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Let babies move without interference

Do babies need to be taught to walk? Sensory motor development happens as the first stage of the intellectual learning of babies. In many cultures, people have been led to think that unless infants are taught they don’t learn. All “normal” children learn to walk. Gross motor development happens naturally when an infant has plenty of space to move in a safe, age-appropriate, and challenging environment. When allowed to move freely and without interference children learn to move gracefully and securely and, through endless repetition and practice, they become well-balanced.

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Original RIE Manual

Time Outdoors

I always tell parents how much easier they could raise healthy, “happy” children if they would make outdoor living a regular habit for your babies. Why? Because babies thrive out of doors. They sleep better, eat better, look better, play better, and learn better. Fresh air both soothes and stimulates.

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Magda’s Writings

Magda Gerber’s Basic RIE Principles

Respect is the Guideline of RIE’s Philosophy. The Educarer shows respect, for example, by not picking up an infant without telling him beforehand, by talking directly to him, and not over him, and by waiting for the child’s response. 

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