My aim at the end of this early learning journey:
In short: The brain's basic unit is called neuron. You have 10 billion. They are connected by electrical impulses
Newborn baby: 1 neuron has 2500 connections each
By 3 years old: 1 neuron has 15,000 connections each
This rapid increase of connections happens by constant environmental stimulation. So please don't leave your baby in the cot and do nothing. With just play and love, your are stimulating the child to learn. This is where I agree with right brain education. Your child do not need to understand or think logically to absorb new material. His brain is developing at an astounding rate that you cannot imagine. In other words, this is the smartest he will ever be.
With purposeful early learning, I am not adding neurons. You cannot do that. By 'unschooling' Tiger with all sorts of games and play, I am building extra connections and reinforcing them. Making them stronger and denser. In my opinion, this is why I think Montessori method works so well. It is challenging to practice life skills and fascinating to learn language and mathematics the Montessori way.
If the connections are always used, the brain will keep them. If they are not used, they will be removed.
This is neuroplasticity. The ability of the brain to mould and adapt and it is at its peak up till 3 years old. Then, the pruning begins and you begin to lose those precious connections.
If you are still reading by this point, you must be interested :)