Creative Mom Confessions: Craft versus Art

Sat, 11/12/2011 - 1:32pm -- Jessica Baudin-...

To dispel any rumors that I am a "super mom", I have decided to confess some things to you.  My hope is that it will show you I am just like any other parent, trying my best to be flexible in the craziness that is raising a family. That my ideas do not live in a creative purist vacuum. That I am not perfect. How boring is it to read only about perfect people?

So let's tackle something I have had a few of you ask me about: Craft versus Art

Listen, Watch, or Do: Your Child's Learning Style

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 5:33pm -- Jessica Baudin-...

Learning styles can best be described as the brain’s preferred way of receiving, processing and expressing information. While there are many different theories, describing equally as many learning styles, we are going to be focusing on the VAK Theory of learning styles, which include Visual, Auditory & Kinesthetic learning styles.

Fingers and Fun: Fine Motor Development in Toddlers

Tue, 10/11/2011 - 1:30pm -- Jessica Baudin-...

Developing Fine Motor Skills

Between 12-24 months, your toddler is making major leaps in her gross motor development. Standing, walking, running, and climbing keep her on the go and keep you on your toes.  During your busy day it can be easy to overlook some of the fine motor skills your toddler is working on mastering, but if you watch closely you will be amazed at her growth!

By 12 months your toddler has begun using a pincer grasp, picking up objects using his thumb and index finger. He may bang two blocks together or place them in a container while playing. He will start voluntarily letting go of an object (as long as you have something more interesting he wants) and may use his index finger to point to new or desired objects. Over the next 12 months, he will work on refining these skills further, developing more control and precision.

Go and Stop: Your busy, busy Toddler

Sat, 09/24/2011 - 10:33am -- Jessica Baudin-...

Developing Body Awareness

Between the ages of 1-2 your toddler is rapidly changing and growing. One of the biggest changes in your toddler’s development is his increasing movement vocabulary and strong desire to explore his world.  However, despite this drive towards independence your toddler still needs your guidance.

Before age two, your toddler still does not have perspective about the world. He has limited body awareness in relation to things around him, meaning he will often bump into objects, people and pets. He also does not understand potential dangerous consequences of his actions, such as running out onto a busy street or climbing up onto a high counter.

Why Conceptual Dance?

Sat, 08/20/2011 - 9:58am -- Jessica Baudin-...

I didn't grow up going to a traditional dance studio studying Ballet, Tap, and Jazz. In fact, until I was in high school my actual formal dance technique was fairly limited compared to the girls in the dance classes at the fine arts high school I attended. However, what I learned very quickly was that mattered little in terms of catching on and catching up. It certainly didn't impact my ability to perform alongside my more technically savvy peers. 

I figured out pretty early on I didn't have the typical "dancers body". My legs weren't long enough, my flexibility was only average, my turn out was pretty pathetic. But I didn't care. I loved to dance. I  decided that despite these short comings I was a good dancer. Maybe even great!

Out of Sight Out of Mind: The Development of Object Permanence

Wed, 08/10/2011 - 5:10pm -- Jessica Baudin-...

I am excited to welcome Liesa McKay to our blog! Liesa works as the studio manager at J'Adore Dance as well as an instructor in many of our programs. Liesa has a degree in Neural Psychology. Her background has been very helpful in the development of our Intellidance Babies classes at the studio. Liesa will be the co-author of our book "Baby Brain Play" which we hope to have available for sale next Spring! Thank you, Liesa, for bringing your expertise and writing to Intellidance!


We’ve all heard the expression, “Out of sight, out of mind”, but what does it really mean? As adults, when an object is “out of sight”, we know that it still exists, even though we can’t see it, or touch it, or hear it. The same cannot be said however, for babies. For the first few months of their lives, when an object is “out of sight”, in their minds, it ceases to exist!

Musical Mondays: There was a Crocodile... Audiation Songs

Mon, 07/25/2011 - 11:06am -- Jessica Baudin-...

There was a farmer had a dog and Bingo was his name-o!

B I N G O!

B I N G O!

B I N G O!

And Bingo was his name-o!

Many of us would have grown up singing Bingo. As you read the words above chances are you were singing along in your head. If you know the song you also know that as the song goes on, letters of Bingos name are replaced with claps. But did you know as you are singing in your head or replacing words with claps you are audiating?

Audiation is the process of mentally hearing music, even when no sound is present. i.e., thinking a song in your head, clapping a rhythm pattern from a song while thinking it in your head, doing actions or movements while thinking a song in your head. 

Tummy Time Tips

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 9:18am -- Jessica Baudin-...

Last week I read this article:  Lack of 'tummy time' causes developmental delays in children. The article describes the prevalence of "Bucket Babies", babies who are spending too much time in containers such as car seats or swings and are not getting enough tummy time. While the health sector does encourage parents to engage in tummy time there is often a lack of explanation why this is so important long term. Tummy time develops coordination and refines fine motor control for activities such as holding a pencil/writing, using scissors, tying shoes, using a zipper or catching a ball.

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