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Nature and Nurture

We’re sharing an article that explores how the brain develops in early life.

The Power of Music

We’re sharing an article that outlines some of the exciting ways in which music influences the development of infants and toddlers.

Transitions

This week, we’re sharing an article discussing transitions, why they can be difficult, and how as parents, we can use them as educational tools.

Focused Attention

What’s considered normal attention span? And what can parents do to improve their child’s?

Sense of Self

Around two years from birth, a child’s sense of self begins to emerge. With newfound identity comes a world of possibilities for expression and for development of attitudes and perceptions.

Intrinsic Motivation

We’re sharing an article this week that explains this crucial distinction, why it matters, and the best parenting practices to encourage autonomous motivation.

Forming Friendships

Research demonstrates that children as young as 12 months can actually begin forming friendships.

Movement Origins

This week, we’re sharing a fascinating study that measured responses of three- to four-months-old infants to music.

Movement Rhythm Connection

Anyone who spends time with infants and toddlers can attest to their natural joy in hearing music and bopping along.

Baby Stress

We’re all aware of the ways in which stress can impact our health and livelihoods (especially as New Yorkers). Our weekly blog article discusses how stress affects our little ones.

Social Competence

A study conducted at George Mason University found that participation in a twice-weekly creative dance class improved social competence in a group of preschoolers enrolled in a Head Start program.

Finding Balance Through Creative Dance

This week, we’re sharing a recent scientific study that measured the proprioceptive abilities of preschoolers who were exposed to an 8-week creative dance program.

How Do Infants Respond to Music?

This week, we’re discussing a study examining the reactions of infants ages 5-24 months to music. An experiment conducted to test the rhythmic engagement of babies with music versus speech found that babies are not only more interested in music, but actually respond to it with rhythmic movement!

Early Motor Education

Our article this week is focused on the importance of early education to the development of motor skills.

Your Child's Learning Style

“Parents and educators have identified three main types of learning - kinesthetic, visual and auditory.”

Cultural Awareness and Diversity

To celebrate Martin Luther King Jr, I am pleased to share an article called How to Teach Children about Cultural Awareness and Diversity.

Rhythm and Grammar

To kick off our first week back to classes, we had a tabla player in our toddler classes.

Don't Praise Your Child

“Good Job", Well Done, You are the best!” Do you constantly praise your child? Please enjoy this food for thought article about praising your children.

Attention Span

There are several ways to "work" to increase attention span, but being realistic about your child's ability based on developmental age and not pushing your child too much is the first step.

Sitting Still

I have shared this article in the past and think it is fabulous! This week's article is called Why so many kids can't sit still in school today.

Learning to Read

Can you imagine the challenges a 16 year old who can't read faces?