14 Fundamentals
How children learn, Language Development, Learning, Life Skills, Mathematical Development, Memory, Milestones, Social Development, Speech and Language Milestones, The Practica Program

Birth to 24 months: 14 Fundamental Areas of Development

It’s uninspiring when an educational programme considers only the most basic areas of development. Children learn more quickly during their early years than at any other time in life, simply because the plasticity of the human brain decreases with age. In other words, the younger your child, the greater an enriched environment will impact on […]

Wooden Block Set
child development, Develop Concentration, development, educational toys, Executive Functioning, Following instruction; Brain Development, Following instruction; child development, Instructional Play, learning tools, Milestones, The Practica Program, Wooden Block Set

Practica Programme Apparatus Blog Post Series – Wooden Block Set

The Practica Programme provides more than 4000 age-appropriate activity ideas for children from birth up to 7 years of age. The kit is packaged in a wooden toy box that includes a set of 8 User Guides and 28 sets of carefully selected sets of educational apparatus.   It’s the most comprehensive educational home programme […]

5 Tips
Brain Development, Confidence, Constructive Criticism, development, educational toys, Effective Parenting;, Finger Painting, Following instruction; child development, Good Praise, learning tools, Relationship Boosters, Self Esteem

5 Tips for Facilitating Great Finger Paint Sessions

Are you embarrassed to admit that you have never made finger paint for your child? Join the club. It sounds like a messy business from start to finish and it’s definitely not the kind of thing most mothers want to do every week.But, children love it and it makes good pictures to post on Facebook. […]

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Talk Summary

We hope that you enjoyed your time with us during your antenatal class and we are so pleased to be able to give you some more in depth information about the topics we touched on during the talk. Here is the information and the links to the songs, as promised! For more information, contact us on […]

The Magic of Instructional Play
child development, Choosing the right toy; Age-appropriate Toys, development, educational toys, Following instruction; Brain Development, Following instruction; child development, How children learn, Instructional Play, learning tools, The Practica Program

The Magic of Instructional Play

“Instructional play is an enjoyable activity or game that results in learning.” ~ Dr Donalyn Heise in “Dare to be Positive!”   We’ve recently had a look at how important it is to intentionally create learning opportunities for our children in which they can practise their ability to remember instructions, focus their attention, complete tasks […]

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Brain Development, child development, Disney, Reading, Reading; Brain Development, Television

Why we like Disney Books

Watching television dulls babies’ brains. In 2009, France’s broadcasting authority banned the airing of all television, including advertising, aimed at babies and toddlers. They warned: “Television viewing hurts the development of children under 3 years old and poses a certain number of risks, encouraging passivity, slow language acquisition, over-excitedness, troubles with sleep and concentration, as […]

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Brain Development, Disney, Learning, Reading, Reading; Brain Development

A Book is More than the Sum Total of its Pages

  Books are often seen as ‘old fashioned’ and parents are tempted to replace them with seemingly more modern stimulation, such as television, DVDs, video games, computers, and battery-operated toys with moving parts and flashing lights… The difference between reading and these ‘new and improved’ types of stimulation, is that reading (and story-telling) will always be the number one activity that […]

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Boost your child's Brain; Speech Development, Brain Development, Disney, Language, Learning, learning tools, Reading; Brain Development

Why it’s Better to Read and Repeat

  As parents, we assume that children get bored with reading the same book over and over, but contrary to this popular belief, children actually thrive on the predictability of such repetition. Predictability is one of the most fundamental emotional and intellectual needs of a child and reading is the easiest way for a parent […]

Practica - Reading together
Disney, Love, Love Languages, Loving Communication, Relationship Boosters

Reading Together Fosters Love and Learning

Reading to a child communicates love and acceptance to a child primarily in two ways: firstly, through physical touch and, secondly through sharing an experience that fosters emotional closeness. We’ve written before in this blog about just how important love is to learning – it is the ‘thing’ that makes all learning stick.  The beauty of […]

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Executive Functioning

Executive Functioning

  Young children typically act before they think, but as they grow older, and their brains mature, this should no longer be the case. As a child gains more experience, he gradually learns to regulate himself and interact with his world in a step-by-step, focused manner. In other words, he develops “executive functioning” skills. This “control tower” or […]

Baby Massage
Body Awareness, Deep Pressure Touch, Love Languages, Massage, Touch Therapy

Baby Massage: The Introductory Massage

The benefits of baby massage have been extensively researched and we at the Practica Programme encourage our Practica Parents to make use of baby massage techniques as often as possible.   Below is an extract from the Practica Programme Parents’ Guide that summarises the easy steps involved in Introductory Massage. It is recommended for newborn babies […]

Turn the TV off!
Television, The Practica Program

How to encourage parents to switch off the television and talk to their children instead.

The following post is aimed at healthcare professionals and teachers. Through the Practica Programme, we meet hundreds of parents from many backgrounds every year. And, similar to you in your profession, we regularly engage with parents who seem to be unaware of the fact that they are headed in the wrong direction regarding the amount […]