Neuroplasticity in Before and After School Care

Neuroplasticity in Before and After School Care

Did you know the brain can change?

There is a new word sweeping through the learning community – neuroplasticity. Essentially, neuroscientists have proved that the brain is not a static organ. It does not stop development with age, and it can literally change shape in response to new circumstances.

This means that we can learn new things faster, and change our habits to suit changing circumstances. And when it comes to education, it is possible to help your brain learn new things faster.Kids have an advantage

Kids have an advantage

While this is great news for those of us feeling stuck in our ways, or looking to pick up a few new skills later in life, it is little wonder to those of us with children. We know that they have great adaptive capacities – they learn so fast, it’s sometimes hard to keep up!

However, one of the key elements in neuroplastic studies shows that monotony – boredom – is lethal to the learning process. In fact, it is safe to say that experiencing boredom due to repetition can literally hamper the brain’s development.

It is true that performing the same tasks over and over may assist with some types of learning. But when it goes on beyond the learning process, the activity itself becomes a burden on the brain. New connections don’t get made, and the old patterns stay in place.

You have to keep it fresh

When it comes to inspiring new brain patterns, you can’t beat novelty. And one place where novelty is sometimes in short supply is during before or after school care.

Sure, the school is there to educate your child, so before school care is not necessarily the place for lessons. But it doesn’t have to be – as long as what your child is doing is different.

Basically, you need to know that the program in place has enough new content to keep a child’s mind ticking over. One day they may be playing sports, the next they may be working on numeracy development. The important thing is that they don’t get stuck in a boring routine.

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