Why play is important for babies and toddlers

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Play might not be the first thing on your list when you’re busy changing dirty diapers and getting up for 4 AM feedings. However, even the smallest forms of play early on are important for your baby’s development.

Simple forms of play are ideal for babies and toddlers. It gives them a developmental boost that helps them the rest of their lives. Plus, what’s more fun than making babies laugh?

Play Starts At The Beginning

Play begins from day one. While your newborn can’t play with toys and run around like a toddler would, they still benefit from being talked to and shown new things. To them, this is play because it’s helping them to discover the world around them. This early form of play helps form a foundation for them to continue learning and socializing.

Play Affects Social, Emotional And Mental Development

  • Splashing in water while taking a bath helps develop basic motor skills
  • Reading to your child helps develop their language skills, even before they can speak
  • Playing with crayons helps toddlers start learning how to write and comprehend
  • Puppet shows start teaching important social skills

While these might seem minuscule, they’re major milestones for babies and toddlers as they learn to thrive in the world around them. Play isn’t just something kids do for fun, especially at this young of an age. Play is a type of exploration that helps them develop emotionally, socially and mentally.

Play Boosts Brain Development

A shocking 75% of brain development happens after birth. This is why play for babies and toddlers matters. The earlier you start, the better it is for their development. Babies are eager to learn any and everything. After all, they start as a blank slate and it’s up to you to help them develop through playful interactions.

Play Is How Kids Grow

Think of early play like school. Each grade builds upon what a child learned in the previous grade. The same goes with play. The types of games change over time, but that’s just because they’re building on the skills they have already developed from earlier forms of play.

Remember, it’s never too early for children to start playing. Whether it’s playing with you or themselves, play is a vital developmental tool.

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Stalled

130.4  Okay, back to Shift Shop strength on odd days and Shift Shop speed on even days and Tai Cheng as much as I can squeeze it in on non-busy days.  I’m just not losing weight unless I do Shift Shop every day.  I knew I needed weight-lifting to maintain the new muscles, but I thought Tai Cheng was enough for non-weight days.  It isn’t.  It’s great for flexibility and balance, but I’m not losing weight like I was on SS speed.  Once I’m down to my goal (108), I can do Tai Cheng only, but for now, I need to work!

Another issue that is causing me to stall is too many carbs on low-carb days.  I had worked all the way down to 8 carbs a day.  Then I added a protein shake after working out.  Bad idea.  Each shake is 13 to 16 carbs.  I didn’t realize it would have such a great impact on my weight-loss, but I should have because I was tripling my carb intake!  I had gone all the way down to 127.4 before going back up to the low 130s.  I crept back down to 129 after removing all non-carb-day shakes.  (I’m back up to 130.4 because yesterday was a carb day, and I always go up after a carb day.)

So other than my temporary post-carb ups, the trajectory is downward once again.  Yea!

New books for the fall

Just a few of Usborne’s newest books

To see all the new books, click here.  Some are so new that they’ve not arrived from the printers to the warehouse, so we cannot order them yet! 

Over 100 new books to look through: board books, activity books, chapter books, information books, story books, pop-up books, soft baby books…Have fun!! 

Shipping note: 5 to 10 days to ship + ups time.  Number of orders will increase as we get closer to Christmas, so I recommend ordering immediately and hiding the books in a closet.  Better to hide them for a month than to not have them arrive in time. 

 

How Young Children Are Wired To Learn From Play

Having fun and playing is actually educational.
   You already know children love to play, but did you know that young children are actually wired to learn from play?
   Play isn’t just something enjoyable for kids. It’s a vital educational tool that helps with their lifelong development. Their brains are made to experience the world in a playful way.
   Children are born with 100 billion neurons. During the first few years of life, the brain goes through a variety of changes as children go through various experiences. As children begin to learn new things, the number of synapses per neuron increases, going from 2,500 to around 15,000 by age 3. 
   The way children form these vital connections is important. For instance, in one study, children who were given specific instructions on how to interact with a toy only learned one thing that the toy did and they became bored quickly.
   The second group of children were allowed to freely play and experiment with the toy. The result was an exploration of all the things the toy could do and highly engaged children. 
   To read more about important learning windows, how children are wired to learn from play and how unstructured play is an important companion to structured learning, visit the SimplyFun blog article, “How Young Children Are Wired To Learn From Play”.

Fitness update

131.2

No, really, ask yourself…

     No workouts for 4 days + 2 carb days = not as bad as it could have been!

     I’m back on track with Shift Shop strength on odd days and Tai Cheng on even days.  

     I *must* stop putting off my workouts till later so that I can help X with her Y.  Working out from 9am-10am is best for me: get it done and don’t think about it for the remainder of the day is better than thinking “I need to get back to my work out” all day long. 

 

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To see what my workouts are like, go to Beachbody on Demand.

To sign up for your own membership, go to Beachbody, click “Shop Team Beachbody” in the left column, and then click “Beachbody on Demand” (also on the left).

Homework

When your kids are learning, they need reference books.  Depending upon google to find answers is a bad idea because google finds everything the internet has to offer instead of just the sites that have accurate information!  Don’t let the internet fill your child’s memory with nonsense; give them the facts.

homework helpers UPDATED

Very active kids learn better when they are moving while they learn.  Usborne has that covered, too, with their Look Inside and See Inside series.  Peek Inside is for the youngest ages, Look Inside and Lift-the-Flap are aimed at elementary-school aged, and See Inside is written for the oldest kids.  [Don’t let these guidelines stop you from getting an older book for the younger ones, though.  And don’t forget a pure-fun book such as Write and Draw your own Comics.]

09 25 comic bk

Reviews from the website:

ART TREASURY:  “I could not be more happy with this book! It is like an art history class and an art production class in one. I plan to use it as an art curriculum for our home school year. There are 22 works of art featured from all different genres. For each piece, you read information about the individual piece and the artist. Then you turn the page, and there is a project to do inspired by that piece. I have never seen another book quite like this! As an art history nerd with no artistic talent, I am thrilled to be able to expose my daughter to art history and have a guide to encouraging her to create art herself. This may be my favorite kids book of all time!”

CHILDREN’S ENCYCLOPEDIA:  “My kids cannot get enough of the Children’s Encyclopedia.  My oldest two (ages 6 & 8) have read it together, cover-to-cover, many times, and will spend hours scanning the QR codes to find more information about the topics they’re currently interested in. This is a must-have for any home library!!  We also really love the flexi-binding.  It has held up well to the constant tough-love it receives in a house full of boys!”

COMICS:  “This is the best book for traveling, and the concept was brilliant! Great for anyone who is into graphic novels or comics, and best of all, totally professional. Must-buy product!!!”

  • “My son LOVES this book! He has come up with so many ideas since I gave this to him. It includes great writing prompts, drawing instructions and theme ideas as well as lots of spaces for writing your own comics. I plan on saving this for him so that as he gets older, he can look back on some of his ideas.”

 

What is Dyscalculia?

Dyscalculia involves frequent difficulties with everyday arithmetic tasks like the following:

  •  Difficulty reading analog clocks
  • Difficulty stating which of two numbers is larger
  • Inability to comprehend financial planning or budgeting, sometimes even at a basic level; for example, estimating the cost of the items in a shopping basket or balancing a checkbook
  • Difficulty with multiplication-tables, and subtraction-tables, addition tables, division tables, mental arithmetic, etc.
  • Difficulty with conceptualizing time and judging the passing of time. May be chronically late or early
  • Problems with differentiating between left and right
  • Inability to visualize mentally
  • Difficulty reading musical notation
  • Difficulty navigating or mentally “turning” the map to face the current direction rather than the common North=Top usage
  • Having particular difficulty mentally estimating the measurement of an object or distance (e.g., whether something is 10 or 20 feet (3 or 6 meters) away).
  • Often unable to grasp and remember mathematical concepts, rules, formulae, and sequences
  • Inability to concentrate on mentally intensive tasks
  • Low latent inhibition, i.e. over-sensitivity to noise, smell, light and the inability to tune out, filtering unwanted information or impressions. Might have a well-developed sense of imagination due to this (possibly as cognitive compensation to mathematical–numeric deficits)
  • Mistaken recollection of names. Poor name/face retrieval. May substitute names beginning with same letter. 

— Wikipedia

Saving Johnny’s reading level this summer

children who read BOOKS  BOOKS beat summer slide

Summer isn’t over yet, so get those kids another book!  The library is full of great books, and your kids will love them, but if you want books to keep forever, click here.

examples of BOOKS that help kids avoid summer slide

[Shipping times are still 3-4 weeks unless your order has only new books, so if you order from the website and want the books quickly, be sure to buy books from the New Titles pages (books only, not the Cordelia doll).]

A new series for girls who like mermaids or friendship

Far out in the ocean live the Shell-Keeper mermaids. While the rest of the world sleeps, one little girl joins them for some magical mermaid adventures.

Molly is like any other little girl when her family move to Horseshoe Bay. So when her gran gives her a pretty shell necklace, Molly never dreams it could be enchanted …or that she could become a secret mermaid

http://c4522.myubam.com/p/5518

A review from the website:
This is a wonderful series for early readers, there are some pictures to entice them and  fun adventures of a young girl.  This does say it is book 1 but I read the books out of order and they still made sense and were a fun read. Molly is sure to have young girls wanting to read about her exciting dream adventures and maybe dream their own dreams!!
Date: 2/8/2016 8:38 PM
Age 7+
Size 5 1/8 x 7 3/4
Pages 82
Series Secret Mermaid
Author Sue Mongredien