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 […]

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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Dealing with crying, Effective Parenting; Discipline for toddlers; Effective communication, How children learn

Why you should not tell your toddler to “Stop crying!”

  Psychologist Debbie Glasser advises parents not to say “Stop crying” or “Don’t be scared” when dealing with their toddlers. She says, “It’s natural to want to protect a child from these feelings, but saying ‘Don’t be’ doesn’t make a child feel better, and it also can send the message that his emotions aren’t valid […]

PB - Concentration
Brain Development, Develop Concentration, Following instruction; child development, How children learn, How to teach a Child to Concentrate, learning tools, Life Skills, Self Esteem

Concentration – your child’s mental workout!

  Parents often phone into the Practica Programme Advisory Service asking why concentration is not listed as a ‘skill’ in the Parent’s Guide. This is because most parents want to help grow their children’s ability to concentrate. We agree that it is very important and felt this was indeed a topic to discuss! What is […]