Studies on neurology have shown that the early years of life are crucial in delimiting the intellectual capacity that a person can develop. If students are placed in the right learning situations from a very early age, their intellectual potential can be multiplied. We no longer talk about a high or low IQ, but about students’ intelligence profile, which is the result of educating and training their talent over the early years of primary education to enhance their intellectual capacity.
We have set up an early stimulation programme to broaden the possibilities for acquiring knowledge, abilities and skills.
The human brain is divided into two hemispheres. The left hemisphere is the home of logic, analysis and sequential thought: it processes and reasons in a linear fashion, with no short-cuts or side-tracking. It has difficulty picking up and accepting new things. It governs timing, order and social habits. It works with words. By contrast, the right hemisphere is creative: it likes music, painting and art. It does not analyse but rather at the overall picture, using images not words. It works by jumping intuitively from one point to another. It understands neither time nor rules. It seeks its own alternatives and solutions. The early stimulation programme trains students to use both hemispheres, with special emphasis on the right, which is the one that usually works less. This entails an extension of cognitive capabilities for problem solving, because both logical reasoning and intuition are used.
“We normally use only one way of problem solving, and this sometimes prevents us from hitting on the solution. Early stimulation activities involving the repetition of certain exercises enable us to activate the right hemisphere of the brain, i.e. the creative side, creating new neural pathways. These pathways are access roads to the solving of problems and conflict-prone situations. This enables children to acquire a greater capability for thought.”