Using the "Still Face" Experiment, in which a mother denies her baby attention for a short period of time, Tronick describes how prolonged lack of attention can move an infant from good socialization, to periods of bad but repairable socialization. In "ugly" situations the child does not receive any chance to return to the good, and may become stuck.
TED TALK: The birth of a word
MIT researcher Deb Roy wanted to understand how his infant son learned language -- so he wired up his house with videocameras to catch every moment (with exceptions) of his son's life, then parsed 90,000 hours of home video to watch "gaaaa" slowly turn into "water." Astonishing, data-rich research with deep implications for how we learn.
TED TALKS: The linguistic genius of babies
Patricia Kuhl shares astonishing findings about how babies learn one language over another -- by listening to the humans around them and "taking statistics" on the sounds they need to know. Clever lab experiments (and brain scans) show how 6-month-old babies use sophisticated reasoning to understand their world.
Brain Wonders: Birth - Three
A child’s brain undergoes an amazing period of development from birth to three—producing 700 new neural connections every second. This growing brain development is influenced by many factors, including a child’s relationships, experiences and environment. Learn more about the crucial role you play in building your baby’s brain, get your questions answered, and find some fun “brain-building” activities to share with your little one. Learn what you can do in everyday moments to help your baby develop healthy brain connections.
Sharyn Feldman of the Mindful Mommy School works with parents and toddlers and gives them ideas for activities they do at home using items they may have around the house or can easily get at the dollar
How to introduce your toddler to your newborn baby
Mothercare's Parenting Consultant Liz Day, gives advice about how to prepare your older children for a new arrival, including buying little gifts from the new baby to your toddler and how to prepare little ones for what you may look like when they visit you in hospital.
Toddlers & Biting: What to do!
Believe it or not biting is actually a normal part of a toddler's development, especially in kids that are between the ages of one and two. Watch this short video to know what to do.
Lev Vygotsky & The Zone Of Proximal Development
It is important that learners are appropriately challenged. The Zone of Proximal Development is the difference between what a learner can do without help and what he or she can do with help. Watch this short clip about Vygotsky’s social theory of child development and how it affects today’s classrooms.
How to make playdough together at home!
Making Room for Literacy:
Watch as we show you ways for making a home rich in early literacy learning experiences. We’ll show you how books, posters, magnet letters, alphabet toys, games, writing and art materials, food labels, mail and computers encourage early literacy learning.
A father lets stress from work interfere with his play time with his daughter. Watch as he learns how to get his daughter interested in play time again.
Watch how parents and caregivers can set age-appropriate limits for young children who are learning to cope with their emotions.
An expert at timelines and presentations, one mother decides to create structure for her 2-year old son, but finds it surprisingly difficult not to make it overly complicated.
What Kindergarten should be: Doris Fromberg at TEDx Miami University
Doris Pronin Fromberg is Professor and past-chairperson of the Department of Curriculum and Teaching at Hofstra University, where she also serves as Director of Early Childhood Teacher Education. She serves on the New York State Governor's Early Childhood Advisory Council and on the editorial boards of professional journals. She is past-president of the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators (NAECTE) Foundation; past-president of the NAECTE; and has chaired the Special Interest Group on Early Childhood Education and Child Development of the American Educational Research Association. as well as the American Association of Colleges of Education Special Study Group on Elementary Education. She was recipient of the New York State Association for the Education of Young Children Champion for Children Early Childhood Leader award and the Early Childhood Teacher Educator of the Year award from NAECTE/Allyn & Bacon.
Baby Steps: "Learn the Signs. Act Early."
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Watch this video to learn how to look for developmental milestones in your young child and what to do if you have a concern about your child's development.
The marshmallow test: Stanford University experiment that claims to predict a child's future successes
In the 1960s, Stanford University Professor Walter Mischel gave young children a simple proposition. They sat with a marshmallow in front of them for fifteen minutes - and if they could hold off from eating it, they would be given two treats at the end of the time period. Some of them ate the treat straight away - but others succeeded in overcoming temptation.
Subsequent research found that the children from the original experiment who could delay gratification had scored better academic results, earned higher salaries, and been less prone to obesity. This experiment demonstrates one of the reasons why we practice wait time throughout our day at the Growing Tree. For example, during meal times, the children must wait until everyone is served and a special song is sung before beginning their food.
To Piaget, cognitive development was a progressive reorganization of mental processes as a result of biological maturation and environmental experience. Children construct an understanding of the world around them, then experience discrepancies between what they already know and what they discover in their environment. Watch the video below to see his theory in action!
About the film: No classroom for these school children: this documentary film takes us to a forest kindergarten in Switzerland where children age 4 to 7 spend every day outside in the forest. This is a thought-provoking film about public education in early childhood.
"Every parent and teacher should see this film." Dr. Marcy Guddemi, Executive Director of the Gesell Institute of Child Development, CT
"thought-provoking" School Library Journal
"a powerful and beautifully crafted documentary that illuminates who children are, what's important to them, and what should be important to us as educators." Salvatore Vascellaro, Graduate Faculty, Bank Street College of Education
"This film has touched me profoundly." Barbara Stern, Early Childhood Education Consultant