Baby Teacher: Nurturing Neural Networks From Birth to Age Five

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R&L Education, May 1, 2002 - Education - 206 pages
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Ever wonder what is going on in a baby's brain? Or how you can best nurture a child's natural development? Or why exactly Bach is better than Mozart for babies? This book will explain why. No technical knowledge is necessary, as Shore makes recent neurological findings accessible to all those who come into contact with young children. Everything a baby experiences in his or her first five years is building the foundation of life's learning potential through the formation of neural networks in the brain. Through increasing the complexity of the early childhood environment in developmentally appropriate ways, we can nurture these neural networks. The visionary educational leader must look beyond the traditional boundaries of the K-12 system, and towards the space between the maternity ward and the kindergarten door.
 

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Contents

Finding Faulty Assumptions
1
Brain Science for Nonneurologists
11
How we know what we know
25
Nurturing our Nature
45
Music Matters
57
The Bach Effect
81
Implications for Education
113
Curricular Considerations
143
Creating Complex Curriculum for the Crib and Beyond
153
Bibliography
179
About the Author
185
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Rebecca Shore has the distinction of having both a degree in music and doctorate in education administration and policy. She has published numerous articles on early childhood education and has lectured extensively on this topic. She has also produced a series of Bach CDs for children, highlighting the importance of developmental neural network stimulation.

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