Cognitive Neuroscience

MerlionKids' curriculum on early years education is scientific and research based. Research studies of Professor Kurt Fischer and Professor Jack P. Skonkoff, both from Harvard University specialising neuroscience and molecular biology, reveal that while genes might set the road map of the brain, the child's learning experiences during at the sensitive and significant time period of zero to six years old shape the brain architecture.

The brain architecture is made up of trillions of neural connections and it has a lasting impact on their learning and development of the child. A great deal of neural circuits and mental processes are built 'from the bottom up' during the first 3 years after birth, but the window of opportunity for its development does not close on the child's third birthday as the neuro plasticity nature of the brain continues to develop.

Academic success and better overall health depends on the cognitive executive functions (memory & mental flexibility) and self-regulation skills (social and emotional skills, motivation, resilience, perseverance etc). These executive functions of the brain could be easier developed in a child. Any deficiencies in these executive functions and self-regulation skills will not become smaller but grow larger in adulthood if not closed.

Development of core executive functions and brain capabilities is a highly interactive process that requires the constant interaction between the child and the educator. Positive interaction between the child and caregivers literally build the architecture of the developing brain. It is about helping the child to cultivate an attitude in curiosity, motivation, resilience and perseverance through constant encouragement, and interactive engagement. Research studies have also shown that resilience requires relationships, not rugged individualism.

It goes on to feed on the development of other skills such as empathy, confidence, critical thinking, creativity, literacy and numeracy abilities etc. In fact, all children are brilliant kids as they all already have trillions of brain cells just waiting to be connected and stimulated. Their potential to learn so much was all right there from the start. MerlionKids' highly qualified educators play very important roles in the continuous provision of positive experiences through interactive scaffolding and positive reinforcement.

While attachments to their parents are primary, young children can also benefit significantly from relationships with other responsive caregivers both within and outside the family. MerlionKids understands this significance and continuously provide updates briefing and professional training on knowledge and industry development to all our passionate educators.