From Newborn to Toddler: How to prepare your home

What is the point of practical life?

What is the point of practical life?

When my infant first picked up a broom and started sweeping at 10 months old, I was slightly in awe. What was it about sweeping, that gave our son so much joy, when there are other, seemingly more interesting things to do around the house? It’s not like he had seen me, being really excited about sweeping… What I learned was that there are plenty of good reasons for it. Apart from the obvious, learning to sweep up their own crumbs, wash-up and cut their own apple, there are a number of wider skills that toddlers learn by taking part...

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Prepare your home: TODDLERS ARE COMING!

As parents, at a time when home became even more important, we realised that we needed to get ourselves ready for a soon to be, very busy toddler. As a teacher, now mum, I also realised that I had a new growing interest for child development (the psychology degree may have something to do with that!) So I found myself upgrading my teaching qualification and researching the best ways to support my growing toddler at home. What I learned is that, from a learning perspective, the relationship between the adult, the child and the environment is a three-way deal. Not only...

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