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Encouraging physical and motor skills in toddlers

Lise Eliot
Children learn through their bodies. The pioneering development researcher, Jean Piaget, called the first two years of life the “sensorimotor” phase. This label emphasizes the fact that even though they can talk and understand language, young children do most of their learning through non-verbal sensory experience and motor exploration. Read all ►

Early Childhood Education: Getting off to a Good Start!

Deborah Sharp Libby
During the first eight years of life, children learn at a remarkable rate. It is a time when critical cognitive, social/emotional and motor skills develop laying the foundation for future learning success in school. Read all ►

The Importance of Social-Emotional Development

Lise Eliot
Facebook figured it out: We humans are a highly social species. This tendency is present from a child’s earliest days and is essential to most of their learning.

Babies learn to make eye contact, smile, laugh, frown and even adapt their cry, all for the purpose of communicating with others. Their verbal skills, which are critical for communication and learning, are acquired exclusively through social relationships. Emotions, while present in their rawest form at birth, acquire meaning and purpose only through social give-and-take. And then there is the rest of human culture—the knowledge, values, and skills that we pass down and expand upon in each successive generation. Social interaction is the key that unlocks all of children’s most important learning. Read all ►

Tips on the Development of Language and Literacy Milestones

Lise Eliot

Talk To Your Toddler and Support Their Language Development

Deborah Sharp Libby
Language skills in young children develop at an amazing rate and parents can play an important role if they do the right things. Make time to talk with your child daily by using constant verbal interaction which builds vocabulary, fosters communication skills and supports early language acquisition. Read all ►

The Importance of Play for Children/Toddlers with Unique Learning Needs

Lise Eliot
“Play is the work of the child.” This is the mantra of every child development expert from Montessori to Froebels, the inventor of kindergarten. Through play, children explore their physical and social world, try out new skills, discover their passions and exercise their brains while enjoying a fun activity of their own choosing and on their own terms. Read all ►
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