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Session notes for Brain development for babies Stages: Birth to 2 months Stages: 3 to 6 months

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Watch Brain development for babies, a 5-minute clip on YouTube where Nathan Mikaere-Wallis talks about neuroscience and infant development.

Getting familiar with the video yourself (before you watch it with the family) will help you to support the discussion better.

Arrange things with the whānau ahead of time so that you have the right technology to view the video.

How humans are different to other species

Nathan talks about the importance of brain development in the first 3 years of life, and about what makes humans different from other species.

He tells us that humans can adapt to any number of environments across the planet.

Ask the whānau:

  • What are the most important messages Nathan is trying to tell us?

Learning language

On page 21 of the SKIP Whakatipu booklet, Te Pihinga 1, it talks about how babies can learn any language as long as it’s spoken regularly to them.

And if there are 2 or more languages spoken regularly, then they’ll learn those languages.

  • What does Nathan say about the importance of talking to a baby?
  • What do we know about how we should talk to babies?

Overstimulation

Look at page 9 with the whānau. Here it talks about being careful in the early days with too much stimulation, as it can be unsettling for a newborn.

Think about what Nathan says about talking to baby and warning against overstimulation.

  • What messages can we see here on page 9 that Nathan also talks about?

SKIP wall frieze

Look at the SKIP baby wall frieze together.

  • What are the messages in the frieze that Nathan talks about?

How does this topic relate to the SKIP resources?

 Baby Wall Frieze - E aroha ana ahau ki te ako - I love to learn.

 Six things children need - Te ārahi me te māramatanga - guidance and understanding.

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