Start Smart: Building Brain Power in the Early Years

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Did you know that emotions boost our memory? Or that small muscle exercises help the brain develop? Early experiences contribute to the structure of the brain and its capacities. The quality, quantity, and consistency of stimulation will determine, to a large extent, the number of brain synapses that are formed and how those connections will function. This is true for both cognitive and emotional development, and the effect is lifelong.

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Overview

Did you know that emotions boost our memory? Or that small muscle exercises help the brain develop? Early experiences contribute to the structure of the brain and its capacities. The quality, quantity, and consistency of stimulation will determine, to a large extent, the number of brain synapses that are formed and how those connections will function. This is true for both cognitive and emotional development, and the effect is lifelong.

Start Smart offers simple, straightforward ways to boost brain power with active exploration, repetition, sensory exploration, and direct experience. Revised to reflect the latest research about how children learn, the new edition of this classic bestseller offers explanations on how and why these activities help the brain develop. The layout has been updated, and the illustrations are now in color.

Pam Schiller, PhD, is a highly sought-after speaker who writes regularly for early childhood journals. Pam is the author of five early childhood curriculums, eleven children’s books, and more than thirty teacher and parent resource books.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780876593936
  • Publisher: Gryphon House, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/1/2012
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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Pam Schiller, Ph.D., is a freelance early childhood author and consultant. She is Past-President of the Southern Early Childhood Association and Texas Association for the Education of Young Children. She served as Head of the Early Childhood Department at the University of Houston, where she also directed the Lab School. Pam is a highly sought after speaker and has given numerous presentations for organizations such as the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the Southern Early Childhood Association, Association for Childhood Education International, and the International Reading Association. She has written numerous articles for early childhood journals, including Child Care Information Exchange and Texas Child Care Quarterly. Pam is the author of five early childhood curriculums, eleven children's books and more than thirty teacher and parent resource books.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 7

Chapter 1 Sniff, Sniff: Aromas and the Brain 15

Chapter 2 Thinking It Through: Choices and the Brain 21

Chapter 3 I Feel Blue: Color and the Brain 25

Chapter 4 Always Across: Cross-Lateral Movement and the Brain 31

Chapter 5 I Feel, I Remember: Emotions and the Brain 41

Chapter 6 Hop, Skip, Jump: Exercise and the Brain 49

Chapter 7 Right and Left: Hemispheres and the Brain 55

Chapter 8 Water, Water, Everywhere: Hydration and the Brain 59

Chapter 9 Laughter and Learning: Laughter and the Brain 65

Chapter 10 I Hear! I See! I Do! Learning Styles and the Brain 71

Chapter 11 Touch, Toss, Turn, Twirl: Movement and the Brain 75

Chapter 12 Start with a Song: Music and the Brain 81

Chapter 13 The Power of New: Novelty and the Brain 89

Chapter 14 Feeding the Brain: Nutrition and the Brain 95

Chapter 15 Less Is More! Overstimulation and the Brain 101

Chapter 16 More than Plaids: Patterns and the Brain 107

Chapter 17 Try, Try, Again: Practice and the Brain 115

Chapter 18 Solving Problems: Problem Solving and the Brain 119

Chapter 19 Praise or Encouragement: Rewards, Praise, and the Brain 129

Chapter 20 Spanish, Japanese, Vietnamese: Second Language Learning and the Brain 133

Chapter 21 What Does It Mean? Sense, Meaning, and the Brain 141

Chapter 22 The Hand-Brain Connection: Small Muscles and the Brain 145

Chapter 23 Calm, Cool, and Collected? Stress and the Brain 153

Chapter 24 The Good, the Bad, and the Unknown: Technology and the Brain 159

Glossary 163

Appendix 168

Index 173

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