Cognitive Development

Lessons

  • 1

    Cognitive Development: An Introduction

    Amazing brain development happens during childhood. Your interactions with children support their developing brains. Each day, you build a strong foundation for their future school and life success. Cognitive development is nurtured through relationship-based caregiving. This lesson will introduce you to important concepts about how the brain develops from birth to age 12. It will end with suggestions about what you can do to help make sure all children meet their potential.

    This lesson is estimated to take 30 minutes to complete.
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  • 2

    Cognitive Development: Infants and Toddlers

    Infants and toddlers usually follow predictable patterns in how they grow and learn. This lesson will help you understand typical cognitive development, or how infants and toddlers develop thinking skills. You will learn about developmental milestones and what to do if you are concerned about a child’s development.

    This lesson is estimated to take 43 minutes to complete.
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  • 3

    Supporting Cognitive Development: Infant Toddler Interactions

    Your relationship with infants and toddlers is one of your strongest tools to support development and learning. This lesson will focus on interacting with children to support play, exploration, and learning. You will learn how teachable moments, play, and communication can help you make the most of every routine.

    This lesson is estimated to take 43 minutes to complete.
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    Cognitive Development: Preschool

    Children usually follow predictable patterns in how they grow and learn. This lesson will help you understand typical cognitive development, or how children develop thinking skills, during the preschool years. You will learn about developmental milestones and what to do if you are concerned about a child’s development.

    This lesson is estimated to take 43 minutes to complete.
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    Supporting Cognitive Development: Preschool Interactions

    Your relationship with children is one of your strongest teaching tools. This lesson will focus on interacting with children to support play, exploration, and learning. You will learn how teachable moments, play, and communication can help make the most of every routine.

    This lesson is estimated to take 43 minutes to complete.
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    Cognitive Development: School-Age

    School-age children usually follow predictable patterns in how they grow and learn. This lesson will help you understand typical cognitive development, or how school-age children develop thinking skills during early and later ages. You will learn about developmental milestones and what to do if you are concerned about a school-age child’s development.

    This lesson is estimated to take 43 minutes to complete.
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    Supporting Cognitive Development: School-Age Interactions

    Your relationship with school-age children is one of your strongest tools to support development and learning. This lesson will focus on interacting with school-age children and youth to support exploration and learning. You will learn how interactions with adults and peers can make the most of every routine.

    This lesson is estimated to take 43 minutes to complete.
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    Supporting Cognitive Development: Experiences and Activities

    In this lesson, you will learn the importance of providing children with a variety of age-appropriate experiences and activities. This lesson describes how you can engage children to promote cognitive development and address the individual needs of all learners.

    This lesson is estimated to take 43 minutes to complete.
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