Why Early Learning is so important?
Skill Development - For the Culture
Cocoa Curriculum embraces and promotes the richness of Black identity and culture through dynamic and engaging learning activities. We know, in order to positively shape/mold our children’s young minds, we must provide them with educational opportunities reflective of the strength and beauty that is our collective experience. Our products are meant to bring an ease to learning basic skills and deepen understanding of all African American contributions. Our number one priority is to uplift and empower our future leaders- to create, to celebrate, and to thrive.
Did you know....
Our Products build the following:
Social skills pertain to African-American children interacting productively with others in meaningful ways. Such skills include avoiding negative and violent behaviors and establishing interpersonal relationships with others. Allowing children to ask questions and be involved in conversions, with at least 3-5 exchanges, while maintaining eye contact, builds on the necessary skills to increase their comfort level in social situations.
In most school systems across the country African-American children lag behind other students in kindergarten readiness, reading and math. Cognitive skills are the core skills your brain uses to think, read, learn, remember, reason and pay attention. These skills are the foundation for learning; it is vital to your child’s academic success that these skills are highly developed. When these skills are developed our children have the opportunity to close the achievement gap.
Fine Motor Skills
Fine motor skills are the ability to make movements using the small muscles in the hands and wrists. These skills are most important to developing handwriting skills. Ultimately, fine motor skill mastery, in the early years, has been shown to predict academic achievement.
Hand-Eye Coordination is essential for overall development and begins as early as 4 months when babies begin to use their bodies to explore the world around them. Bilateral coordination involves crossing the midline that requires both sides of the brain to communicate. This activity serves as a foundation for reading, writing, selfcare, and play. With time and practice the use of one hand more often leads to refined movement of that hand. Eventually the movements are automated and frees up the brain for other cognitive tasks.