Vroom and Child Development
Every baby is born with a brain that contains billions of neurons. Ready to learn from day one, those neurons connect and the brain starts to get wired for life. Infants can learn like lightening because the brain is wired to grow. In the first five years, it makes 700 neural connections every single second!
Communication is the key to building our nation. There’s one thing that helps young brains grow strong and that’s adult-child relationships. As a parent, you are a brain builder, and every time you interact with your child you’re doing something major—shaping a growing mind. Toddlers and even babies are looking, listening, and relating to you and the world around them non-stop. Nurture their future greatness by creating brain building moments. The first five years are when the brain builds its foundation so kids can thrive as adults.
The good news is, the time you have is all you need to be a brain builder. From the moment your child begins to focus, make eye contact so you and your child are looking at each other. While their language skills develop, talk about the things you see, hear and do together, explaining what’s happening around you. Take your child’s lead by responding to their sounds and actions, even before they are old enough to talk. When they do start talking, ask follow up questions like “What do you think…?” or “Why did you like that?” Stretch each conversation to make it longer by building upon what your child says and does. Take turns with sounds, words, faces and actions, go back and forth to create a conversation or a game.
At Vroom, our philosophy is clear. We know this for sure: learning doesn’t start at school, it begins at birth. It Begins With You. Visit joinvroom.org to learn how you can be a brain builder.