Category Archives: Brain Development

Quick notes for using a swing during the early years

Picture credit: Reandi Grey

Being on a swing benefits a child in three basic ways The movement helps to wire the brain for processing information. Stimulating the senses through swinging facilitates learning to organize and interpret spatial information via the vestibular system, which is situated in the inner ear. It’s calming. The smooth, back-and-forth motion helps with sensory integration. This can be soothing to a […]

Developing a Sense of Humour in Your Child

Developing a Sense of Humour in Your Child. People who laugh often are emotionally and physically healthier. Laughing together naturally helps people to bond and feel part of a group. This explains why babies laugh enthusiastically to connect at a social level with a loving caregiver from around 4 months of age – long before […]

Practica Activity – Exercises for Small Hands.

Practica Activity – Exercises for Small Hands. This Activity Develops Manual Dexterity. Ages: 3 Years and Older Sit next to your child and do the following while he copies your hand movements. – Make your hands into fists. Slowly spread your fingers wide open. Close them. Repeat. – Open and close your fingers in a very quick […]

Why Talking to Your Baby When He’s too Young to Understand Gives him a Head Start.

Why Talking to Your Baby When He’s too Young to Understand Gives him a Head Start.   Language comprehension is one of the most important – if not the most important – key to intellectual development.  It’s one of the 14 fundamental areas of development that work together during the first 1000 days of a […]

How to Build a Solid Understanding of Numbers

How to Build a Solid Understanding of Numbers Learning to count from one to ten, and later to a hundred, is an important milestone in early math development. However, it’s equally important to learn to understand the “how manyness” or the value that every number represents. Teachers and therapists refer to this important school readiness skill as number […]

Five More Things to Learn From Chatterbox Parents.

Five More Things to Learn From Chatterbox Parents. Have a look at our previous post to find out more about exactly what a chatterbox parent is and to read our list of the popular intro’s that chatterbox parents use. (We encourage you to focus on how much more comfortable it is to talk to a child […]

The Practicals of Talking to Little Children

The Practicals of Talking to Little Children   No matter how much you love being a parent, there’s always a day or two when you wish you had more training in the art of parenting. Let’s take, for example, talking to a baby, toddler or two year old. You may have firm convictions about the […]

How to Launch Better Behaviour (and Better Learning) in your Child

How to Launch Better Behaviour (and Better Learning) in your Child Children of all ages develop, learn and behave better when their parents are warm and nurturing. All parents function somewhere on a continuum, with positive “warm and nurturing” at one end and negative “cold and unapproachable” at the other. And, regardless of how much […]

What to do When Your Toddler Hits or Bites.

  What to do when your toddler hits or bites. Nobody likes to be on the receiving end of a toddler’s punch or bite – especially if the behaviour seems to be growing into a habit and the nipper doesn’t respond to discipline. What’s more, the display of aggression can be quite unsettling when a […]

BABY SIGN LANGUAGE: How, When and Why?

  Teaching babies and toddlers to use gestures for specific words before they are physically able to speak makes a whole lot of sense on many levels.   Will baby sign language delay my child’s speech development? Studies have shown that children who use this kind of early “sign language” show no delay in speech […]

How to use Instructions to Develop Self-control in a Toddler.

  Children who have learned to follow instructions typically exhibit more self-control than other children, because learning to follow instructions involves practising to act with intent, which is the exact opposite of acting impulsively. That brings us to the question: “How do I teach my toddler to follow instructions?” The answer is: “By physically showing […]

How Toddlers Develop Food Preferences.

Have you ever wondered exactly why nutritionists cringe when they see one year olds eat chocolates, cheese curls, macaroni cheese, potato chips and chocolate mousse? It’s because these foods are addictive. Their high-carb-high-fat content triggers the dopamine reward system in our brains to shout for more. And, after a while, they dominate our preferences. They […]

Teach Nursery Rhymes Early for Better Reading Later.

Photo Credit: Researchers studied a group of 64 children when they were 3 years old, and the more rhymes they knew then, the better they were able to read 3 years later. They have concluded that this is the case because rhymes train children to be more sensitive to the speech sounds within words. (Read […]

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. […]