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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 Five-Year-Old Brain
The five-year-old brain

Jenna is an active imaginative five-year-old (Figure 5.1.). She is very athletic, as her mom has had her enrolled in gymnastics since she was three. Jenna loves to learn, but she wants to learn her way—through play and interaction.

Figure 5.1 Jenna

Jenna tries to be helpful. She is always asking her teacher if she can put things away, get things out, run errands, and empty the wastebasket. At home, Jenna wants to set the table and dust the house.

She is calmer than she was as a four-year-old. Jenna takes life a bit more seriously, is very literal, and does what she is told. For instance, in her kindergarten class, the teacher told everyone to “not say a word.” And Jenna ...

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