Monday, September 11, 2017

Gross motor skills - Are you ready for pre-kay

  • Gross motor skills refers to the child's ability to walk up and down the stairs one foot behind the other while holding on the rail and without fear.
  • The child should be able to kick a ball and not tumble down
  • The child should be able to throw and catch a ball 
  • The child should be able to run and keep up with her peers on the play ground
  • The child should be able to feed her self
These skills should be given during the infant/toddler years when the brain is growing the most  . The research shows that a child's brain is 85%  developed by age three .The experiences that are given before 3 years old can make a big difference when the child gets to school.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Parent support -Baby and Wee classes

The class is small and intimate allowing the opportunity for you to play with your baby. Observe how your baby interacts with the various toys in the environment and other infants and toddlers. Give them to opportunity to explore their curiosity. The age the classes focus on are birth - 3 years old, the most critical stages (by age 3 the brain is 85% the size of the adult brain).

The class will meet twice (2x) a month. You could register for all 8 sessions $375 (save $25) or register for individual sessions ($50 each) per family

Here are the sessions: 

*Attachment & relationships
*Activities at different milestones
*Brain development in infancy
*Age appropriate books
*Infants explore and discover
*Language development
*Using found materials (also known as repurpose items) 

We look forward to meeting you and your baby. Click here to register

The classes are led by Daseta Gray, MEd., President, Sabree Education Services. She is a certified teacher,  certified infant toddler specialist, early chilhood education consulant, former child care teacher, Director. She became passionate about infant toddler development after studying to become a certified Infant-Toddler Specialist thru PITC. She facilitates these classes with her daughter Reeshemah Brightley who holds a Masters degree in Early Childhood Education.

Thank you

Reeshemah Brightley, MEd early childhood education

Monday, August 21, 2017

What is implicit bias

 It is important to know of the different conversations that are happening in the early childhood field.
Also known as implicit social cognition, implicit bias refers to the attitudes or stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions, and decisions in an unconscious manner.  These biases, which encompass both favorable and unfavorable assessments, are activated involuntarily and without an individual’s awareness or intentional control.  Residing deep in the subconscious, these biases are different from known biases that individuals may choose to conceal for the purposes of social and/or political correctness.  Rather, implicit biases are not accessible through introspection.
The implicit associations we harbor in our subconscious cause us to have feelings and attitudes about other people based on characteristics such as race, ethnicity, age, and appearance.  These associations develop over the course of a lifetime beginning at a very early age through exposure to direct and indirect messages.  In addition to early life experiences, the media and news programming are often-cited origins of implicit associations.(source

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Is she ready for pre-k

research has shown that many children get a formal learning space but they have not been prepared for the space .What do we mean when we say your 3 year old is not ready for formal learning ? Three year old should be playing if the child is in an age appropriate setting . Regardless of the setting there are certain skills that a 3 year old should have :here are a few :
  • Child should be able to was her hands by  putting soap on her hands ,rubbing them together and also washing the back of her hand .She should be able to dry her hands.
  • She should be able to dress her self ,with the ability to put her dress over her head 
  • She should be able to put her shoes on her feet 
  • She should be verbal with the ability to say I need to use the bath room
  • She should be able to ask for help when frustrated 
  • She should be able to play alone because she is not able to share as yet 
  • She should have some empathy 
When children are given the opportunity to develop these  skills they begin to develop self-esteem and self-confidence .

Monday, August 14, 2017

Critical Thinking-observation

Last week Friday Ajani's uncle picked him up from camp when  he came home he had a yahoo chocolate drink. Nana look uncle John bought me a drink but mommy say I should not have it . John asked why you did not tell me ? Because I tricked you smiling.
This child is 4yrs and 10months . His language skills and his comprehension skills are very good because he totally understands how language works and he is using it  . He is also  developing his critical thinking skills and his memory skills . He fully understands that his mother does not want him to drink chocolate milk but  has decided that he wants it anyway.

Now that we know how is brain is wired we need to work on teaching him to develop trust and to be honest . We also have to explain why he should not drink that milk.
We would like to here your thoughts. send us an email

Daseta Gray, M.Ed, Certified Infant/Toddler Specialist
Sabree Education Services

Monday, August 7, 2017

Language development -during thre first three years

Language development is critical and young children must understand language before they can speak words. The process of language development begins with receptive language (vocabulary). The baby will respond to sounds by crying or being started by a loud sound ,recognize familiar voices by turning their head. Respond to their name . You must also name items for the baby -for example I am going to feed your bottle now . Receptive  vocabulary gives the child vocabulary in preparing her to begin speaking in sentences .
Having books with mostly pictures for infants is very important to building vocabulary for young children. The books should have familiar items that the children will also see in their community or when they go on a trip :example-to the pet store or the zoo.
Having receptive language is the foundation  for  understanding language and the stepping stone for comprehension skills.
Here is a link that you can read some more

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Play is critical

Play experience is critical for young children .Water play is very soothing for young children .Play gives young children an opportunity to spend develop their critical thing skills and other life skills .