I've had the honor of working with children and their families for twenty seven years; eleven of which, have been at the Atascocita Branch Library. I am one of those lucky people who truly enjoy what they do, and the Infant Lapsit program is one of my greatest loves.
Eleven years ago, we started with just one Infant Lapsit program a week. Over the years, the program has grown and we now off three baby times each week. It has been a delight to see your children grow, and to see their continued use of the library. I know in my heart that these children will continue to have books in their lives and are on the path to becoming lifelong learners.
New friends are always welcome to my program. The Infant Lapsit program features music, nursery rhymes, books, bubbles and socialization opportunities. Each session ends with an open playtime, and * Lamaze toys are provided.
A study at McMaster University concluded that very early musical training benefits children even before they can walk or talk.
"One-year-old babies who participate in interactive music classes with their parents smile more, communicate better and show earlier and more sophisticated brain responses to music. The findings were published recently in the scientific journals Developmental Science and Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. Many past studies of musical training have focused on older children," says Laurel Trainor, director of the McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind. "Our results suggest that the infant brain might be particularly plastic with regard to musical exposure. "
* Lamaze toys have been developed through the partnership of Lamaze International and Dr. Jerome Singer and Dr. Dorothy Singer at the Yale University Child Development Center. These manipulative celebrate the ages and stages of development and encourage parent/child bonding through play.