Do you have a question about how JRI services, related to COVID-19 or otherwise?
We have a blog post with sites for you to find activities for your children, but what about the grown ups? We know this is a very stressful time, and you may be experiencing more anxiety than usual. You may also be wondering about the safest way to feed your baby, especially if you become sick. So we have put together some resources for parents: information about feeding your baby, talking to your children about
I know there are a lot of posts on social media about websites, apps, videos, etc. to keep kids busy and learning during the coronavirus quarantine, but I wanted to put together a list of some of the best ones I found that were really good for young children. It is of course not comprehensive, but hopefully it gives you a place to start. And I would be remiss if I didn't say that nothing can
What should I (the caregiver) do during playgroup?
First, be present and engaged. Please do your best not to be on your phone.
Play with your child and talk to other adults in the group. Connect with other adults in the room, those you know and those you don’t yet—remember you are all caring for young children and may have ways to support one another.
Follow your child’s lead and let them show you what
I often come across websites and apps that detail what to expect as your child develops and give tips on how to promote healthy development. These websites can also give you ideas of when you might need to get additional screening for your child. I am collecting a list of these sites and apps here to make them easier to find.
CDC has a milestone tracker app and pamphlets:
Mass.gov has videos about development
One thing I often see caregivers struggle with is how to discipline their baby, toddler, or preschooler. They're so little; how do you decide when to start disciplining them? And once they get to be a "Terrible Two" or a "Threenager," how do you correct, and maybe even prevent for next time, behavior that is challenging?
I went to a training in the summer of 2017 about the Positive Discipline parenting approach. The training had some
Do you see posts everywhere about sensory play for babies and toddlers? Are you wondering what sensory play is, or why so many people are doing it? Do you just HATE a mess, and so you have avoided sensory play?
Even though it can be messy, sensory play (things like water, play dough, sand, bins of dry rice or pasta, or combinations thereof) is a great way for children to learn many important skills. It really has
What is Dialogic Reading?
Some of you may have heard or read about dialogic reading in materials from First Connections or elsewhere, and hopefully many of you in playgroups will recognize this style of reading aloud from our circle time.
Dialogic Reading is a technique that has been shown to improve children’s language skills and readiness for reading independently. It is a technique that we use in our playgroup circle times and encourage families to
Materials for a sensory tub:
(other than the standard sand or water)
- Cornstarch and water
- Cooked spaghetti noodles
- Shaving cream
- Cotton balls
- Paper to rip and/or shredded paper
- Soapy water
- Ice cubes
- Uncooked pasta
- Dry cereal
- Tin foil
- Grass, leaves, flowers
Tools to add:
- Sponges—car, doll, or toy wash
- Turkey baster, medicine dropper
- Colander, sieve
- Buckets, shovels
- Measuring cups
- Hammer (for dry cereal or pasta)
- Empty bottles or