Title: What’s Going On In There? How the Brain and Mind Develop in the First Five Years of Life

Author: Lise Eliot, Ph.D.

Book Summary

‘What’s Going On In There‘ takes us through the development of the brain in the first five years of life, starting from prenatal age. It explains in the simplest terms possible how the development occurs, and also advises mothers what they should and shouldn’t consume when pregnant and how the food might affect their child.

It brings the reader through the development of each of the senses, motor skills, emotions, memory, language and intelligence. The author is a neurologist and a mother who is able to share insight into brain development and parenthood. The author goes into current studies in babies and neurology. This is a book that supports the observations of Maria Montessori with the aid of modern technology to prove her theories.

As one of the baby’s most mature senses, the vestibular system provides a fast track into the developing brain. It doesn’t take long for most parents to discover the power of this hidden sense, but isn’t it nice to know that all that rocking, jiggling, and carrying is not only soothing to your baby, it is actually also good for her emerging mind?

(Taken from: What’s Going On In There?)