Monthly Archives: March 2014

Physical Development and Walking– Rethinking “Containment”

The human infant has deep, intrinsic motivation to work on physical development– coordinated movement, balance, and fine motor skills–  and finds this work very rewarding. Babies work hard to reach, grasp, bring things to themselves, and get themselves to places they … Continue reading

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Babies and Toddlers Move and Touch to Learn! Part 2

Purposeful movement enhances learning and thinking. Engaging in movement helps with development of thinking in so many ways. I had the pleasure of participating in a research project years ago about the developmental changes that occur for babies around the development … Continue reading

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Movement and Touch produce Learning!

Movement, touch, and learning are all inter-connected. This is especially true for infants and young children. Babies’ motor development and physical coordination are better when they have more opportunity to engage in purposeful movement. Of course, they need the physical coordination to … Continue reading

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Babies are social, emotional, and moral!

Did you know that babies come wired to be able to understand their feelings– and the feelings and perspectives of others? They learn, with experience, little by little, how to regulate their emotions– which is an important set of life … Continue reading

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Babies are Amazing!

Before I go any further with this blog, I must encourage you to rent this movie! It is a documentary that follows four babies in different parts of the world– from birth to walking:  Hattie in San Francisco, Bayar in Mongolia, Mari … Continue reading

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Babies are geniuses– not “blank slates!” Part 2

Let’s break this myth once and for all!  Babies’ brains are not blank slates— it is just NOT true! The idea that the human mind at birth is a “blank slate” has been popular through much of human history. Aristotle was a … Continue reading

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