In early years a child’s brain makes 1,000,000 new connections every second.
First to develop are brain circuits for vision, hearing and language. Reading, writing and maths will develop later. Key factors influencing early development include the amount of language a child interacts with, seeing printed text, and improving fine motor skills. Read about these in the topic summary and get into conversation with our 5 focused scientists.
- Speak to Katie about how spatial skills support maths learning.
- Quiz Mark about handwriting interventions and fine motor skills.
- Talk to Emily about neurodevelopmental disorders.
- Chat with Rebecca about early numeracy skills and the role of attention in the learning process.
- Ask Sarah about phonics and factors affecting engagement in reading.
Use ASK to post questions about to specific scientists at any time over the next fortnight. Early development or anything else about the Science of Learning that is useful to you.
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We’ve already had a number of Early Development questions, click here to read them and join the conversation.
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- Thursday 8th February, 8-9pm
- Tuesday 13th February, 8-9pm
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