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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.

The Three-Year-Old Brain
The three-year-old brain

Adam (Figure 3.1.) has a talent for altering the truth. He lies. But not well. He will insist that he did not drink the soda from the empty glass in front of him. Although he exaggerates and makes up information that he shares as true, he is irresistible to his mom and dad because Adam is deeply in love with them. He will spontaneously show his affections.

Figure 3.1 The Irresistible Adam

Adam's preschool teacher is pleased with his progress. He is beginning to interact with others in his class. Like most three-year-olds, Adam likes routine at school. His teacher uses many procedures and rituals that the children respond to.

When given directions at home or school, Adam is now able to follow ...

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