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Posts Tagged ‘motor skills’

Video: You Must Let Your Child Try This

Monday, December 5th, 2011 2:47 pm | By Stephanie Woo

Mackenzie is going through a phase of pointing at everything and saying, “Da?” She wants to know its name.

It’s like she woke up one day and suddenly discovered that everything has a name.  She’s always asking to be picked up and walked around so she can point at things and wait for us to give her the name. The sheer joy she exhibits upon hearing the names of those things makes it worthwhile to repeat ‘lights,’ ‘flowers,’ door’ a hundred thousand times, which is how often she asks.

Of all her favorite words, ‘light’ is at the top of the list. She loves to point at lights, hear the word ‘light’ in English (from Dad), then hear it again in Chinese (from me), watch us turn on and off the light, she’s interested in lamps, recessed lighting, hanging chandelier, bathroom lights, etc.…you can say she is generally obsessed with lights.

So I went to the hardware store and bought this foot-controlled light dimmer:

There were a couple other kinds, but many of them were hard to slide.  This one has a large switch and slides easily for little hands. I did a couple demonstrations for Mackenzie and Brooke. I would sit them in my lap and then slowly show them, “Turn the light on. Turn the light off. Turn the light on. Turn the light off…” Throughout the day, the light will suddenly turn on or off. I would look over and see someone practicing turning on and off the light.

Montessori says to “Follow the Child.” The key is to observe them carefully over a period of time, see what they’re interested in, then give it to them. When you can connect them to the right thing, it’s like a switch goes on in their head…

Turning On the Light

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011 2:35 pm | By Stephanie Woo

As soon as you see your baby manipulating things with his fingers and have decent control over them, show them how to turn the light on and off. A couple things to consider: make sure the switch is VERY easy to turn on and off, otherwise, your baby will just be frustrated. It’s better not to do it if they will just be frustrated.

I showed B and M how to turn the light on and off using the light dimmer in our bathroom because it slides very easily, whereas the dimmer in our bedroom is very tight and you really have to push hard to turn it on and off. It’s difficult even for an adult. If you have the right light switch, this exercise can be so much fun and confidence-boosting for your baby, but if you don’t, there are many other things to do, don’t do this one!

Mackenzie is ready to do this at 8 months

Stimulating brain growth

Saturday, February 12th, 2011 4:00 pm | By Stephanie Woo

My mother says holding babies in position where their head is hanging down (across lap, over shoulder) is scientifically proven to stimulate frontal lobe growth = smart babies. And babies love it because they were head down inutero! Plus, these exercises train them to strengthen their neck. God’s design – ingenious!