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Toddler Milestones and Language Development

Some research says that distinguishing sounds happens as early as the fetus stage - that is why it is common practice to speak to your baby even while they are in your womb. Even when a baby is born, they react to sounds, are able to follow their favourite people's voice, and as they start growing up are able to react to WHAT you are speaking. This is part of development of receptive language abilities.This is also why it is often said thatThought is faster than speechThis is because, while a child is able to comprehend what they are hearing, they begin to express themselves verbally only around 11 months of age at the earliest. And do not worry, for some kids it happens earlier, for some kids it may take some time. Language development is a process, and our experience with our toddlers in creche, in preschool, and even in online preschool classes has taught us a lot, and we would like to share some tips on thatLANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT - SOME TIPS* Encourage your child to speak* Give …

Role of an Educator in a Toddler's Life and Vice-Versa

I had started Morning Glorie as a preschool and daycare in Gurgaon way back in 2011 with my mother. TBH, we did not have any idea of the nitty gritty of how the industry worked. I did not even have kids of my own. The only thing we knew was that we loved having kids around, and we wanted to support young parents in their journey - with a soft spot for especially helping young moms go back to work.We started, we grew, we stumbled along the way, and we learnt.Now, with 9+ years as a caregiver-educator, I have come a long long way. Interacting with children in the age group of 3 months to 12 years has given me a lot to learn, a lot of perspective, a lot of patience, and an insight into the beautiful bond which a child shares with their educator. 
May I add, this is a two-way street. My own observations and learning - from my interaction with the children, as well as feedback from their parents?The Educator has to take the First StepFor a child coming to daycare for the first time (and thi…

Conflict in Parenting Approaches and Impact on Your Child

The thing with working with kids and interacting with parents - be it in creche with smaller babies, preschool with toddlers, after school care with older kids, or even now, in our online preschool classes - is that we get to discuss many parenting challenges. Many of them have a common thread irrespective of the age of the child.One such issue which many parents face is Conflict in Parenting ApproachesThis isn't necessarily a broad issue which is present all the time, though it could be, in which case you need to sit down and discuss to reach a common ground. Sometimes, it can just be small, specific instances. A few examples -
1. Your child asking for an expensive toy, to get it for them or not 2. Your child refusing to eat food, one of you insists on them finishing it, the other feels like leniency is the way to go 3. When your child is throwing a tantrum, one of you disciplines them, the other tries to protect them from the disciplining
These are just a few simple examples of what …

Conventional vs Experiential Learning for Toddlers

There is often a lot of debate on which style of learning is good for children. 
1. Conventional learning 2. Experiential learning 3. Balanced approach to learning
There are different schools who follow different approaches, parents subscribe to different ideologies, children take differently to the different approaches. Let us first attempt to understand how the three ideologies work. Conventional LearningThis is the style of learning which most of us have grown up with, and has been the accepted method of learning since long. More academic in nature, the idea has been to introduce concepts theoretically, and learning and executing theoretical problems in the classroom.  The argument in favour of this approach is that especially in a country like ours, where a better lifestyle is fought for through competitive examinations, a conventional style of learning is crucial to ensure success later on. Experiential LearningThis form of learning has picked up pace in recent years. It focuses on learn…