According to The Urban Child Institute's article, "Baby’s Brain Begins Now: Conception to Age 3", "between conception and age three, a child’s brain undergoes an impressive amount of change. At birth, it already has about all of the neurons it will ever have. It doubles in size in the first year, and by age three it has reached 80 percent of its adult volume." That's quite impressive! More and more, we are understanding the importance of early childhood education and its effects on child development. This section (which is updated regularly) features articles pertaining to this area of study and provides information for parents and providers alike on how to foster growth and strengthen development within children. We hope you find these articles useful!
1) “A Conversation About Play”
We agree with Fred Rogers when he says, "...play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood." In this article, NAEYC's Peter Pizzolongo and Kyle Snow delve into "play" and its application in both education as well as leisure.
2) "Powerful Way to Raise Kids Focuses on the Strong: Strength-based parenting develops important “signature strengths.”'
This article by Psychology Today discusses "strength-based parenting", which consists of identifying a child's strengths and teaching him/her how to cope with everyday stressors using their strengths as powerful resources. The article discusses ways to identify those strengths as well as how to foster them on a regular basis.
3) “Making Choices”
According to PBS Parents, “We all have a deep-seated need to feel we have some control over what happens in our lives.” When we allow children to choose what they want to eat, wear, draw, etc. and we make decision-making simple, they learn that they actually have a choice and an effect in the world around them. Allowing children to practice basic decision making fosters a sense of confidence in kids, teaching them to trust themselves and develop their individual voices.
4) “7 Ways to Raise a Well-Rounded Kid”
In this slideshow, Parents.com lays out seven habits and behaviors that you can implement in your daily routine that are sure to result in a happy, confident child. Make sure to always surround your child with love, praise and an environment that promotes growth and learning.
5) 7 Ways Childhood Adversity Changes Your Brain"
A study in 1995 showed a shocking correlation between childhood trauma and health as an adult. The study revealed that those who have experienced varying degrees of trauma (from neglect and humiliation to divorce and abuse) are more likely to be hospitalized for autoimmune diseases, cancers and other mental, emotional and health related complications. Take the time to read this very interesting article to find out exactly how this happens and how to prevent it.
6) "Children Who Understand Emotions Become More Attentive Over Time"
Is it important for your child to identify and understand their emotions and the emotions of others? Of course it is! In this article, you will find just how crucial emotional knowledge is in your child's ability to focus. This article also touches on the implications that having (or lacking) emotional knowledge has on ADHD.
7) "8 Things You Probably Didn't Know Babies Can Do Before They Turn 12 Months Old"
Did you know that babies understand statistics? Huffington Post sheds light some of the things your little one can do and comprehend, even before their first birthday! Some of these abilities may surprise you.