Nov 3, 2021
The human brain has about 100 billion nerve cells, all of which are present at birth, but have few links between them. Those links are formed by experiences children have. The idea that the right inputs can strengthen a brain’s architecture informs much of the product design at Lovevery. But there’s lots of debate around how early we should start laying the foundation for academic learning.
Jessica Rolph, your host, welcomes Sarah Chesworth to today’s episode of The Perspective Series, to help us navigate Kindergarten prep in the baby and toddler years. Sarah is a former Kindergarten teacher and early childhood educator.
[1:43] How does Sarah explain the debate between academic and play-based learning for 2 and 3 year olds?
[2:46] Should we be exposing our 2, 3, or 4 year olds to any academic skills?
[3:25] What are some categories of concepts that Sarah feels like children need to have to be ready for Kindergarten?
[4:48] What are some ways that math and spatial understanding can show up in play?
[6:29] Sarah talks about the distinction between healthy brain development in early childhood and the role that academics play.
[9:23] What early number skills might Sarah look for in children entering Kindergarten?
[10:48] What are some ways that parents can build empathy skills?
[12:04] Sarah speaks about the development of fine motor skills.
[13:00 ] Sarah describes the space she created for her daughter and the ways that she’s incorporated play and academics.
[15:01] Sarah extends her advice to parents: Listen, read, play, sing, and snuggle.
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