ERIC Number: EJ793008
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Reference Count: 10
We Grow Brains!
Rike, Cheryl J.; Izumi-Taylor, Satomi; Moberly, Deborah
Exchange: The Early Childhood Leaders' Magazine Since 1978, n181 p22-26 May-Jun 2008
The authors of this article have noticed that many child care providers do not appear to be proud of their profession. Unfortunately, it seems they understand that society does not really appreciate what they do and have been negatively affected by that perception. The authors, as early childhood educators, find this attitude to be very distressing, and suggest that early childhood practitioners begin to respond by saying, "We grow brains!" because that is actually what they are doing--growing brains, every day and in every thing they do. The activities, interactions, and learning opportunities that take place in carefully planned environments are closely entwined and of paramount importance in stimulating brain growth. Young children's routines provide vast opportunities for learning and growth in all developmental domains. Along with finding trust and security in the consistency of routines, infants and toddlers also develop in areas such as expressive and receptive language, social skills, physical motor skills, and self-esteem. Growing brains seek and find stimuli in every environment--the richness of the environment and what takes place there determines the quality of the growth that is taking place. When preschool teachers and child care providers who "grow brains" work together to enhance children's development by providing challenging experiences in carefully planned environments, they can assure a brighter future for the youngest children and help them make a successful transition into being eager preschoolers and productive, life-long learners.
Descriptors: Young Children, Brain, Preschool Teachers, Child Care, Early Childhood Education, Cognitive Development, Educational Environment, Learning Experience, Futures (of Society), Teacher Attitudes
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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