DID YOU KNOW THAT 95% OF THE BRAIN DEVELOPMENT IN A HUMAN BEING HAPPENS BEFORE THE AGE OF 7?
Studies have shown that babies and young children who grow up in a safe, stable, and nurturing environment, with lots of positive interaction with parents and caring adults, will go on to be healthier and more successful in school and in life.
Children between the ages of two and a half and seven years are in a sensitive period for learning. During this time, children are striving to sort out and categorize all their experiences, and it is easier for them to do this if there is some kind of order in their lives. A routine, an ordered environment, and established ground rules will help to keep the child from being disrupted by disorder.
Our role as adults is to learn about sensitive periods, the laws of development, a child’s needs, and what we can do to satisfy these needs. When a learning environment is not properly prepared for sensitive periods, the adult is an obstacle who causes frustration and naughtiness for a child. The child goes through an internal struggle, torn between satisfying needs for development and doing what the adult tells her to do. We must prepare and provide the proper environment according to the needs of each stage of development. Our responsibility is to help the child take advantage of these periods and make the most of them while they last. Therefore, it is important that the child is nurtured by highly experienced facilitators who understand the importance of early childhood learning and the child’s emotion.