Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Brain Development and the Importance of Play in Early Childhood Education

“The conscious mind may be compared to a fountain
playing in the sun and falling back into the great subterranean
pool of subconscious from which it rises.” 
~Sigmund Freud

 Expressive art and art experiences, opportunities for music and movement, literacy and pre-literacy are all part of a child’s 'work' or 'play' in early childhood education.
This is all part of early learning and there is a tremendous impact on a child’s brain during the early years.
When a baby is born he has approximately 100,000,000,000 tiny cells that make up his brain. It’s about the same number of stars we have in our Milky Way Galaxy!
By age two his brain is forming faster than it ever will in his entire lifetime…
And by age three he has more cell to cell connections than the average adult!
The more connections your brain can make…the more it can do.
Pretty amazing
Whatever we do teach our children, I am so glad we care enough to teach them well so this will stay with them for a lifetime....

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