MerlionKids' curriculum in early years education is cognitive neuroscience driven. Research studies in neuroscience and molecular biology, reveal that intelligence can be nurtured. It is the child's learning experiences and his/ her environment during the sensitive and significant time period of zero to six years old shape brain architecture. Academic performances at a later age are highly dependable on cognitive executive functional skills.
The brain architecture is made up of 100 billion neural connections and it has a lasting impact on the learning and development of the child. Neural circuits and mental processes are built 'from the bottom up during the first 3 years after birth, but the window of opportunity for its development does not close on the child's third birthday as the neuroplasticity nature of the brain continues to develop.
Academic success and better overall health depend on the cognitive executive functions (working memory & mental flexibility) and self-regulation skills (social and emotional skills, motivation, resilience, perseverance etc). These executive functions of the brain could be easier developed in a child. Any deficiencies in these executive functions and self-regulation skills will not become smaller but grow larger in adulthood if not closed.
Human Brain Development
Neural Connections for Different Functions Develop Sequentially
The development of core executive functions and brain capabilities is a highly interactive process that requires constant interaction between the child and the educator. Positive interaction between the child and caregivers literally builds the architecture of the developing brain. It is about helping the child to cultivate an attitude of curiosity, motivation, resilience and perseverance through constant encouragement & interactive engagement. Research studies have also shown that resilience requires relationships, not rugged individualism.
It goes on to feed on the development of other skills such as empathy, confidence, critical thinking, creativity, literacy and numeracy abilities etc. In fact, all children are brilliant kids as they all already have trillions of brain cells just waiting to be connected and stimulated. Their potential to learn so much was all right there from the start.
While attachments to their parents are primary, young children can also benefit significantly from relationships with other responsive caregivers both within and outside the family. MerlionKids understands this significance and continuously provides updates briefing and professional training on knowledge and industry development to all our passionate educators.