These days, when the situation we are experiencing implies staying at home living the quarantine due to the state of emergency, it is common to hear the recommendation to withdraw young children from school or postpone their education for this year since they are too young to face distance education. It is very painful to have to go to that extreme because of the harm being done to children. For this reason we feel responsible to inform you about the importance of the permanence of children in school.
From the point of view of neurosciences, Dr. Anna Lucía Campos, affirms that «education, mainly at this stage of life, plays an almost protagonist role in the structuring and functionality of the nervous system and the brain» since early experiences They train the brain and design and define their subsequent behavior and success. In this stage the brain develops and goes through sensitive periods for certain learning, so it requires being stimulated and providing an environment of meaningful experiences. Initial education teachers are experts in stimulating the curiosity and observation of the child, activating their learning processes at the intellectual and psychomotor level, and above all, promoting and developing the brain functions of their students. Another aspect that is stimulated from school is the ability to communicate verbally and achieve effective verbal communication.
The first years of life are basic for the integral development of the person while defining their capacities to be good citizens. The school seeks that children understand and regulate their emotions and behaviors, represent their experiences, be autonomous, independent, responsible and productive, thus improving their self-esteem. Children are social beings and the bond, even if it is virtual with their peers, helps them discover their abilities and potential to interact with other children their age. At school, the right of children to expand their capabilities and take them to the next level of development is recognized and guaranteed, ensuring that learning concatenates with each other and does not stop. Everything that the child experiences during his first years of life establishes a decisive foundation to succeed in different areas in later years, for example, in his academic performance and aspects of his personality.
UNESCO points out that optimizing interventions aimed at Early Years is the best investment in people’s lives as it predicts their school progress and the people they will become in the future. Therefore, early childhood is considered the most important stage of development in any individual’s life cycle and can define their success in life.
Glen Doman considers the first 6 years of life to be the years of greatest brain plasticity, both neurological and psychological. It is the time in which children show greater disposition for learning. From our experience we have verified that children who start school from the age of 3 or 4 show an advantage over those who started at the age of 5 since they are exposed to a constant challenge and overcome their challenges quickly achieving greater learning.
we ask Early Years parents to trust our methodology. This transition from an educational system that has always been linked to face-to-face towards an education with virtual predominance, will always generate mistrust and uncertainty for all that it implies, but I remind you that we have the ideal personnel to accompany your children at a distance; I assure you that it is possible to work from a new, joyous and constructive methodology remotely, although they are short and punctual activities, these will promote student autonomy and reflection through meaningful learning.
Fabiola Betancourt K.
Coordinator of Early Years