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Quick notes for using a swing during the early years

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 […]

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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 […]

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Teach Nursery Rhymes Early for Better Reading Later.

Photo Credit: http://mattnerphotography.com 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 […]

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Why did I DO that?

Why did I DO that? “Why did you grab that toy? Why did you hit your sister? Why is there spaghetti in your hair?”

 We ask toddlers these questions and they never come up with an answer. Why? Because they live in the moment. Their brains aren’t wired to the point where they can think […]

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Healthy Praise – 3 Practical Tips

Healthy Praise – 3 Practical Tips In our last post, we discussed how not all praise is equal. In fact, if praise were like food, some praise is like the finest organic fruit and vegetables, while other praise is like junk food which is plain unhealthy and even harmful (if you missed the post, go here). […]

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Living in the Moment

Living in the Moment Because of the way their brains are wired, babies and young children live from moment to moment and consequently have little concern for what’s going to happen later or what happened earlier. For them it’s all about now. As adults, living in the moment can be very difficult to achieve… in fact there are entire philosophies […]