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Mark-making and the connection to reading acquisition in the early brain
Mark-making is as much a dynamic motor activity as reaching, grasping and manipulating objects. But think about it! It is the only dynamic motor activity that leaves a ‘trail’ or a mark behind! This is literally mesmerising for very young children, and with the use of colourful and bright crayons and marker pens, mark-making can become a truly rewarding activity.
Communication and Language
The development of responsibility in the early years
All too often we see responsibility as something children will automatically acquire as soon as they are old enough. However, responsibility is a complex process. It is not simply about being old enough or independent enough.
Understanding the World
The Significant Role of Co-regulation in the Early Years
“Developing self-regulation, like many elements of development and learning, is not something children do by themselves. It is a process that grows out of attuned relationships where the caregiver and baby or child are closely attentive to each other and engage in sensitive, responsive exchanges.” – Birth to 5 Matters 2021
Play: The Ultimate Learning Experience
For adults the perception of play is one of relaxation. Yet for a child, play is crucial. Play drives their learning. Why then, does play suddenly discontinue its central role in learning as the child progresses through school?
How early adversity affects a child's future prospects
Early adversity derails lives. It is linked with unemployment, lower income, diminished health and early mortality, not only during a single lifetime, but also through the generations, due to permanent neural changes caused by toxic stress. By recognising the signs of early adversity and acting fast, we help not just one child, but generations to follow.
Bring on the music
Don’t we all love that bit in the film, ‘Love Actually’ when Hugh Grant dances to ‘Jump’ by the Pointer Sisters? In the same way, children can’t stop their bodies from moving to music they love.
Expressive Arts and Design
Why is my child so clingy?
A clingy child is a dependent child – and that is OK!During the first lockdown everything changed. Children could not see their friends, family, neighbours – so many of the people they are attached to.
How to raise a reader
Sharing books is fun, intimate and extremely important for your child’s literacy because it exposes them effortlessly to all sorts of words, pictures and clues, all packed into one favourite book. Put very simply, the more favourite books your child encounters, the better their chance of being an avid reader later on.
Communication and Language
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