2014 Rhymes of the Month - A Year of Neuroscience Key Messages



2014 – A YEAR OF NEUROSCIENCE

KEY MESSAGES

 

What is NEUROSCIENCE?  Neuroscience, also known as Neural Science, is the study of how the nervous system develops, its structure, and what it does.



ENGAGING FAMILIES IN THE

EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT STORY 

KEY MESSAGE 1

THE FIRST FEW YEARS LAST A LIFETIME

Brain development is strongly influenced by good and bad experiences.  Experiences shape brain development by connecting neurons and forming neural pathways.  The brain remains plastic throughout life, but the early years are particularly important for shaping the brain.

FORMING A SECURE ATTACHMENT WITH YOUR CHILD

Every child needs someone who thinks they are just wonderful!  Having lots of fun, caring and interactive times with a child, leads to a healthy bonding between a carer and a child –
this can lead to the child having a positive self image.
Using rhyme and song can help to develop a secure attachment with your child. 

Try one of these rhymes.


DANCE WITH ME

Dance with me, dance with me
Dance with me too
It’s fun to be dancing
Cos I love you!
Source unknown

Hold your child tightly and dance around the room with them chanting this rhyme happily. Substitute other actions – rock with me, bounce with me, march with me, sway with me, spin with me, wriggle with me, shake with me so they learn and understand lots of new movement words increasing their vocabulary.

Why not finish the chant with this tickly last verse and give your child a great big hug at the end.


Tickle me, tickle me
Tickle me too
It’s fun to be tickled
Cos I LOVE YOU!




YOU’RE MY STAR

You’re my star
My moon, my sun
Mummy loves you very much
My special little one
Source unknown


Choose a special time to say this rhyme to your child each day.  Substitute other family members – daddy, grandma, brother, sister, aunty, the dog, teddy bear. At bedtime, just before they go to sleep, would be a perfect time as they will fall asleep full of positive messages.

An attachment with your child is based on thousands of day to day experiences over weeks and months, not one dramatic event.  Attachment theory, first pioneered by John Bowlby over 60 years ago, helps us to understand what it is about early experiences and early relationships that actually impacts so much on the child’s life and on the child’s future life experiences.

A secure attachment can only be established in the context of

a loving relationship that includes: 

 
Nurturing touch
Eye Contact
Smiling
Positive effect
Needs fulfilment 


Ref: The neuroscience review from the first stage of the Engaging Families in the Early Childhood Development Story identified a number of child development statements – Key Messages - to share with parents and the community.  The child development statements convey evidence about the importance of the early years Ref: A toolkit for working with families from pre-birth to 8 years ARACY
Ref:A toolkit for working with families - ARACY
www.aracy.org.au/documents/item/97

Remember to have fun and enjoy being with each other.  
Time is the greatest gift you can give a child.