Students ages 0-5 go through immense and critical brain development 

brain-powerResearch into neuroscience and brain power is among the most fascinating due to its impact on education. And when it comes to young learners, strategies for optimizing brain development are essential for educators and parents.

Young students up to age 5 are uniquely poised to absorb an incredible amount of information, and while their brains are growing and forming at rapid rates, they also need to feel secure and calm to optimize positive brain development, said Pam Schiller, a curriculum specialist and freelance author specializing in early childhood education, during an edWeb webinar.

Educators and those who work with young children likely use most of the following 10 strategies, Schiller said, and each strategy is easy to implement or augment. All of these strategies can help educators optimize learning and development in young children.

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