Brain research tells us that all experiences impact the architecture of the brain. At birth the human brain is in an amazingly unfinished state. The hardware is present but the connections are yet to be made. The child’s experiences result in connections that are reinforced as experiences are repeated. This becomes the neural circuitry that lays the foundation for lifelong learning.
Legacy Academy’s exclusive curriculum, Framework For Their Future®, includes age-appropriate Brain Power lessons and activities that are designed to support young children’s brain development.
Brain Power activities provide infants, toddlers, and preschoolers at Legacy Academy an opportunity to gain an understanding of cause and effect, object permanence, spatial concepts, and much more through experimentation and repetition.
- During the first six to eight months of a child’s life, the part of the brain which processes visual information (the occipital lobe), is expanding rapidly. At first, infants are able to see light, movement, and general shapes in their immediate surroundings. Because infants tend to shift their eyes toward windows or other sources of light, they will be fascinated with the Brain Power activity Flashlight, Flashbright and they will be cementing the synapses that allow us to process visual information.
- A simple game of In and Out helps young toddlers understand the spatial concepts of in, out, over, and under and object permanence as he puts items in and takes them out of a bag.
- Our preschoolers stimulate the part of the brain (temporal lobe) which regulates auditory functioning as they play games such as the Holiday Listening Game.
Each time children repeat these activities, neural circuits in their brains are stimulated and strengthened. Practicing the same activities time and again, not only reinforces the lessons, but it lays the groundwork for even more sophisticated learning and understanding.
To learn about brain boosting activities you can do with your child at home, check our Blog post, Toddlers and Reading: Describe but Don’t Drill.