January 9, 2010
Cyndi taught Austin sign language when he was little. She is planning to teach little Abby sign language, too. The 1/6/10 Oregon City News had a lengthy article called A sign of success for babies about Shira Fogel teaching parents how to teach their toddlers sign language.
Advantages of signing with your baby from the article:
• It is a fact that babies can acquire the ability to understand language long before the muscles in their mouth enable them to actually speak.
• Research proves the gap between comprehension and speech production can be bridged by using sign language.
• Sign language helps provide an earlier foundation for language development.
• Sign language has been scientifically proven to raise IQs an average of 12 points higher than non-signing children.
• Even when children start speaking, their words are often very difficult to understand; sign language provides an additional clue to help toddlers tell you what they are trying to say. This helps tremendously in minimizing the “terrible two’s.”
For more interesting info, check out my website at https://mygrandmasue.wordpress.com
November 18, 2009
Sometimes the best of our children or grandchildren get into what we adults would call ‘bad behavior situations.’ Sometimes it seems we’ve tried everything to straighten it out — but the bad behavior continues. Here is some interesting on-line reading to ponder over and to maybe give you some fresh ideas or concepts to try if you have a little one you are working with.
The Parents Zone: Reducing Bad Behavior
Childcare: Tyrant Toddler
ezinearticles: Controling Your 3-Year-Old’s Aggressive Behavior
Toddlerstoday: Public Discipline
ehow: Correcting Toddler Behavior Problems
about.com: Behavior Issues – The ABCs
about.com: Improving Behavior
about.com: Analyzing Behavior Issues
about.com: Child Happiness
Most of these links have many other links for further information.
about.com: More Behavior Issues
Check out ideas and activities to do with kids on https://mygrandmasue.wordpress.com by the author of the award-winning children’s book Grandpa, Do It! I Do It, Too!
November 17, 2009
Today’s radio commentary by Michael Josephson isn’t on his website yet. – It was about instilling ethics and building character in the very young by example and struck me as a topic for my blog tonight – but this story is close. – Or maybe today’s been such a bad day that this was the lesson and I don’t remember any more!
Here are some other interesting links to read up on how to help your toddler develop a good character:
ERIC Character Development: Encouraging Self-Esteem & Self-Discipline in Infants, Toddlers, and Two-Year-Olds
Top 5 Principles For Helping Your Child Build A Good Character
Effective Character Building Tips
Character Building Lesson Plans
Building Self Esteem
Most important is what your toddler sees you doing – actions speak louder than words – and whatever you do, your toddler wants to do, too!
More info on https://mygrandmasue.wordpress.com
September 21, 2009
A friend of mine from Colorado with a two and a half year old boy said today that she just realized the pertinence of my book Grandpa, Do It! I Do It, Too!. All of a sudden he is is saying “Daddy do it!” or “Mommy do it!” or “I do it!” There are examples everywhere! They’re everywhere! They’re everywhere! This article on early exploration is from www.explorationsearlylearning.com. Jo@Mylestones shares an I Do It Too! moment. Ask Dr Sears.com has a good page of information, too, on dependence, independence and interdependence.