Infants and Toddlers at Work Using Reggio-Inspired Materials to Support Brain Development

ISBN-10: 0807751073

ISBN-13: 9780807751077

Edition: 2010

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Description: This book contains a wealth of practical and specific activities and materials to use with infants and toddlers to enhance growth and development. Writing in the accessible style that her readers appreciate, Ann Lewin-Benham looks at current research from the neurosciences to show what teachers and childcare providers can do with very young children. For each material or activity presented, the text examines its relation to the rapid brain growth that characterizes the zero to three years, including sensory reception, movement, language, cognition, memory, vision, and motivation. Materials, with guidance for their use and where to find them, include: paint, mark-makers, man-made found objects, natural objects, clay, paper, and light and shadow. This is the definitive guide for trainers and professionals who work with young children.

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List price: $32.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Teachers College Press, Teachers College, Columbia University
Publication date: 8/15/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (pronounced "ME-high CHICK-sent-me-high-ee) is a professor and former chairman of the Department of English at the University of Chicago. His writings have focused on models of enjoyment and how various people access their creative potential. The idea of creative potential, which Csikszentmihalyi terms "flow" has become increasingly popular in the public sector. His 1993 book, Flow, inspired Jimmy Johnson then coach of the World Champion Dallas Cowboys, and was the subject of a feature story during that year's Super Bowl television broadcast. His ideas have also been touted by President Clinton, who called Csikszentmihalyi one of his favorite authors, Newt Gingrich, who put his work on the reading list for a political planning committee, and corporations and cultural institutions, such as Volvo in Sweden and the Chicago Park District. He has published articles in a variety of magazines, including Psychology Today, The New York Times, Omni, and Wired and has made appearances on television in the U.S. and Europe. Csikszentmihalyi currently serves on boards and commissions for the U.S. Departments of Labor and Education, and the Social Science Research Council. He has held visiting professorships at universities in the United States, Canada, Brazil, Italy, and Finland. He received the1990 NRPA National Research (Roosevelt) Award, in addition to two Senior Fulbright Fellowships. Besides Flow, he has also written Beyond Boredom and Anxiety and Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention, in which he applies his "flow" theory to various inventors, scientists, and artists to determine how and why they achieve "flow."

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Why Use Materials?
Infants and Toddlers in Flow
Humans: Unique Learners
Sitting, Walking, Carrying
Structuring the Use of Materials
Conclusion: Materials' Meaning
Framing Experiences
The Brain's Attention Systems
Facing Complexity
Challenges: Glue, Scissors, Clay, Sewing
Conclusion: Accumulating Skills
Infants and Materials
Infants' Predispositions
Adults' Intentionality
Food, Paper, Fabric, Sound
Day by Day in Provocative Infant Spaces
Conclusion: Natural Learners
Man-Made Materials
Cultural Contrasts: 10,000 Years Ago and Now
Reggio and Neuroscience Resonances
The Design and Development of Materials
One Huge and Many Small Events
Conclusion: Meaning-Full Materials
Painting with Tempera
Stumbling, Reflecting, Learning
A Theory of How We Learn
Teaching with Intention
A Culture of Relationships
Beginning Use of Tempera
Conclusion: The Joy of Painting
Clay
6-Month- and 2-Year-Old Reactions
Molding the Brain
Joyful Tactile Experiences
Conclusion: Clay, Creativity, and Competence
Mark-Making
A Natural Language
A Story from Reggio
Complex Intersections: Drawing and Decisions
Small Choices/Large Impacts
Self-Portraits Plus
Conclusion: Drawing, An Imperative
Exploring Paper
Paper, Brain, and Hand
New Ways with Paper: Eight Months of Activities
Paper, Infants, and Toddlers: Reggio Stories
Conclusion: New Perspectives
Natural Materials
Learning to See
Infant and Toddler Investigations
The Bounty of Natural Materials
Research, Nature, and the Classroom
Conclusion: The Power and Pleasure of Nature
Light and Shadow
How We Know What We See
Discovering Light and Shadow
Conclusion: Enticing the Infant/Toddler Brain
List of Materials
Art Supplies
Tools
Glossary
References
Index
About the Author
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