Enough is Enough: It is Time to Demand Paid Parental Leave

Did you know that the United States is the only developed country that has not mandated paid parental leave? In a country where there is a huge disparity between families of lower and higher socioeconomic status; this leaves millions of families with no option but to return to work soon after delivering their newborn. This lack of…

Teaching an Appreciation for Failure and Encouraging a Growth Mindset

From the viewpoint of an educator, I have witnessed how a child’s fixed mindset and fear of failure can hinder his desire to fully immerse himself in learning experiences. When a child has a fixed mindset, he believes that his intelligence is limited; he does not respond well to failure and associates failure with being…

 Four “Put Me in the Zoo” Learning Activities that Enhance Cognitive and Language Development

As my son is growing older, I am creating educational activities based around his interests. Put Me in the Zoo has been one of his favorite books for some time now; so I created four activities based around the creature that is featured in this book with the purpose of teaching him: 1. to recognize the colors red, blue,…

Activity of the Day: Object Permanence and Memorization Fun

Good evening and happy Monday! Today, Paulie had so much fun engaging in an activity that really enhances his cognitive development. The activity involves placing an item underneath a bowl and asking the child to find the item. This is not a new activity for Paul; when he was younger, I used to place an object under…

Activity of the Day: Playing with Chick Peas and a Coke Bottle

Happy happy happy Monday! Today, Paulie strengthened his fine motor, sensory, language and cognitive skills while playing with chick peas and a coke bottle. Fine Motor Development The activity required Paul to pick up one chick pea at a time using his pointer grip. Sensory Development Paulie manipulated the chickpeas by squeezing them, pinching them,…

Activity of the Day: Watering Plants

Good evening and happy Tuesday! Paul’s responsibility to take care of his plants is enhancing his cognitive development, sensory development, gross motor and fine motor development, and language development.  Cognitive Development  This activity teaches Paul that he needs to pick up his watering pot, fill it with water, walk over to the plants, kneel next…