Tag Archives: cognitive development

The Strength of Group Play

Last week we discussed the “tiger mom” parenting debate and my mantra was: “The key to parenting best practices is to tune into your child’s unique mind and profile of strengths and help them become who they truly are. Assume … More »

Posted in Grab Bag | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Early Baby Thinking

Baby thinking or ideas don’t start as full blown adult thinking with sophisticated models of some concept that has an integrated past, present and future. Instead our babies start with simple isolated schemas for actions they see happening in the … More »

Posted in Grab Bag | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Early Logic- “Division” via Tearing Paper

Babies develop early math and numeracy skills by experiencing concrete actions on their world. Take simple paper tearing. More »

Posted in Grab Bag | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Early Logic Adventures- Figuring things out

Once our babies start to sit up, this milestone opens a whole new range of exploration. Their hands free up and whatever they can get them on, they want to explore and manipulate. More »

Posted in Grab Bag | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Early Logic Adventures- Making things happen

Our little ones don’t start their logic careers with the 123s, shapes, and colors: instead, they figure out that when they do something, it can make something else happen in the world. So if they give you a big smile, you will give them a big smile back. This is early cause and effect. More »

Posted in Grab Bag | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Books & Early Reading

While reading try to make the experience interactive by going off the page. Books do not have be read linearly from front to back. Make it interactive. More »

Posted in Grab Bag | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Exploring the Cabinets

For our babies almost any place and anything around the home is a world to explore– take drawers and cabinets. We have all seen our babies’ beeline for a drawer we just put something away in or the cabinet in the bathroom we just opened. More »

Posted in Grab Bag | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Thinking- Ages & Stages

We have all wondered from time to time– what is going on inside that little head of my baby. Well, that rapidly changes from stage to stage. The foundations for thinking skills start very early. More »

Posted in Grab Bag | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Thinking Skills- Cognitive Development

Consider the cognitive difference between a reflex-driven newborn; a 12 month old who can control his attention & memory capable of action oriented problem solving; a 2 yr old with tentative mental models of daily events and conceptual discoveries of … More »

Posted in Grab Bag | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Defining the 3 Cs: Character, Competence, Concepts

In terms of broad goals, most educators and parents readily agree that children should learn whatever will ultimately enable them to become healthy, competent, productive, and contributing members of their communities. But when it comes to the specifics of what should be learned this month, this week, this day or during any particular experience, agreement is not so easily achieved. More »

Posted in Grab Bag | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment