Spoiler Alert! Childhood stimulation key to brain development, study finds

By Ricardo Cuevas on October 15, 2012 in Learn Spanish for Kids with No Comments

Spoiler Alert! Childhood stimulation key to brain development, study finds

An early childhood surrounded by strong learning materials will have a lifelong impact on not only your child’s learning but their LOVE of learning. I personally place more emphasis on the latter but, this study can’t quite quantify someone’s love of learning so we will stick with the child’s actual learning for the sake of this discussion.

Scientists have found that the more stimulation that a child receives around the age of four, the more developed the parts of their brain that are dedicated to language and cognition will be in the decades ahead. What is even more interesting is that the impact of a similar amount of stimulation at age 8 did not yield the same results later in life. So we’re on to something here with the early learning! Hooray! yet another study AND common sense confirm what our community has been saying for decades.

In any case it’s always nice to see long-term studies that confirm our beliefs and help us “stay the course” when teaching our children at an early age. This particular study took place over a 20 year time span. The researches visited the homes of the young children at age 4 and then went back regularly. Then the participant’s brains were scanned at age 17 and 19 to see what impact the learning environment had at different intervals.

I specially liked this quote from the research: “Parents may not be around when their teenage children are faced with important choices about choosing peers, experimenting with drugs, engaging in sexual relationships, or staying in education,” said Danese. “Yet, parents can lay the foundations for their teenage children to take good decisions, for example by promoting their ability to retain and elaborate information, or to balance the desire for immediate reward with the one for greater, long-term goals since a young age.” This one quote ties together the impact early learning will have on your child’s life. It’s not just about academic success later in life. Early learning really impacts all aspects of a person’s life. We’ve always known this intuitively, but it’s nice to also see data to back it up.

Keep up the good work parents!

check the source for more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2012/oct/14/childhood-stimulation-key-brain-development?CMP=twt_fd

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