Find exciting and motivational, research and resources promoting the benefits of 0-3 education. Also discover tips, strategies, activities, advice, and more to support you throughout your parental teaching journey.
InformatioN, research, AND RESOURCES regarding brain development during the first 3-5 years
Provided by UNICEF (United Nations Children's Fund)
The Importance of Ages 0-3 Years In the first moments, months and years of life, every touch, movement and emotion in a young child’s life translates into an explosion of electrical and chemical activity in the brain, as billions of cells are organizing themselves into networks requiring trillions of synapses between them. These early childhood years are when experiences and interactions with parents, family members and other adults influence the way a child’s brain develops, with as much impact as such factors as adequate nutrition, good health and clean water. And how the child develops during this period sets the stage for later success in school and the character of adolescence and adulthood... Read MoreProvided by UNICEF (United Nations Children's Fund) Furthermore, 90% of your child’s brain capacity develops before age 5. By age three a child’s brain has formed 3 quadrillion connections. Additionally, brain development between 0-3 years old is the most significant period of development the brain ever undergoes. Three year old’s have a vocabulary of 900 words, a 3x increase from age 2. A four year old’s brain is twice as active as an adult’s, but without proper cultivation children can lag behind... Read MoreProvided by the CDC (Center for Disease Control)
Milestones by Age
Developmental Checklists by Age
LEARNING STARTS AT BIRTH
DEVELOPMENTAL MILESTONES BIRTH- 4 YEARS OLD
Click on the age of your child to see their milestones: (information pulled from www.cdc.gov)
According to the US Department of Education parents should implement the following:
Talk to your child during everyday routines. Changing a diaper, bathing, eating, and other daily activities can all become teachable moments.
Provide a stimulating environment with opportunities for your baby to develop all of his or her senses--to look, listen, smell, touch, and taste.
Hold and touch your baby often.
Call objects by their names. (even if they are not speaking yet)
Sing songs and read to your child. Point to pictures and colors, ask questions about the story, and have your child retell the story.
Use appropriate words to describe present, past and future events (today, tomorrow, before, after, and next).
Encourage your child to sort and match objects during routine tasks. (use prompts such as "Where do your socks go?")
Talk through simple processes/routines in sequence, i.e. first get we wet the towel, next we get the soap, then we...
Foster creativity by reenacting scenes from books, acting out puppet shows, or creating plays
Give your little one the opportunity to enjoy different learning environments such as the zoo, playdates, libraries, and/or museums
Helping Your Child Grow: A Complete Parent Guide for Children Birth to Three Years (featured below); This guide is based on research about process, sequences, and long term consequences and benefits of early learning and development. Each section addresses the following areas of learning:
Social/Emotional – The ability to develop relationships with others, to develop self awareness and self-confidence, and to understand and cope with feelings.
Physical – Development of Fine (small) and Gross (large) Motor Skills. The ability to move large and small muscles.
Cognitive – Gaining knowledge, learning to reason, and solving problems in daily life.
Speech and Language – Talking, listening, reading, writing, and singing are all creative ways to build speech and language.