Higher Level Thinking, Brain Science

Young girl smiling

You are here

Most Recent

Children play with blocks and dinosaur figurines.
Article
Teaching Young Children
September 1, 2021

Sparking Creativity with Cross-Area Play

Cross-area play is rooted in the idea that when children are given the freedom to experiment with materials in open-ended ways, their play can transform into elaborate, complex plots and offer rich developmental opportunities.

Authored by

Authored by: Lydia Minahan Jessica Byrd Sarah Dwyer Sandra Romp Layney Viets Ekaterina Strekalova-Hughes
Members Only
a collage of images of children drawing
Article
Teaching Young Children
September 1, 2021

Exploring Nature Indoors with Observational Drawing and Scientific Thinking

One valuable way we can support children’s exploration of nature is by teaching them how to observe carefully and create observational drawings, which encourage children to understand and question their world.

Authored by

Authored by: Kendra Nenia Melissa Clucas Walter
Members Only
A child plays a shapes activity.
Article
Young Children
September 1, 2021

Intentional Teaching Moments: Supporting Executive Function Development and Early Mathematics Through a Geometry Activity

Enhanced by math activities, higher-order mental skills and abilities serve as the behind-the-scenes machinery that facilitates young children’s ability to engage in and demonstrate their learning competency.

Authored by

Authored by: Holland W. Banse Douglas H. Clements Julie Sarama Crystal Day-Hess Marisa Simoni Candace Joswick
Members Only
the cover of the publication young children, Volume 76, Number 3
Issue
Young Children
Vol. 76, No. 3
September 1, 2021

Fall 2021

Supporting Literacy Through Engaging Instruction & Materials
The Fall 2021 issue of Young Children includes a cluster of articles offering a variety of practices and materials to help early childhood educators foster a love of literacy and support early reading, writing, listening, and speaking development.
Members Only
children sitting with each other
Article
Young Children
June 1, 2021

What Are You Thinking? Scaffolding Thinking to Promote Learning

Classrooms that incorporate child-directed experiences offer many opportunities for children to uncover their ideas, to generate questions, and to construct their own knowledge.

Authored by

Authored by: Angela K. Salmon María Ximena Barrera
Members Only
Two young children talk to an adult
Article
Young Children
May 1, 2017

El caso de la ciencia del cerebro y el juego guiado: una historia en desarrollo

En particular, el juego libre y el juego guiado, conocidos en conjunto como aprendizaje lúdico, son herramientas pedagógicas a través de las cuales los niños pueden aprender de manera alegre y relevante.

Authored by

Authored by: Brenna Hassinger-Das Kathy Hirsh-Pasek Roberta Michnick Golinkoff
Members Only
An adult interacting with two children
Article
Young Children
May 1, 2017

脑科学和引导式游戏的案例:正在发生的故事 The Case of Brain Science and Guided Play: A Developing Story

NAEYC promotes high-quality early learning for all children, birth through age 8, by connecting practice, policy, and research. We advance a diverse early childhood profession and support all who care for, educate, and work on behalf of young children.

Authored by

Authored by: Brenna Hassinger-Das Kathy Hirsh-Pasek Roberta Michnick Golinkoff
Members Only
a child working on a craft project with grass, sticks, and sand
Article
Teaching Young Children
April 1, 2021

Reflecting on the Fish Tank: Using the Project Approach to Make Connections

Using a fish tank as a project is a great way for teachers to provoke children’s thought, to engage them in the process of representing their learning, and to support their reflections.

Authored by

Authored by: Andrea Anderson Jennifer Klutz Cindy G. McGaha
Members Only
A preschooler plays with geometric shapes on a carpet

Higher-Order Thinking Bundle (On Demand)

Make your teaching more intentional and engaging with this collection of higher-order thinking modules that brings together three of NAEYC’s popular modules into one convenient package.
Members Only
children looking at a tablet with a teacher
Article
Teaching Young Children
January 4, 2021

Navigating Spatial Learning with Preschoolers

Mathematics activities can contribute to later success in both math and reading, but activities focused on math and spatial learning can also be really fun and playful for young children—and for their teachers!

Authored by

Authored by: Ashley Lewis Presser Danae Kamdar Ximena Dominguez
Members Only
A mother interacting with her son.

Ideas to Spark Rich Conversations with Your Children!

As the parent of a young child, you know that children are curious and eager to learn. To help you make the most of those moments—and to inspire even more of them—we offer several easy strategies for sparking rich conversations.
Members Only