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Big and Small – Adventures with a Toddler

on Mon, 08/25/2014 - 16:06

I’m gonna run away from you!  I’m running away!!!” shrieks my twenty one month old toddler.  “Ok, “ I grin, “I‘ll come get you!”  Just blink and the summer will be over; school in session again. This parenting thing is a fast ride! 

“My Teacher Made me Draw a Nose!” And Other Tales of Starting School

on Wed, 07/30/2014 - 16:47

My son got off the bus after his first day of kindergarten and told me he didn't want to go back to school if he had to draw a nose.  He was pretty upset about it. It took me a while to figure out what he was talking about but finally I pieced it together.

Engaging Toddlers in Nature Play

on Fri, 06/27/2014 - 16:00

Your child is watching your every move and picking up cues based on how you interact with nature. If your aim is to instill respect and love for all things wild, try these simple activities with your children.

How Has a Teacher Impacted Your Child's Learning?

on Mon, 05/05/2014 - 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.

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. 

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.

11 Reasons to Take the Kids Outside

on Tue, 10/15/2013 - 11:10

As a teacher and as a parent, I have discovered this magic:  When the kids are sad or too loud or when fights break out, taking the kids outside seems to fix everything, especially if running water, sand or soil is involved.  

A Few Thoughts on Separation Anxiety

on Tue, 08/27/2013 - 11:12

For a child, separation anxiety is a natural part of going to school. I find that the child’s response to separation is often unique to the child's personality and temperament. Some children easily accommodate to new situations while other children do not.