Fine-Motor Movement


During the first year or so of life, gross-motor activities dominate the child’s repertoire of movement, with the major objective being mastery of walking. As the child grows older, however, she can begin to focus on activities – such as instrument exploration and finger plays – that encourage the development of small muscles.

What is Love? part 3


Here are still more priceless thoughts on “What does love mean?” straight from child experts.

“Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are still friends even after they know each other so well.”
Tommy – age 6

“During my piano recital, I was on a stage and scared. I looked at all the people watching me and saw my daddy waving and smiling. He was the only one doing that. I wasn’t scared anymore.”
Cindy – age 8

“My mommy loves me more than anybody. You don’t see anyone else kissing me to sleep at night.”
Clare – Age 5

“Love is when mommy gives daddy the best piece of chicken.”
Elaine – age 5

“Love is when mommy sees daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is handsomer than Robert Redford.”
Chris – age 8

Early Literacy Activity: Clay Letters

b-boot_75.jpgClay Letters is an activity that you can do with one child or a group of children to help them practice forming letters of the alphabet. In this activity, children become familiar with the shape of the letters and practice forming them independently.

What you need:

  • modeling clay or play-dough
  • paper and pencil

What you do:

  1. Print a few letters of the alphabet on the paper, making them at least 6 inches tall.
  2. Roll lumps of clay or dough into long, thin strips.
  3. Help our child form the strips into letters. At first, your child can make the letter directly on the written model. He or she can progress to forming the strips below the written letter, using it as a guide.


Your child will become familiar with the shape of the letters and practice forming them independenty. This is also great for fine motor skills!

This activity is an emergent writing activity. Emergent writing refers to a child’s beginning attempts to use print in a meaningful way.

My child is having trouble doing this activity. How can I help?

If a child is having difficulty with this activity, draw a large letter on a piece of paper. Help the child form the clay directly on the written letter. Start with simple upper-case letters like “O” and “L.”

How can I make this activity more challenging?

Let the child try to make letters without a written model. You can also ask the child to make the letters in his or her name.

Do-Re-Me & You!


Well, I am off today to the annual DRMY! conference. I am very excited! This is always a highlight of the DRMY! year. Not only do I get to see all my great buddies and see the new products and learn lots of great new things, but I get to be Jeanne instead of Mom for 5 whole days! Of course this year I will be taking one with me (Cutie-pie as Brandon has named her, due November 10) I don’t expect her to be too demanding other than keeping me out of both the bars and coffeeshops!

If you haven’t seen the great DRMY! products check them out HERE.

Just Hold Me


The greatest parenting power is at the tip of your fingers. Simply holding and touching your child has an emotional impact stronger than genetics, according to a new study. Researchers at Columbia University wanted to know whether mothering tendencies are passed on through genes or experience. They found that through touch a mother can positively influence a child’s development of the love hormone—one that a child will later use when she nurtures and holds her own children.

So, even if you think you’ve done nothing else right today as a parent, if you simply hold them, the rest will take care of itself.