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“This tool shows how classrooms can differentiate instruction, spend time on what really matters, and make sure that all children are making progress. I love the practical applications for each age level and what teachers can do to support optimal learning in their classrooms. Fantastic!”
—Stephanie Malin, Elementary Instructional Coach
Beaverton School District, OR
“The author has managed to untangle a very complex topic and make it applicable to everyday learning and teaching. The continuous application of research to learning is a strength of the book. A true gift to a broad band of educators.”
—Laura Linde, Literacy Coach
Hoover Elementary School, North Mankato, MN
Finally, a book for early childhood educators that combines child development and brain research!
How can early childhood teachers, administrators, and parents translate discoveries on early brain development into strategies that nurture cognitive growth? Synthesizing information from neuroscience, cognitive psychology, and child development, The Developing Brain offers brain-compatible teaching practices that are linked to NAEYC principles for working with young children.
Best-selling author Marilee Sprenger covers the basic structure, vocabulary, and current research on the brain from an early childhood educator's point of view and provides an abundance of illustrations and descriptions. This user-friendly guide includes: Background information on brain development from birth through age two; Scenarios and snapshots of each year from age three through eight; Reproducible developmental checklists; Over 100 brain-based activities for classroom or child care settings
Through an understanding of the phases of language, motor, and social development at each age level, educators can create enriching educational experiences that enhance children's growth and foster an enduring love of learning.
Chapter 2: Building the Brain Through Age Two
Building the Brain Through Age Two
Jack is having his first birthday (Figure 2.1.). It has been an exciting time for all of us. I have had the wonderful opportunity to spend several days per month in the company of this dendrite-growing, synapse-strengthening, myelinating mass of brain power. I have watched his vision improve and his motor skills emerge, and I witnessed his first steps (Figure 2.2.)!
Figure 2.1 Jack at One Year
Figure 2.2 See Jack Run!
[Page 22]The sounds become more and more intelligible as he walks up to my son and utters, “Da, da, da …” In a few months he will deliberately connect his words with his actions, he will point to body parts, and he will understand our ...