Moving your Body!

Ancient rituals for the passing of elders included sitting perfectly still for extended periods of time, which doesn’t allow for the movement of lymph and results in death of the body. To avoid a slow death from sitting in front of TV’s, computer screens, and in cars, consider getting up and moving around at least every hour to keep that lymph moving!


Play: What is it Really?

Nothing matters more

It is important to keep in mind that play is needed by children as work is needed by adults. As Maria Montessori put it, “Play is the work of the child”.

Play is done either by themselves or with other children which should be of utmost importance to parents.  Children learn as they play. Having a child-friendly and play-filled environment allows them to learn and develop new skills.

More than just being fun and exciting, play is essential as it contributes to the social, physical and emotional well-being of children. Play not only gives an opportunity for parents to bond with their children, but it also gives children a chance to learn many things.

Father and Son

Relating with other children their age helps them adapt socially. Through play, children are able to interact with the world around them. Play is where they can connect and socialize with people other than their parents. Play helps them conquer their fears and establish relationships with other children their age. Even at an early age, play allows them to make choices and decisions. Through play, they improve their sense of touch and nonverbal socialization skills. Not only that, play also increases  a child’s attention and attachment capabilities.

Another benefit of play is that it helps children become more creative. Play is when children discover what they are truly interested in. As they play, they imagine.  From a child’s point of view, everywhere they go is a different world. Everything they touch or see is so unique, thereby stretching their creative imagination. Play might even offer parents a peek at what their children might become in the future.

Play promotes core values that children need to have as they grow. As they interact with their peers, they learn to trust. Being able to trust in the world is important for children as they continue to interact with the people around them. Play also improves openness and allows children to be able to deal with changes and surprises.

Building a tower

As children play, they are able to increase their range of motion and agility. Play helps them improve body coordination, balance and flexibility. By playing with toys and with other children, they are able to develop their sensorimotor and kinesthetic skills. Play increases children’s opportunities to engage in physical activities, thereby keeping them more fit. Most of all, play is simply something that children can enjoy. Play should be enjoyable and fun.

The brain grows at an amazing rate during child development.  Play allows children to increase their cognitive abilities. With the help of toys and interaction, children are able to increase efficiency of their brain functions. Parents should also be aware that the toys they give should be educational and appropriate for the children.

Swinging on tire swings

The sense of touch, trust, wonder, creativity and imagination should be developed in early childhood play. As they become more comfortable in their world, they develop new competencies and become more confident and braver to accept new challenges in the future.


Responsibility: Is it a factor for Preschoolers?

Taking out the Recycling

Ever wondered why today’s generation of kids lack basic manners, etiquette and discipline? One of the factors that encourage this type of behavior is the lack of exposure to the concept of responsibility and chores.

As parents, you want to give your children everything and sometimes your efforts end up spoiling them.  This ends up doing more harm than good because it makes our children too lazy and completely dependent on us.  They don’t see how their actions have an effect on other people and they feel entitled to get anything they want, when they want it.

It’s never too early to start teaching your child to become responsible, and a good place to start is by giving them age-appropriate household chores.  A preschooler may not be able to do much around the house but by giving him small tasks, he starts to see how his actions and his place in the household affects the family.  Small tasks like setting the table or sorting his laundry shows him that as part of the family, he has to do his share in order for the family to function well.

You have to remember though that preschoolers are playful by nature, so don’t be surprised to see the canned goods you bought stacked up like a pyramid. You have to remember that they are in fact a young child, so just gently remind them how to properly stack canned goods or turn the task into a game which encourages them to properly do their chore as though they’re playing.

Also, try to incorporate learning into their chores by asking them for the color of the plate they are holding, or to count how many shirts they’ve folded.  This makes learning fun and effortless for your child.

Another way to teach your child to become more responsible is by giving them a little bit of independence.  Let them pick out their own clothes or comb their own hair. By letting them do these simple things, you’ve already planted the seeds of discipline that they would need as they grow up.

Being a parent isn’t just about taking care of your child’s needs.  It’s also about guiding and teaching them to become good people and it starts by teaching them responsibility.  Once they see how their actions affect the people around them and they understand that they are responsible for their actions, it becomes easier to teach your children manners, respect, and empathy.


Educating young Children

As educators, what do you think about the word “Play”? What comes into your mind when you hear the word “Play”? Play is fundamental for young children’s growth in their development; it is the way young children learn. Play is essential to early learning. Play is the main reason why children learn and develop ideas about the world. It helps them build the skills necessary for critical thinking and leadership while giving them the ability to solve problems and feeling good about learning.

We all know every child is different in they way they learn, grow, and develop, however, play builds a foundation for later learning in children and in children with special needs. Most child development experts agree that play is an essential part of a high-quality early learning programs. Play is not a break from learning—it’s the way young children learn.

Nowadays, parents believe Play isn’t necessary for their child’s development because they believe Play means the opposite of productive work, however, that isn’t the case. Play is very much productive and necessary to every child’s development.