Monkey-Eye tracking Scarf with mummy
His eyes light up as he follows the scarf, slowly a smile spreads across his face.
From the day your baby’s born, his eyes will aid his physical, mental, and emotional development by allowing him to take in information — a little bit at first, and eventually much more — about the world around him.
At birth your baby didn’t know how to use his eyes in tandem, so they may have wandered randomly or even crossed now and then. This month or next, he’ll be able to consistently focus both eyes and track a moving object. A rattle passed in front of his face will often transfix him as he explores this newfound ability. He may also enjoy playing eyes-to-eyes with you: With your face very close to his, move your head slowly from side to side, with your eyes and his eyes locked.
Listen to Music – How to Train your Dragon soundtrack is a favourite at the moment.
When hearing the music, Mayhem gets excited and gets Mischief and Mama up to ‘dance’ to the music with him. Sitting at the table we ask him to listen to the music “can you remember what is happening in the movie when this music is playing?” Engaging memory recall. The music also sparks creativity, imagination and emotion.
Listening to music while working has long been linked to increased productivity and concentration. Dr. Teresa Lesiuk, an assistant professor in the music therapy program at the University of Miami, found that listening to music helped subjects concentrate and complete tasks more quickly in a controlled study. Music listeners also reported being in a better mood and having more creative ideas.
But there are certain tunes that can maximize this positive correlation. Film scores, for example, are composed with the intention to keep audiences engaged and in-the-moment without being too distracting.
Play with toys
Bike riding- Racing and chasing
Physical movement, problem solving – Mayhem tries to ride across the pebbles and gets stuck- he quickly figures out what he needs to do to get the bike over. Safety – Helmet. Mayhem falls over- learning coordination as he turned the corner too fast, he is more careful to slow down on the next one. Mischief repeats and sings out words as she zooms along ‘BRRRMMM’, ‘CRASH’, ‘STOP’ and ‘GO’.
Mayhem goes to Kindy for the day
Mischief and Monkey Nap
Monkey has playtime on his mat with Mama
Relationships, eye tracking, communication.
Mischief plays with the Musical instruments
Language- names of instruments, words to describe sounds, colours (Mischief points to a colour- waits for mummy to say the colour and repeats the word back), numbers, musical terms- tempo (fast/ slow), volume (loud/ soft/ quiet), beat, rhythm, sensory engagement- touching/feeling, looking/observing, listening/hearing, moving to the beat, communication- singing to the “music” (or noise in this instance), creativity.
Children need to own their music and free play is what gives them mastery.
Mischief has quiet time while Monkey goes down for a nap
Mischief goes to pick up Mayhem from Kindy
Grocery shop with Mummy
Helping out with everyday needs- Mayhem listens to the list of items we need a d rushes to collect them and add to the trolley, he enjoys helping mum scan each item before we can pay and take them home. He is learning real-world stuff, how things operate in the community, the kids see how other people behave, how mummy interacts with others and what behaviour of their own is appropriate in different settings. They see first hand the value of money as we exchange it for the items we would like to purchase.
Meerkat is found running around with a bird in his mouth- Mayhem learns some hard life lessons as Daddy explains the bird will die and it’s part of nature.
“But I think there will be a mummy bird wondering where it’s baby is” says Mayhem sadly.
While maintaining its manual and playful character, the world of the kite is cultural artistic, and sensory…
The kite is movement. It dances in the sky as the child on the ground invents choreography: forward, back, hold the line steady, pull, feed out, run together.
Now, researchers are learning that everyday rituals such baths and diaper changes are critical for babies’ development.
“Scientists are now recognizing [that] everyday interactions parents have with their baby and everyday moments … can be thought of as learning moments or learning opportunities,” says Andrew Meltzoff, a developmental psychologist and co-director of the Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences at the University of Washington. “Previously, we just thought that your baby was fed and slept and would grow independent of the stimulations.”
Watch Finding Nemo
Mummy reads ‘Cat in the Hat’ with the hand puppet
Mischief and Mayhem Bed
Monkey last feed, mummy reads ‘My first shapes’
Off to the land of nod… sweet dreams sweet peas.