What characteristics do children need to become motivated to learn? How do children’s experiences and relationships affect their cognitive development? How do you provide learning experiences that meet the developmental needs of every child in your care?
The Thinking Child thoughtfully discusses the key principles of children’s cognitive and intellectual development alongside descriptions of everyday practice. It clearly explains the cognitive strategies that children use to learn new knowledge, the development of cognitive milestones such as symbolism, memories and the imagination, metacognition and creativity along with research into how the brain processes information.
Throughout the book, the author considers the key characteristics of effective learning and shows how play is one of the primary mechanisms that children use to access new knowledge and to consolidate their emerging ideas and concepts. These characteristics are then applied to integral aspects of early years practice to show how pracitioners can:
Emphasising the importance of understanding the theory that underpins children’s cognitive development, this accessible text shows practitioners how they can use this knowledge to provide learning opportunities that nourish children’s thinking and creative skills.
1. Setting the Scene; 2. Play, Exploring and Learning; 3. Active Learning; 4. Creating and Thinking Critically; 5. Observing and Assessing Children’s Progress; 6. Partnerships with Parents and Community; 7. Thinking Differently; 8. Thoughtful Organisation; 9. Equipped for Life, Ready for School?
Foundations of Child Development
Series Editor: Pamela May
An understanding of child development is at the heart of good early years practice. The four books in this exciting new series each take a detailed look at a major strand of child development – cognitive, social, physical and emotional – and aim to provide practitioners with the knowledge and understanding they need to plan ways of working with children that are developmentally appropriate. Clearly linking theory to everyday practice they explain why practitioners teach in certain ways and show how they can provide learning experiences that will help children to become competent and enthusiastic learners. Whilst the series allows for an in depth study of each of the four major areas of development individually, it also demonstrates that they are, in reality, intertwined and indivisible.
Titles in this series:
The Thinking Child: Laying the foundations of understanding and competence
The Growing Child: Laying the foundations of active learning and physical health
The Social Child: Laying the foundations of relationships and language
The Feeling Child: Laying the foundations of confidence and resilience