5 Steps for Brain Building

Did you know that the connections in a child’s brain build over time through experiences?  Children learn through their experiences and their relationships. Harvard Center for Developing Children reports that more than 1 million new neuron connections form every second.  We can strengthen the connections in the brain by making those pathways stronger.  Children need to explore and interact with the world.  Early childhood experiences are the foundation for future skills.  Think about it like building a house.  The foundation ensures the house will support the structure.  One of the ways we strengthen the foundation is through serve and return interactions as described by the Harvard Center for Developing Children.  

Last year, a video of a dad and his infant son talking became popular on social media.  This interaction showed the potential of a developing brain.  Watch for the steps below in this adorable video.

There are 5 easy steps to practice serve and return.

  1. Notice the serve and share the child’s focus on attention
  2. Return the serve by supporting and encouraging
  3. Give it a name
  4. Take turns…and wait.  Keep the interaction going back and forth
  5. Practice endings and beginnings

To learn more about Serve and Return, watch this video and read more here. To learn about high quality early learning opportunities for your preschooler, call 833-FOURYEAROLD today!

Guest Blogger: Beth Garza, Wayne RESA Early Childhood Consultant for the Great Start Readiness Program

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