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Ashland, Age 6 Months, Learning With Her Child Care Provider

May 19, 2010

Watch to see how Ashland learns about this new and fascinating mirror toy.

To Think About:

How does Ashland show her interest in this toy?

How does Ashland’s caregiver support her exploration?

What thinking skills might Ashland be using during this play experience?

What the Experts Say About This Interaction

What Ashland does:

  • Shows interest in exploring this mirror toy.

  • Uses her mouth to explore the toy– a common way babies learn about the properties of objects—how they feel and work.

  • Uses her arms and hands to reach out and explore it.

  • Follows this toy with her eyes, as her caregiver moves it.

What caregiver does:

  • Uses words to describe what Ashland is doing. This helps Ashland learn new words and understand how the object works.

  • Reflects back Ashland’s excitement through her tone of voice, encouraging her to keep exploring and making the learning fun.

  • Uses the mirror to talk about and name body parts which helps Ashland begin to see herself as a separate being

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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