How to Be TV Free

Childhood is a time for learning through play and real world experiences. For example, when a child waters a garden she can see, smell, and feel the plants, earth, and water; she can ponder and imagine how the plants grow from a seed; she can exercise her ability to balance the watering can and initiate a conversation about her observations. It is through simple daily activities such as this that children build strong, flexible neural pathways. Summer is approaching and for many of us that means 2 months of finding ways to keep our children engaged while they are at home. Parents often find that the simplest solution is to turn on the TV or hand over a tablet. Understandably, for parents wit

Learning in the Womb & Brain Architecture

The architecture of the brain develops during an ongoing process that starts before birth and continues throughout childhood. Like the construction of a home, the brain-building process begins by laying the foundation, framing the structure, and wiring the brain’s circuitry in a predictable sequence. Crucial to early learning is the structure and wiring of the circuitry for each of the five senses: touch, smell, taste, auditory and visual. These vital pathways for learning are framed in the following sequence: Touch is the first sense to develop in the framing sequence of brain development. By eight weeks gestation touch receptors begin to transfer the sensations of warmth and movement from

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