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Children learn best by doing-

Any time you can tie an activity into a learning experience the young learner will remember more information. The brain absorbs and retains more information from the brain connections of activity and thought. Tie one more exciting activity into the action and, viola! the child will remember even more! For instance writing letters on the table using shaving cream. Hunting for the letters in their name outside, hidden in the garden.
Mixing colors, pouring, using basters, or scoopers to mix secondary colors- green, orange, purple. Activities that excite the syntaxes in the brain- they light up, wiggle and extend, gaining more information- build knowledge. This IS so exciting YOU can make your child smart- Provide stimulating information, connect ideas , let them DO the task, reinforce positive thought process. EASY learning!!! Can your child improve his grasp in a fun way? Building hand strength, while writing?art 075

Can they discover how to make sticky paste? using flour and water?art 119

It is all a balancing act the child needs to think for themselves!art 063

What would you like for lunch today? Should we make a salad? art 030

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Common Core and how it affects our children.

The common core is quickly being adopted by states and nobody even knows what it is! Several states instead of adjusting learning to developmental progress, information retention, building better foundations, have decided to teach children equally and without conceptual progression. This common core ideology -which is- one for all, all for one- everyone needs to be taught in a way to retain information- sustainable education. First grade knowledge serves second grade ,second grade knowledge serves third grade, third grade knowledge to fourth and so on. Each grade builds on the previous grade- sounds wonderful in theory- BUT….
Children’s brains don’t learn that way. They learn from scaffolding early experiences, building knowledge and retaining information because it has meaning. The young learner needs to reach specific milestones before the next step occurs. Teaching with meaning, not just building information- two entirely different theories. For instance, writing- you can push writing all you want, but if the specific hand muscles aren’t developed, negative muscle memory builds in the brain, and the child won’t learn, won’t build learning muscle sense, won’t write! Not only will the child get frustrated lashing out in anger, theses children tend to not like school. Frustration becomes the norm setting a precedence in learning. One simple educational error! This is the biggest problem with common core.
There is no one standard that will work in education. This is why our education system keeps failing. Education needs to be developed around brain development and the individual child’s needs. There are several states that ARE coming downward with developmental standards for the young child.(first grade down to kindergarten, down to preschool).They are implementing early learning STATE standards. It does encompass PLAY, learning with meaning, and professional development for their K-3 teachers. It has been hit and miss because neuro scientists and educators never thought this way before. Educational theory has always been at the high school level. Why do our children fail? Why do they drop out? What can we do? We blame the bad teachers….
Rhode Island, Iowa, New Jersey and Arizona are trying to implement a system that keeps/ or provides, developmentally appropriate education until 3rd grade. This supports the child’s brain development and set a foundation for the synapse to transmit information correctly.( as the child builds information).
Iowa has done testing to see if improvement has happened and follows the child’s development in education. It is a fundamental change in education- it is difficult to make government programs follow new educational developments, because it is policy that get in the way of learning. This educational pedagogy is not a trend,a money making idea, it is scientifically based- this pedagogy develops brain responses around education, setting up the new learner for success.

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Building Brain power.

A large part of your baby’s brain develops AFTER it is born, much of that brain development is from the child’s interactive experiences- the brain acclimates, changes and adopts to the new environment. The brain makes new connections from stimuli in the environment, maybe a trillion initial connections in the first five years.  These first connections builds emotional development and learning.  Everything you do builds the baby’s brain power- scary thought!  Showing affection through non-verbal actions.  Babies know words and their mothers voices, they are happier hearing her voice instead of a stranger. They love sing song verbal clues- “motherese” talk.  Babies continue to build brain power through preschool and kindergarten, keep filling their mind with plenty of creative foods.

Connect with your young child; Make a movement of your hand/arm outward in front of him- help him connect, empowering his brain to do the same,  have him follow the action. Next do the other side, same motion- repeat. This sets up mirroring and can enhance the brain development. Neurons in the brain fire to duplicate the motion automatically- it is challenging. Early infancy you may see tongue sticking out, smiling, or cooing as the brain builds awareness. Older children love this game too, clapping  or stomping feet in a pattern- fast then slow keeps their attention.

What’s alike mean? Using a deck of cards have your child find two that look the same- number, color or shape. Then have them pile up the similar ones in two matching ways.  His brain likes new activities this leads to  new cell connections- higher level of thinking.

Counting and sorting jewels, some even fit in my purse!

Fantasy Play  helps develop the brain by building creative awareness, color awareness,  tactile knowledge, emotional interactions, pretending and letting the  imagination go, builds brain power. Fill a surprise  bag full of beautiful scrapes of fabrics, trims,fur, feathers, belts, hats- old unused stuff. Change the contents periodically, making the child aware by tying a ribbon around the top or placing a new sticker.  The child will pick out what he or she really wants to feel or look at.  Boys love this game also.

Create a giving jug, that just makes good cents!  Teach something nice or thoughtful for the  child to build empathy.  Donate the jug(or jar, piggy bank,  etc. ) to a person so the child can understand and relate a NEED.  Research shows that the brain naturally has the ability to care about others, this ability needs to be developed and reinforced so the child understands what  NEED means.

Cognitive (brain) development is just ONE domain of teaching the whole child,cross categorical teaching should occur to enhance several domains at once, watch for more ideas  to come each month. Simple types of behavior builds cognitive development, watch to see how the child comes up with different ideas and solutions. How about dressing up while hammering and building blocks- lots of ideas are working here. The brain is checking all kinds of concepts out here!

Role play, imagination at it’s best.

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Welcome to a creative world of Education for a young child!

Welcome to a fun and exciting place where I will post ideas,preschool arts, monkey math, party play, talk time and many other fun experiences for the young child.  Children learn best from interactive teaching and experiences.  In my blog,  I will post all kinds of ideas to teach young learners.  I have worked in the Design and art field for twenty years and now decided to give back to my community- I teach  3-5 year olds. I teach a visualization program using work sampling for documentation.  I integrate all types of lessons together building the foundations for the children in a developmentally appropriate method. Check as I begin to update my curriculum, build monthly calenders, and themes. I hope to have an interactive teacher site where new inexperienced teachers can get ideas of ask questions. Thank you for reading!



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