The Importance of Lifelong Learning
Research confirms that the first five years of life are a fundamental time for brain development, with the initial three focusing on shaping the brain for future learning. There is no doubting that early learning experiences provide the foundation for the brain to develop and function throughout life. Children’s environments during these times have a significant impact on how they develop social, physical, intellectual, creative and emotional skills.
Since preschool is typically a child’s first exposure to a structured educational environment, there is a strong need to lay the foundation for a life-long love of learning. The Compass School’s programs are founded on Reggio-inspired philosophies to offer distinctive, enriching experiences that cultivate a positive relationship with and outlook on learning. We believe that this appreciation for learning will not only carry the child through their school years, but into their adult life and career.
The Compass School understands the importance of play. We strive to create nurturing environments for children to love school, have fun and grow academically, socially and emotionally. It’s believed that in a supportive, enriching environment, children can be comfortable discovering things outside of their comfort zone. Our programs seek to expand their inquisitive nature by allowing them to explore their own ideas, articulate their emotions, take risks, make decisions, and most importantly, develop into strong, well-rounded individuals.
Love of Learning
The cumulative effect of these qualities provides children with all the right tools to love and appreciate learning. Here are some considerations for parents that may help to promote a nurturing and positive environment for learning at home:
- Allow your child to have opinions. Let them talk you through why they feel the way they do without passing judgment. Be passionate in your conversations and talk about experiences that tell the story better than any book.
- Choose activities and exercises that are authentic to children. If something feels fake, forced or just plain uninteresting, your child probably won’t engage. You need to seize the opportunity early on to hook the child, and it’s likely you’ll capture their attention.
- We’re all busy with activities, errands, work, etc. However, it’s important to provide your child with free play time each day to discover and explore. This can be anything from day dreaming to roaming around the backyard.
- Foster independence at a young age. It’s important for brain development, but also for developing an interest in learning. Let them try to do new things by themselves. This puts them in control and encourages them to explore more new things.