Cognitive Development

Lessons

  • 1

    Cognitive Development: An Introduction

    During the school-age years, children develop the complex cognitive skills that will carry them through school and beyond. The strong foundational cognitive skills they have developed as children prepare them for learning as teens and adults. 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 during the school-age years. 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: 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 60 minutes to complete.
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  • 3

    Supporting Cognitive Development: 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 60 minutes to complete.
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  • 4

    Supporting Cognitive Development: Environments and Materials

    Well-arranged environments are critical for promoting school-age children’s cognitive development. Within such environments, children can engage in discovery, exploration, and problem solving that leads to learning in a daily basis. This lesson will focus on identifying environments and materials that promote school-age children’s cognitive development.

    This lesson is estimated to take 60 minutes to complete.
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    Supporting Cognitive Development: Experiences and Activities

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

    This lesson is estimated to take 60 minutes to complete.
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