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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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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 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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Babies are Geniuses! Part 1

Parents sense something special about their babies from the beginning.  This kid has something amazing going on in there!  S/he is really smart– may not be able to show it, yet, but it’s in there!  It’s a magical feeling. I am … Continue reading

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Giving babies (and toddlers) the opportunity to do for themselves!

It was a remarkable scene — to my eyes—though completely unremarkable, it seemed, to the toddlers.  The young children (between 14 and 24 months of age) and their teachers were getting ready for lunch time.  Two children were conscientiously putting … Continue reading

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