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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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Baby Babblin’

Another early language skill that we all experience and hold precious during that first year is babbling. Our babies’ babbles are some of the first experiments with sounds that eventually turn into language. More »

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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 »

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See Cute Babies and Support a Great Cause

Babies, the new documentary by Thomas Balmes simultaneously follows four babies from around the world on their journey to first steps.  Opening Mothers Day weekend, you’ll be delighted with an inside look into the lives of Ponijao in Opuwo near … More »

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Awareness & Reflective Thought- Part 1

Even more fundamental then language is the development of a unique human awareness and reflective thought. Believe it or not, when a young baby’s hand goes whizzing by her face, she actually has no idea that it is her own hand. A baby’s consciousness and awareness is nothing like an adult humans. More »

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Language Development- Part 3

During the third year of language development, early advantages compound as two year olds have learned that words represent things and know enough words to help them figure out new words by context very quickly. More »

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Learning Through Play

An important fact that we have not yet discussed much is how these real concrete contexts and experiences are the vehicle for all their learning—Learning Through Play. All the stuff we think of as learning and intelligence gets exercised and develops through our babies’ hands-on explorations and experiences. More »

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Paper Play

A material we don’t think of as a toy or something for babies to play with is paper, but actually we could not be more mistaken. Babies love to explore paper. They love to see the many things paper can do: flap, bend, crease, wad, tear, crackle, crunch, flutter! More »

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