Parents and schools are often looking for ways to get children involved in service projects that will broaden their understanding of the world and help out a good cause at the same time. In the process, we face this question: what can a kid do to make a difference?It turns out.... read more
Given how international our world has become, thanks to technology, thanks to a rapidly growing global economy, it seems odd that our children know less geography than ever before. And yet, largely because of the demands of programs like No Child Left Behind, geography is bu.... read more
Part of the magic of early childhood is that it seems like a time of infinite opportunity. These kids could become anything! Dream big, work hard, and the sky's the limit. The "hard work" part will come later (we hope), but it's never too early to start cultivating a c.... read more
Why do children love animals so? Not just the beloved kitties or dogs they've known all their lives, but virtually any animal. Farm animals, jungle animals, forest animals. Animals they've only glimpsed at the zoo, or out the window of a car. Animals they've never seen and.... read more
Darkest Peru, tropical islands, the Himalayas—it used to be that geography was all about faraway and exotic destinations. As intriguing as it can be, getting kids interested in geography can be tough if they can't touch or see anything in real life. Their neighborhood, on th.... read more
For a kid, it isn't hard to understand that the wind and sun are powerful. After all, they have probably had to chase down a baseball cap caught in a gust of wind or felt the heat of the sun warming their skin. What might be a little hard for them to understand, and for us as .... read more
Scheduling activities and play dates for two or more siblings doesn't sound like such a tough thing to manage. How hard can it be? But ask any parent who's done it, and they'll tell you it's a tricky business. How do you give each child the chance to explore their interests a.... read more
My seven-year-old reminds me at least once a week to turn off the water when I'm brushing my teeth. Every time, I thank her for helping me break this bad habit. With her help, I'm getting better.When it comes to changing our energy-using ways, our kids can often be more mindfu.... read more
Why take our children to see live theater? To some parents, the idea seems about as much fun as bringing the kids on an airplane trip: any endeavor that involves asking children under ten to sit still and keep quiet for an extended period of time has the potential to .... read more
Say you have a small thespian at your house, a young someone who can't get enough of puppet shows and regularly transforms your living room into a live home theater. How to channel all of that theatrical energy? And how to connect a love of performance with emerging litera.... read more
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