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Do you have a baby or young child in your life?

Scholars at Harvard tell us that the architecture of the brain is formed in the first three years of life – and early experiences affect the quality of the brain.

Montessori teaching methods have been refined and proven over 100 years of teaching. Parents are busy and they are rarely experts on child development. Monti Kids was founded to help get children the right heirloom quality toys for each developmental step – from birth to age three – and teach parents how to use them. This at-home Montessori program sends a package every month with toys, a curriculum and guides for parents, caregivers and grandparents about how to ‘play’ with the toys with a child. There are online classes and access to child development experts. It is pricey, at $100 a month, but the toys and guides can be passed along to siblings, cousins and friends as children reach a new developmental stage. It is an investment in early childhood education for young children and their parents. Monti Kids.

 

The educators, makers, engineers and rocket scientists who created Kiwi want children to love science and to learn, think and build for themselves. The believe in STEAM – science, technology, engineering, art and math. Kiwi offers a subscription for monthly ‘crates’ which will be sent to your budding scientist. Crates include materials for a project, instructions and access to an online tutorial. The crates are intentionally open-ended to inspire thinking. There are six age groups: 0-3, 3-4, 5-8, 6-11, 9-16+ and 14-104. The price for one month is $19.95. If you choose a longer subscription, the monthly price is less.   KiwiCo – The Innovation Factory

The Little Feminist book club is for girls and boys. It curates books with a diversity of characters and themes of equality and empathy. When you subscribe, your child will receive two to three age appropriate books each month. Parents receive discussion questions to stimulate conversation and a parent letter. Subscriptions can be purchased for whatever length of time you choose for 0 to 3 year-olds, 3 to 7 year-olds and 7 to 9 year-olds. A one-month subscription is $23. If you choose a longer subscription, the monthly price is lower. The Little Feminist Book Club.

New parents are often guessing about when their child is making developmental leaps – when they experience crying, sleep regression, the first smile and that first step. With The Wonder Weeks app and book, they can anticipate each of ten developmental steps and help their baby adjust. The Wonder Weeks will give parents (and grandparents) informed insight into a child’s developing brain for the first twenty months of life.

The Wonder Weeks app:

$2.99 at the Apple Store , $3.49 From Google Play.

The Wonder Weeks: How to Stimulate Your Baby’s Mental Development and Help Him Turn His 10 Predictable, Great, Fussy Phases into Magical Leaps Forward, 5th Edition) Paperback. $13.36

Subscriber Anne F. recommends Zero to Three, an organization with the mission:

Our mission is to ensure that all babies and toddlers have a strong start in life. At ZERO TO THREE, we envision a society that has the knowledge and will to support all infants and toddlers in reaching their full potential.

During the first three years of life, emotionally nourishing relationships lay the foundation for lifelong health and well-being. By supporting the caring adults who touch the lives of infants and toddlers, we hope to maximize our long-term impact in ensuring all infants and toddlers have a bright future.

Zero to Three has resources for parents of young children and a depth of research.