The Eyes Have It
One of the major benefits of enrolling a three-month-old in Romp n’ Roll is often overlooked. While the focus of the class is on his arms, legs, torso, neck, and head, he is focusing his eyes on everything around him.
When I and the other researchers with the Harvard Preschool Project studied the growth and development of children who eventually became successful students, we observed that the most common activity they pursued as babies is what we called “steady staring.” Since they are not particularly adept at getting around on their own at this point, they rely on their eyes to soak up as much as possible during the early months.
Regrettably, some mothers and fathers make the mistake of assuming that because their infant’s body is not extremely active, his mind is fairly inactive as well. Consequently, they keep the baby largely confined to the house and fail to expose him to a rich variety of interesting and enriching visual experiences on a regular basis.
The old adage that a child’s first classroom is the home is definitely true. But there is no doubt that Romp n’ Roll constitutes an exciting, enjoyable, and extremely educational field trip.
Michael K. Meyerhoff, Ed.D. (a.k.a. “Dr. Mike”) is a member of the management team at Romp n’ Roll. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Columbia University, he earned his master’s and doctorate degrees in human development from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he also held a position as a researcher with the Harvard Preschool Project. He may be contacted via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.