Coretta Walker, project manager with Ready for School, Ready for Life, wrote a blog post for Triad Moms on Main highlighting ways to take your child outside to Explore Through Movement and Play this summer. Her suggestions include having “tummy time” outside, going for a walk or blowing bubbles. Read the full blog post here.
Megan LeFaivre, literacy coordinator for Ready for School, Ready for Life, wrote a blog post for Triad Moms on Main highlighting the five Basics and their importance in preparing children for school and for life.
LeFaivre wrote: “Children learn new things every day, starting on the day they are born. In fact, research shows that 80% of a child’s brain growth happens before the age of three. A good foundation in these early years can be critical in helping a child succeed both when their formal education begins and later in life. While this may seem a bit overwhelming, there are Basic things parents and caregivers can do with babies and toddlers to help lay the groundwork for success.”
Read the full blog post here.
Maryrose Nelson of Voices Together recently spoke with WFMY about using song to build a connection with your child. She also spoke about how songs can help with early language development. Check out the segment here.
Mia Gray of Greensboro Day School recently spoke to WFMY about how creating a routine for your child can help Maximize Love, Manage Stress. She also offered suggestions on creating a routine for infants and toddlers. Her tips included following infants natural schedules for the first few months and setting consistent bedtimes for toddlers. Watch the segment here.
Ariel Everett with Greensboro Day School spoke to WFMY about ways to help young children develop early math skills. Her tips include counting their fingers and toes and dancing along to the beat of your favorite song. Watch the segment and hear all of her tips here.
Pam Bacot with Reach Out and Read Carolinas spoke with WFMY about helping young children engage in reading by using a technique called Active Reading. She highlighted the ABCs of Active Reading and offered tips to parents on how to make the most out of reading time. Check out the segment here.
Babies and young children love listening to music, but did you know it’s one of the key ways they learn as well? Babies and young children understand the emotion and meaning behind sounds before they understand the meaning behind words, so music is an incredible tool for connecting and bonding with your child and for learning about the world.
Maryrose Nelson with Voices Together wrote a great blog post for Triad Moms On Main about how you can Talk, Sing and Point to connect with your child and help with their learning and development.
Read the blog post here.
Certified Parks and Recreation Specialist Shelli Scott spoke to WFMY about the importance of outside play and nature exploration for young children, even during the winter months. She also offered suggestions of fun things parents and children can do outside during the winter. Check out her interview here.
Mia Gray, a teacher at Greensboro Day School, joined WFMY this month to talk about using Maximize Love, Manage Stress to help identify when a young child might be stressed. She also talked about ways to help children develop coping skills. Watch the segment here.
Pam Bacot with Reach Out and Read North Carolina wrote a blog post for Triad Moms on Main highlighting ways parents and caregivers can Read and Discuss Stories with children during the holiday season. She also offers tips on how to choose books for young children. Read the blog post here.
Maryrose Nelson, a board-certified music therapist with Voices Together, spoke to WFMY about the importance of singing to young children. For example, babies understand emotion and sound before they understand the meaning of words, so music can be a great way to bond with your young child. She also talked about using songs to help create routines, such as singing the same song while getting your baby dressed every morning. Watch the full interview here.
Pam Bacot with Reach Out and Read Carolinas spoke to WFMY News 2 about how to Read and Discuss Stories with infants. Her tips include:
- Find interactive books to read. Tactile books with flaps, mirrors, textures, and sounds help keep babies engaged.
- Do a “picture walk” and simply talk about the pictures you see and or make up any story you want.
- Incorporate reading into your child’s bedtime routine. Reading before bed gives your baby a chance to calm down and connect with you.
See the full segment here.
Ariel Everett with Greensboro Day School spoke to WFMY on Sunday, Aug. 22, about simple ways parents and caregivers can Count, Group and Compare with their children throughout the day. Watch the segment here.
In a blog post for Triad Moms on Main, Ariel Everett with Greensboro Day School wrote about ways to Count, Group and Compare with young children to help build early math skills. Included in her tips are:
- At the grocery store, count the produce as you place it into bags. For example, you can say, “we need four red and three green apples.” Count each color individually as you place them into the bag. Then, after you get home, you can discuss how many there are in total.
- Include your child in on cooking and baking. You can give them tasks where they help scoop a certain amount of ingredients into the bowl. Make sure you count aloud with them!
- Explore what happens when you add or take away items from a group. For example, at snack time ask your child: “You have three crackers. How many will you have if you eat one?”
For more tips, read the blog post here.
Shelli Scott, a certified parks and recreation professional, talked with WFMY News 2 about how being active stimulates growth of the mind and the body. She also offered tips on ways parents and young children can stay active and have fun outside this summer. Watch the segment here.
Establishing a daily routine with your child is critical to their brain development. Mia Gray with Greensboro Day School joined WFMY to give insight as to why building on routines with your child is an important part of Maximizing Love, Managing Stress. The full clip can be seen here.
Greensboro Day School preschool teacher Ariel Everett joined WFMY to speak about the importance of facilitating early math skills in young children. By Counting, Grouping and Comparing, parents and caregivers can foster a love of math in even the youngest of children. The full segment can be seen here.
In a blog post for Triad Moms on Main, Shelli Scott wrote about ways parents can take advantage of the nice spring and summer weather to get outside and Explore Through Movement and Play with their infants and toddlers. Included in her tips are:
- Create nature art: Everyday objects found outside can be turned into a unique piece of art. Grab some paper and glue and have your child make different patterns or even a self-portrait by gluing common items, like leaves and sticks to the paper. You’ll have a one-of-a-kind keepsake too!
- Stargaze or cloud watch: Let your child’s imagination run with a simple activity of stargazing or watching clouds. You’ll be surprised what they come up with! If your child sees an animal in the clouds, ask some open ended questions to get a conversation flowing: What do you think it ate for lunch today? Where do you think it came from? What is it doing now?
Read the full blog post and all of her suggestions here.
Marcus Blackwell, assistant coordinator of the Childcare Education Program at UNCG, joined WFMY to discuss the effects of stress on young children during the pandemic. He also provided methods on how parents and caregivers can Maximize Love, Manage Stress for their children during these unprecedented times. The segment can be seen in full here.
Charrise Hart, CEO of Ready For School, Ready For Life, spoke with WFMY about the critical developmental milestones in early childhood. Ensuring your child reaches important milestones is a key factor in kindergarten and later success. The full segment can be seen here.
Early childhood specialist Danita Washington with UNCG’s program Bringing Out the Best spoke with WFMY about the importance of promoting early communication skills in young children through Talking, Singing and Pointing. The full segment can be seen here.
Heather Adams, the director of engagement and literacy initiatives for Ready for School, Ready for Life, wrote a blog post for Triad Moms on Main on ways parents can use The Basics to help reduce both their child’s stress and their own. Her tips include:
- Have a routine. Settle into a consistent schedule for daily activities like feeding, naps, bathing, reading and bedtime.
- Go easy on yourself. Life can feel overwhelming and we all make mistakes. Focus on the big picture and be gentle with yourself when things don’t go as planned.
Read the full blog post and see all of Heather’s tips here.
Dr. Kelly Graves with the Kellin Foundation spoke to WFMY about how to identify signs of stress in babies and toddlers. She also talked about ways parents can help children Maximize Love, Manage Stress. The segment can be seen here.
Shelli Scott, the youth program specialist with the City of Greensboro Parks and Recreation Department, talked to the Good Morning Show about the importance of play in the growth and development of young children. She also provides suggestions on easy ways parents can play and interact with babies to help stimulate their minds and bodies. The segment can be seen here.
Pam Bacot with Reach Out and Read Carolinas spoke to WFMY about the importance of reading to young children and offered tips on making story time more fun for children and their parents. She also offers advice on how to pick out the perfect books for children. The segment can be seen here.