The effects of this emotional and intellectual development
The most important period of life is not the age of university studies, but the first one, the period from birth to the age of six.
- Maria Montessori
Research studies consistently find that the first three years of life are critical to the emotional and intellectual development of a child. During these early years, 75 percent of brain growth is completed.
The effects of this emotional and intellectual development will not be seen, in many cases, until your child reaches the third or fourth grade.
But what you do now will greatly affect whether your child is ready to learn when he or she enters school.
1. A child who is held and nurtured in a time of stress is less likely to respond with violence later.
2. A child who is read to has a much better chance of becoming a reader.
3. A child whose curiosity is encouraged has a better chance to become a lifetime learner.
How development works:
Even before your child is born, all the nerve cells he will ever possess have been formed. These nerve cells are like a mass of unconnected electrical wires. From the time your child is born, his brain will constantly strive to connect the wires.
But what makes the wires connect and what does the connection mean to a growing child ?
Every time an infant is held, read to, or plays with a toy, these nerves make a connection.