Building brains in early childhood
Date posted: February 15, 2013
Even though the brain is developing throughout life, early childhood is a critical time for brain development. What adults do with young children builds the foundation for a healthy brain.
Preparing children for success in school and life: 20 ways to increase your child’s brain power.
Marcia Tate. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Corwin Press, 2011.
This book, written for parents, describes everyday ways of interacting with children that support healthy development. It looks at what is known from brain research and how that translates into what parents can do. The second section of the book looks at brain-compatible strategies to support learning at school. This is also a good resource for family literacy and early childhood practitioners.
To borrow this book, email
Because these are short videos, here are two videos that are meant to be viewed together.
Baby brain map – On this interactive webpage you can explore the different areas of the brain that develop between birth and 3 years of age. Even better, it includes ideas at each age range for enriching development.
Brain development – This interactive webpage shows how everyday activities stimulate different areas of a child’s brain. Includes brain boosting tips for parents.
Building blocks, building brain – This 7 unit self-directed online workshop for parents and early childhood professionals contains information on early brain development and the importance of the early years. Developed by the Fraser Mustard Chair in Childhood Development.
Your child’s brain – building a strong structure – a brief handout for parents from the Centre of Excellence for Early Childhood Development
Your child’s brain – showing you care is smart – another brief handout for parents from the Centre of Excellence for Early Childhood Development