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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 ...

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!

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 ...

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