Hug, Cuddle, and hold your little ones!

The last IPS and YOU discussed how important holding and talking to babies is to their long term development.  While there is ample research to support this, the most bizarre and disturbing proof comes from the end of the Cold War.  Rumania’s Nicoale Ceausescu was the...

No Fossil Fuels Here!

The new preschool building has been designed to be as energy efficient as possible, using little to no fossil fuels. As the photos below show, we are using sprayed-on closed cell foam on all exterior walls.  This type of insulation has a very high R-value (a measure...

Abilities Are Created, Not Solely Inherited.

In the last edition of IPS and YOU, I wrote about heredity and environment citing research that said it was the interplay between the two that determines who we eventually become.  Keeping on that theme, here is another important concept—abilities are created, not...
IPS & You: Talk, Talk, Talk!

IPS & You: Talk, Talk, Talk!

How often do you talk to your baby?  Do you vary the words you use?  Are they encouraging words, linked to an accomplishment?  These questions are more important than you might think.  Researchers at Rice University have determined that a child who is talked to...