I define “hitting the material sweet spot” as choosing a material/activity that not only matches your child’s developmental needs, but also challenges him while ultimately leading to success. A material that hits the sweet spot will usually engage the child, encourage repetition and lead to concentration. “We know that development results from activity. The environment … More Hitting the material sweet spot: Open and Close
I love the water bottle and its stand. All him. Live a Good Life!
As you know, I like to keep it real here. We’ve had a couple of days recently where I wondered if someone was borrowing my son’s body. Where he is usually very careful with handling his things, he recently started throwing and dropping them for different reasons it seems. I usually let him go about his … More Dealing with difficult behavior
We use an apron when we cook. Cues are important for the young child’s sense of order. Once the apron goes on, he knows it is time to wash his hands and that we are going to be making some food. I made this apron by modifying the Sewliberated child apron I help him put … More Help me to do it myself: Taking off an apron
I can’t stress how beneficial cooking is for children. Some of the benefits include: Independence Self esteem and confidence Fine motor skills Gross Motor skills Sequencing Practical life skills Math preparation- counting, measuring, fractions etc. Language Grace and Courtesy Concentration Sensorial- Taste, Color, Testure, Smell and even sounds We make almond milk every 3 to … More Cooking with a Toddler: Making Almond Milk
I mentioned in a previous post that I use my son’s age to help myself limit the activities on his shelf. We don’t have this 12 activities out on his shelf at once. I rotate them based on interest. EYE HAND COORDINATION/FINE MOTOR/SENSORIAL I hope this gives you some … More 12 activities at 12 months