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New Uses for Old Cribs

As a result of the new crib standards that were released in December 2010, ALL cribs manufactured before July 2011 will need to be replaced by December 28, 2012. This massive recall will cause cribs to be hitting the curb in high numbers. Rather than simply pitching your old cribs in the garbage, try some of these creative ways of recycling. Be sure no matter what you do, you disassemble them in a way that they cannot be re-used as a crib.

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Brain-Based Parenting

by Janice Barnett, Infant/Toddler Specialist

Children learn by example. There are ten things you can do every day for yourself and your child. Use these tips to help your child develop positive and healthy habits.

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The Environment in an Infant Toddler Classroom

by Janice Barnett, Infant/Toddler Specialist

According to the Program for Infant Toddler Care

The caregiving environment provides the setting in which the infant or toddler spends large amounts of time. The environment’s ability to meet the growing child’s physical, emotional, social, and cognitive needs is critical. Caregivers have many options in designing the setting so that it meets the child’s needs for safety, health, security, and comfort.

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In The Good Old Summertime

By Janice Barnett, Infant / Toddler Specialist

Summer is a very exciting and fun time for infants and toddlers to enjoy the outdoors. It is a time for children to engage in active play and explore the natural world.

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High Fives and Beyond

I recently ran across an interesting study concerning praising infants and toddlers. This study conducted by Professor Carol S. Dweck from Stanford University,” showed that the kinds of praise parents give their babies and toddlers influence the child’s motivation later on. It also plays a role in children’s beliefs about themselves and their desire to take on challenges five years later”. She suggests that parents and caregivers focus on the effort and action that their infants and toddlers are doing as opposed to praising the child him or herself. For example it is more effective to tell a child a child “you worked so hard on that” as opposed to “you are so good at that.”

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Developing Listening and Speaking Skills

by Janice Barnett, Infant/Toddler Specialist

Research confirms that children need many opportunities to both talk and listen with caregivers, teachers, parents, and peers in order to gain the language skills valuable for their success in reading and writing. All adults involved in the education of young children benefit from understanding the importance of open-ended questions, vocabulary exploration, and engaging conversations with young children.

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Culturally Sensitive Child Care

 by Janice Barnett, Infant/Toddler Specialist

Culture is the fundamental building block of identity. Through cultural learning, children gain a feeling of belonging, a sense of personal history, and a security in knowing who they are and where they come from. A child’s family background shapes early cultural experiences. Families hand down beliefs, attitudes, and ways of acting. These rules for living come from one’s ethnic, regional, and religious heritage. Although the many cultures of the world evolve and change over time, each one passes down to its children recognizable and meaningful rules for living.

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Inside Out, Outside In A Little Summer Fun

One of my earliest childhood memories is cloud watching with my family. Sometimes we watched clouds while riding in the car and other times we stretched out on a big blanket in the back yard and watched the clouds. The idea was to look at the clouds and decide what each cloud looked like. We saw elephants, ice cream cones, pillows, dragons, mountains and a myriad of other things our imaginations allowed us to see. It is no small wonder that “It Looked Like Spilt Milk “by Charles G. Shaw is one of my very favorite children’s books.

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