Power Hour for Parents and their Preschoolers

Power Hour for Parents and their Preschoolers

Power-Hour exists to strengthen families with young children by offering them an affordable program rich in spiritual, intellectual, physical, creative and social parent/child bonding activities.

Pre-School Power Hour Brain Development

  • A newborn can distinguish her mother’s voice from others and may even be able to recognize the sounds of stories she heard while in the womb?
  • At birth, she has 100 billion brain cells (neurons). These have been forming since week 3.
  • At birth, she may have 2,500 synapses/connections to/from each neuron. Over the next 30 months (or so) that number can multiply by six to 15,000 synapses per neuron.
  • Synapses increase by frequent use. Billions more will disappear due to inactivity.
  • Parents/caregivers will be the ones who affect this. Your behavior/interaction with your child will not only decide which synapses will thrive but which will wither.

Reading Ability

  • Among adults at the lowest level of literacy proficiency, 43% of them live in poverty!
  • Contrast that with those with a strong level of literacy proficiency: 4%!!
  • Children who see/hear one million words/year will score in the top 2% of standardized tests.
  • Children who see/hear as little as 8,000 words/year score in the bottom 2%.
  • Some children who enter Kindergarten will have been exposed to/be familiar with 45 million words, • Other children will enter the same classroom with only 13 million. o 32 million words = 10 words/second for 900 minutes. o 1 million words/year = 3,000/day.

Rhyming/Natal Language

  • 4-year-olds who know 8-10 rhymes will be top readers in a class by age 8.
  • Rhymes help with Language Development: Vowel & Consonant Sounds, Pitch, Volume, Voice Inflection, Phonemic Awareness, Language Order, & Unique Vocabulary.
  • Rhymes help with Cognitive Development: Pattern Recognition/Memorization Help, Sequential Story Telling, Alliteration, Onomatopoeia, Imaginative Imagery, & Introduction to Metaphor.
  • Rhymes help with Physical Development: Develop Mouth & Tongue Muscles, Movement, Coordination, & Choreography.
  • Rhymes help with Social/Emotional Development: Safe/Secure Bond with Parent, Positive Physical Touch, Sense of Humor, Experience/Role Play Different Emotions, Self-Expression, & Transmit Culture.

For more information download the Power Hour brochure.