Cognitive Development

Lessons

  • 1

    Cognitive Development: An Introduction

    The first three years of life are an amazing time for the human brain. When you support the developing brain you are building a strong foundation for future school and life success. This lesson will introduce you to important concepts about how the brain develops in infants and toddlers. 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 60 minutes to complete.
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  • 3

    Supporting Cognitive Development: 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 make the most of every routine.

    This lesson is estimated to take 60 minutes to complete.
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  • 4

    Supporting Cognitive Development: Environments and Materials

    The ways in which you set up your learning environment and materials help set the stage for children’s optimum cognitive development. This lesson will highlight environments and materials that promote infants’ and toddlers’ cognitive development. It will also share information about supporting the needs and backgrounds of all infants and toddlers in your care.

    This lesson is estimated to take 60 minutes to complete.
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  • 5

    Supporting Cognitive Development: Experiences and Activities

    It is important to provide infants and toddlers with a variety of age-appropriate experiences and activities. This lesson describes how you can engage young children in experiences and activities that promote their cognitive development and stresses the significance of addressing the needs of all learners.

    This lesson is estimated to take 60 minutes to complete.
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