Brain Under Construction by William H. Staso, Todd Banter

By William H. Staso, Todd Banter

Utilizing info from developmental psychology and mind learn, this booklet presents mom and dad and caretakers many rules for boosting the cognitive development in their little ones within the early years. although expressively written to deal with the wishes of younger children from 8-18 months, its wide selection of rules are applicable for kids via age three. between subject matters lined are the principles for ideas, proof, "how-to" wisdom, cause-effect reasoning, communicative competence, and reminiscence abilities.

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Soap bubbles are fun to poke and chase. By the end of this age most children will be able to swing a wand with a soap film to create a large bubble out-doors. “Bubble” baths are also entertaining experiences. -Young toddlers are also interested in how common tools work. Such tools include scissors, screwdrivers, and hammers. You can demonstrate with the real objects and then provide plastic equivalents for them to operate. -Arrange several glass containers of different shape and size on the counter.

Frequent and sustained interactions with an adult are of vital importance to your child’s development during this age period. When he is 3 or 4 he will learn more on his own. But for now, he needs you and your time. There are many toys on the market that supposedly are of interest and educational value to children in this age range. Some have bells and other noise making capabilities that are activated when the child pushes a button or slides a switch. These products catch the attention of young toddlers because they have a cause-effect quality.

A suggested demonstration about gasses is discussed in #3 below. Children should have supervised opportunities to explore the properties of water in varying ways and in differing situations. At the sink, with a hose, in the tub, or in a small pool, there is much to be learned (more on this topic shortly too). With all activities suggested in this publication, YOU SHOULD BE WITH YOUR CHILD in his explorations. It has already been emphasized that your involvement is vitally important to your child’s developing brain structures.

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