As parents and teachers, we often believe that offering new activities every day is beneficial for our children’s learning. We may think it keeps them engaged, exposes them to a variety of experiences, and prevents boredom. However, research shows that constantly introducing new activities can actually hinder learning. In contrast, revisiting the same activities over-and-over again is essential for optimal learning and development. Here’s why…
Neural Connections: The brain forms stronger neural connections through repetition. Revisiting activities strengthens the neural pathways associated with specific skills or knowledge, while also transferring information from short-term to long-term memory. This improves retention and recall of knowledge over time.
Confidence and Competence: Repeatedly engaging in the same activities boosts children’s confidence and self-esteem. As they become familiar with the materials and processes, they gain a sense of competence, allowing them to take risks and explore more deeply.
Deep Understanding: Repetition provides children with the opportunity to explore concepts in-depth. By revisiting activities, they can make connections, ask questions, and engage in meaningful discussions – leading to a deeper understanding of the subject matter.
We understand the importance of developmentally appropriate practice in early childhood education. That’s why we prioritize the power of repetition and revisiting experiences over an overwhelming dump of countless activities. We believe that children thrive when they have the opportunity to delve deeper into meaningful experiences, building mastery and fostering a deeper understanding of the world around them.
By carefully curating a selection of high-quality activities, we ensure that children have the time and space to engage in purposeful repetition, while consolidating their learning and promoting long-term retention – all through hands-on, sensory-rich, open-ended experiences!