How a Child's Brain Works

Nov 16, 2020

The function of children’s minds is fascinating, especially because not many people genuinely remember what it was like to have a child’s thought process. However, it is essential as a learning center that teaches core concepts like Math and English for us to understand how exactly the minds of our students work. Not only this, but it is important as parents to understand the way in which our children’s minds work so that we can assist them to reach their full potential.

Of course, learning is beneficial at any time of a child’s life, even beyond their young years. However, there is a “golden” time for kids to retain new information which lies in their early years. Up to age 5 is the time in which children are most apt for social, emotional, physical, and intellectual development. This is a crucial time to set a foundation for a child’s future learning abilities, as children have demonstrated positive responses to learning certain types of information early in life. These types of information are called privileged domains and include most notably language, numbers, causality, and biological/physical concepts.

Additionally, kids’ internal drive and will to learn is incredibly significant to enhance their education. Though this may seem like a given, it has been commonly thought that children don’t have the metacognitive abilities to want to learn. However, this has been proven wrong via research over the past few decades as children require the same level of effort as adults do to grow their learning.

While usually it feels as though there is one type of intelligence that is widely accepted in society, it is important to note how there are so many different “genres” of skills and smarts. Understanding this allows for new ways to support children’s strengths while working alongside their weaknesses to help them grow. Not all students come into schools or learning centers like ours with the same toolbox and machinery, and the individualized care that each of our students receives from our certified teachers at Best Brains allows for these functions to be nurtured correctly and effectively.

Information retention is also dependent on the type of curriculum that is presented to children. It has been proven that a non-repetitive curriculum helps to engage and encourage new ways of thinking, which is why this is our method of choice here at Best Brains. When learning becomes something that lacks innovation and novelty, students will unavoidably become disinterested. However, at Best Brains we ensure that our curriculum provides fresh material that keeps students engaged. This feeds children’s innate hunger for learning new and interesting things, which their brains are more likely to absorb.

Having a genuine understanding of the function of our students’ brains is one of our key tools to a strong and successful education at Best Brains of Algonquin. We love to see our students flourish as we continue to nurture their strengths, work through their weaknesses, grow their desire to learn, and provide them with rich new concepts right at the most quintessential time of their lives for information retention.