Is there a specific time when our children’s brains are more open to learning new knowledge and skills like reading, writing, coding, and playing a musical instrument?
Children should be exposed to/ introduced to the greatest learning in their early years as a child who is 3-years of age is not socialised and conditioned. Pre-conditioned children are more open to exploring and learning based on their interests as they have not yet been introduced to the norms of conformity. Research shows that the brain is like a sponge when young and has the ability to absorb information, to question and learn more effectively.
I am a mother of two girls and I remember taking both of them together for their booster shots one day. This was when one of my daughters was 5-years-old and the other was 2-years-old. My first born on that day cried as the booster was administered. This made me think about how she, a five-year-old, was already conditioned by the norms of socialisation that one must cry when they are given an injection. My younger one who up until then did not cry on getting her shots, suddenly started to cry as she picked up from her sister’s behavior that we are supposed to cry when we get pricked. To me this was a great example of how innocent children are and how experiences influence them.
Children’s brains when young are like a clean slate as they have not been conditioned which then allows them to learn more efficiently, ask more questions and explore the world with more freedom and comfort than an adolescent or adult.
Research by Harvard University's ‘The Timing and Quality of Early Experiences Combine to Shape Brain Architecture’, suggests that we picture the brain as a house, genetics as the blueprint, a healthy environment as the supplier of building materials and experiences as the workers that ultimately build the house. It also suggests that children are most benefited when they are exposed to learning opportunities from ages 4 to 7. It is also said that exposing children to greater learning opportunities and allowing them to explore spaces of robotics, coding and foreign languages at a young age can boost confidence.
Education is no longer about learning tangible and measurable skills. The traditional educational paradigms rely on children memorizing information. However, research by Sir Kenneth Robinson, an international advisor on education suggests that this may not be psychologically healthy for students and will not guarantee success in the future.