Thanks to its clear links between theory and practice, this highly accessible book will be valuable to early childhood practitioners, teachers and students. The author explores the development of childrens thinking from 0–7 years, and shares the implications of these developments for practice in the home, Early Years settings and schools.

The book includes:

Case studies; Professional checkpoints to help reflection; Practical suggestions; Guidance on how to involve parents; Suggested further reading; Questions for discussion

It will be a great asset for students on Early Years Foundation Degrees, Early Years Initial Teacher Education and Early Childhood Studies courses.

Brimming with Thoughts at Home and in School: Children's Thinking 5–7 Years

Brimming with Thoughts at Home and in School: Children's Thinking 5–7 Years

Brimming with thoughts at home and in school: Children's thinking 5–7 years


This chapter:

  • recognises how:
    • children build on their early experiences when developing their thinking during the early school years
    • children's thoughts and ideas are most powerful when they are involved in what interests them and are with friends
  • understands how children:
    • draw on and deepen their schema and elaborate their play as they secure concepts
    • move into more abstract thinking and abstract representations
    • use their extended communication skills to support and sustain their thinking
    • increasingly control and apply their thinking intentionally through self-regulation

A Shift in Development

In this chapter we consider children's development and thinking as they move from the Early Years Foundation Stage into Years 1 and 2. Although five ...

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