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Building Brains: 600 Activity Ideas for Young Children

Building Brains: 600 Activity Ideas for Young Children

Author: Suzanne R Gellens
Product Code: 541174
ISBN: 978-1-60554-117-4
Format: Softbound
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Building Brains: 600 Activity Ideas for Young Children

Young children's brains develop connections at a rapid rate, and the experiences and environment you provide play major roles in how learning takes place. Blending what is known about early brain development with ideas that support careful planning, thoughtful curriculum, and meaningful activities, this resource is filled with valuable information to help you help children reach their full potential.

Building Brains includes
  • Experiences that drive young children's growth, engage all senses, encourage social and emotional skills, enhance motor skills, and provide interesting and unique practice in the areas of cognitive, language, and literacy development
  • Information to help you understand the application of brain research to activities as you plan curriculum
  • Ideas to provide a rich, experience-based, developmentally appropriate environment

Age focus: 0–5. Softbound, 168 pgs.

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Review: October 2012 issue of the Reference — Research Book News - October 1, 2012
Gellens, a former teacher who specialized in working with young children offers about 600 activity ideas that apply brain research on infants, toddlers, and preschoolers to teaching and helping the child's brain grow to its fullest capacity. Drawing ideas from colleagues, conferences, books, and articles, she shows classroom teachers, family child care providers, and others who work with young children how to use activities that aid in the development of the senses; emotional, social, physical, and cognitive and language development; and emergent literacy; with background information. An earlier version of the book was published as Activities That Build the Young Child's Brain in 2007; this version has been revised and updated to incorporate recent findings.
Review by: Janice Sean, Instructor of early childhood education - August 26, 2012
This book has come to my rescue many times while planning fun learning activities for my early childhood courses.
Review by: Barbara Backus, Instructor of ECE at Pinellas Technical Education Center - August 25, 2012
Practical knowledge with facts about how the brain is developing in our youngest children and many great ideas for teachers."
Review by: Charlene Gross, Director of The Oaks Early Learning Academy - August 12, 2012
A must-have for every early childhood professional's library!
Review by: Beth Ellis, Department chair of early childhood education at Sarasota Co - August 10, 2012
As an educator, I value the research and explanations of why these activities are essential for a child's maximum growth and development.

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