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Metaphor use by young children

I have been researching metaphor use by young children… Annoyingly, much of the work on children’s use of metaphor seems to focus on their ability to understand and make themselves understood in the adult world (rather than on their own … Continue reading

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The ethnosphere – Wade Davis

Wade Davis explains that all the many cultures of the world “as well as thousands of others that might readily have found a place in this book, make up an intellectual, social, and spiritual web of life that envelops the … Continue reading

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‘Expressions of belonging: the effect of acculturation on the rhythm and harmony of mother-infant vocal interaction’

If you like Steiner’s thinking about rhythms at all, you’ll probably like this research, too. Maya Gratier explains that: “A sense of timing is as crucial in non-verbal communication as it is in verbal communication and, for the infant, lays … Continue reading

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Language and closeness

In an article I have enjoyed during several readings, Marilyn Fleer writes: “Rogoff et al. (1998) suggest that when infants are separated out from the everyday activities of their community then a need for distal forms of communication is necessary, … Continue reading

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‘Ignorance’ in childhood

“Silin (1995) claims that the image of ‘ignorant children’ in early childhood pedagogy places young persons in opposition to the intellectual and competent nature of the mature world as [-p.136] outlined in Piaget’s (Inhelder & Piaget, 1964) constructivist model of … Continue reading

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Babies brain – the effects of environment

Brownlee mixes the metaphors and language of scientific research and emotional appeal in this book, but many of the principles she argues for are sound. The importance of the biochemical environment created in and around the baby by those responsible … Continue reading

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On praising children

“Be generous with your ‘eye’, but stingy with ‘I’. When your child’s beaming because she has buckled her sandals all by herself, she needs you to notice and comment on her feelings, not on your own. Instead of saying, ‘I’m … Continue reading

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Time to think

“Don’t be afraid to tell your child you need some time to think. Otherwise, you risk sputtering out the first, furious words that come to mind…” Ref: 146 Jessica Teich and Brandel France de Bravo (2001) Trees make the best mobiles; … Continue reading

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