Moomin International Kindergarten Early Development Integral Program supports babies and toddlers enhancing their early development. The program is designed to enhance babies’ abilities from the early years when it matters most.

The program stimulates young children through: 

  • Fine and gross motor skills exercises. These exercises are oriented towards developing small and large muzzle strength so that the baby is able to have great coordination and to move freely. They also enhance the baby’s alertness, vitality and mood.
  • Language and auditive stimulation. Through this program the baby becomes aware of his/her own language and gains the ability to express him/herself through it. Additionally, the baby is able to recognize, process and analyze sounds.
  • Cognition. Through the use of different materials babies develop their visual processing and speed,  focus on a task and ignore distractions, develop their intellectual capacity, strengthen neuro connections and working memory, logic, mental flexibility and reasoning.
  • Emotional and Personal attention. The child will develop independence early on and be able to care for him/herself, self regulate emotions, control own behavior and form bonds. 
  • Social interaction. Provide the child with all the necessary elements to adapt to the environment and others. 

The program is carried out in a well equipped and safe environment 6mos-1.5 year olds. The program changes slightly every 3 months as young children continue to develop their abilities.

Hours:     Everyday from 9am to 12pm

Cost:     JPY30,000 per week

For parents interested in learning strategies to enhance their babies abilities, ask us about our afternoon and weekend workshops.

Theres is a wide range of research that support the importance of early brain development.

Brains are built overtime. The process starts in the womb, continues to adulthood. At birth 700 new neural connections are formed every second, then decreases through pruning so that brain circuits become more efficient.

First come sensory-vision and hearing, then early language skills and higher cognitive functions. Early experiences determine whether the circuits are strong or weak. Babies are learning all the time.

Interactive experiences shape the developing brain. Babbling, gestures, facial expressions and adults responding to them with the same expressions. The absence of these can cause the brain’s architecture to not form as expected, which can lead to disparities in learning and behavior.

The brains’ capacity for change decreases with age. The brain is most flexible or “plastic” in the early years to accommodate a wide range of environments and interactions, but as it matures, it is less capable of reorganizing and adapting to new or unexpected challenges. Early plasticity means it’s easier and more effective to influence a baby’s developing brain architecture than to rewire parts of its circuitry in the adult years.

Cognitive, emotional, and social capacities are inseparably intertwined throughout life. The brain is an extremely interrelated organ, and its multiple functions operate incredibly well coordinated. Emotional well-being and social competence provide a strong foundation for emerging cognitive abilities, which are the foundation of human development. The emotional and physical health, social skills, and cognitive-linguistic capacities that emerge in the early years are all important prerequisites for success in school and later in the workplace and community.

Toxic stress damages developing brain architecture, which can lead to life-long problems in learning, behavior, and physical and mental health. Toxic stress becomes built into the body by processes that shape the architecture of the developing brain. Examples of toxic stress can include maternal depression, any kind of abuse, shouting at the child, making a child feel bad for their behavior, etc. We as parents need to build a safe buffer for our children. Our happiness makes children feel safe and when the brain has a positive happy atmosphere energy levels rise, intelligence rises, creativity rises. 

Source: http://developingchild.harvard.edu

Links:

Early Experiences: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VNNsN9IJkws#t=78

Interactions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_5u8-QSh6A

Stress: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVwFkcOZHJw

Neglect: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bF3j5UVCSCA

Foundations for health: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_mCNW4kb6M

Executive Function: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=efCq_vHUMqs 

Language: http://www.ted.com/talks/patricia_kuhl_the_linguistic_genius_of_babies?language=en