Caribbean Indigenous Essay

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The primary school period (ages five to twelve years) of a child life is regarded by several researchers as a crucial period of brain development. For example, Mc Nelis (2010), postulates that ‘The brain physically grows to 90% of its adult size by age 5. The brain connections that create this growth are primarily based on the experiences a child has in these early years.’ This suggests that a person learn more during their formative years than during the rest of their lives. Just as students are taught Addition in Mathematics; Life Cycle in Science and Subject Verb Agreement in Grammar; Morals and Values also need to be taught explicitly. Where Catholic Primary Schools are concerned, this aspect of education ought to be done in a manner that maintains the Christian Ethos. The primary years in a child’s life are very important. The experiences that an individual encounters during early years have an impact on the individual’s future. It is often said that parents are the first teachers because children are impressionable and learn behaviours that come from their home environment. Research has shown that if a child knows what is right, he or she will do what is right. It is imperative that young individuals are exposed to positive behaviours because they will make choices based on what they know and learn. To teach responsible and caring behaviours, parents must first model caring behaviours with their young children. The young individual will then take what they have acquired from the home environment to the school environment. The school is expected to expand the previous knowledge that the child brings to the school environment. Teachers are expected to use strategies to find out what their charges know through socio economics data and checklists. The feedback collected from this data is very important because it will allow the teacher to take the child from the

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