resources and recommendations
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Harvard University's Center for the developing child website
This website is an important resource for parents with babies. They discuss the importance of serve and return, resilience, how stress impacts the developing brain and provide you with activities that promote the development of executive functions from infancy to adolescence. ("Executive function and self-regulation skills are the mental processes that enable us to plan, focus attention, remember instructions, and juggle multiple tasks successfully").
Center for disease control and prevention (CDC)
This is an important website to help parents track their children's developmental milestones.
Playing with words 356
This is a wonderful website to help guide you with language development as your child grows.
Websites filled with ideas for playtime
Instagram Accounts Focused on Play
What's Going on in There?: How the Brain and Mind Develop in the First Five Years of Life by Lisa Eliot, pHd.
A book that provides parents with information on brain development in the first 5 years of life. Prenatal influence on brain development, how the five senses develop, motor skills, nature vs nurture is discussed and intelligence.
Children's activities and science experiments
I have a few books that require simple ingredients or supplies for many types of activities and fun science experiments. A book that you can use as of 6 months is 150+ Screen Free activities for Kids by Asia Citro. Asia has other wonderful books that I love such as The Curious Kids Science Book, however this book targets older toddlers and preschoolers. The Artful Parent by Jean Van't Hul provides you with simple arts activities. I love the intro that lists all the supplies you should have in your art center at home. Tinkerlab is lots of fun for toddlers and preschoolers as well filled with ways to not only play but let your child "tinker" and discover on their own. We love building the marble run on the wall using toilet paper roles! 101 Kids Activities is another easy go-to book for a quick boredom fix. I am still building on our Usborne collection. So far we have 3 and absolutely love them. 365 things to Draw and Paint, 365 things to do with paper and cardboard and The Big Book of Science Things to Make and Do (this one is our favourite!!).
Below is a list of books that have brought out family hours of joy and laughter. For a more detailed outline of some books please read our article on Tips for Selecting Children's Books. Stay tuned for future articles highlighting the books below.
Snug as a bug in a rug is a fun game for children 3 and over. It is a cooperative game that also teaches children, colours, shapes and counting. The goal is to get all the bugs under the rug before the 3 stinky bugs make their way to the rug.
A scientist set is great to allow children to explore and build on their curiosity. This set comes with science experiment cards.
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Mind, brain and education. Neuroscience implications for the Classroom.
This book is a wonderful resource for teachers interested in learning more about the brain and how it learns.
The survival guide for kids with ADHD by John F. Taylor PhD.
This children's book describes ADHD at their level. If a child is in the process of getting diagnosed or has received a diagnosis of ADHD, this is a great book to help them better understand where their brain is going through and how they can work past their struggles.
The DANA foundation provides teachers with trusted documents you can use in the classroom to teach children about brain functioning.
Research Articles and important documents
Mind, Brain and Education
A student-centered approach to learning is discussed in depth in this document. Mind, brain and education research is reviewed to address how the brain learns and the individuality of learning.
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