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Witty Little Minds ldeangray

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Transcript of Witty Little Minds ldeangray

Years ago, through conversation I heard one fact that impacted my parenting and has benefited my children's lives.
"You can boost your child's intelligence by use of your environment and exposure to academic knowledge."
I totally bought into this and believe me it paid off in a big way!
This single statement led me to extensively research early learning, pedagogy, child psychology, child development, neuroscience and various parenting methods.
I was astounded to learn that early learning research spanned back as far as the 50's. This research was enough to convince me that I could indeed maximize my child's intellectual potential by teaching her as early as possible.
From birth, children are wired to learn as much as he possibly can. The infant's brain is 50% developed by six months old and by one year old 70% of the brain is developed. So, by the age of one a child learns more than it will learn during his whole life.
However, just as environment can boost intelligence. If negative,
it can just as well hinder it :-(
For optimal learning, a child must have a nurturing, stable and engaging learning environment that encourages more "yeses" than "no's".
At each stage of development this environment looks different because each stage requires distinctly different environmental support.
The foremost consideration we must have for small children is their developmental stage. At 18-24 months the child has a burgeoning desire for independence therefore the environment needs to support this desire. Years ago, I decided to provide such an environment for my oldest daughter, as crude as it was in comparison what I have now for my youngest, it was effective and included the proper supports to encourage learning.
Learning Domains
Fine Motor Skills
Early Literacy/Language
Math
Pincer grasp development
Beginning Reading and Language Development
Logic
Reasoning and Problem Solving
Numeracy and quantative skills
Interest Led/ Life Skills
Skills needed for day to day life/skills generated by your family's lifestyle or child's interests
Maximizing Intellectual Potential
18-24 months

Believing and acting on that one statement was an investment that exceeded my expectations and 22 years later yielded: two wonderful children who love to learn and excel. The youngest, a delightful phonetically reading and spelling 2 year old. My oldest read fluently by 3, received a full academic college scholarship at 13, graduated with a double major at 17 and earned a Juris Doctor three years later. Amazing or what???
Let's get started with the witty little learner in your life!
Welcome to Witty Little Minds Foundations Course!
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