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Chapter 2 - Preparing the Brain for School
Transcript of Chapter 2 - Preparing the Brain for School
Ages Birth - 18 Chapter 2
By: Megan Swann Brain Development First : Brain development begins in the womb.
The mom-to-be should eat healthy and stay away
from substance abuse and stressful situations,
because this is a crucial time period for brain development. Second: From birth to age 2 is know as the "sensitive period". This is a time period when children can absorb a lot of new information. During this time period it is important to start building a childs' "scaffolding" so learning is easier in the future. Third: Our brains do not just naturally learn well, we actually have teach them to learn. To accomplish this task, children need plenty of stimulation and creative play that is age appropriate. Fourth: Ages 5-13 is an amazing age.
At this age the brain is full of wonder and exploration.
Children begin to understand reasoning, honesty,
and cause and effect. Around age 10 the brain as developed
nearly 90%. And Last but not Least: The teenage brain. A teens brain grows and changes almost as much and as rapid as an infants brain. This is often why teenagers behavior can be unpredictable. Emotions Children need to be taught how to use their emotions. They need to learn emotions such as... Happy Sad And...Angry Surprised Teaching younger children to react properly is much easier then trying to teach a teenager. Sensory Motor Development is... Seeing, Hearing, and Physical Movement. This process describes how
the brain relates to activities. Proper stimulation is needed
for a child to develop healthy
learning. TV and video games hinder
the learning process for many children,
and do not stimulate their motor development. Nutrition Nutrition is especially important
during the early years when the
brain is growing rapidly. Research has shown that
what we eat effects our
Unbalanced diets can impair
Some brain healthy foods are:
leafy greens, veggies, fruits, nuts and fish.
Healthy snack options are:
popcorn, energy bars, yogurt, fruit, and veggies. Interesting Facts:
11% of children eat French Fries daily
24% of children eat Hot Dogs daily
What else should you know about
about preparing a child for school? Positive encouragement is
a must at any age. Give children time to learn and discover the world. Talk to them, ask them questions Be a coach and be understanding. And finally.. show lots of love,
communication, healthy bonding,
and good nutrition.
You can never teach a child everything,
but providing a good start early
can make a world of difference.
Teaching with the Brain in Mind
By: Eric Jensen