We spend so much time taking care of our kids that we sometimes forget what capacity children have for taking care of others. Kids are deeply invested in their local parks, schools, and neighborhoods, so it only makes sense that they would want to do their part to strengthen t.... read more
Many kids get hooked on Greek mythology from an early age, but what about the myths and legends of other cultures? Although not as familiar to many of us, Indian and Chinese folklore (among others) are full of equally thrilling stories. It's just a matter of finding the rig.... read more
Despite their reputation for being self-centered creatures, young children are actually quite capable of showing compassion to those who are needy and vulnerable. Isn't it the very young, after all, who cheer the loudest when their heroes inevitably triumph over evil? And isn'.... read more
If your children are in second grade or older, you have surely heard of Percy Jackson by now. He's a worthy successor to Harry Potter (although, honestly, no one will ever take the place of Harry in our hearts): a child who discovers around his eleventh birthday that he is h.... read more
My daughters took me to a protest last year. A local group was holding a rally to oppose a city plan to build a huge garbage facility less than a mile from their school, and right next to an athletic field and popular playground. There are several other schools nearby, as well.... read more
In search of a few new books for your mythology-loving kids? These are some tried-and-true favorites from our own bookshelves:D'Aulaire's Book of Greek MythsThis book has been around since we were children, and it's still a charmer. If your child wants to read the whole story .... read more
It started with Percy Jackson. Suddenly, my daughter was spouting off facts about Poseidon and the Fates and crossing the river Styx. From there, she quickly skipped on to Egyptian and Roman mythology, and I was starting to feel outmatched. There was no way that I could keep u.... read more
A few months ago, we talked about using the garden to introduce life cycles to your kids. That is just the beginning. There is so much more kids can learn about science while they are getting their hands dirty in the garden! Sprouting Seeds The hardest part about sprouti.... read more
Many small children have a favorite story: the story of where they came from. Each child's birth is a magnificent and mysterious story. So it seems only natural that many kids also are drawn to other stories of origin, including mythology.My favorite Greek myth as a child was .... read more
There is just something about flying that captures the imagination of young children. Planes, kites, and rocket ships—all virtually guaranteed to delight and excite. And while they do not soar to the highest heights, there is nothing quite like a paper airplane to .... read more
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