Growing children thrive in a neighborhood of dynamic associations with parents, relatives, caregivers, teachers, and peers.  These interconnections work in combination to frame​ the foundation of their future exploits in teamwork, leadership, foresight, and critical thinking.

Behavioral research suggests that acquired simple skills form the base for our mastery of increasingly complex faculties.  Emotional competence and social understanding crystallize throughout the infant and toddler phases and are preparatory for success in learning and life.​

The less advanced, higher regions of a newborn's brain, including the cerebral cortex, mature from infancy into the young adult years and beyond.  This evolution is heavily dependent on sensory, motor, emotional, and cognitive episodes to spark the electrical activity required to shape neural circuits and connect with other systems.  Consistent activation will strengthen these synapses, while less stimulation may weaken or eliminate others.

Being ready for school involves more than fostering an aptitude for letters and numbers.

1. Among others, it invites self-awareness with an insight into a person’s thoughts and feelings, and the capacity for cooperative interaction and sustained friendships.  

2. It suggests self-confidence with the ability to plan, follow instructions, resolve conflicts, and adapt to changing circumstances.

3. It commands self-regulation to focus attention, filter distractions, monitor emotions, and control impulses.

4. After all, it summons an emerging conscience to sense right from wrong and judge the correct course of action.

These proficiencies are not innate at birth but learned through the practical wisdom provided by responsive environments and supportive relationships.

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