Adults have a natural instinct to protect children. Perhaps that’s why we often shy away from putting them into situations that might be too difficult or intense. That impulse is a healthy one, but it’s important for us to distinguish our personal fears from legitimate concerns for a child’s well-being. Yes, protect your toddler from too much sun exposure. But no, don’t fret over too much learning exposure. Overprotectiveness can misdirect us to setting the bar too low.
We provide your child the experience of several languages. Research suggests that if children are exposed to multiple languages from an early age, they develop connections that allow them to process language in a fundamentally different way.
Boredom is probably the biggest single menace to classroom productivity. The very nature of their developing brains makes kids crave stimuli—as anyone who’s ever tried to entertain a toddler indoors on a rainy day will tell you. Little Newtons is built on the idea that we can provide stimuli that are educational and applicable, rather than instructional flash bombs, which may provide momentary distraction but not much long-term benefit.
Thinking in terms of brain development, it makes sense that it’s easier to educate a toddler than to reeducate an adult. Remember that during the zero-to-five years, the brain is busy forming millions upon millions of new synaptic connections, as it figures out the most efficient neurological pathways for growth and development. This means infants and young children aren’t settled into specific mental patterns and they don’t have the kinds of biases and limitations that are a normal part of the grown-up brain.