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10 Things Every Child Needs (Videos) At birth, an infant's brain is only 25 percent of the size of an average adult's brain. Incredibly, by age 3, a child's brain has grown to 90 percent of that an adult's brain. During infancy and early childhood, children are flooded with new experiences that impact their brain development. The first 3 years of a child's life offer parents and other caregivers an amazing opportunity to shape the child's growth and form healthy habits that will last a lifetime. This site offers 10 videos discussing ways to facilitate child development from birth to three. Website
14. Play: Play Skills are Developmental Too! (Part one) In this podcast, we look at children’s development from infant stages through older preschool to explore what types of play children should typically be engaged in at different ages. Play is both developmental and learned so children need our help in acquiring skills that help them move from stage to stage. We will set the foundation for talking about some of the challenges children may face in their play. Podcast
15 Adorable Facts About How Babies Learn This article, in Mental Floss, offered this and other insights: "A 2012 study of 1-year-old infants found that interactive music classes lead to better communication. The babies learned to play percussion instruments and sing songs with their parents in an early music class. Compared with a control group, these children showed a greater sensitivity to musical structures and tones, along with better early communication skills like waving goodbye or pointing to an object they wanted." Website
21. When Concerns Arise: Why Developmental Milestones are Important (Part One) In this series on developmental concerns, we begin by looking at typical developmental milestones as guideposts for understanding how children develop their social, emotional, language, physical, and cognitive skills. Why is this important to the early childhood practitioner? What do we need to know in order to provide developmentally appropriate care? Podcast
22. When Concerns Arise: What are Red Flags for Developmental Concerns? (Part Two) In part two of this series on developmental concerns, we will define what a red flag means as we observe a child’s development. Is it one behavior or a cluster of behaviors? In addition, we will discuss the impact culture may have on developmental milestones as we consider red flags for developmental concerns. Our inclusion consultant, Priscilla Weigel, will share examples from her work with young children. Podcast
27. Busy Bodies: 2-3 Years In our podcast, we will discuss the joys and challenges of caring for 2 and 3 year olds. Often, what is developmentally appropriate behavior for young children is also what can be most frustrating in our work! Listen to hear some ideas for reframing the way we see typical 2 and 3 year-old interactions. Podcast
40 Winter Activities for Toddlers 40 fun, winter-themed crafts and activities for toddlers! Website
5 Myths About Young Children and Screen Media Debunking common myths about the impact of screen use on babies and toddlers Website
5 Steps for Brain-Building Serve and Return Child-adult relationships that are responsive and attentive--with lots of back and forth interactions--build a strong foundation in a child's brain for all future learning and development. This is called "serve and return," and it takes two to play! Follow these 5 steps to practice serve and return with your child. Website
5 Tips for Baby Conversations Why should you talk to a baby? Because young children need to hear language in order to learn it. This article highlights evidence-based practices for supporting speech, language, and vocabulary development in very young children. Website