lena developed the author’s methodology for educating the Nikitins and many developmental games (“Fold Pattern”, “Unicub”, “Monkey”, etc.), which are still popularized by some educators. In addition to these home-made games, the development environment included books, cards, blocks, designers and a workshop. At the same time, upbringing and training was not intrusive – the children were free to choose activities and the sequence of their implementation.
Early physical development included early crawling, swimming, walking and gymnastics. Little Nikitins dispensed with playpens and walkers, while always having great freedom of movement. Family members actively used sports simulators and resorted to a rather radical hardening system, which was to minimize the occurrence of colds in children. If, nevertheless, someone fell ill, they tried to do without drugs.
All this was supported by a friendly atmosphere in the family – an indispensable component of the methodology for the early development of children according to Nikitin.
WHAT YOU REACHED AND BY WHICH THE CHILDREN OF BORIS AND LENA ARE
ALEXEY, 58 YEARS, LIVES IN LONDON, ENGINEER-CONSULTANT ON ELECTRONICS DEVELOPMENT.
He is a teacher of physics and astronomy by education. Alexey notes that the choice of a profession was greatly influenced by the presence of a workshop in the house.
The oldest child in the Nikitin family from an early age was independent, which was always encouraged by parents. He notes that he is very grateful for the education that his parents gave him. Thanks to this, it has good physical health and psychological stability.
Alexei has two adult children who also graduated and work in large London companies. The main thing that passed from his parents to his family was mutual respect and a friendly atmosphere.
ANTON, 57 YEARS, LIVES IN THE MOSCOW, DEPUTY. HEAD OF THE PRODUCTION DEPARTMENT.
In 1982 he graduated from the Chemistry Department of Moscow State University. After Anton was invited to graduate school, but he did not work on the dissertation, and he went to work at a chemical plant.
Anton believes that the unobtrusive parenting allowed him to become a successful chemist. They supported his interest in the periodic table, and by the age of four, Anton already knew it by heart.
He has two children, during the upbringing of which he often turned to the experience of his parents, although he still had to skip some things, for example, “skipping” several classes at school.
OLGA, 55 YEARS, LIVES IN KOROLEV, DEPUTY. HEAD OF LEGAL SERVICES IN A LARGE COMPANY.
Graduated with honors from the Moscow Pedagogical College in the field of “Organization of Office Work” and entered the Law Faculty of Moscow State University.
The general atmosphere in the house and the parent “methodology of early development”, according to Olga herself, contributed to her academic success and further work in the specialty. This includes the ability to read quickly, a good memory, an excellent perception of reality, as well as the desire to bring things to the end.