Babies Are Smart & Learn Through Play

Alison Gopnick, professor of psychology at Berkeley and the author of The Philosophical Baby recently wrote an op-ed piece in the N.Y. Times, “Your Baby Is Smarter Than You Think,”  http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/16/opinion/16gopnik.html?pagewanted=1.  Children learn through play and “play with those things that will teach them the most.”   One of the ways that Clayton County babies can “Play with a Purpose” is to participate in the weekly “Baby Talk” sessions conducted most Thursday mornings at 10 a.m. at the Clayton County Headquarters Library for infants–from newborns to age 20 months. Most series last 8 weeks and a parent (or grandparent or other individual adult) needs to register for the entire series. Activities consist of  playing with educational toys and bubbles,  singing songs and rhymes, and sharing simple stories and books with “cardboard” pages. Staff also uses the Souns letter system, http://www.souns.org/

In order to ensure the safety of the infants, no older siblings may attend and the number of babies who participate in a series is limited to 20. Both parents may attend if they wish but child care providers should speak with staff about scheduling a separate story time. Toddlers ages 21-36 months are invited to register for the weekly  10 a.m. series on Tuesdays and ages 3-6 are invited to register for the preschool story time on Tuesdays at 11 a.m.

To register for the series, call 770 473 3850 and ask for the Youth Services desk or email Bea Mengel, mailto:beamengel@claytonpl.org

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Published in: on August 31, 2009 at 6:58 pm  Leave a Comment  

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