If you're anything like me you've been amazed at many 2 year old experts and their apparent breadth of knowledge on a topic. A variety of different things might interest young children, toddlers and/or preschoolers. However, their brains are hard-wired to focus on only a few items of interest. This will change later on as their brains continue to develop to allow for a wider range of topics. Besides that physiological reason, fixating on one interest gives children a sense of control. They … [Read more...]
Failure in PLAY for Success in LIFE!
Failure--everyone experiences it. It can be in the form of not getting that sought-after job or promotion; or not making the varsity team; or failing to follow through with your New Year's resolutions. Failure is a part of LIFE. The big question though is: How do you react to failure; yours and/or your child’s? It’s no secret I’m a zealot when it comes to PLAY. The POWER of PLAY impacts all facets of a child’s life—now and in the future! Parents need to set up as many PLAY opportunities for … [Read more...]
The 5Rs of Early Childhood Education
School –what that usually means revolves around the 3Rs: “Readin’ and 'Ritin' and 'Rithmetic” When it comes to young children and their early education though, the 3Rs don’t apply. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics encourages parents, as their children’s first—and most important teachers—to follow the 5Rs of early childhood education. They are: Read●Rhyme●Routines●Reward●Relationships READ—set aside time to read together, every day, with your child. Reading with your child … [Read more...]