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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 ...

The Four-Year-Old Brain
The four-year-old brain

Say hello to Benjamin! This four-year–old (Figure 4.1.) is acting silly today. He often tells stories or jokes that he thinks are funny. Be prepared to cover your ears for several reasons: Ben is loud, Ben sometimes uses inappropriate language such as profanity, and he can get very angry and throw tantrums.

Figure 4.1 Benjamin

Tantrums are difficult for both Mom and Ben's preschool teachers. Current research tells us that this type of behavior is increasing rather than decreasing. The more television children watch, the more disruptive they are by the time they reach school age (Certain & Kahn, 2002).

On a brighter note, Ben is very curious and active. He likes to try all sorts of new adventures. Physically, he is ...

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