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Chlidlife.ca enews #40: The Learning Brain!

by Mary Stuart, Director, www.childlife.ca

If a child can’t learn by the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn. — Ignacio Listrada

We know that the early years are incredibly important to setting the stage for life-long learning.

The research and science of Early Childhood are continually confirming that multi-sensory, child-centred, play-based learning create learning capacities.

“Failure to provide optimum conditions for a child’s development during this time makes the developing brain physically different from the brain of children who have been well nurtured, and these differences can have lifelong consequences.” — Clyde Hertzman, MD, University of British Columbia

HOW CHILDREN LEARN BEST

  • 30% from hearing
  • 60% from seeing
  • 90% from doing

3 BUILDING BLOCKS FOR THE LEARNING BRAIN

  • PLAY: Positive Experiences & Relationships
  • MOVE: Connect vs Direct vs Correct
  • EXPLORE: Enriched Learning Environments

“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” — George Bernard Shaw

4 WAYS TO SET THE STAGE FOR LEARNING CAPACITIES:

  • Get down and see from a child’s perspective
  • Be Intentional about how you guide a child’s interactions with objects, activities, peers
  • Provide activities that support social and emotional health: parachute, balls of varying sizes, together games, exercise mats…
  • Support all child’s efforts vs successes

Play is the only way the highest intelligence of humankind can unfold. — Joseph Chilton Pearce

To learn more about the new brain science and discover simple strategies to create enriched learning environments: justask@childlife.ca and we’ll send you our latest training and services flyers.

THE LEARNING BRAIN and B.E.S.T. BEHAVIOUR WORKSHOP SERIES are some of our most popular workshops available on-site at your centre!

You haven’t seen life until you have seen it through the eyes of a child.

KEEP CALM AND PLAY ON!

— Mary