On Wednesday, April 10, 2019, the Cemala Foundation and the new local nonprofit Ready For School, Ready for Life, launched a program called “Guilford Basics.” These “Basics” are five practices, based on brain-development research, for people to help children under age three learn and develop their brains.
The Greensboro Children’s Museum is very supportive of this initiative. The Museum is designed to inspire hands-on learning through play and family interaction. “We are very excited about this county-wide initiative and look forward to sharing the ‘Basics’ with our guests. Every day we witness how interactions between caregivers and children make a huge difference in learning.” states Marian King, CEO.
Here are five fun, free and simple things that help children thrive, according to new nonprofit Guilford Basics:
Maximize Love, Manage Stress Children flourish in a world that feels safe and predictable. Help them see, hear and feel your love.
Talk, Sing and Point Respond to you infant’s sounds or your toddler’s words with eye contact and a loving voice.
Count, Group and Compare Talk about numbers, shapes, patterns. Compare everyday objects as you go about your day.
Explore Through Movement and Play See what interests your child and help them learn when they play and explore.
Read and Discuss Stories Make reading a fun routine from the start. Point at pictures, speak with excitement and ask questions.
More than 30 communities in the United States have adopted and promoted the “Basics” and rebranded them. Examples include The Chattanooga Basics in Tennessee and The Yonkers Basics in New York. Find out more at www.guilfordbasics.org.