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Importance of nurturing cognitive skills in children as part of early education

Importance of nurturing cognitive skills in children as part of early education

“The goal of education is not to increase the knowledge but to create the possibilities for a child to invent and discover, to create men who are capable of doing new things “

These are the words of Jean Piaget - A Swiss psychologist and genetic epistemologist most famously known for his theory of cognitive development that looked at how children develop intellectually throughout the course of childhood.

Cognitive skills in simple words  is all about the ability to grasp information, analyze the cause and effect  and thereafter relate that learning to new situations. Research reveals that the formative years of children, especially their first 5 years are an extremely crucial phase when it comes to brain development. The learning opportunity that we, as parents offer to our children during this phase sets the stage for a holistic development of brain cells that are essential to understand the world and react appropriately to situations that range from simple to complex.

Challenge for parents, therefore, is to inculcate a learning process that can ignite and bring together several brain faculties such as learning ability, concentration, attention span, memory retention, analytical thinking and decision making, besides several other dimensions necessary at an early age so as to progressively achieve the various age related milestones in development of cognitive skills.

Here we look at some examples of Cognitive skills and how they facilitate simple day to day activities

 

COGNITIVE SKILLS

                        Real life situations where the skills are applied

   

Number skills 

Helps to chronologically sequence out simple daily activities for children and prioritize them, starting from daily routine right up to bed time.

Perception skills

Develops ability to process Sensory stimuli so they can smell a Rose, touch/feel a surface or texture and hear/recognize their favorite sounds/voice or visually identify an object.

Communication skills

Enhances ability to question when they do not understand and also the ability to follow directions - both auditory and visual, besides engage in simple conversations.

Concentration skills

Increases the sense of focus, attention span and helps to avoid getting distracted during multi tasking situations between work and play.

Memory power

Prepares a child to register and recall simple written instructions, events and conversations – Be it a story recall or exciting moments from a travel or a play session.

Creative Thinking

Enables logical reasoning of what comes next, problem solving and decision making abilities.

 

How can we, as parents help in developing these skills to the fullest potential?

Cognitive skills development is a combination of genetics and as well, a process of teaching and nurturing. The need of the hour for the current age millennial is therefore a tool that can simplify this process while at the same time ensure that they are fun-filled to make learning and development a joyous experience for the children. Only then can we find them` immersed in the learning process as they embark upon the journey to explore, discover and learn new things.

         Vince Gowmon said – “Play is the shortest route between children and their creative calling “.

Our innovative early education toys cater to every milestone in a child’s cognitive development. The experiential learning from our toys unshackles the millennial from conventional preschool education. They are aimed at developing all skills necessary to prepare them well enough to emerge as   winners in life not by chance but by choice!

Product set includes:

  • Stage 1 – 3D formation with Jigsaw tower  for Age 3+
  • Stage 2 - 2 D formation with Mosaic Nuts and Bolts for Age 4+
  • Stage 3- Simple replication with Popsicle patterns for Age 4+
  • Stage 4 – Sequencing with Locking blocks for Age 4+
  • Stage 5 – Picture completion with animal blocks Age 5+
  • Stage 6 – Complex replication with house of Patterns age 6+

Skills covered –

  • Logical reasoning
  • Problem solving
  • Visual discrimination

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