Early experiences are critical to the structure of the brain and its capacities. The quality, quantity and consistency of a child’s interactions will largely determine the form and function of their brain. The Start Smart series offers straightforward information, ideas and activities to boost brain power through active exploration, repetition, sensory discovery, problem solving, second language learning and much more. Reflecting the latest research on how children learn, each section describes how and why the brain develops in a given area, before setting out a range of activities you can implement to give young children the best foundation for future learning.
Dr Pam Schiller is a freelance author and consultant on education in the early years. She is the former vice president of the Early Childhood Division at McGraw-Hill Materials/McGraw-Hill Publishers, and is past president of the Southern Early Childhood Association and Texas Association for the Education of Young Children. She served as head of the Early Childhood Department at the University of Houston, where she also directed the Lab School. A highly sought-after speaker, Pam has given presentations to a wide range of organisations, including the Association for Childhood Education International and the International Reading Association. She is the author of 5 early childhood curricula, 11 children’s books, more than 30 teacher and parent resource books, and many articles for early childhood journals. She lives in Cypress, Texas in the USA.