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5 ways to help your child develop concentration


Learning by itself cannot happen without concentration. The ability to concentration is one of the most important qualities your child can have for any type of school experience. The formative stage of concentration occurs from birth to about the age of three.

Here are some tips you can do at home to help your young child develop concentration:

1. Prepare a Montessori-friendly home.
A small space will be ideal. Two essentials would be a child sized table and chairs and a low shelving unit for materials. You can rotate materials and place your materials on tray whenever possible. Organize any educational materials you have by subject. Try to put out materials that meet your child’s needs and interests at the time.

2. Give lots of opportunities for your child to do practical life activities
Start with some simple activities like scooping beans, pouring water then move on to others like washing and cutting activities.

3. Follow your child’s interest.
If your child is interested in a topic or type of work, he or she is more likely to concentrate for long periods (and increase the ability to concentrate along the way)

4. When your child is absorbed in an activity, don’t interrupt.
Allow your child to repeat the activity as many times as he or she wishes.
Just stand back and observe. You will see the true nature of the child.

5. Let your child spend lots of time outdoors in a nature.
We don’t have be anything extravagant, Collect leaves, rocks or pine cones. Sit quietly for a moment and listen, then try to name the sounds you hear. Walk, crawl, roll, jump, toss a ball, climb a tree or ride a bike would be great activities.

Our modern culture contains a multitude of distractions like smartphones, video games, computers, televisions etc. These can create an overabundance of sensory stimulation. Maintaining a clam, controlled and prepared Montessori environment and a clear approach to reducing distractions and sensory overload would be important to foster the power of concentration in a child and help them grow to become happy, independent and fulfilled adults.

How to Teach Kids to Jump Rope

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Teaching your children to jump rope is a great way to encourage them to exercise each day. Jumping rope not only can keep children busy on a day off from school or when their friends are away, it is a very good activity in keeping you and your kids healthy. An activity strengthens your bone, improves hand eye coordination, stamina, balance and releases strength.

If your child seems confused or unable to jump rope at first, don’t worry. It’s a simple enough skill that takes some getting used to in the beginning. Be patient with your child and demonstrate the technique until he/she gets it.

Step 1

Jump rope a few times in front of your child so that he/she sees how it is done. Don’t try to impress him/ her with your speed. Go slowly so that he/she can observe the motions of your wrists and legs.

Step 2

Practice jumping or hopping with your child. Tell him/her to stand with his/her feet a few inches apart. Have him/her hop up and down in one place several times.

Step 3

Stretch a jump rope straight across the floor. Instruct your child to hop over it, without touching it, a few times.

Step 4

Show your child how to hold her arms while jumping. Place your arms at your sides and bend your elbows. Press your elbows gently into your sides, just under your rib cage. Arrange your child’s arms yourself if he/she is having difficulty.

Step 5

Place the rope’s handles in his/her hands. The jump rope should fall onto the floor just behind his/her heels. Flick his/her wrists so that the jump rope leaps into the air, over the head. Let your child practices flicking the wrists to maneuver the rope without raising the arms into the air a few times before moving on to jumping over the falling rope.

Step 6

Tell your kid to jump as the rope falls toward the feet. Repeat this a few times, until the your little one seems to get the hang of it, then let him/her jump on his/her own as he/she swings the rope.

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Unplug Your Kids: The Dangers of Too Much Screen Time

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Technology is everywhere.

Elementary schools have introduced tablets and computer-based learning as part of their everyday classrooms. Toy companies market learning tablets to children under the age of five with easy these days. Parents are now equipped with small computers in the form of smartphones.

Babies have their own television channels and DVD’s with titles like “Little Einsteins,” “Preschool on TV,” and “Brainy Baby.” All of which sound great to unknowing parents and caregivers. We’re told that screen time can be learning time but that’s not always the case.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends discouraging screen time for children under the age of two. This goes for televisions or computers, in addition to  limiting educational programming to less than two hours a day to older children. The truth is there is no credible evidence that infants and toddlers get any benefit from watching television. Sadly, some research that shows it may even prove harmful.

According to the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, 29% of infants under the age of 1 watch television and videos for an average of 90 minutes each day. These numbers increase as children get older, and between their first and second birthday, about 64% of toddlers are watching television and videos for more than two hours a day and 36% have a television in their bedroom. That’s pretty high.

Exposure to screen time at an early age affects many aspects of children’s development. Hours spent in front of a screen mean less hours spent engaging in proper development. During a baby’s first years, the brain grows rapidly and it is essential that all five of his senses are engaged.

The brain is like a muscle. When a baby interacts with real people, real objects,  and has real experiences, the connections in his brain become stronger. Time in front of the television leaves less time for exploring the world. reports that screen time for children under the age of three is linked to delayed language acquistion. It stands to reason that if a child is spending time in front of the television rather than having conversations about the world, that this could directly affect language development. Screen time can also predict problems in later childhood such as lower math and school achievement, reduced physical activity, and victimization by classmates.

Along with developmental concerns, exposure to screen time is also a risk factor for childhood obesity. In toddlers, television and computer use is linked to an increased body mass index. For each hour of television viewed a day, children consume an average of an additional 167 calories and tend to eat more high-energy, low-nutrient foods, according to the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood.

The Mayo Clinic, recognized as the best hospital in the nation for 2014-2015, suggests the following tips for managing screen time for your infants and toddlers:

  • Eliminate background TV. If the TV is turned on — even if it’s just in the background — it’s likely to draw your child’s attention. If you’re not actively watching a show, turn off the TV.
  • Keep TVs and computers out of the bedroom. Children who have TVs in their bedrooms watch more TV than children who don’t have TVs in their bedrooms.
  • Don’t eat in front of the TV. Allowing your child to eat or snack in front of the TV increases his or her screen time. The habit also encourages mindless munching, which can lead to weight gain..
  • Suggest other activities. Rather than relying on screen time for entertainment, help your child find other things to do, such as reading, playing a sport, helping with cooking or trying a board game.
  • Set a good example. Be a good role model by limiting your own screen time.
  • Unplug it. If screen time is becoming a source of tension in your family, unplug the TV, turn off the computer or put away the smart phones or video games for a while. You might designate one day a week or month as a screen-free day for the whole family.

Instead of exposing to screen time, hands on activites are more suitable for early childhood development and building the ability to focus and attend. Jolly B offers various busy bags and toys for toddlers and preschoolers to experience life through their senses, which in turn builds their brains.

For additional information on the dangers of exposing young children to screen time, please visit and be sure to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with your child’s pediatrician.

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Age-appropriate Play for Early Childhood Development

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“Play Is The Work of the Child.”-  Maria Montessori.

Play is such an important part of any child’s development. However in the “hurry up and learn” culture of many in society, play simply gets lost.

People must remember that through play, children build the foundation for later learning. This is because the basis of play is learning to solve problems. It also helps to increase a sense of understanding of themselves, people around them, and the world around them.

Although it sounds simple “play” includes a variety of activities that are fun and interesting but have hidden skill building processes. These activities can include quiet play, creative play, active play, dramatic play, games, and manipulative play. How a child uses these types of play evolve as they get older.

Play also must be structured or unstructured to maximize opportunities for learning. So why are these types of play so important? Simply put, structured play has rules or a specific process to get from start to finish and unstructured play does not. Here are some specific examples:

Games—active games, card games, board games—are examples of structured play.

Unstructured play includes activities like playing house or free art.

What is age appropriate for my child?

Infants (birth to 18 months)

Infants learn to interact with the world around them very quickly. Babies interact with adult that talk, sing, laugh and expose them to sights, sounds and scents that entertain them. People can be the most favorite “play thing” that they have! This is why you should sing, dance, play peek-a-boo and cuddle often!

As muscles are built and babies begin to roll over and crawl, introducing toys that can be rolled and pushed helps further their skill set. Babies need to spend lots of time on the floor having tummy time too!

  • Brightly colored, toys with texture (no small pieces) encourage baby to touch and explore.
  • Mobiles, safety mirrors, musical or chime toys, crib gyms, busy boxes, nesting and stacking toys, simple pop-up toys, bathtub toys, simple rattles, and teethers all promote baby’s learning and development.
  • Soft, squeezable toys help baby practice grasping and reaching.
  • Push-pull toys strengthen muscles.
  • Dolls encourage baby to imitate what he sees adults doing and to make sense of his world
  • Simple press-together bricks, blocks, or pop beads develop eye-hand coordination.
  • Children’s books – cloth, vinyl, and cardboard – enhance language development.
  • Different types of music invite baby to experience different rhythms and sounds.

Toddlers (18 months – 36 months)

Toddlers spend many hours working to develop both small and large motor skills. Manipulating objects is a favorite pass time.  This could include putting things into a container and then dumping them out.

They can also learn from more messy play that includes water, sand,  soft clay or play dough.  Don’t forget toddlers require close supervision and safe play materials in case they decide to give them a taste! At this young age children are still using their sense of taste to explore their world.

Children’s interest in music often increases at this age too. Toddlers can sing songs, make their own music or even dance to music.

Toddlers also enjoy bouncing, rolling around, and throwing balls of different sizes. They also may like jumping on pillows, or making a house or fort out of a cardboard box. Play is much for involved and active at this age.

Although they are busy exploring what’s around them, toddlers also show an increasing interest in looking at books, themselves (in a mirror) or having someone read to them (often the same book over and over again).

Here are some of the basics you might want to include:

  • Pegboards with large pegs encourage the development of gross motor skills and strengthen the pincer grasp.
  • Play sets with people, animals, and cars can expand language skills.
  • Objects that pop up or have dials, switches, levers and knobs teach cause and effect and often hold their attention for a long time.
  • Simple puzzles with knobs or chunky pieces help develop eye-hand coordination and help toddlers understand how things fit together.
  • Push-pull items encourage walking while giving children the opportunity to imitate adults.
  • Children’s music allows toddlers to experiment with different sounds, rhythms, and patterns which will increase their body awareness.
  • Large items for stringing and lacing develop eye-hand coordination and fine motor skills such as grasping.
  • Children’s books with simple, colorful plots and pictures expose toddlers to different speech patterns and new vocabulary.
Preschooler (3-5 years old)

Preschool children’s play activities often build on things that they enjoy like princesses or favorite characters.  With stronger developed motor and social skills, preschoolers enjoy very active play.

Preschool-age children have better developed fine motor skills so using crayons, pencils and paints, safety scissors, and paste or glue are great activities. They also need lots of chances to play on playground, explore nature and use their large muscles, both indoors and outdoors.

Preschool children continue to build with blocks and building toys. Having a large supply of open-ended play materials that rely more on a child’s imagination are better learning tools for preschoolers than those that have limited uses (only one way to play with them).

For example, blocks can be used in many ways but a toy that moves or makes noise while a child sits and looks at it is very limited.

They are interested in each other and the world around them, and they enjoy showing off their new number and alphabet skills. Below are suggested products for supporting and encouraging a preschooler’s developing skills.

  • Dramatic play (dress up) items like dress-up clothes, play food and dishes, and dolls help children learn to cooperate and share with others.
  • Puppets can encourage preschoolers to explore the difference between fantasy and real-life and build language skills.
  • Sand and water toys can allow children to explore size, weight, measurement, and other science and math concepts.
  • Complex construction materials and natural building materials encourage preschoolers to use their creativity as well as math skills.
  • Accessories such as animals, vehicles, and furniture provide opportunities for preschoolers to balance, understand size and weight relations, solve problems, and share materials. It can also be an extension of dramatic play.
  • Children’s music increases self-confidence and body awareness and different rhythm patterns. Plus it helps get the wiggles out!
  • Simple games help preschoolers understand and follow rules.

In the end, don’t forget that young children need to have safe environments that they can explore. It’s also important to keep things simple and limit exposure to electronics and television.

Don’t fall for toys that call themselves “educational”. Not all toys are created equal. Keep only a couple toys out at a time and rotate them often. Don’t forget that this is such an amazing time in your child’s life!  Enjoy it!


Sensitive Periods in Childhood Development

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Sometimes we find educational toys and learning games that are interesting and would like to introduce them to our little one but wonder if they are suitable or age appropriate.

I believe “Sensitive periods” provide a good indication of what’s appropriate for every level of development.

What are “Sensitive Periods”?

Through observation Maria Montessori discovered the stages of development that all children follow. She found that children go through very specific and well defined periods of interest in certain areas of their development.

Maria Montessori believed that the human brain is specially predisposed for learning during the sensitive period. She believed that parents, teachers and caregivers need to observe the child and respond accordingly to these sensitive periods – to provide an environment that meets the need of the child and further encourages the child through that specific stage of development.

Sensitive periods are transitory states

It is considered easier to acquire the skill or knowledge while the child is in the sensitive period. Outside the sensitive period learning still occurs however it is more arduous and often requires more time and effort.

During these sensitive periods, there is a great need for total focus, sensorial exploration, and a need for repeating activities in order to master skills. Sometimes these sensitive periods are characterized by overpowering (sometimes obsessive) and intense activity.

Interrupting a child while they are in the middle of an intense sensitive period can result in a powerful emotional response (i.e. tantrum). Break a routine that a child is attempting to understand and master (i.e. getting dressed, bath time, bedtime) and some children will literally fall apart as they are most likely in a sensitive period and their intense “work” is being interrupted.

“When parents and teachers recognise and take advantage of the sensitive periods through which children pass, they can become more effective in supporting their learning and development.”- How to Raise an Amazing Child the Montessori Way.

Here is a chart for some of the important Montessori timelines of Sensitive Periods:

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Photo Source: Age of Montessori

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Selecting Right Educational Toys for Toddlers

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Kids normally love to play with a lot of toys during some of toddler activities. But as a parent, one should be aware of that when they are playing, and seize this opportunity to introduce educational toys to teach them about the important matters which we can equally educate them with. This is why buying educational toys would be of great help to them in improving their knowledge and behavior while at the same time they are still able to enjoy and play.

The first five years of toddler’s existence are extremely important for cognitive development, as well as emotional and social development too. Wanting to enhance and develop the skills of a child, then you should choose the right toys that they should play with. When you do this, you will be able to help that child’s development and you can also ensure that the time that he/she spent playing had been worthwhile.

Importance of right educational toys

There are many kinds of toys that parents can buy for their kids. The market has already manufactured different types of and you can make use of this option to get the best for your child. Most wise parents prefer buying the educational toys over other kinds because; they can be more helpful in enhancing the various skills of their children. You should also consider this option if you aim to make your child more developed mentally and physically; which is easily achieved by providing various educational games for kids.

An educational toddler’s toy should have some special features to separate it from the other toys on the market. This will let the parents get as much value out of the investment that they have made. Nevertheless, there’s no point in spending about $200 or more on a toy if it is just for kids to sit still and have passive learning In fact, the least expensive may be more exciting and educative to the young child. The great importance of toddler’s toys includes:

Physical Development – building little bodies

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Mastering physical skills is an important part of childhood and it paves the way to all kinds of learning.

-Sensory: Hearing, seeing, touching and tasting –  these senses are the very first windows for your child to learn

-Fine motor: From grasping a toy to holding a pen, developing fine motor skills brings foundation for school success.

-Gross motor skills: Huge physical development occurs in early years and motor skills keep getting refined as your little one grows.

Cognitive Development – Engaging curious minds

Play is the best way to learn!

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-Exploration and Curiosity: Encourage exploration will help your child want to learn more every day!

-Problem Solving: Try to figure things out and solve the challenges are the best parts of play and build self confidence

-Imagination and Creativity: Look for new perspectives to see things. Able to create. These are important for future success!

Sосiаl & Emotional Development – Building self confidence and social skills

Playing is a natural way to encourage your kids to express ideas, willing to share with friends and being a good listener…

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-Listening: There are so many benefits to be a good listener! : )

-Self confidence: Feeling good about own self and communicating thoughts with others could be naturally developed through play.

-Happiness and emotional health: A happy child learns how to cultivate fun and create happiness who grows into a happy adult!

Now that you are aware of the benefits of having educational toys for your kid, you should proceed to find these kinds of educational toys in the market. There are many stores that sell them but, knowing more about what you are looking for will avail you the knowledge that educational toys are the ones that your children can enjoy most. Although, they are still toys but, your kids are not only playing but, they also learn a lot of things while they do. Your child can acquire things that will benefit them in the nearest future.

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