Peek-a-Boo and Teaching Object Permanence

Peek-a-Boo and Teaching Object Permanence

By Jennifer Scotton

I didn’t realize how important a good game of peek-a-boo was until I became a parent. What appears to be a simple pastime is actually a valuable lesson for your child.

Our daughter now enjoys playing this entertaining game on her own. She’ll cover her eyes, and when she uncovers them, we’ll gleefully respond “peek-a-boo,” or “keet-a-boo,” as my three-year-old says. In response, she always giggles! We’re teaching her through simple play that when objects leave her sight, they don’t disappear forever. It is a significant milestone that will assist her in working through any potential separation anxiety she may experience in the later stages of infancy. Playing peek-a-boo is just one more tool we can use to help prepare our children for future success.

Spring Has Sprung

Spring Has Sprung

Written by Lizzy and Colin Tahsuda

As the weather gets warmer, we are enjoying many outdoor activities. The other day, we took Eleanor to the Greensboro Arboretum for a walk. She loved hearing the birds sing, feeling the warm sunshine, and looking at all the plants and flowers. We even passed by a few dogs, which she always finds exciting! We came across a small park close to the Arboretum and decided to try swinging. She had so much fun! During our visit, she noticed other children playing, enjoyed the breeze, and absorbed everything around her. The outdoors stimulates all of your senses in a way that we take for granted. It’s incredible to watch her learn and experience new things!

Discovering the “Real World”

Discovering the “Real World”

By Shontia and Jayvon Johnson

Exploration is the highest form of discovery for PJ these days. Exposing him to the “real world” environments and occasions has offered him additional vocabulary and analytical thinking. A trip to the Memphis Children’s Museum allowed for him to turn items seen on television or during his learning time through flash cards, become life size!

The opportunity to touch and feel actual equipment, gadgets and items associated with fire trucks, airplanes and “big people” objects, has given Parker freedom to add great value to his young life and desire to know more! We watched as his eyes lit up in excitement and eagerness.

Playground Exploration

Playground Exploration

By Glasher Robinson

When the weather is nice, spending time outside in the Robinson household is a must. On a beautiful Sunday, Logan, Lauren, and I found ourselves at one of our local neighborhood parks. The playground is where I get to watch Lauren and Logan take turns leading, playing, and exploring. When we arrived, there was one other family there. Logan observed Lauren immediately having a conversation, introducing herself and asking if he wanted to play. Logan then introduced herself, too, before heading up the stairs towards the lower slide. During this visit, I witnessed Logan become more fearless in how she played. As she saw her big sister and new acquaintance use the higher slide, so did she. This time she asked to be pushed harder on the swing so she could go higher than she felt comfortable doing before.

Having older children around to observe how they played increased Logan’s confidence and encouraged her to be more fearless. There was a small window on the playground that Logan quickly transformed into a restaurant. We became her customers and served hotdogs. Their new acquaintance’s shoe fell off and she ran over to help him. I realized that Logan developed a greater sense of independence at three years old than I remember seeing on the playground during previous visits.

We’re on the Move!

We’re on the Move!

By Jasmine Faison and Jonathan Linton

Hip Hip, Hooray, Jade has a birthday!

We are approaching Jade’s 1st Birthday with lots of excitement, as she finally started walking! A few steps here and there have quickly turned into full blown walking/trying to run in just a few short weeks.

We are overjoyed, as we have finally made it through all of The Basics for infants, and are now transitioning to the tips for our soon to be toddler!

Explore Through Movement and Play is currently helping most, as Jade navigates a new world that is higher up and more expansive than before 🙂 Following her lead, talking a walk, and using position words are supporting her new physical abilities. The sky is truly the limit for our April 1st baby. Enjoy the first year Moms and Dads, it goes by so fast!

Snowy Exploration

Snowy Exploration

By Ray & Glasher Robinson

While mom and dad could care less if they woke up to a winter wonderland, Logan, on the other hand, made up a song about how she wished it would snow. This was not the first time it has snowed since Logan was born, but this was her first true exploration in it. As adults, we forget the joy snow brings now that we are more focused on shoveling it rather than playing in it. Step one to getting outside in the snow was layering up in preparation to deal with the cold temperature.

For our snowy adventure, Logan canvased our entire yard. Instead of telling Logan what to do, we simply followed behind her. We studied our footprints in the snow, chased after a squirrel, spoke to a bird and marched around the house playing follow the leader. As Logan observed us mimicking her, her confidence and volume increased. When she jumped so did we. When she ran, we had to try and keep up. Next time, we will have to conquer making a snow angel and snow cream!

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