Supporting the development of learning mechanisms to prepare for future education – our work and activities will have a long-term effect. We create the base and foundation by providing adequate stimulation of the senses. The development of motor skills, sensory functions and cognitive competences depend on the efficient functioning of the vestibulo-proprioceptive system. As Professor Gerald Huther, the famous German neuroscientist “ALL CHILDREN ARE GIVEN” claimed, we just need to see and develop their potential.
A baby’s brain continues to develop from conception and continues for many years after birth. The first three years of life are particularly important for the development of the central nervous system. The human brain is made up of billions of nerve cells called neurons. At birth, a baby already has 100 billion neurons. Each of these cells makes connections with other cells called synapses. With their help, neurons connect into circuits, creating privileged paths information processing. Formed in childhood, there are neural pathways used for life. Neurons and synapses are not responsible just for thinking. They also play a vital role in the development of motor, sensory functions and metabolic disorders, but also proper vision, hearing, tasting and communicating with other organs too through nerves and hormones. During the first 2 years of life, two million new connections are made in a baby’s brain every second. Particularly intensive brain development during the first 3 years of life affects the entire future life of a child. Up to a point, genes were largely responsible for establishing brain connections, but a child’s experiences affect all the major improvements in his brain connections. Once a region of the brain has progressed through the refinement stage, the critical period for its development is over and the possibilities for changing these connections are reduced.
The child’s experiences determine which connections will be kept and, consequently, how the brain will be permanently adapted to certain ways of thinking, perceiving and acting. As long as the brain has an excess of synapses, it remains as flexible as possible and can develop in various ways. But when the supernumerary synapses are gone, the possibilities for shaping it are exhausted. Thus, the period determining the degree of development of many abilities may end in the first years of life and will never come back. Neural pathways created in childhood are used until the end of life. Therefore, in order to use the brain’s potential, it is necessary to use such a method of interaction that at the time of acquiring knowledge, the neuron is properly engaged. The latest research on the work of the brain shows that the assimilated information can be processed on various levels, the deeper we process it, the better we understand and remember it. On the other hand, message processing is deeper, the more different operations are performed on a given material. The most effective methods are those that engage the child’s various senses – sight, hearing, and motor skills. So we use polysensory brain stimulation – the more senses involved in the learning process, the more structures are stimulated and forced to cooperate. THE BRAIN IS THE BEST LEARNING THROUGH ACTION. A large amount of stimuli reaching the human brain requires a selection of new information. Decisions that will be remembered are made partially subconsciously. Only information classified as important, new and surprising attract attention enough to reach deeper memory structures. For this to happen, the caregiver must use methods that activate the child’s brain functioning. Comprehensive brain stimulation and a stimulus-rich environment create new information flow circuits on which the future learning ability is based. Thanks to the effective involvement of all the senses, we create new structures in the brain – the base and foundation from which the child will draw during the next stages of education. This is undoubtedly the most valuable investment in the future of your children.
I am not going to talk about empathy, a sense of security, love, understanding, acceptance, which are the basis of everything, the foundation and an absolute necessity to start the didactic process.
The modern world is changing very quickly. Constructs a new reality, also educational, which changes its face. I am an educator, family assistant. I completed postgraduate studies in a fascinating field of the functions and possibilities of brain development – neurodidactics. I am still taking up new challenges, expanding my knowledge and competences by participating in many trainings, symposia and conferences on early support for children’s development.
With my activities, I want to raise awareness of the importance of nursery education for the development of a child. For the last three years I have been working as a babysitter, also doing internships in Great Britain and Switzerland, where the sense of security and self-overcoming difficulties are two basic components thanks to which the child organizes its world, builds individuality, develops social and emotional competences and motivation to take up new ones. challenges, without fear.