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Blog #1 Babies learn STEM?

I’ll bet you never thought of a newborn baby learning science, technology, engineering and math, but babies are little scientists from the moment they are born.  As a pediatric occupational therapist, I work in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) with babies who are only two or three pounds. From the moment babies open their...

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STEM Activities for the 23-Month-Old

A STEM Self Portrait STEM Concepts: Engineering (designing), Technology (use of objects), Science (human anatomy) Materials: Loose parts (such as buttons, yarn, string, sticks, beads, foam, etc.) empty frame, mirror, oval shaped piece of construction paper or felt. What to Do: Set a mirror in front of your child. Ask her “What different things on...

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Your 23-month-old at Play

Your 23-month-old is becoming more engaged with others through play. This is a great time to build social skills. Try to allow for lots of opportunities to practice these skills through play in social situations. If you child goes to child care, this is happening naturally, but if your child does not have a lot...

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Serve and Return Conversations

Back and forth conversations, otherwise called “serve and return” or “conversational turns” are the best predictor of your toddler’s future academic skills. By providing your toddler with lots of opportunities to engage in conversations with you all day, you are adding to his vocabulary, ability for critical thinking and logic skills, and higher level academic...

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Newborn – 1 Month Curriculum

The newborn period of time is very challenging. It is really important to encourage mom to care for herself first and take advantage of help and resources. It can be hard to ask for help, but it is important to note that it benefits the baby. Caring for the Caregiver: Discuss the importance of care...

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Play at 19 Months

At 19 months, toddlers are still engaging in functional play, using toys in the manner that they are intended to be used such as sweeping with a toy broom and “driving” a toy truck. They are starting to use more and more symbolic play (sometimes called pretend play, imaginative play, or dramatic play) demonstrating higher-level...

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Discovering Shapes in the World

Shapes are everywhere in the world, just waiting to be discovered. Encourage your child to learn about shapes with these helpful tips.   Page through a kid-friendly book or magazine with your child. If there are any balls or circular objects, point them out and say, “That’s a circle!.” Do this with squares, rectangles, stars,...

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5 Ways to to Help Your Toddler Listen to You

She is much too busy exploring and following his own agenda to listen to what you have to say. Here are a few tips to help toddlers stay safe and listen to you: Make sure she is well-rested and well-fed. Even though toddlers are able to string a few words into sentences, they usually do...

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STEM Starts Now Demo

Thanks for your interest in STEM Starts Now! Here’s how it works: Parents can either purchase the subscription for themselves for $4.99/month ($49 for the year), or they are given the subscription through a pregnancy center, hospital, or organization. Each parent will sign in with their name and baby’s birth date. This will give them...

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Play at 18 Months- Will You Be My Friend?

Right around 18 months children typically move from parallel play into associative play. During associative play, children still play primarily independently of each other, but they are more likely to engage in the same type of play. Children will imitate each other and play the same activity with a little bit of interaction with each...

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