Synopses & Reviews
Cutting edge scientific research has shown that exposure to the right kind of environment during the first years of life actually affects the physical structure of a child's brain, vastly increasing the number of neuron branches--the "magic trees of the mind"--that help us to learn, think, and remember. At each stage of development, the brain's ability to gain new skills and process information is refined. As a leading researcher at the University of California at Berkeley, Marion Diamond has been a pioneer in this field of research. Now, Diamond and award-winning science writer Janet Hopson present a comprehensive enrichment program designed to help parents prepare their children for a lifetime of learning.
From the latest research on a child's growing mind comes a guide to enriching mental and emotional development during the first five years of life. of line drawings.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -449) and index.
About the Author
Marian Diamond has taught for more than thirty years at U.C. Berkeley, where she directed the Lawrence Hall of Science. She is also the author of Enriching Heredity and The Human Brain Coloring Book.
Table of Contents
Magic Trees of the Mind Prologue and Acknowledgments
Introduction: Experience Is the Best Sculptor
1: Trees That Grow So Fair: Neural Forests of the Mind
2: An Enchanted Thing: The Brain's Network of Connections
3: Feed My Brain: Influences in the Womb
An Enrichment Program for the Unborn Child
4: Dreaming Eyes of Wonder: Nurturing the Very Young
An Enrichment Program for Babies and Toddlers
5: These Become Part of the Child: Stimulating the Mind in the Preschool Years
An Enrichment Program for Preschool Children
6: Letting the Future In: The Power Of Experience in Middle Childhood
An Enrichment Program for Grade School Children
7: Plant Another Tree: Continuing Mental Development in Adolescence
An Enrichment Program for Teenagers
8: Learning Not by Chance: Enrichment in the Classroom
9: As Morning Shows the Day: How Social Factors Shape Future Minds
Resource Guide: Additional Tools for Enrichment
Articles / Books / Organizations / On-line Resources / Catalogs and Commercial Sources / Parent-Recommended Enrichment Tools