The first three years of life are a critical period of development. Infants and toddlers are growing, learning, moving, and thinking in amazing ways. Brain research has indicated that during this period there are windows of opportunity where the young child is primed for specific areas of develop Windows of opportunity during the first three years include:
- Visual Acuity
- Motor Development
Language Development Beginning communications: sounds, gestures and actions.
Responding to beginning attempts
Providing labels for their world
Posing questions: waiting for responses
Reading and telling stories
Language Play - Face and body games
Example: Here is the beehive Here is the beehive. Where are the bees?
Variations: Wash our clothes, wash our face, wash the floor, wash our dog, etc.
A wonderful combination: Books that include Music
A growing number of books are appearing in the market that are familiar songs and have illustrations to accompany the words. These provide beginning opportunities for toddlers to turn pages, read illustrations and sing the song.
It can provide an opportunity to be successful----- and build book skills.
Some great ones are:
This little light of mine.
This land is your land.
Over in the meadow.
All on Isbell’s CD
You don’t have to be a professional teller, singer, or musician to turn on the interest of infants and toddlers. Your spirit and enthusiasm will spark their growing possibilities and build a framework for new understandings.
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Laden, N. (2000). Peek-a who? San Francisco: Chronicle Books.
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Isbell, R. (2014). CD: Songs too Good To Miss. Soony recordings.
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Children. Beltsville, MD: Gryphon House.
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Books for children.