How Children Learn to Learn
This chapter discusses the brain development and its effect on the child's learning styles. When the teacher directs the children's activity, even if they are using play materials like blocks or balls or tempera paint, it fails to meet the definition of play. The learning that comes through play is hard to measure but is a foundation for life skills just as academic skills. In the 1970s Germany experimented with shifting from its play-based Kindergartens to early learning centers that focused on cognitive achievement. The brain's development predicts behavior; each time the brain reaches a new stage of understanding the adaptive process follows a similar pattern of questioning followed by assimilation. The interplay of individual children's experiences with the growth in their brains and bodies are all interwoven with biological development. The way that children get ready to do well in elementary school is by building healthy bodies, brains that are primed, eager and inquisitive, emotional stability and social proficiency.