How To Use Books & Reading To Encourage Cognitive Development

From the very moment they are born, children are immersed in a highly social world. This includes parents, siblings, classmates, and teachers as well as values and objects that are part of their culture. All of these offer a context for the cognitive development and growth of a child.

Preschooler’s thinking skills will undergo many changes between the ages of three and five. Their ability to use representational symbols and thoughts to symbolize events, objects, and people, which started in childhood is now becoming much more complex. They start to use logic to think about why and how the world around them works.

Despite the major cognitive gains during the preschool years, they are actually not little adults and still have lots of cognitive limitations. Preschool teachers play a major role in the cognitive development of preschoolers. By having an understanding of these advances and limitations in thinking, teachers are better able to support the cognitive growth of preschoolers.

One of the best ways for teachers to engage the thinking skills of preschoolers is by reading quality children’s books that promote things like problem solving, reasoning, metacognitive knowledge, symbolic play, social cognition, knowledge, and memory. Following, you will find a few teaching methods, recommendations for books, and activities that you can use in your classroom to encourage cognitive development.

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How To Teach Conflict Resolution To Children Through Play

If there are multiple children engaging in play together, you can be sure that conflicts are going to happen. Since play is considered the work of children, using it as a way to teach conflict resolution makes sense, right?

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Activities To Promote Brain Development In Infants

Experts have pinpointed specific areas of cognitive development that are supportive of the interactions of infants with their environment through sensorimotor processes and their innate curiosity to find out how the world works.

Concepts Learned in Infancy

Following are some of the concepts that infants begin to learn early on in their lives.

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9 Benefits Of Teaching Sign Language To Infants And Toddlers

In the past few years, baby signing has increased in popularity- right along with stroller fitness and music class. While these all seem to have very similar benefits in that they offer bonding time for the infants with their caregiver (or parent)- baby signing gives babies the benefit of earlier communication.

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What Types Of Early Childhood Programs Are Available?… (and how to pick the right one for my child)

These days, parents are extremely interested in enrolling their children in pre-kindergarten programs.

After all, the earlier the learning process starts, the more successful the child will be later in life. Additionally, if there are any learning issues, early intervention is critical.

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How To Find And Hire Great Preschool Teachers That Are Committed (and why your children will suffer if you don’t get this right)

One of the most significant determinations of teacher quality is their stability.

Turnover in early childhood education refers to the rate at which teachers are leaving their programs to take a new position in the field of early childhood education or leave the field entirely to enter a new field or to retire.

Factors that Foster Turnover

Some of the factors that foster the high turnover rate of early childhood education professionals include the following:

  • High stress
  • Inadequate compensation
  • Sense of isolation

Costs of High Turnover Rates

Especially in the field of early childhood education, high turnover rates are quite costly. Some of the costs include the following:

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8 Ways To Prevent Teacher Burnout

Unfortunately, teacher burnout is a very common occurrence in the field of early childhood education.

As teachers, we’ve pretty much come to terms with it. At some point in our careers, we will end up getting burnt out.

The statistics may come as a shock to the general public- but a few years ago, the experts realized that as many as 25 percent of teachers leave the field due to burn out.

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