It's not only sight- but sound, touch and interaction with people and things that help an infant make those crucial, early brain-developing neural connections. And when it comes to language, it's important to start early -- talking, singing and reading to infants from birth, long before they start producing words.
At about age one, the brain has laid the foundation for a language system-By age two, it labels sounds. Sentence structure comes next. If there is an interruption in the input, there will be an interruption in the language.
Neuroscientists say that just as children become hard-wired for language (both their native tongue and foreign language) more easily during a certain window of time, so too a window exists for learning coordinated motor skills and music. This means that to help children be more athletic or musical later in life, you should encourage them to run and play games and instruments especially during the time of brain development for those skills.
The brain must learn to relax and concentrate at an early age, too. When parents pack too many activities into a child's schedule, they may be overlooking important lessons that just relaxing together or concentrating on one task at a time teaches the brain-Children learn from cuddle time, too.
As principal architects of their child's development, parents should strike a balance between stimulating experiences that get those brain circuits working and quiet times for nurturing. By making sure that time spent with their children is good quality time with plenty of interaction and support-parents won't have to worry so much about when their child learns what. Healthy development will come as a natural response to their warmth and care.