One of the most meaningful ways to teach empathy is for the child to have the opportunity to witness members of her community caring for infants. As she watches the caregiver soothe, nourish, and physically care for babies, she absorbs the empathetic gestures seen, making them her own.
How can I thank you enough for your love and care while my parents are away? Secure in your arms, I have come to trust that you will be here for me. You, my first teacher, have forever touched my soul. Thank you!
“Toilet training is a process that begins in the infant room by creating an atmosphere of peaceful quality time. During the different stages of infancy through three years old, the child is encouraged to be a cooperative member of the diapering process. The movement from the diaper changing table (a lift up) to a standing position in the bathroom usually takes place in the toddler stage. The important thing around toiling is the calm and positive relationship between the adult and the child. ” -Beverly Kovach
Knowing if, when and how to intercede is the dance of the Educarer. Here, two Early Toddlers demonstrate that when it comes to conflict, an adult isn’t always needed for resolution.
“When we make a child share, it is not sharing. This is a difficult concept for most of us, and yet I have found that when I have given the children a choice to share or not to share , with no repercussions, their inner-directed responses tend to be far more generous and giving.”
-Magda Gerber, DEAR PARENT: Caring for Infants with Respect, p.131