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The Basics Learning Network: Five Key Principles

  • Apr 06, 2021
  • Brittani Hunter
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The Basics Learning Network are five key parenting principles to fuel early brain development. Started in Boston at Harvard University by Dr. Ron Ferguson, we are so fortunate to have this partnership, The Basics Pensacola. Follow as we break down each principle and share tips on how to put the principle to action. 

1.  Maximize Love; Manage Stress

"Infants and toddler thrive when their world feels loving, safe, and predictable. When you express your love and respond to their needs, you teach them that they can count on you. Over time, showing love and responding to your child helps them learn to manage their feelings and behavior. As they grow, feeling secure in their relationships gives them the confidence they need to explore, learn, and take on life challenges.”

Watch the following video and learn how to put the principle in action: https://vimeo.com/259009608

2. Talk, Sing, and Point

“Babies are learning language from the very beginning (starting before they are even born!). They begin by listening to the sounds when family members and caregivers talk to them. So, connect with eye contact and a loving tone of voice and talk to your child as you go about your day together. Go back and forth, responding to their facial expressions, coos, babbles, and eventually words, Every time you talk, sing, or point to what you are talking about, you provide clues to the meaning of what you are saying.”

Watch the following video and learn how to put the principle in action: https://vimeo.com/259009856

3. Count, Group, and Compare

“Becoming good at math begins long before a child enters school. Each one of us is born to be a “math person.” Even babies can do simple math, such as noticing amounts and patterns. Toddlers love learning math concepts and games, such as comparing sizes and shapes. These concepts help them make sense of the world. You can help your child learn math as you play and talk together during everyday moments.”

Watch the following video and learn how to put the principle in action: https://vimeo.com/259010552

4. Explore Through Movement and Play

“There are many kinds of play: imaginative and pretend play, creative activities such as drawing, all sorts of games, and physical play, such a rolling a ball or dancing. Movement and play keep children healthy and build their coordination and strength. Children also explore and learn about the world through movement and play.”

Watch the following video and learn how to put the principle in action: https://vimeo.com/259010791

5. Read and Discuss Stories

“It is never too early to begin reading to your child-even babies enjoy it and benefit!” Reading aloud from the very beginning is one of the most important things you can do to prepare your child to do well in school. Reading and talking to your child about the story builds their language skills and sparks their imagination. Reading, looking at books, or sharing stories is also a special time."

Watch the following video and learn how to put the principle in action: https://vimeo.com/259011004

Receive FREE weekly text messages on all five of the Basics Principles and how to put them in action. Visit our website to enroll today: https://www.studeri.org/pensacolabasics

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