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Guido, Age 4 Months, Learning With His Mother Lupe

May 19, 2010

Watch to see how Guido learns to spin the rattle. How does Lupe “bridge” Guido’s skills to help him accomplish this goal?

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To Think About:

How does Guido show interest in this toy?

How does Lupe help Guido learn how this toy works?

What thinking skills might Isaiah be learning during this playtime with his mother?

What the Experts Say About This Interaction

What Guido does:

  • Shows interest in the rattle by following it with his eyes.

  • Intently watches as mom spins it.

  • Works very hard—and with great persistence—to coordinate the movements of his hand so that he is able to spin the rattle himself.

  • Shows interest in gazing at the other fascinating thing in the room—the film crew videotaping him!

What Lupe does:

  • Offers Guido an interesting object to explore.

  • Shows him how to make the toy work using lots of repetition.

  • Eventually lets Guido try to do it himself and does not step in immediately to help him.

  • Shows she is proud when Guido is successful at spinning the rattle.

  • Reads Guido’s cues. She helps him spin the rattle when he wants to explore it that way and then lets him mouth it— a primary way babies learn about the properties of objects.

Think About How Your Child Is Learning These Skills

How is your child developing thinking skills through her everyday interactions with you? Here are some questions to think about:

  • How does your child like to explore the world around him? Does he prefer to use his fingers and hands to figure out how things work, or does he like to be on the move, using his large muscles (arms and legs) to explore?

  • What kinds of activities does your child seek out and truly enjoy? Why do you think he prefers these activities?

Think about a recent playtime with your child.

  • What was he exploring?

  • How did he go about his exploration?

  • What do you think he was learning?

  • Did you participate in his play? If so, how? What impact did you participation have?

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