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Neurological development

Current research on brain development in the young child shows there are critical times in brain development when the stimulus must be present for the capacity to evolve. If the environment doesn’t provide the necessary nurturing then certain potentials and abilities cannot be realized. A child’s brain has a tremendous capacity for forming thousands and thousands of interconnections. Each time a connection is formed, the resulting neural pathway is myelinated – covered with a protective fatty-protein sheath. Each time the pathway is used, more myelin is added. The thicker the sheath, the faster the signal travels. By the age 4 years, 80% of the core and limbic brains have been myelinated. At the age of 6-7 it is the turn of the neocortex or higher brain. The right and the left hemispheres are joined through a bundle of neural pathways called the ‘corpus callosum’. A good school needs to provide for stimulus to expedite full development of the brain as a foundation for later life-long learning.