Spanish-language Activity Guides designed to help parents and other adults foster healthy and positive brain development in babies toddlers and preschoolers are now available, free of charge, from Best Beginnings. Ver en español>>
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Children’s brains develop at an explosive rate from birth to age 6. The type of learning that takes place in the early years has a profound impact on how children fare in the future. Extensive research has shown that positive and appropriate early learning activities prepare children to succeed in school and in life.
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Produced by Best Beginnings, activities are based on Alaska’s Early Learning Guidelines, which spell out what young children should know, understand, and be able to do at different stages, as well as help parents and caregivers providing appropriate learning experiences.
“All parents want the best for their children, but many don’t realize how important their own role is in preparing their child to be ready for school,” Best Beginnings Executive Director Abbe Hensley said. “Early learning and literacy doesn’t mean you teach your child to read. It refers to the building blocks that prepare a child to learn to read and write. These Activity Guides contain fun activities that will equip children with the skills and knowledge they need to begin their school years.”
The Spanish-language Activity Guides include activities to promote development in the five areas that a child’s brain develops: physical, social and emotional, approach to learning, thinking skills, and communication.
Available in three age categories, this is the first of a series being developed by Best Beginnings in languages other than English; a Yup’ik version is available as well.
The project is funded by grants from the Alaska Children’s Trust and the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development, with additional support from ConocoPhillips and BP Alaska.
“Brain under construction!” posters promoting Spanish-language Activity Guides are available in English/Spanish. CLICK HERE to print your own.