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The Learning Windows

Do you know a baby develops hearing ability from the third month itself in the mother’s womb? Such a miracle, right.

Many of us don’t know that we can talk to the unborn child; we can play some sweet music for them to hear. Experts say babies develop vision from the fourth week of pregnancy. Due to the fluid around the baby, they can’t open their eyes. But many of us think that the newborn baby develops the ability to see, hear and movement of the limbs after birth.

So by birth, they can see, hear and move the limbs. Further movements like head control slowly develop after the third month of birth. By the age of six to seven months, babies acquire the ability to sit and crawl around. A healthy baby will be able to stand up with support by the ninth or tenth month. Everywhere between ten and fourteen months, the baby starts to walk and speak its preliminary speech, and they start babbling. This babbling is the first step of learning and expressing speech. 

To know more, watch Dr Prithika Chary’s Instagram Session The Learning Windows.

If the child does not babble or make any other sounds, you should check the child’s hearing ability. All of this is possible because of a factor called neuroplasticity – it is the brain’s ability to change its structure and function based on the external inputs around the baby. The baby can receive these external inputs since the time of brain development in the mother’s womb. 

The fact is, a child’s brain develops rapidly until the age of five or six years, which is called a primary growth spurt. This stage is scientifically termed as a window of opportunity, where the children begin to learn something. LEARNING WINDOWS  are stages in this development when specific functions are learnt more easily and quickly, There are learning windows for music, languages, mathematics, etc and introducing a child to the skill during that window makes it easy for them to learn it. Again, the brain starts to remodel itself between 12 and 21 years, called a secondary growth spurt. 

This process of neuroplasticity, or the process of development, happens step by step. The nerve cells form and coordinate themselves to take care of particular body functions like hearing, movement, vision, sensation, etc. 

How these nerve cells take care of these functions and assign the work to them is good to know. To know in detail, watch Dr Prithika Chary’s Instagram Session The Learning Windows.

If you teach something to a child at a specific period, they can learn very quickly, and develop the skills to a much better level. These particular periods are called Learning Windows.

These learning windows can be explained as different stages of learning. 

Motor Movements The ability to use the limbs to walk and move around, which develops from the mother womb itself. This development goes on until the baby is 5 or 6 years old.

  • If you want to teach your child a second language other than their mother tongue, two to twelve years of age is the best time
  • If you’re going to make your child learn music, three to twelve years of age is a good time. 

The best time to make your child learn something which you feel necessary is around 2 to 10 years. This is the period where we call Windows of opportunity to exist. At this age,  most of the children are very active and impressionable. They tend to learn anything faster at this age than later in teenage or adulthood. To know much more about learning windows, watch The Learning Windows by Dr Prithika Chary, the best and only lady neurosurgeon and neuro physician in India.

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