Early Brain Development :Human Growth and Development

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Course Description: (2 hours credit) When You’ve Completed This Self-Study You Should Be Able To: Identify areas of the brain and match them with corresponding brain functions. Explain why the first years of life are critical to healthy brain development. Sort out myths from verifiable facts about brain development. Be aware of specific “windows of opportunity” and choose “prime time” appropriate activities for, and interactions with, the children in your care. Reflect on what you have learned about early brain development and evaluate your current childcare practices in relation of this knowledge.

Course Content

Early Brain Development

  • Early Brain Development
  • As You Begin
  • Learning Outcomes
  • More Connections Than All the Stars in the Universe
  • First Impressions
  • Positive/Negative
  • The Brain’s Development
  • Brainstem
  • Cerebellum
  • The Limbic System
  • Cerebral Cortex
  • The First 10% Myth
  • Managing Synaptic Overload
  • Windows of Opportunity
  • Windows of Opportunity
  • Prime Time for Learning
  • Prime Time for Language Development
  • Prime Time for Emotional Attachment
  • Music and Math Skills
  • Music and Brain Development
  • The Importance of Experience
  • The Importance of Experience
  • Common Myth About Brain Development What Happens Before Birth Does Not Affect Learning
  • Common Myths about Brain Development The Brain Is Completely Developed At Birth
  • Common Myth: Brain Development Is Completely Genetic
  • Common Myth: A Bigger Head Is Better
  • Common Myth: Brains Get More Active As They Mature
  • Common Myth: The Brain Grows Steadily Across Childhood
  • Common Myth: We Can’t Learn Certain Skills After Childhood
  • Common Myth: Learning Begins When A Child Enters School
  • Common Myth: Enrichment Is Only For Gifted And Talented Children
  • Common Myth: Children Need Special Help And Expensive Toys To Develop Their Brain Power
  • Common Myth: More Stimulation, More Often, Is Best for Brain Development
  • Common Myth: Nature versus Nurture
  • What You Can Do
  • What You Can Do: Birth – Twelve Months of Age
  • What You Can Do: Toddlers
  • Build on Your Toddler’s Words
  • What You Can Do: Preschoolers
  • Simple Things to Do
  • Resources
  • Online Resources

Early Brain Development Quiz

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