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How Girls view Brilliance

NYU recently performed a study on how girls view Brilliance as they grow up.  It was interesting because children are so impressionable at such a young age.  How people speak to them, how they see people speak to others, building self confidence and love for themselves is so important to even the youngest of children.  I sat down with WCCO to discuss how important it is to teach them they are SMART! https://vimeo.com/user14179445/review/227302937/cc3ec97697...

New Curriculum

It is so exciting to continue to perfect the curriculum and we are so often challenged by the children's ability to learn and desire more.  Children, ages 0-5, have an incredible opportunity to set themselves up for life long learning and success.  Little Newtons believes that children can learn anything if we set them up right.  But it is also important to nurture their inner self, their confidence, love them, and respect them.  The new curriculum will be released on Sept 5th for both Toddler and Preschoolers.  This curriculum will still include our FIVE languages, and still be historic in nature, but will have more in depth training on handwriting, emotions, self esteem, Presidents, Chemical Elements, Time Telling, Reading, etc.  We are also studying the different cries of infants and what each of them mean to better attend to the needs.  It's a very exciting time for Little Newtons!!...

Children and Leadership

As we wrap up our "school year," at Little Newtons, we prepare for Graduation this Friday.  This is always a very emotional time for both us and parents.  We have worked together to get our children to where they are this week.  At Little Newtons, we loved, educated, respected and pushed them to exceed their abilities.  Some of the children have been in our program since they were little babies, which of course, has been incredible to see them grow into amazing individuals.  Some have been in our program, for the school year--but again, we have seen them exponentially grow in such a short time. They have learned languages, math, science, reading, writing, yoga (some of our kiddos critique my yoga to show me how to do it better), music, encyclopedic knowledge (US presidents, chemical elements, all of the different types of monkeys), dramatic play, etc.  So many of our graduating class any can read, write and add. A few thoughts on leadership as the children leave our program.  I keep thinking of what is the best quote I can tell these kiddos?  Anywhere from "don't let anyone dull your sparkle," to "just keep swimming," to lastly "let your smile change the world, don't let the world change your smile." Any child can grow up to be a leader.   Our wish is that they continue to learn accountability, integrity, perseverance, confidence, respect (of themselves and others), and never ever give up! We thank all of you for your support you have given your children, our teachers and our program....

Fidget Spinners

My oldest daughter came home and said she needed a "fidget spinner." I wasn't certain what this was, but started to research it a bit.  My response to her was, "No,you don't need a fidget spinner."  A few days later and I found out that fidget spinners are now banned at her school, according to her. With more and more posts on the internet, facebook, etc--some in mockery, some showing benefits--had me still intrigued by this new "object."  At the very same time, I have been looking very deeply into classroom management at Little Newtons.  As the Founder, I feel it is imperative to always be doing quality assurance and making sure the program is doing what we say, that we stand by what we deliver and offer the most exceptional education and care.  One very important part of LN's program is classroom schedules.  My philosophy surrounds keeping children engaged, strong education and fun.  With that comes sticking to the schedule.  Typically when we see children getting bored, antsy, looking for other things to do, it is because they are sitting too long.  Which brought me to the thought of fidget spinners. Are fidget spinners something that we are using to keep children "engaged" in their studies longer? Do they distract from learning?  Children's minds are very complex but do we want them"playing" with an object while trying to learn math, reading, etc.  What if we broke up the learning a bit?  The body as a whole needs to be exercised.  What people are saying is more detrimental to those in office jobs, is sitting all day.  So many studies have come out saying that extended periods of sitting results in a less production.  What if we focus on a learning subject, say reading, for 15 mins, then stand up and "shake our wiggles out" while counting by 5s, then move to another area of the room for a different activity?  Would that negate the need for an additional "object" to occupy our attention? It works for children 0-5 years old, and we see how engaged they are for the shorter periods of time and how effective the learning is, while not needing a lot of outside resources to keep them engaged....

Early Brain Development

Many years of research has demonstrated that high academic, high quality early childhood education produces short and long term effects on cognitive and social development of children.  All children should have access to a high quality education program. Brain Development in Ages 0-5 Children are born with the maximum amount of brain capacity (number of neurons) and must develop those neurons by the end of age five when 90 percent of the brain has completed development.  During these years, the brain creates a "wiring path" and connects to the areas in the brain responsible for life, language, thinking, hearing, etc. The strength of the wiring path is dependent on repetition and exposure to new experiences in education. Think of the first year of life: Infants are able to recognize their mother's voice, learn to cry and receive food, sit up, roll over, ultimately learning how to walk.  During our teacher training we stress the importance of how incredible the first year of life is. Year two includes the most dramatic changes in the brain. This is a time of "Vocabulary Explosion."  Some say their vocabulary will quadruple during this year. As well as vocabulary and language development, this age group is also learning about themselves and having "self awareness."  They start using the "I" reference and knowing their name. It is pretty fascinating if you stop and think about all of the things children can learn in such a short about of time. Because the brain develops so rapidly and is so dependent on experiences, this is a crucial window of opportunity to provide positive educational experiences that will result in wiring that leads to life long learning, achievement, and success later in life!...

Language Development

One of Little Newtons' focus of education is the basis of language acquisition.  When designed to teach five languages; Spanish, French, Italian, Mandarin and American Sign Language (lets not forget English too), it was with the understanding that children age 0-5 are recommended to have fast, quick, new language exposed to them.  In fact, some research suggests that children need to hear 30,000 words a day. The study found that children who heard at least 33 million words, which is 30,000 words a day from birth the age of 3 tend to have higher IQs at the age of 10 than those who hear fewer words. People say "why five languages?" why not focus on a second one?  The reasoning behind it is to optimize the brain development of 0-5 to ensure they are expanding and developing their brains at the time it is most crucial. The brain produces more than a million connections each second during the years of 0-3.  By age 5, the brain's development is almost 90 percent completed. Children's brains exposed to many languages, math concepts, art, science, etc at such a young age rapidly make the connections.  ...