As a teacher I always pondered on why children, including myself, had to fidget or draw or move while listening to a lecture. It wasn't until I did my Waldorf Teacher training that I understood why! We have systems in our body that feed information to our brain, letting our brain know where our body… Continue reading How Movement Can Make You Smarter!
I love "Baa, Baa, Black Sheep!" This movement circle puts a lot of pressure on the wrists, when the feet are being kicked up. This pressure on the joints helps with the proprioceptive system. Stimulating the proprioceptive nerves feeds information to the brain. It tells the brain where the body is in space. This permits… Continue reading Relax with “Three Bags Full”
I just love "Hickory, Dickory, Dock!" You can start this movement (video below) when your baby is very young! I started this with Christina when she was two months old! Crossing the midline is fantastic for building pathways between the right and left hemispheres of the brain. It just boils down to helping your child… Continue reading Neuro-mouse saves the day!
"Humpty Dumpty" is packed with great stimulation for the vestibular system! The vestibular system feeds information to the brain about where the body is in space. This is really important when dealing with gravity! I will admit, I have walked into a few walls so this is great for me! The vestibular system also helps… Continue reading Saved by Humpty’s Cracked Noggin!
"Peas Porridge" is wonderful for crossing the midline! The video below shows how fun and easy it can be! Who knew 9 day old soup was brain food?! "Jack Be Nimble" is great for learning to balance on one foot. Don't be afraid to fall though! Did you know that each time you fall, you… Continue reading Stir That Pot!
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall Humpty Dumpty had a great fall All the kings horses and all the kings men They couldn't put Humpty together again It is very sad that no one could help Mr. Dumpty, not even the King's horses or his men! What was it that got shattered in Humpty? Could… Continue reading Poor Humpty Dumpty… or Was It Good For Him?
It takes courage to speak up. Have you ever felt uncomfortable by another person's actions and you didn't say anything? You may have felt powerless and disappointed in how you were unable to speak up. In this fairy tale a little pot keeps making porridge, filling the whole town with it, until finally a little… Continue reading Sweet Porridge: A Taste of Courage
A little child who ventures out of mommy's arms often gets hurt! From crawling to the beginnings of standing and walking, falling goes hand in hand with exploring. That is why I love this nursery rhyme! It tells our little child that you can get hurt while trying to master a new skill and that… Continue reading What Were Jack and Jill Really Up To?
I adore nursery rhymes! They are nuggets of pure literary genius. They are perfect for the littlest of listeners, and they offer such richness of sound. The imagery is varied and fun and the tempo is quick! I love to couple them with body movement offering playful opportunities to connect with my baby. Children learn… Continue reading Nursery Rhymes
Fairy tales offer children snap shots of life. Each character plays an important role. Within us we can find each character of a fairy tale. Upon reflection we can think of times in our life when we played the wicked witch, the nurturing mother, the firm father figure. The child too has a choice of… Continue reading The Hidden Treasure within a Fairy Tale