Foundations of Learning

Reading Aloud

“The best time to start reading aloud to a baby is the day it is born….and much to the surprise of most adults, babies love books. They respond to the brightness of the pictures, to the…

Repetition

Babies and toddlers learn through repetition. Each time they are exposed to new objects or experiences, new neural connections are made in their brains. It is through repetition that…

Language Development

Label, label, label! Your child begins to understand language through a process called “receptive language.” They may not be saying actual words, but every word you say to her is heard…

Relaxation

Just as your child needs stimulation and engagement in age-appropriate activities, she also needs periods of relaxation. Help your child learn to calm herself, slow her pace, and relax by…

Books!

“Young toddlers enjoy the hinge action of sturdy board books. You might see a toddler turning a page back and forth over and over again. She is creating her own ‘peekaboo’ experience,…

Steady Beat

One of the first musical skills we develop is the ability to keep a steady beat. This skill is extremely important, of course, for future musical experiences, but it is also important for…

Social Interaction

Group dances and activities give children the opportunity to notice, respond to, and engage others socially – and at the same time experience the thrill of joyful social interaction.

Listening and Attending

Listening is a form of attending. As you model listening in an activity, and as you patiently support your child’s sustained interest in an activity, you are helping him develop an important…

Object Exploration

Everything in a child’s world is new and must be explored and understood by using all of the senses. When he is allowed ample time to explore an object, he begins to understand the physical…

The Vestibular System

The vestibular system, which controls balance and coordination, is stimulated during movement. Once stimulated, the vestibular system wakes up the brain and helps it take in new information…

Steady Beat

One of the first musical skills we develop is the ability to keep a steady beat. This skill is extremely important, of course, for future musical experiences, but it is also important for…

Repetition

Babies and toddlers learn through repetition. Each time they are exposed to new objects or experiences, new neural connections are made in their brains. It is through repetition that…