Is Competition an ineffective tool in Preschool
“A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it, it just blooms”
Parenting is a subtle art of giving children creative freedom to explore, discover and learn without subjecting them to a competitive trap that actually limits their creativity for more reasons than one. The moment we talk of Competition, at least two words logically follow – Win or Lose! Competition by itself is quite a healthy concept but certainly not an effective tool when it comes to motivating Preschool children to learn.
Here is how competition can be detrimental to a child’s learning and development in early childhood.
0 to 10 years – Critical years in the life of a child
Why is the phase of 0-10 years most crucial?
There are well researched studies to establish that these formative years of a child are an extremely crucial phase when it comes to a child’s brain development because it sets the stage for further development of several brain faculties as the child grows up.
This is also the phase for simultaneous development of multiple skills such as linguistic skills, social skills, cognitive skills, emotional skills and motor development skills.
Every experience during this phase is said to multiply the neural connections between the brain cells and repetitive experiences are believed to strengthen these connections. Therefore learning opportunities should be maximized.
Different parts of the brain are responsible for various functions of the mind. Accordingly, the brain has to be fed with right mix of experiences so that a holistic development can happen.
The timing of the learning opportunities to be provided is also an important aspect in early childhood development so that the learning aligns along the developmental milestones led by brain cells in respective areas of the brain.
The human brain is comprised of at least 5 major parts and each part is responsible for various skills or faculties. Researches provide us with established milestones for a child’s brain development. Let us have a quick look at some examples.
The Cerebellum for example which is responsible for functions such as balance, rhythm, coordination is said to triple in size in the first one year of birth and therefore a crucial period for development of gross and fine motor skills.
The Occipital Lobe on the other hand is responsible for understanding and Storage of Visual memory and it is established that over the first six months, cells in the brain will develop adequately to make up the visual cortex making this the crucial phase for introducing colors, shapes and patterns.
Thinking, Problem solving, Reasoning, Organizing and Social Behavior are all functions of the Frontal Lobe which is expected to grow during the period 18 months – 2 years.
Likewise, auditory functions, Language, Memory and Emotions driven by Temporal Lobe and Sensory information like Taste, Touch and Smell driven by the Parietal Lobe have their own milestones for development and accordingly, opportunities for right kind of experiences have to be created at the right time.
Hello Kidz philosophy not only recognizes all of these as extremely important aspects of early childhood learning, but is extremely conscious of a unique pedagogy that is necessary to capture the immense and powerful quest for learning that children have during these years.
Hello Kidz early childhood solutions embodies these elements in various concepts that need to be inculcated in a structured environment between the age group 0-6 years and that includes Practical life skills, Language skills, Sensorial skills and Cultural skills besides essential learning topics such as Mathematics, Botany, Zoology and Geography.