INTELLECTUAL DEVELOPMENT IN YOUR CHILD’S FIRST 5 YEARS
It is critically important for every parent to know that the early years are the most important learning years in their child’s life. It is a time that determines how a child learns and processes information for the rest of her life.
Here is how it works! Your child is born with 100 billion neurons in the brain. When the neurons fire often enough, a permanent connection is made. This is what scientist call “hard-wiring the brain.” The more connections become permanent, the more work the brain can do. But, this window of opportunity is brief. The brain operates on a “use it or lose it” basis. As harsh as the news may seem, if deprived of early positive experiences, the child can intellectually struggle for the rest of his live.
This does not mean that your child cannot learn in later years. However, these early years have already determined how your child will learn and to what degree. This is a critical time, a window of opportunity, to give your child the boost she will need to do well in life. The best time for learning begins early and last a lifetime.
There is plenty of evidence to support the benefits of early learning and the effect it has on learning and emotional stability. An example is the Rumania babies that were tied to their baby beds in orphanages. They lived in filthy conditions and received no stimulation. Later research confirmed that even the children who were in these places for less than a year were found to have emotional problems (being very aggressive) and learning disabilities.
It is extremely important for parents to become knowledgeable about the stages of critical brain development and the simple things they can do to insure a positive impact on their child’s emotional development, learning skills and how they function later in live.
In the next blog, I will be discussing the 1st stage of critical brain development, birth to 6 months.
Donna Blevins, Founder of Be Smart Kids
Donna Blevins has been researching and developing her early brain development educational product since 1991. See research at www.besmartkids.com.