All I have to say is thank goodness we got the pre-put together house because there is no way this guy would've sat longer than he already was. He was SO excited and I'm sure that made him a little more jittery than he normally may be!
It's NATIONAL COOKIE DAY!
I'm not a baker, but my mom sure is :) These are the entire family's favorite cookies EVER! Check out the recipe, try it, and let us know what you think in the comments! We've subbed in cherries instead of cranberries, but to be honest, it wasn't the same. We've also tried without a dried fruit and again, not the same. So much experimentation with this recipe, but the original is definitely the best!
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It's very simple, but what you say is what extends the learning for this one. I start with the ball and toss it to the baby across from me (or in front of us if baby isn't sitting). More likely than not, they won't catch the ball. Say some power words like "oh no!" "uh oh!" "bounce!" "catch" as you do different motions. These sort of trigger the language mechanism and your baby will know the cause and effect of throwing the ball, noise, catch, noise.
I really like to do "ready, set, catch!" with babies around 8-12 months old. They'll start to connect the one, two, three pattern the more you play this game. I also like to shout different colors when they go beyond 12 months old. Sometimes the dialogue goes like this: "One, two, three! Throw! Catch blue! Yay! Blue! Mama get!" It's really all about the easy to mimic words you say and repetition.
This lesson plan is for back to school week. It provides a refresher into basic letter, shape, color, and number recognition. Children will get to know their classmates, the class routine, and enjoy a wide range of activities from movement to art and math to cooking.
+ Morning Circle Time: welcome song, learning classmate's names, count 1-20.
+ Calendar review: days of the week, the month, date, related vocabulary
+ Book of the day: "How I spent my Summer Vacation"
+ Large Group Activity: Counting 1-20, slow, fast, loud, and soft.
+ Small Group Movement Activity: Roll a rice with movements corresponding to number.
+ Small Group Activity: Trace numbers 1-5 with finger in sand.
I filled the basket with larger items like a toy piano and drums. But what seemed more interested to Layla was the smaller items like a pair of maracas, baby rattles, small cymbals and more. Lincoln's favorite item was the harmonica and kazoo. You can definitely mix it up by focusing on a single sound or pitch, too.
The number one thing I am so happy I did for my son (and now daughter) is to learn and teach him sign language. I remember when my Aunt was teaching my cousin 14 years ago and how cool it was so see her catch on to signs and when she did a new sign for the first time how rewarding it felt. I knew when I was getting near the end of my pregnancy with Lincoln that this was something I wanted to invest my time in and start early. I'm also extremely lucky that his daycare, and where I work, supports and promotes infant signing.
The only negative I hear about teaching children sign language is the FALSE CLAIM that it delays speech. There has been extensive research on how untrue this is and to take it even further, it's actually proven that teaching gestures and sign language helps verbal communication. Read on as I share some studies and answer the most asked questions about baby signing...