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—Stephanie Malin, Elementary Instructional Coach
Beaverton School District, OR
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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 Eight-Year-Old Brain
The Eight-Year-Old Brain
Say hello to Alayna (Figure 8.1.). When the going gets tough, eight-year-olds get going. They are just as pleasant as they were at seven, and now we find them even more outgoing. In fact, “exuberant” describes Alayna best.
Figure 8.1 Alayna
Like other eight-year-olds, Alayna likes to evaluate. The one she judges most is herself. She adores her mother and father and often sits in on or accidentally overhears their conversations. She is waiting to hear what is said about her. She hopes to hear praise, but she is also old enough to realize that her parents have their own lives and may not spend time discussing her.
[Page 100]Alayna's feelings are easily hurt, but in general, she feels pretty good about herself. ...