The Basics

What are the Basics? Science shows that 80% of brain growth happens by the age of three! Beginning from birth, young brains develop like little muscles, getting bigger and stronger the more you and your family interact with your child. The Basics are five fun, simple, and powerful ways to help all our children aged 0-3 grow to be happy, well-adjusted and smart. Do all of the Basics every day to help your child become the amazing person you know they can be.

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MAXIMIZE LOVE & MANAGE STRESS

Babies and toddlers thrive when their world feels loving, safe, and predictable. When you show your love, you will help them develop a sense of security and self-control.

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TALK, SING, AND POINT

Children learn language from the moment they are born. Connect with them by talking, singing, and pointing.

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COUNT, GROUP, AND COMPARE

Every child’s brain is wired for math. Talk about numbers, shapes, and patterns as you go about your routines together and watch your child learn to love math.

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EXPLORE THROUGH MOVEMENT & PLAY

Children are like scientists who love making discoveries. Pay attention to what interests your child. When you encourage their curiosity, you're helping them develop to their fullest potential.

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READ & DISCUSS STORIES

Reading turns kids into confident thinkers, and children become readers in the lap of their parents. Make books a regular part of your relationship from the very beginning.

Additional Resources

Book list: Basics books for little ones