Now more than ever, families need Montessori!
Posted by Guest Post Jul'14 Self Development 12 Brain Development No one can emphasize enough the importance of brain development in early childhood education. There is a new growing interest in developmental neuropsychology, or research in brain development.
This states that the brain continually develops and that adults and parents who provide the immediate environment of the child can do something to make this experience positive. In order to achieve this full potential a human being needs interaction with the immediate environment and sensorial awareness.
They define an enriched environment as one that includes a steady source of environmental support, nutritious diet, stimulates all senses, atmosphere free from stress and enjoyable, challenging, allows social interaction, promotes development, and gives the child a chance to assess the results of their actions, all in all allows the child to be an active participant rather than a passive observer Diamond and Hopson, This idea is reflected in what Montessori perceives to be a prepared environment.
The prepared environment allows the link for a child to reach into his world. Montessori defines a prepared environment to consider the specific needs of the child with concerns to their age of development, it is provides the child what they need in order to live such as physical and emotional security, it should be aesthetically pleasing and inviting this includes hygiene and appropriate furniture, and it has to have order and should reflect the interest adult has with the child.
These are her main ideas but she also mentions that the environment has to allow freedom of choice, allows the child to act independently, and allows the child to learn to take responsibility for his actions.
What Diamond and Hopson defines as an enriched environment to stimulate brain development is similar to the prepared environment by Montessori. To become an active participant what better way to involve children than movement. Movement is now realized to be helpful and even essential for increasing learning, develop creative thought and a high level of reasoning Hannaford.
Movement has been said to improve the brain functions by improving the interconnections between the two brain hemispheres. We know that the left side of the brain controls the right side of your body, so when you move the opposite are and leg you are stimulating your brain to develop more neural pathways that ultimately help the brain function better.
Movement has also been discovered to strengthen the basal ganglia, cerebellum coordinates muscle contractionand corpus collosum a fibrous bundle of axons connecting the 2 brain hemispheres.
It also increases the production of neurotrophins, the natural neural growth factor between the two brain hemispheres Lyons and increase myelination. Myelination is an important process for brain development as it helps with better brain function.
First of all, myelin is the brain fat that wraps around the axon and helps transmit electrical pulses. It is also found to be responsible for the tripling of brain weight after birth. As the myelin layer gets thicker the faster the transmission of information within the body and therefore improve brain functions.
Diamond and Hopson, One of the developed programs from that study is called brain gym. Brain Gym is a registered trademark for educational sensorimotor program development by an expert in child motor development, Paul E.
It consists of simple movements similar to the movements that children naturally do during the first three years of life. Yet the most help that brain gym can offer is that it helps lay the foundation for lifelong learning in young children as it has been scientifically proven that laterality skills help children learn, read and write and even speak BrainGym.
Some examples or the principles behind the Brain Gym exercises are: Crossing the midline of the body. Examples are cross crawl or any arm and leg movement that will cross to the other side of the body. Painting with and easel, dish-washing activity and window washing are activities that allow the midline to be crossed found in the Montessori classroom.
Lengthening activities or stretches.Play activities are essential to healthy development for children and adolescents.
Research shows that 75% of brain development occurs after birth. The activities engaged in by children both stimulate and influence the pattern of the connections made between the nerve cells.
This process influences. Researchers have found that exposure to mindset research can help you develop a growth mindset.
With this in mind, I hope you will take the time to watch the short video above and read this post by Salman Khan for more information about the connection between the growth mindset and learning. Apr 05, · Brain Development and Montessori Maria Montessori theorized that brain development is the pathway to learning, behavior, and health in the early years of life.
The Montessori philosophy is based on respect for the child as a unique individual. Books on Montessori and Child Development: Why Love Matters: How Affection Shapes a Baby’s Brain by Sue Gerhardt Why Love Matters explains why love is essential to brain development in the early years of life, particularly to the development of our social and emotional brain systems, and presents the startling discoveries that provide the answers to how our emotional lives work.
The Neurology of Montessori. He gives presentations at Montessori and educational conferences on the connection between Montessori and brain development.
At his website, Good at Doing Things, he shares information from his lectures. He has a lot to say about Montessori and the brain. A throwaway Montessori mention today: Montessori Had it Right: We Learn by Doing, by Dr. Sian Beilock, a professor at the University of Chicago, in Pscyhology Today.
(She has a new book out: Choke: What the Secrets of the Brain Reveal About Getting It Right When You Have To.) The article describes new research that shows that, in fact, writing development precedes and improves reading.