Anyone who has a middle grade reader at home knows that books compete in their lives with many other activities and distractions. With older kids' free time increasingly devoted to sports teams, music lessons, not to mention homework and various online diversions, books can ea.... read more
Steam escapes from the open mouth of the engine's stack as we pull away from the station. Chugga-chugga-puff-puff is all we can hear as my son's nose is pressed against the glass with the force of gale wind. With every ounce of his being given to this moment, it seems nothing .... read more
Ready or not, Christmas is here. Children are opening the windows of their advent calendars, and day-by-day, the big morning approaches. Now is the time to pull out our favorite Christmas books, and read them over and over until the great day arrives.We've written up our most.... read more
Ready or not, the holidays are well on their way, and if you haven't been swept up in the frenzy quite yet, it's probably only a matter of time before a tide of candy canes, jingling bells and tinsel sweeps you up and carries you off. December is such a crazy month, what with .... read more
There's nothing quite like the holidays for young children. This time of year is thrilling and mysterious, full of comforting rituals and wild excess—treats, toys, relatives, dressing up, parties, up past bedtime—and children are at the center of it all. No matter what you.... read more
We've gotten our Christmas ornaments down from the closet and hung them on the tree. We've festooned the mantel and hung the lights around the house. Now it's time to bring out the craft paper, paint, and glue, and perhaps add a few new handmade treasures to our collections.... read more
Six is the magic number for snow - did you know that? If you had a big magnifier and stepped outside with your children on a cold winter day to watch snow fall from the sky, here is what you might observe - six-sided hexagonal crystals, needles or flat six-sided crystals, and .... read more
As temperatures drop, here are some cool science experiments to keep your kids' brains warm! Melting ChocolateDo the three types of chocolate (milk, dark, and white) melt at the same temperature? Put a small piece of each type of chocolate on two or three plates. Have your ki.... read more
The 2014 holiday shopping frenzy is fully upon us. Is anyone else feeling the crunch? All of the options for toys are simply overwhelming! How do you choose gifts for your kids? Do you just sneak a peak at their letters to Santa? Or do you have your own mental list that you've.... read more
When we think of the people to whom we want to give gifts this holiday season, no one is higher on the list than our children’s teachers.Our kids adore them. They nurture and guide our children every day. They work so hard and earn too little. We want to show them our apprec.... read more
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