Did you know 90 percent of a child’s brain develops before the age of 5? As young children grow, they will learn many important things and begin to solve problems in their daily life. You can help establish the foundation for your preschool student’s brain development upon which all their future learning, relationships and health will be built. Here are three things you can do in the classroom:
1. Encourage Dramatic Play
Dramatic play helps children exercise their working memory as they play as themselves and hold the roles of others. As they act out pretend scenarios and adjust to the evolving plot, they’ll have to think flexibly which helps their inhibitory control.
2. Have Regular Story time
Story time requires children to pay attention for long periods of time as they listen to what’s happening in the book. As children are listening, they’re challenging their brain to remember characters and what has happened so far.
3. Sing Together
Singing is a great way to not only support preschooler’s brain development; it also can encourage children’s speech and language development. When choosing a song to sing together, try finding something with rhymes or patterns. This can improve a child’s memory and teach them early math skills.