Meet Lana, 27 months, Badanamu Fan
This week we want to celebrate another very Badanamu Club member. Everyone meet Lana. She is a very special 27-month-old, and also a huge Badanamu fan. Lana is Korean-Vietnamese and currently learning to speak Korean, Vietnamese, and English. Her favorite Badanamu character changes from time to time, but happens to be Punk at the moment. Her favorite Badanamu song also changes frequently, but she usually can’t help shaking along with Jess in Ponytail.
Another way in which Lana is special is that she is capable of producing the most common sound (phoneme) for each letter (grapheme) in the English alphabet. In other words, when Lana sees the letter A, she says /ae/. Conversely, when she hears the sound /ae/ she looks for the letter A. This is quite remarkable for her age, so we in the Badanamu Club want to share how she was able to make this accomplishment.
It does not take much time speaking with Lana and her mother to find out that Lana is a gifted little girl. She is fully capable of assembling 100 piece puzzles with little help from mom. She dances well, is learning to color with crayons, and can speak and understand simple English sentences. Her natural intelligence, while significant, is not however, the only factor in her recent English progress. Far more important to Lana’s success is the method by which she approaches English.
Right away we noticed that Lana’s mom appreciates the importance of utilizing Lana’s entire brain in the learning process. Lana does not spend all of her time doing one single kind of activity. Her mom provides a multitude of engaging activities for Lana daily. After all, her little brain is not developing in one single way and craves all kinds of stimulation, none of which is strictly academic. Rather, the needs of Lana’s brain are all interrelated, and it’s nearly impossible to separate physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and language needs. As such, Lana’s mom looks for ways to engage Lana in meaningful play, not simply sitting with books or watching TV.
So just what is the Badanamu Method and what does it have to do with Lana’s brain? Let’s start by pointing out that from the ages of 24 months to 36 months toddlers experience development all over their brains. Essentially they are pruning and strengthening all of those amazing synaptic structures they have been collecting over the last couple years of their time with you. The main areas of intense growth and change are the sections of the brain involved in spacial awareness and movement (parietal lobe), the sections involved in language and emotion (temporal lobe), as well as the parts involved in cognition (frontal lobe). Note that the area involving visual perception and object recognition (the occipital lobe), is also an area of high engagement in Badanamu products. This lobe, however, has already undergone significant myelination and dendrite pruning before age two and not changing nearly as dramatically during the 24 to 36 month age range.
When Lana plays Badanamu Story Time she is linking the physical world to the digital world in a way that gets her actively engaged in the content, thus helping her to create and strengthen (myelination) brain activity throughout all four lobes of her brain.
The best way to understand what Lana experiences when she plays Badanamu Story Time is to take a look at her home habits. Luckily, Lana’s mom has provided some great videos of Lana interacting with Badanamu songs and products from home, which she does daily for short periods of time- usually around 20 minutes.
In addition to Lana’s sheer enjoyment, there is a lot going on her for her little brain. Her occipital lobe is relaying all of the visual information (like color and depth) that her eyes are seeing to the rest the lobes. Her temporal lobe is sending messages about the fun beat she is hearing and letting her know she recognizes the Badanamu characters dancing about up there. Her parietal lobe was, no doubt, really flashing when Lana fell down. (Ouch!) But more importantly, the parietal lobe was helping her to process her senses and understand the space around her. The back of her frontal lobe, the motor cortex, is receiving all of this information and trying to help her carry out body movements like the Pengies. All of this just for a little dancing!
Let’s see what happens when Lana chooses to play with the Badanamu characters in Story Time.
Here we see another mode of interaction, but it is still a very active brain experience. Right away you can see Lana greeting the bear character. Her temporal lobe is recalling the positive emotional experiences she has had with Badanamu characters in the past. Further, Lana is standing as she plays, walking here and there, sometimes imitating the characters on screen. She is picking up Magic Discs, holding them, sorting them: all great for myelination of the motor cortex in the frontal lobe. Further, she is making cognitive decisions based on the information collected from the occipital (vision) and temporal lobes (auditory) to select the correct letters. Wonderful for strengthening pathways between these areas of the brain!
Perhaps even more exciting is that Lana is fully enjoying herself. She is actively interested. She is having fun because the Badanamu Method applies appropriate challenge without stress. She is experiencing the positive feeling of completing a manageably difficult task with the promise of success. It is precisely this kind of learning experience that boost the cortex and helps toddlers to establish memory.
For more infomation on The Badanamu Method please take a look at our About section. You can also see the learning standards your little one will acquire while interacting with the Badanamu environment.