When you hear howling winds and struggle with mittens that won’t stay on chubby little hands, your instinct may be to stay inside with your baby as much as possible this winter. But, early childhood experts say, there are important reasons not to cocoon your little one at home.
Exposure to music and art is essential in brain development, they say.
“Children are learning at birth,” says Louise J. Corwin, executive director at Ready at Five, a nonprofit advocating school readiness programs.
And while parents can easily read a book or play a classical CD at home, live experiences are even more stimulating — one of the reasons that Ready at Five...