little beats blog
Inspired from the wonderful book called "A Moving Child is a Learning Child" by Gill Connell and Cheryl McCarthy. This book was recommended by my friend and mentor, Jessica (founder of Intellidance); there are so many awesome nuggests I can't help but share! So this is the first of my book club series where I will be sharing little clips of insight on on movement and early childhood development.
Insights from "A Moving Child is a Learning Child" by Gill Connell and Cheryll McCarthy.
Many people write about our society's tendendency to physically contain children. Whether it's for their own safety or for our own convenience, there is certainly a time and place for seats, strollers, carriers, gates, slings, and basinetts. But as we know, mind and body are working simultaneously to help a child grow therefore too much containment can be equally (though less visibly) restricting to mental development as well.
There is nothing more adorable than tiny, high-pitched, cartoony toddler voices with lots and lots to say. It is truly remarkable how quickly your child’s language development can sometimes creep up on you. One day it’s babbling, and it can seem like the next day, it’s full sentences.
Infants begin communicating with their world immediately. In the first few days, weeks and months of life, babies learn different cries to show different needs, they learn some early sounds and how to make eye contact with their parents and caregivers.
Daily routines are events (like mealtime, nap time, bath-time, and bedtime) that happen at about the same time and in the same way each day. There is a major difference between a ‘routine’ and a ‘schedule,’ as the word ‘schedule’ seems to have a clear expectation of time associated with it
Ever notice how all toddlers tend to fight and tantrum when cleaning up a favorite toy, turn taking with a friend or get buckled into a highchair? These all represent a transition for your little one. Toddlers do not learn how to control their impulses and to develop self-control until later in their third year of life.
Check out this article about the Rock-a-Baby program founded by Marc Trachtenberg from Providence RI and why it's such a fantastic music class for infants and tots. Marc was definitely on to something when he saw how the power of music can be used to engage young children but that it should ALSO be fun for the grown ups!
Thank you to one of our Little Beats moms for sharing her experience transitioning back to the work force this winter after a year home with her baby girl. For anyone trying to figure out your work/life balance, here's some nice insight and perspective the reassure you that no matter what you do, you "have it all."
First of all, who doesn't LOVE bubbles? We can't deny we smile (or at least become somewhat entranced) when we see shiny bubbles floating in mid-air around us. We also know the thrill is about twice as strong for our little ones. Did you ever wonder, WHY bubbles are so effective in engaging us all? Well the truth is, it's no coincidence. Here are some reasons: