It’s incredible that our amazing brain is the only organ not fully developed at birth. 90% of brain development happens by a child’s 5th birthday! Through active play and sensory exploration, your child’s brain forms 700 new neural connections per second in the early years of life. This early brain development is absolutely crucial in forming the foundation for all future learning.
When the foundational areas are functioning efficiently and are at a developmentally appropriate level, they free ‘higher’ cognitive systems to give attention to academic learning, reasoning and creativity, as well as emotional security and social confidence.
On the flip side, however, if a child does not complete a majority of their brain development early in life, they are at risk of being left with a brain that lacks proper maturity and connectivity. In the classroom they may look like they have ‘ants in the pants’, are distractible, have trouble following directions, or are slow to progress in reading, writing or maths skills.