By Karen Coltrane
Last year more than 429,000 visitors came to the Children’s Museum’s Richmond-area locations. While most adult visitors view the museum initially as a safe place for children to play, they are pleased to learn that our exhibits are actually designed to immerse both children and their adults in pretend play – which studies show is critical to developing young brains and preparing children for school.
We meet parents every day looking for educational enhancement opportunities for even their youngest children. This is natural, as engaged parents intuitively understand that their children’s brains are working hard well before their school years. In fact, the brain actually develops more rapidly between birth and age 5 than during any other time in life. Parents are often surprised, however, to discover that it is their child’s ability to regulate his or her own behavior (known as self-regulation) that is actually one of the strongest predictors of future academic success.
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