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Brain Development
 

Your Child's Growing Mind: A Guide to Learning and Brain Development from Birth to Adoleescence
By Jane M. Healy, Ph.D


This book became an instant classic when it was published in 1987, and has been a cornerstone for educators ever since. Now revised and updated to reflect recent findings in brain research, this book guides parents, teachers, and caregivers as they gauge the level of development of an individual child's brain.

 

brain development, early childhood development How to Multiply Your Baby's Intelligence: More Gentle Revolution
By Glenn Doman, Janet Doman


This book provides a comprehensive program that will enable your child to read, to do mathematics, and to learn about anything and everything. It shows you just how easy and pleasurable it is to teach your young child, and to help your child become more capable and confident.

 

brain development, early childhood development How Smart Is Your Baby?: Develop And Nurture Your Newborn's Full Potential
By Glenn Doman, Janet Doman


This book provides parents with all the information they need to help their baby achieve his or her full potential. The authors first explain the newborn's growth and development, including all of the critical stages involved. They then guide the parents in creating a home environment that enhances and enriches brain development.

 

brain development, early childhood development Magic Trees of the Mind : How to Nurture Your Child's Intelligence, Creativity, and Healthy Emotions from Birth Through Adolescence
By Marian Diamond, Ph.D, Janet Hopson


Cutting edge scientific research has shown that exposure to the right kind of environment during the first years of life actually affects the physical structure of a child's brain, vastly increasing the number of neuron branches--the "magic trees of the mind"--that help us to learn, think, and remember.

 

brain development, early childhood development What's Going on in There? How the Brain and Mind Develop in the First Five Years of Life
By Lise Eliot, Ph.D


You'll understand the inner workings of the brain like never before. You'll learn the latest thinking on the nature vs. nurture question. You'll gain invaluable insights into the evolution of the senses, motor skills, social and emotional growth, memory, language, and intelligence.

 

brain development, early childhood development The Youngest Minds
By Dr. Ann Barnet, Richard Barnet


Child neurologist Ann B. Barnet and her husband, Richard, explore the world of the very young with the aim of providing an overview of early development in such areas as language, emotional attachment, and socialization.

 

 

Raise a Smarter Child by Kindergarten: Raise IQ points by up to 30 points and turn on your child's smart genes Points
By Dr. David Md Perlmutter, Carol Colman


Dr. Perlmutter provides the activities, lifestyle recommendations and nutritional information to build a better brain. He claims that as many as 30 IQ points are up for grabs and provides the hard core science to back it up. An important read for all the parents.

 

Boosting Your Baby's Brain Power
By Susan M. Heim and Holly Engel-smothers


Topics include things that influence brain growth in the womb; Fattening up the brain; Windows of opportunity; Development of language, vision, hearing, & motor skills; Red flags in your baby's development; Uncovering your baby's temperament.

 

....More Baby Brain Development Books

Brain-Building Games/Curriculum
 

brain development, early childhood development Baby Minds: Brain-Building Games Your Baby Will Love
By Linda Acredolo, Ph.D, Susan Goodwyn, Ph.D


More than 65 delightful games and activities to jump-start your baby's amazing brainpower.

 

 

Seven Times Smarter: 50 Activities, Games, and Projects to Develop the Seven Intelligences of Your Child
By Laurel J. Schmidt


This book in an invaluable resource for parents, teachers, and caregivers, provides the perfect way to create an environment for kids to get smarter. Seven Times Smarter prompts kids aged six to fourteen to work their brains.

 

brain development, early childhood development Brain Fitness: A Recipe for Feeding Your Child's Dreams and Unlocking Their Maximum Brain Power
By Simon Evans, Ph.D


This book will show you how to boost your children's chances for peak physical, acquire laser focused attention, master creativity and independent thinking as well as maximize self-confidence and self-reliance.

 

brain development, early childhood development Smart Baby, Clever Child: Brain-Building Games, Activities, and Ideas to Stimulate Your Baby's Mind
By Valentine Dmitriev

This book is filled with simple activities to help boost your baby's brainpower through fun, educational play.

 

 

brain development, early childhood development Baby Play
By Dr. Wendy S. Masi, Dr. Roni Cohen Leiderman


BABY PLAY was designed to help parents engage their infant in activities that will encourage developmental skills. From the first month home through the twelfth, BABY PLAY offers doctor-approved, age-appropriate activities that stimulate discovery, begin communication, and nurture parental bonding

 

brain development, early childhood development Creative Curriculum For Infants & Toddlers
By Amy Laura Dombro, Laura J. Colker


The Creative Curriculum For Infants & Toddlers provides a comprehensive, yet easy-to-use framework for planning and implementing a developmentally appropriate program

 

 

......More Baby Brain Building Games

Food For Brain
 

brain development, early childhood development Super Baby Food
By Ruth Yaron


This manual/cookbook/reference guide is worth its weight in formula, packed as it is with detailed information on homemade baby food, nutritional data, feeding schedules, cooking techniques, recipes, and other invaluable feeding tips.

 

 

brain development, early childhood development Feeding Your Child for Lifelong Health
By Susan B. Roberts, Melvin B. Heyman


Based on the principle of "metabolic programming," the scientifically rooted idea that foods eaten in early childhood directly affect the function of individual cells that control strength, intelligence, the immune system, and other vital functions.

 

Program Your Baby's Health: The Pregnancy Diet for Your Child's Lifelong Well-Being
By Barbara Luke ScD. M.P.H. R.D


Cutting edge research in a new field known as "metabolic programming" reveals a startling new fact: what a mother eats during pregnancy has a far greater effect on her child's future development, overall health, and resistance to disease than was previously thought.

 

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Early Childhood Education
 

brain development, early childhood development The Hundred Languages of Children: The Reggio Emilia Approach
By Carolyn Edwards, Ph.D


'The Reggio Emilia Approach' is one of the world renowned early childhood education program. The book covers the comprehensive introduction to this approach.

 

 

brain development, early childhood development Bringing Reggio Emilia Home
By Louise Boyd Cadwell


This book is good for parents who like to have more in-depth understanding on Reggio Emilia principles and may be inspired to implement Reggio approach at home.

 

 

brain development, early childhood development Authentic Childhood: Experiencing Reggio Emilia in the Classroom
By Susan Fraser, Carol Gestwicki


Based on constructionist learning, this text is ideal for students and teachers of all experience levels. "Authentic Childhood" includes inspiring stories of teachers who are transforming early childhood education and teacher preparation through the use of this new practice.

 

brain development, early childhood development In The Spirit Of The Studio: Learning From The Atelier Of Reggio Emilia (Early Childhood Education)
By Lella Gandini, Lynn Hill, Louise Cadwell, Charles Schwall


This book describes the revolution that the Reggio Emiliaatelier (art studio) brought to the education of young children in Italy, and follows that revolution across the ocean to North America. It explores how the experiences of children interacting with rich materials in the atelier affect an entire school's approach to the construction and expression of thought and learning.

 

brain development, early childhood development Frames of Mind
By Howard Gardner, Ph.D


Hailed by educators throughout the world, Dr. Howard Gardner's view that intelligence is multifaceted and dynamic. He argues that assessment of abilities should measure all forms of intelligence, not just linguistic and logical-mathematical. Gardner published his theory of Multiple Intelligences in the book 'Frames of Mind'

 

brain development, early childhood development Multiple Intelligences in the Classroom
By Thomas Armstrong, Ph.D


Dr. Armstrong has translated Multiple Intelligence theory into classroom application.

 

 

 

brain development, early childhood development Awakening Genius in the Classroom
By Thomas Armstrong, Ph.D


Combining thoughtful insights and practical information, readers will find dozens of suggested activities and helpful resources to provide "genius experiences" and create a "genial climate" in the classroom.

 

 

brain development, early childhood development Einstein Never Used Flash Cards
By Dr. Roberta M. Golinkoff & Dr. Kathy H. Pasek


Authors and child psychologists join together to prove that training preschoolers with flash cards and attempting to hurry intellectual development doesn't pay off. They urge parents to step back and practice the "Three R's: Reflect, Resist, and Recenter." Instead of pushing preschoolers into academically oriented programs that focus on early achievement, they suggest that children learn best through simple playtime, which enhances problem solving skills, attention span, social development and creativity

 

brain development, early childhood development How Your Child Is Smart: A Life-Changing Approach to Learning
By Dawna Markova Ph.D


Knowing your child's learning pattern will help you to help your children think and learn to the best of their abilities, understand the behaviors that might stand in the way of learning, communicate with their teachers about their unique needs ... plus many more.

.....More Early Childhood Development Books

Gifted Children
 

Read the article "Is Your Child Gifted?" here.

brain development, early childhood developmentThe Social and Emotional Development of Gifted Children: What Do We Know?
By Maureen Neihart


Instigated by a task force convened by the National Association for Gifted Children and written by leading scholars in the field of gifted education, the book includes chapters on peer pressure and social acceptance, resilience, delinquency, and underachievement.

 

brain development, early childhood development Genius Denied : How to Stop Wasting Our Brightest Young Minds
By Jan Davidson, Bob Davidson, Laura Vanderkam



The authors concede the difficulty of defining genius and offer guidelines used by various school districts and authorities that have the effect of lowering the bar and offering "enrichment" programs of limited duration that don't begin to address the needs of really gifted children. But the core of this book is the stories of exceptionally bright or talented children forced to endure the routines of regular schools that, while teaching to the lowest common denominator, stifle their enormous potential.

 

brain development, early childhood development Smart Boys
By Barbara A. Kerr, Ph.D. Sanford J. Cohn, Ph.D


This practical and provocative book explores the phenomenon of youthful male giftedness. Discussions cover life-cycle issues and the impact of giftedness on the academic and social adjustment of such boys, including problems of underachievement and anti-social personality characteristics.

 

brain development, early childhood development Smart Girls
By Barbara A. Kerr, Ph.D


A reader's review from Atlanta, GA: "Should be required reading for all females!"

 

 

....More Gifted Child Books

Music For Brain
 

Researchers have demonstrated what's known by every parent: infants love music. In the first year, a baby's brain develops faster than at any other time, and sound and music play significant roles in a newborn's intellectual and emotional development. Here you can find music for brain and baby will increase his musical aptitude when exposed to music earlier in his life.

brain development, early childhood development Bach for Babies: Fun and Games for Budding Brains


This set of Bach compositions runs the emotional gamut, from the gently eye opening to the jumpy arm raising, collecting each set of pieces under a thematic header.

 

 

brain development, early childhood development Build your Baby's Brain: Through the Power of Music


Here we have one compilation promising to make your baby smarter as it is programmed to stimulate the mind and, after repeated listening, will ultimately give your little one an advantage in this fast-paced and competitive society.

 

 

brain development, early childhood development Baby Mozart


It's called " the Mozart Effect," the notion that exposing youngsters to the melodies of the maestro can improve verbal ability, spatial intelligence, creativity, and memory. It's a pretty big leap of faith to understand that effect unless you personally see a toddler react to the stimulation.

 

 

....More Music for Brain

Stimulating Baby's Brain
 

Brainy Baby is a breakthrough in infant development videos and unique in addressing left and right brain functions in distinct programs. Called "whole brain thinking," the theory is that if children are stimulated to use both sides of the brain--preparing them to think logically and creatively--they will become more adept at learning and problem solving. A Dr. Toy award winner and noted as one of the top videos of the year.

brain development, early childhood development Brainy Baby: Left Brain (for 6-36 months)

This unique video (one of a 2-part series) is for our littlest viewers - perfect for Baby's first video! These 2 tapes work together to help develop both Left and Right sides of the brain. Left Brain features classical music and gentle voices, and focuses on such cognitive skills as Logic, Patterns, Letters & Numbers, Sequencing, Analyzing details, and more!

 

 

brain development, early childhood development Brainy Baby: Right Brain (for 6-36 months)

The second of a 2-part series for our littlest viewers, these 2 tapes work together to engage your child's whole brain (logic and creative) to help boost your baby's intellect. Right Brain features classical music and gentle voices, and focuses on such cognitive skills as Creative Thinking, Art & Drawing, Rhymes, Spatial Reasoning, and Imagination, Intuition, and more!

 

 

Developmental Videos For Baby
 

Here, you can find a list of award winning developmental baby videos to stimulate baby's developmental growth.

brain development, early childhood development Baby Einstein Volume 1 (for birth - 4 yrs)
By Julie Aigner-Clark


The Baby Einstein video is packaged together with three other developmental videos: "Baby Bach", "Baby Newton" and 'Baby Shakespeare".

 

 

brain development, early childhood developmentBaby Dolittle - Neighborhood Animals(for 1 - 4 yrs)
By Julie Aigner-Clark


Using a stimulating mix of brightly colored toys, whimsical puppets (including your host, Pavlov the Dog), and lots of pictures, Baby Dolittle takes the viewer on a 30-minute tour of commonly found animals.

 

 

brain development, early childhood developmentStart Smart "Relax & Learn" - An Educational and Developmental Video for Baby
By Big Kids Productions


Top Pick. This new made-for-babies video offering by the studio of Start Smarter, Winner of Dr. Toy's 100 Best Children's Products!

 

 

Visual Stimulation for Baby
 

Babies can see clearly between eight and 12 inches from the moment of birth. They are able to distinguish human faces, object shapes and patterns. Stimulate visual development for baby is good for the babies especially they enjoy bold and vibrant colors objects and high contrasting patterns such as checkerboards, stripes and bulls-eyes.

 

brain development, early childhood development Visual Stimulation for Baby (for birth - 12 months)

Bold, vibrant colors and complex patterns can be introduced as your baby's vision develops.

 

 

....More Visual Stimulation Toys


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