Weather for tomorrow (here in NYC)!
Worth The Read:
- 10 Rude Comments Women Hear At The End of Their Pregnancy via The Stir
- Trying To Get Pregnant at 35 via Parenting
- Watch A 3 Year Old Explain The Essence of Doing Good Perfectly via Huff Parents
Don't forget clocks get turned back Sunday.
Carnitas Tacos...yummm via thetarttart
Coming up this month:
- THE P.S. 132 SPRING GALA & AUCTION
P.S. 132 – The Conselyea School is a diverse neighborhood school in East Williamsburg. It is a Title I public elementary school, with more than 40% of its 750+ students at or below the poverty level.
Donations to the gala are 100% tax deductible, and 100% dedicated to the school’s enrichment programs.
Tickets are $50 each, or $90 for two tickets. Purchase tickets at ps132pta.org or at the door.
The gala is on Monday, March 24, 6-10 p.m at:
33 Nassau Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11222
For more information, contact Jennifer Palmer or Kristen Zarcadoolas at ps132ptaboard.com, call 718-599-7301 or visit ps132pta.org.
- Vanessa D'Auria MB's Speech Contributor will be holding an Early Speech and Language Workshop Sunday, March 30th 3-4:30 at Caribou Baby, Greenpoint/Williamsburg Map Price: $10 per family. To learn more about the workshop click here.
Did you know that pretend play skills develop much the same way as walking and talking, through a developmental set of steps? It’s hard to believe but there is some order to the chaos of play. Here’s a mini overview of what to expect from your kids:
2 years: children should be beginning to pretend one object is another (so a remote is a phone, a cup is a hat, a block is a bus) and pretending common experiences (pretending to sleep, take pictures, eat with toy food) as well as novel ones (doctor play). The exploratory play of younger children evolves into curiosity and use of objects/toys at this age.
3 years: children’s imaginations should be developing. Play skills evolve to contain more fantasy, details (so kids get all the lids for pots when cooking, find the toy bus and the people that fit in them) as well as more steps. So when playing, several steps should be happening more fluidly (1. Oh no, their baby falls down, needs a Band-Aid, and feels better; 2. The car needs gas, gets it, and drives away).
4 years: children are very busy now! A key feature here is planning – kids should be developing ideas before they start to play or build (Let’s go to a store). They should be using pretend voices for their toy figures, taking on more than one role (I’m the mom and the baby) and shifting between ideas from themselves and others with greater speed and interest.
5 years: by this age, I like to say that kids are professionals at playing. They have ideas, are creative and explore endless possibilities in their play. Play sequences become much more intricate as planning, organizing and carrying out ideas reign. Kids at this age may become rule focused (No, no only kids with swords can come in this castle) and should be able to tell stories during and after playtime.
Just one little reminder, as with all development, there is a range in these expectations and no definite borders. So keep on playing with your kids and watch their ideas flow.
Next time, I’ll share some toy and book suggestions for your ever-growing children. Thanks as always for reading. Till the next post, take care.
Vanessa D’Auria is a licensed speech-language pathologist providing home-based services in Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan. For more information about Vanessa, visit speechtherapyvanessadauria.com or to ask speech/language questions, email directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vanessa will be holding an Early Speech and Language Workshop Sunday, March 30th 3-4:30 at Caribou Baby, Greenpoint/Williamsburg Map Price: $10 per family. To learn more about the workshop click here.
Top Photo: Milk Magazine
I grew up loving book series. I love getting to know the characters and following them on whatever ups and downs, adventures, and dramas they may experience. I loved the Babysitters Club, Sleepover Friends, Sweet Valley High, even a series about gymnasts that through the power of google, must have been simply called, The Gymnasts. Luckily my parents supported my book addiction and I would read a book, or two, each week. These days, and even back in my day, it seems the line between book and tv show has become very blurry. A simple, what came first riddle, the book or the tv show? All that cross promotion! But I am just happy when my children want books and are excited to read them.
Here are some of my favorite book series for the younger (5 and under) crowd:
Max and Ruby (Rosemary Wells) - This one hits close to home because my daughter can relate to the annoying little brother and loves to imitate Ruby. How does Max get away with all that mischief?
Charlie and Lola (Lauren Child) - Again, hits close to home because now my daughter can live through Lola’s eyes and imagine how her own little brother must feel. Charlie is so patient and I find it a great conversation starter of how she can treat her own little sibling.
George and Martha (James Marshall) - Two best friends. A nice friendship shown in a sometimes silly way. Their adventures can teach us about how to be a considerate friend, how to be there for our friends, how to be honest with our friends. The simple stories are easy to read and great examples of a meaningful friendship.
Franklin (Paulette Bourgeois) - A turtle and his friends learn life lessons. OK, So it is March. Six months into school and my daughter has brought home a Franklin book after EVERY visit to the library this year. She loves him! And I love the lessons that he learns. Great for conversations about bigger life lessons (her book this week was Franklin’s Picnic - he offers to bring a picnic lunch for his friends and makes things that he likes, and no one else likes…. great conversation of how to ‘host’ and think of others when planning a menu. Because, you know, every 4 year old needs to know the basics of dinner party hosting. I joke. But seriously, a good story to remind us to be considerate of others)
Again, I like series because you get to know the characters in the stories. So, when reading book 3 or 10 you can try to predict what the character will do or say, or notice how a character has changed. All great talking points with your child. Happy reading!
Erica Young has a MA in Early Childhood Education from New York University. She is currently a stay at home mom to a 4 year old pony loving ballerina and a 2 year old metrocard holding bus driver.
Top Photo Credit: Pinterest