Early Years Spark
Just because we have a classroom full of students who are about the same age doesn’t mean they are equally ready to learn a particular topic, concept, skill, or idea. It is important for teachers and parents to understand that brain development influences learning readiness. For teachers at Lancers International School, this is especially important when designing lessons and selecting which strategies to use.
According to research in healthy children, motor and sensory systems develop at a rapid rate during toddlerhood and the preschool years. Since brain development after birth is influenced by inputs from the environment, and because those inputs are unique to each child, every human brain is unique.
Although the age at which a child is ready to learn a specific skill becomes hard-wired as the brain develops, learning itself is also environmentally determined. For example, a child is ready to learn to read when his or her auditory system is developmentally ready to distinguish one sound from another. However, if a reading instruction is not provided, or if the child’s parents do not enrich the environment by reading to him or her, learning to read will be delayed.
This is the very foundation of EY SPARK at Lancers International School Early Years. At every stage of development, it is important to give children tasks that align with their brain development.
As early as 1.5 years old, children at LIS preschool in Gurgaon, learn how to coordinate motor, visual and thinking skills through multiple exposures. We believe that if we challenge the child daily, with our BRAIN SPARK activities, the child’s learning will be much more enriched and rewarded. The students are able to do more than copying letters and things they see – they learn to question more and communicate better because their brains are stimulated at its fullest potential. Their thinking grows rapidly and their understanding of the world increases.
As children grow in varying rates and often fastest in toddler years, it is imperative that teachers in Early Years challenge the traditional curriculum. Due to this, we have devised our own EY SPARK curriculum that focuses on developing specific lobes of the brain. If teachers understand how an engagement targets the brain, a more holistic approach to learning is incorporated.
We know that the EY SPARK will provide a strong, intelligent foundation for our youngest learners for their future life.