Glenn Doman Program: Raising Bright Kids

This was screening live last night on The AsianParent: What’s it about? This live interview with Janet Doman (IAHP), Douglas Doman (IAHP), and Lawrence Lee (Chief Consultant of Glenn Doman Baby Program in Singapore) is about the Glenn Doman early learning programs. It includes a discussion with Douglas Doman (author of How to Teach YourContinue reading “Glenn Doman Program: Raising Bright Kids”

Resources: Teach Your Baby to Swim

I thought it was about time we updated this one since there are a lot more resources out there now… I have written about teaching babies to swim and you can find those articles here: How to Teach Your Baby to Swim Teach Your Baby to Swim – Part 1 Teach Your Baby to SwimContinue reading “Resources: Teach Your Baby to Swim”

Active Baby, Healthy Brain: 135 Fun Exercises and Activities to Maximize Your Child’s Brain Development from Birth Through Age 5 1/2

Movement, play, and active exploration in the first five years of a child’s life are essential to the development of his or her body and brain. Now Active Baby, Healthy Brain presents 135 massages, exercises, and activities that engage your child’s love of play while also stimulating his or her brain development in multiple areas,Continue reading “Active Baby, Healthy Brain: 135 Fun Exercises and Activities to Maximize Your Child’s Brain Development from Birth Through Age 5 1/2”

Education: Direct Instruction versus Exploration and Free Play

I read an article recently titled “Why Preschool Shouldn’t be like School“. The article highlighted a concern about the pressure on kindergartens and nurseries to become more like schools with increased direct instruction. They felt that very young children should be “allowed to explore, inquire, play, and discover” because although “direct instruction can help childrenContinue reading “Education: Direct Instruction versus Exploration and Free Play”

How do you Teach a Baby to Swim? Part 1

How to Teach Your Baby to Swim is written by Douglas Doman. I had all the best intentions to teach Gareth to swim from as early as possible.  I even bought him the special neck float.  Up until recently, it was another one of those activities that I really wanted to do with the boysContinue reading “How do you Teach a Baby to Swim? Part 1”

Book Review: That's Not My…

There is a series of touchy-feely books by Usborne that I really like titled “That’s Not My…“.  They are terrific for introducing books to infants and toddlers once they’ve progressed beyond the cloth books and the basic single word board books. What’s so great about them? the books are bright and colourful to attract youngContinue reading “Book Review: That's Not My…”

More Attention Builders for Little Ones from 6 to 18 Months

6-18 Months Reach out and grasp: from about 6 months, you can shake a rattle within reach of your baby and encourage him to reach out for it.  Let him take it and help him shake it.  Talk to him about the action and the rattle using Parentese. Interactive food books: play food games usingContinue reading “More Attention Builders for Little Ones from 6 to 18 Months”

More Attention Builders for Little Ones from Birth to 6 Months

Continuing on from my earlier post on attention builders for babies, here are more specific activities you can do with your baby: 0-6 Months Looking and listening to a book: Beginning from about 3-6 months, you can start “reading” to your baby.  Using board books or cloth books with simple, clear images (Jill Stamm recommendsContinue reading “More Attention Builders for Little Ones from Birth to 6 Months”

Bright from the Start: Attention Builders for Babies

These are my notes from the book Bright from the Start by Jill Stamm. Jill Stamm states that there are three things a baby needs to be bright and happy: attention, bonding and communication.  For the science behind why, I highly recommend reading the book “Bright from the Start“. For parents like me, who feelContinue reading “Bright from the Start: Attention Builders for Babies”

Babies Need Love to Learn

We know that babies need love to thrive. Babies need love to learn as well. According to science, the brain needs hugs to develop.  This is because a baby who feels secure and safe in the envelope of his parents’ love is free to divert attention away from the business of survival to focus fullyContinue reading “Babies Need Love to Learn”