It’s uninspiring when an educational programme considers only the most basic areas of development.
Children learn more quickly during their early years than at any other time in life, simply because the plasticity of the human brain decreases with age. In other words, the younger your child, the greater an enriched environment will impact on his development.
That’s why it is unfortunate that early childhood education programmes for babies and toddlers typically address only the most basic areas of development, namely:
- Gross motor;
- Fine motor;
- Cognitive (understanding more about the world);
- Speech-and-language; and
- Self-help skills.
The Practica Programme has a uniquely specific approach.
We pay attention to no less than 14 fundamental areas of development during the first section of the programme – right from birth up to 24 months of age.
Practica’s 14 Fundamental Areas of Development include:
- Intellectual Development;
- The development of Curiosity;
- The development of Play;
- Concept of Self;
- Sensory Development;
- Emotional Development;
- Physical Development;
- The development of Independence;
- Manual Dexterity and Eye-hand coordination;
- Social Development;
- Listening Skills;
- Language Comprehension;
- Speech Development; and
- Communication Skills.
Practica addresses each one of these areas individually, but also in concert with the others.
One of the most impressive features of the Practica Program is that each one of the 14 fundamental areas is isolated. The natural way in which it unfolds over time is summarized individually in the User Guides at every age, in line with how a typical child matures.
To top it all, every summary is followed by a list of age-appropriate brain-building activities that is specifically aimed at developing that particular fundamental area.
The collections of 14 summaries and their relevant activity ideas are presented in the User Guides on a month-to-month basis during the first year, and every 3 months during the second year of life.
When an activity calls for a specialized apparatus, Practica Parents have it at hand.
Many of the activity ideas that are listed in the User Guides involve everyday objects, but since the Practica Programme is comprehensive, Practica Parents need to have access to specialized apparatus for an estimated 30% of the games.
To make this possible, all the specialized equipment that are needed for the entire 7 year period are delivered in a wooden toy box as part of the complete kit. To read more about the apparatus, go here.
Whenever your child develops more quickly or falls behind the typical child, you can adapt to his unique pace.
Practically speaking, if your child is walking at 10 months, which is about 2 months ahead of schedule, you will simply page through the “Physical Development” discussions until you reach the 12-14 month section with the same heading. Then proceed to play the more advanced games that are listed there.On the other hand, if your child’s development is not on a par with what you read about a specific area of development at his age-group in the User Guides, you can page to where that fundamental area is discussed in earlier chapters, aimed at younger children. Then simply spend a few days or weeks to recap the relevant activities to bring him up to par.
On the other hand, if your child’s development is not on a par with what you read about a specific area of development at his age-group in the User Guides, you can page to where that fundamental area is discussed in earlier chapters, aimed at younger children. Then simply spend a few days or weeks to recap the relevant activities to bring him up to par.
The Practica Advisory Service is only an e-mail or phone call away.
Parents who buy their Practica kits directly from us are automatically registered as “Practica Parents” on our system with special benefits such as free access to the Practica Advisory Service via telephone or e-mail. This is particularly helpful in times of uncertainty, when a child struggles in one or more areas.Practica Parents also receive more focused newsletters with targeted content.
Practica Parents also receive more focused newsletters with targeted content.
Every time you learn something new as a parent it becomes easier to enjoy your child and give him a head start in life.
The effort that goes into reading a few pages once a month to re-align yourself with your child’s changing needs probably pales in comparison to many of the other sacrifices that you make as a parent. Yet, these little investments add up in the long run.
As a matter of fact, if you join the Practica Program when your baby is born, by the time he celebrates his second birthday you will have systematically read through a total of 224 summaries of how the fundamental developmental areas develop over time. You will also have been exposed to no less than 1060 activity ideas.
And last, but not least, you will have thousands of pictures on your cell phone documenting all the creative and focused ways in which you supported your child’s development during its most critical phase.
The next step will be to start working on developing school readiness.
As a Practica Parent you will deal with possible weaknesses as soon as your child shows signs of falling behind, so your chances are excellent that he will be more than ready at 24 months to commence with the second part of the Practica Programme, which aims at developing school readiness from 2 to 7 years of age.
Give your child roots and wings.
Dr Jonas Salk is quoted as saying: “Good parents give their children roots and wings,”
True. After all is said and done, the most lasting legacy we can give our children is a lasting sense of security and competence. And what better way to do this than spending quality time with them whilst building their brains?
For more information about the complete Practica Programme, please visit www.practica.co.za