Education: Babies & Toddlers

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Back to School Sanity Savers

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I work in education. I was a former teacher. I was ready to be a school “mum”, or so I thought! When my son started kindergarten, I was overwhelmed by the amount of “homework” it took to be a parent of a kid in school. School letters home on Tuesday, class newsletters on Friday, check… Read more »

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Understanding Sensory-Friendly

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Itchy costumes, crowded streets and a loud atmosphere can make your little one’s Halloween not so trick-or-treaty, especially if they are sensory-sensitive. However, there are ways to make this spooky holiday more comfortable this year for you and your little goblins. ABOUT SENSORY ACTIVITIES Sensory activities — anything that involves the five senses — can… Read more »

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ETY Earphones: Easy on the Ears

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As caregivers, we have concerns on how damaging some headphones can be to our children’s tiny ear drums. Is it too loud? Can it affect their hearing later on? Safe Kids Safe-Listening Earphones by Etymotic Research created a solution to ease our minds by creating an earphone that seals the ear canal, blocking out external… Read more »

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Read to Baby! The Time to Start is Now

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Tonight in Cincinnati, a mother is building her daughter’s brain, without lifting a finger. Well, except to turn the pages of The Going-to-Bed Book by Sandra Boynton.   Parent-child reading helps prepare infants for future learning, observes Danielle Z. Kassow, Ph.D., of the Talaris Research Institute, a nonprofit research organization studying early brain development. “Experiences… Read more »

Press Repeat: Why Repetition is Smart for Toddlers

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There she goes again. Once more down the slide. “After each landing, she squealed with excitement and said ‘do again,’” recalls Rhonda Brown, Ph.D., associate professor of Early Childhood Education, Human Development & Psychology at the University of Cincinnati. She remembers how much her oldest daughter loved the slide at the Countryside YMCA’s pool when… Read more »

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The Montessori Way

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Learning how play — rather than sitting at a table for long periods of time under the watch of lecturing teachers — is actually beneficial to children.

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