“We already know that the brain develops most rapidly in the first few years of a child’s life. During these critical years, neuroplasticity is at a peak — neurons form new connections at the astounding rate of up to 1,000 per second. These synaptic connections are the foundation of a child’s physical and mental health, affecting everything from longevity to the lifelong capacity to learn, from the ability to adapt to change to the capacity for resilience.
“…If children fail to get what they need — enough nutrition, nurturing, stimulation and a sense of security — during the most critical years of early childhood, the impact on their lives and futures is enormous. For example, inadequate nutrition in the early years of childhood can result in stunting, which can cause diminished physical and cognitive development that undermine a child’s ability to learn and earn later in life….”
The “selfie project” originated when a new little Jackson came into the classroom for the first time. John Patrick was standing by the mirror by Jackson and said “It’s two John Patricks!”
Both Jackson and John Patrick have blond hair and fair skin. Miss Sonya and Miss Alonza took this opportunity to talk about how we all different and wonderful. The children all enjoyed seeing their own faces in the pictures. What a great child-led project on self-acceptance and respecting others differences!
Cullen collects bags of sticks for his family. This is activity helps him cope with missing his family. Ms. Alonza was helping him one day collect his bag of sticks and nature items and a friend joined them. Through conversation and discussions about sticks and branches, the group of children became interested in helping Cullen collect more sticks and then some for themselves.
What can we make with sticks? How can do we use sticks? How can you build with sticks?
Cullen said he would make a rocket. Jaley said she would make a windmill and a flower. Lizeth made a stick person and Sydnie made a letter “T”. Zoe created a house. These creations are displayed in the classroom along with other projects.
The children then decided to make a tower with sticks. Otis said the structure looked like a beaver’s home! The story is just beginning.