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Our Learning Moments

Our Learning Moments is a blog where families share stories about their children’s learning. We’re excited that so many of you have submitted your stories. We post stories from families about young children’s (birth through age 8) learning moments on an ongoing basis. Interested in writing for Review our writing guidelines and submit your idea!


Delighting in My Child’s Interest: Trucks!

on Thu, 04/17/2014 - 11:43

Talk to any parent. Children can get really into a type of toy, a theme, an interest.  For some it might be dinosaurs. For other it might be outer space. For my son, it’s trucks!

How Has a Teacher Impacted Your Child's Learning?

on Wed, 03/19/2014 - 10:10

When my son was a preschooler, I learned he didn’t join in with the group during singing or movement time when I dropped off a forgotten lunch box. He sat and watched while all the other children sang and danced.

Low Cost Learning Materials for Infants and Toddlers

on Tue, 03/11/2014 - 13:54

Determined to find low cost materials that interest my daughter and stimulate her development I started observing my daughter and looking around the house.  I watched my daughter and paid attention to what interested her - belts, items she could shake and rattle, boxes, drawers full of interesting items, and more!

Saturday Mornings with Dad

on Mon, 02/24/2014 - 12:14

As a new father navigating the yet unknown and mysterious waters of parenthood – I thought a group just for dads and their infants and toddlers would be beneficial, for many reasons, so I started Saturday Mornings with Dad in Anchorage, Alaska.

6 Words You Should Say Today

on Mon, 02/10/2014 - 10:40

Very rarely does one sentence have immediate impact on me. Very rarely does one sentence change the way I interact with my family. But this one did. It was not from Henry Thoreau or some renowned child psychologist. It was invaluable feedback from children themselves. And if I’ve learned anything on my Hands Free journey, it is that children are the true experts when it comes to grasping what really matters in life. 

Evaluating Children's Media: How Do You Decide What's Educational?

on Mon, 01/27/2014 - 17:00

As children spend more time using screen media, how can we evaluate what our children are learning? 

Self-Directed Play: In the Moment Children Can’t Always Answer “What Are You Doing?”

on Tue, 01/07/2014 - 15:57

We parents hold the power to not only look for child-directed play in the small everyday moments in children’s lives, but also to value and support it. There are many ways to do this, but one of the first steps is to understand what play looks like in all of its forms. 

Buon Appetito: Sharing a Love of Food with Infants and Toddlers

on Mon, 12/02/2013 - 16:18

Let’s get the disclaimer out of the way first: in my Italian American family, I’m the only one who obsesses over dinner while eating breakfast. To say I love food is an understatement. So when my son, Henry, arrived in 2012, I was determined to share my passion with him.

Bathtime Science

on Tue, 11/26/2013 - 10:21

Baths are a great time for thinking and an excellent place for scientific investigation.  At our house, my 1-year-old son’s baths are one of his favorite times to explore and one of my favorite times to support his learning. There is so much to explore and learn with very little equipment, and clean up couldn’t be easier!  

5 Ways to Keep Grandparent/Grandchild Relationships Strong

on Thu, 11/07/2013 - 10:17

Grandparents and grandchildren have real, measurable effects on each other’s psychological well-being long into grandchildren’s adulthood, according to a study conducted by the American Sociological Association (ASA). The study also suggests several efforts parents can take to enhance this relationship between their own parents and their kids. 

Here are five simple, interactive ways to improve that connection.