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Early Learning and Development

Early Development Tips and Tools

Developmenatlly Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs

California Infant Toddler Learning and Development Foundations 2009
Cognitive learning skills by the ages of infancy.

Following a Child’s Lead - Emergent Curriculum for Infants and Toddlers.
Compiled by Susan Friedman and Michelle Soltero
Responsive teachers of infants and toddlers carefully observe each child in their care to learn about that individual’s motivations, interests, needs, and feelings.

Investigations: A Responsive Approach to Infant Curriculum. Mary Jane Maguire-Fong, American River College. Copyright 1999: Mary Jane Maguire-Fong
Learning happens best when an engaging series of experiences allows children to wrap their minds around something to experience and investigate it deeply, broadly, and from new perspectives.

Nurturing Mathematical Thinking Skills - How can adults support the development of mathematical thinking skills during the first three years?
Author: Judy Ballweg, Preschool Math Resource Teacher, Madison Metropolitan School District, Madison, WI

The Uniqueness of Infancy Demands a Responsive Approach to Care. J. Ronald Lally and Peter Mangione, pp. 1420, Young Children, July 2006
... infants and toddlers are genetically programmed to learn language, to become more skillful in their small muscle and large muscle functioning, to construct knowledge about the functioning of people and things in the world around them, to seek out significant relationships through which they can be nurtured and protected, and to use relationships to learn appropriate and inappropriate ways of relating to others.