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Right From Birth

Right from Birth: A Parenting Series is a series on parenting and early literacy produced by Mississippi ETV. It features nationally recognized child development experts Drs. Craig & Sharon Ramey and Dr. Kyle Pruett. The twelve half-hour episodes lead parents and caregivers through the stages of early childhood from birth to 18 months, giving practical advice on preparing children for a lifetime of learning from the day they are born. The first four episodes explain how emotional and social intelligence develop in infants. They also cover the first phases of learning and intellect in babies. Episode five covers the seven essentials - a collection of guiding principles to help infant development. Episodes six through eleven describe the developmental stages from birth to 18 months. The final episode shows how to put the seven essentials to work beyond the eighteenth month. Information for the series has been collected from the best selling parenting guide by the Rameys, Right from Birth: Building Your Child's Foundation for Life.

Video Segments for Right From Birth

101. The Wonders of the Brain

Length: 27:45

The early months and years are very important in the development of the babyís brain. We now know through recent discoveries in brain development that babies are ready at birth to gather information about their world through the five senses. This episode will help you understand how babies learn through smelling, seeing, tasting, hearing, and touching. You can make the most of your everyday experiences with your baby while teaching those lessons that will last a lifetime.

102. People Skills in Infancy

Length: 27:45

Social-emotional development is an important part of early childhood development. Social-emotional development includes the many skills and feelings people use to understand and interact with each other. Social and emotional skills are learned through an infantís everyday interactions with other people, much like the development of the five senses, cause and effect, and language skills. Research indicates that social and emotional health influences every area of a childís development and an adultís life. This episode will help you make the most of your everyday experiences with your baby to help contribute to positive social and emotional development for a lifetime.

103. Learning and Intelligence

Length: 27:45

The topic of early childhood intelligence is one of the most talked about but confusing topics to understand. Parents want their children to be smart and to do well in school, but they arenít sure how to go about making that happen. It is important for parents to remember that intelligence does not only involve an IQ score or high scores achieved through test-taking. Intelligence is a total of our thinking, our knowledge, and our ability to use that knowledge in different areas. The development of intelligence comes through the many experiences we have, such as exploring the world, playing, and communicating with other people. This episode will help you to understand the components of intelligence and how you can make sure that your babyís development is well rounded so that she is encouraged and supported as she grows.

104. The Many Worlds of Infancy

Length: 27:45

Families today are different and more varied from the families of twenty or thirty years ago. More mothers of young children are part of the workforce. There are more families that have changed because of divorce or single parenthood. All of these changes have contributed to a rise in the numbers of babies and young children who are being cared for in daycare settings. In this respect, times have changed; but what has not changed are the things parents and caregivers can do to encourage their babiesí and young childrenís healthy growth and development. What infants and toddlers need in order to grow and develop their potential is still important. In this episode, those continually important needs of young children are discussed.

105. The Seven Essentials: Guiding Principles to help Infant Development

Length: 27:45

There have been many studies conducted with the focus on activities involving interaction between parents and children that affect healthy growth and development. A common thread runs through these studies of seven fundamental beliefs that describe a true blend of what is really known about the healthy development of babies and young children. These guiding principles are called the Seven Essentials. In this episode, you will be introduced to the seven essentials Ė encourage, mentor, celebrate, rehearse, protect, communicate, and guide.

106. Getting Oriented and Building Trust: The First Month

Length: 27:45

Welcoming a new baby in the family can be very exciting, exhausting, and challenging for a family. The first month of a babyís life is a very special time for both baby and parents. The sounds, smells, and colors come alive and can help make valuable learning experiences for a baby. Each day is full of new beginnings for both parents and their babies.

107. Discovering the World: Two to Three Months

Length: 27:45

During the second and third months, babies become much more active as they are learning about their environment. At this age, babies will become familiar with their surroundings and the people with whom they interact. You will see your babyís personality developing. This episode will introduce you to many ways to enjoy your baby while you let your baby enjoy you.

108. Becoming a Social Being: Four to Six Months

Length: 27:45

The fourth through the sixth months are times when the babyís senses and abilities are continuing to develop. These are exciting and rewarding times for parents or caregivers and babies. The baby is becoming more involved in his environment, and his world is evolving and expanding by leaps and bounds. In this episode, ways to enhance babyís social development are presented.

109. Thinking and Experimenting: Seven to Ten Months

Length: 27:45

The period from seven to ten months is an exciting time for babies as they explore their continually growing world. They become more mobile, their activity level increases. This episode will help parents and caregivers help babies enhance their desire to become part of their world.

110. Independence: Eleven to Fourteen Months

Length: 27:45

At this stage, babies are becoming very independent and are moving from the infant stage to becoming a toddler. They are learning to walk and talk, as they begin to think of themselves as individuals. In this episode, you will learn stimulating games and activities to enjoy with babies as they are growing and developing.

111. Self-Competence: Fifteen to Eighteen Months

Length: 27:45

This is the period that is generally referred to as the beginning of the toddler years. Toddlerhood last from about fifteen months until midway through your childís third year. Toddlers are beginning to assert their independence by wanting to do things for themselves. They are also developing a sense of individuality during this period. This period is exciting and challenging for parents and child care providers and their toddlers.

112. Going to School: How to Help a Child Succeed

Length: 27:45

Starting school is a big step for parents and their children. Parents want their children to succeed in school, and they want them to be happy with being in school. What parents do in the early years can help prepare their children for school. The best thing that parents can do to prepare their children for school is to help them develop a love of learning.

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