Simple Games to Promote Early Brain Development
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Author: Jackie Silberg
Publisher: Gryphon House
Pages: 144, © 2000
Did you know the brain of a toddler:
Has formed 1000 trillion working connections by the end of the third year (twice as many as adults have!)?
Is twice as active as that of a college student?
Can absorb and organize new information much faster than an adult's brain?
A young child's brain grows at a phenomenal rate in the first years of life, opening a window of opportunity for learning that occurs only once in a lifetime. 125 Brain Games for Toddlers and Twos is a fun-filled collection of ways to lay the groundwork for your child's future. It is packed with everyday opportunities to contribute to brain development during the critical period from 12-36 months. Each game is accompanied by information on related brain research and a description of how the activity promotes brain power in your child. The simple games in this book strengthen brain connections needed for language, movement, bonding, and more. Create the structure needed to support future learning while having fun!
For the revised version of this book, which was published in 2012, click here!
"You'll find many new treats to add to your repertoire of parent/toddler interactions. A gold mine for play groups."
"125 Brain Games for Toddlers and Twos is an essential tool for any parent or caregiver."
"The brains of young children are sponges, ready to soak up whatever you put in them. Author Jackie Silberg…has a new book to help you make sure that what you put in those brains, from the very beginning, is first-rate stuff."
"…The brain development by monthly age is invaluable since growth of the brain and motor skills are so rapid in infants and toddlers. Also there are few books available on this subject, let alone one that is so clearly and well-presented."
"125 Brain Games for Toddlers and Twos will be particularly useful for our new 'lap sit programs.' It reinforces the concepts about brain development we are sharing with parents."
""125 Brain Games for Toddlers and Twos is a very insightful and useful book. It is very practical and informative in nature. I especially like the brain research blurbs. It is a great resource for understanding cognitive development."
"…it provides games/activities that give the children an opportunity to explore their own abilities. The games promote growth & allow children to become more aware of themselves and what they can do.-Tracy Brown, Children's Home"
"125 Brain Games for Toddlers and Twos will be an excellent book to use in parent training. Training on brain development is wonderful for parents, but if we can't give them specific activities to do with their children we haven't accomplish much."
"I like the format, the connection between what the research says and practices and activities to support it. The suggested activities are age appropriate and simple and easy to do."
"Lots of neat ideas and simple ways to enrich a child's life. It was also clearly written and easy to find things in it."
"Even though I teach kindergarten, I have found in this book many activities that I will use to help develop language skill with my students. The movement activities are also great which will help to develop large and small skills."
"A wonderful practical guide! I recommend it to my new teachers, parents and child care providers. I've loaned my copy to a parent and am having trouble getting it back. I've recommended it for our church's nursery workers."
"This book would be an excellent resource for any school's parent library."
"I thought the format of the 125 Brain Games for Toddlers and Twos was easy to use but also provided background in child development and brain research. As a teacher of teachers, I always want them to know why they do the activities.
Jackie Silberg, who has an M.S. in child development, is an early childhood advocate and popular keynote speaker. She received the Distinguished Alumna Award from Emporia State University, recognizing her current achievements as well as her long and prolific career. Jackie founded and directed the Jewish Community Center School of Music in Kansas City, Missouri, and worked for Channel 41 television, planning the music and performing her original music for a children's program called "41 Treehouse Lane." She wrote and produced a television show for Time Warner called "Just Kids," which addressed children's needs and interests. Jackie has worked as a consultant with the Discovery Channel, setting up their music streaming website. She has given workshops, keynote addresses, seminars, and family concerts throughout the U.S., Canada, Australia, Germany, and in Singapore. Jackie has served as an adjunct instructor at both Emporia State University and the University of Missouri at Kansas City and lectures at Johnson County Community College. Jackie is the owner of Miss Jackie Music Company.
Jackie Silberg lives in Leawood, Kansas.