New research indicates there are biological and environmental factors that can greatly enhance a child’s development.
A newborn’s brain is incredibly complex and flexible. As it develops over the next few months, every stimulus it encounters will either aid in, or detract from, the child’s optimal development. Brain development is “activity dependent,” meaning activity in any circuit—sensory, motor, emotional and cognitive—encourages that circuit to grow. Every sense and experience—whether it’s seeing one’s first rainbow, crawling across the floor, experiencing language, or smelling a rose—excites a specific neural circuit while leaving others dormant. The senses and circuits that are consistently stimulated will be strengthened, while those that are rarely stimulated may drop away.
It’s widely believed there are “windows of opportunity” or “critical periods” in early brain development. Some of these windows may begin to close as early as three months of age, even more will close by age three or four, and most will shut completely by puberty.
During these critical periods (wherein as many as two million new neural connections might be created each second!), a child’s sensory, motor, emotional and intellectual experience determines which connections will be used, and therefore preserved.
Rainbow Cultural Garden nurtures and promotes the linguistic, emotional, physical and problem-solving potential during a child’s most critical development stages.
We believe it’s during these periods (when the garden of brain connection potential is most abundant) that children have the best opportunity to develop a robust emotional and experiential foundation that will remarkably enrich their subsequent development and serve them for the rest of their lives.
From this unique educational garden grow empathetic, compassionate, self-reliant children who are fluent in four or more languages and cultures. Children with a deep sensitivity to and appreciation of the beauty around them. Children who possess the fundamental qualitative and quantitative building blocks on which advanced learning will stand. These children of the world will have an inspired love of learning, the skill of how to think—not what to think—and a deep sense of what it means to be human, independent of culture.