This post is about the amazing things about babies and toddlers. Just as a reminder that children are amazing and hilarious. Babies The first time they do anything: SmileLaughCrawlWalkHug you backKiss youWiggle to music (dance)Say their first words The look of excitement on their face every time you walk into a room even if you… Continue reading Children are amazing and hilarious||Los niños son increíbles y divertidos
Praise the behavior you want to see more of. In our household we have used labelled praises to encourage reading from the day our baby was born. The benefits of reading to babies are well known and they include: Increasing concentration, listening, memory and language skillsIntroducing new conceptsFostering an interest in booksImproving the parent-child bond… Continue reading Reading to babies (0-12 months)|| Leer a bebés (0-12 meses)
Below is a list of common behaviors children engage in at day care/preschool/school along with examples of how to praise these behaviors. BehaviorLabelled praiseTalking with indoor voiceI like it when you use your indoor voicePlaying with other childrenYou’re so good at playing with othersFollowing instructionsNice job listening/good listeningUsing play equipment/toys appropriatelyI like the way you’re… Continue reading What to praise: Day care/Preschool/school || Qué elogiar: en la guardería / preescolar / escuela
Below is a list of common behaviors children engage in at home along with examples of how to praise these behaviors. BehaviorLabelled praisePlaying nicelyAwesome job playing nicely with your toysDrawing/colouringNice drawing/ awesome colouringGetting dressedGreat job getting dressed on your ownGetting dressed - with helpI like how you let mummy/daddy help you put your shirt onFollowing… Continue reading What to praise: Home || Que elogiar: en el hogar
Below is a list of common behaviors children engage in outside of the home along with examples of how to praise these behaviors. BehaviorLabelled praiseHolding parents’ handAwesome job holding my handWalking next to parentGreat work walking next to meWearing sunscreenThank you for letting me put sunscreen on youKeeping hat onI love it when you wear… Continue reading What to praise: Outside || Que elogiar: fuera del hogar
What is language and what is its purpose? Language is a structured combination of sounds that represent an object or idea. The primary purpose of language is to communicate with others. How we speak influences our thoughts Different cultures speak different languages and scientific research has found that the language one speaks can impact how… Continue reading Why is the way we speak to ourselves and others important? || ¿Qué es el lenguaje y cuál es su finalidad?
Praise the behaviors you want to see more of. For babies and infants, you might think “what do I praise? They don’t do anything”. In fact, they do quite a lot but the behaviors they’re engaging in/ skills they’re learning (e.g., holding their head up, looking towards a sound, walking) seem second nature to us… Continue reading Ways to praise: Babies and infants || Formas de elogiar: bebés e infantes
Labelled praise Children crave attention, especially from their parents. They therefore tend to engage in behaviors that they find result in the most attention from their parents, sometimes these behaviors can be inappropriate/undesirable behaviors (e.g., banging objects until mum/dad pays attention to them, pulling leaves of beloved plants). Inappropriate/undesired behaviors are not easy to ignore… Continue reading Labelled praise || Elogios etiquetados