Early Brain Development In Action

...That the baby brain responds from day one to the sequence in which sounds are arranged suggests that the algorithms for language learning are part of the neural fabric infants are born with. “For a long time we had this linear view. First, babies are learning sounds, then they are understanding words, then many words together,” Gervain says. “But from recent results, we know that almost everything starts to develop from the get-go. Babies are starting to learn grammatical rules from the beginning.

Classes at Recess for new parents

This 35-minute film explores Magda Gerber's Educaring® Approach to play for infants and toddlers. As they construct their knowledge about the world, even very young babies need time to play and explore autonomously. In this film, you will see how the principles of Educaring facilitate their authentic self-initiated learning.

The power of observation with very young babies


Magda Gerber is a pioneer in the field of early childhood development.  "It's better to have passive toys and active children."


How Becoming a Father Changes your brain

FROM WIRED MAGAZINE:  "As the father of 12-week-old twins, I was intrigued to see a new paper has been published looking at the brain changes associated with fatherhood. Before now, nearly all human research on the neural effects of parenting has been focused on mothers.

When you become a dad, it’s like a plate has been set spinning in your brain (or two in my case) – suddenly, no matter where you are, or what you’re doing, you have this restless vigilance for your fragile offspring. And then there’s the time spent playing and feeding, when you’re alert to every flicker of emotion on their little face, every tiny hiccup or cry. It would be incredible if these new responsibilities and ways of interacting didn’t have a profound effect on the brain."

Social Emotional Skills & Building Self Confidence

There’s a lot happening during playtime. Little ones are lifting, dropping, looking, pouring, bouncing, hiding, building, knocking down, and more. Children are busy when they’re playing. And, more than that, they are learning.  Play is the true work of childhood. 
And when your children have a chance to play with you, they are also learning—that they are loved and important and that they are fun to be around. These social-emotional skills give them the self-confidence they need to build loving and supportive relationships all their lives.

And if you're in anticipation of it all (expectant parents)  

Get a handle on new baby care and breastfeeding, what types of decisions you'll need to make once the baby arrives, and a whole lot more with our next Breastfeeding class & Newborn Preparation workshop.  Keep an eye on the calendar for the next workshop at Recess (Potrero Hill), click here