Is your family working to go a little green? Are you on a shoestring budget and trying to keep spending low and kid entertainment high? Both? Yeah that's us too! That's a huge reason why we began making arts and crafts from stuff in our recycling bin.I wish I could lay cla.... read more
Remember the feeling of anticipation when the mail carrier would arrive and you knew there was a special envelope in the mailbox? Remember taking your time to carefully open the treasured envelope that was addressed with your name? Remember reading and re-reading the conten.... read more
In the classic book The Secret Garden, ten-year old Mary Lennox and her cousin nurse a secret garden back to life and discover happiness and health when the garden blooms and thrives, its pretty flowers attracting all sorts of busy pollinators in the sunshine. Indeed for youn.... read more
One of the very favorite articles we've written here at The Savvy Source is 100 Things to Do Before Kindergarten. It captures all of the dreaming and hoping and planning that comes with parenting young children. It's a pre-elementary school life list of sorts. So we thought, w.... read more
Little kids, if they are lucky, live in a land of books. Grown-ups read to them every day and they spend many free hours paging through stories. Children’s books are an essential part of how we spend time with our young children, and so we take them to heart. Thes.... read more
Much as we adore reading and rereading our many treasured pictures books with our preschoolers, sometimes we yearn for a bit more of a substantial reading experience with them. It's fun to look forward to the day when we'll be able to read a new chapter of some wonderful story.... read more
Having a child does curious things to a person's sense of time. The past rushes in. All of a sudden, we are put back in touch with our childhood memories in a shockingly tangible way. As much as the world has changed since we were small, babies and young children have no.... read more
For anyone who's ever spent much time with a two-year-old, the term "terrible twos" doesn't require a lot of explanation. At some point right around a child's twenty-fourth month a dramatic and often challenging transformation occurs. From a placid, typically compliant, sweet .... read more
The poet Julius Lester says literature is a way to "link our souls like pearls on a string, bringing us together in a shared and luminous humanity." What better way to use literature to "link our souls" than through the family read aloud? Cuddling up for a good read is.... read more
When we talk about rearing children who live a creative life, one filled with thinking skills, problem solving, and self-expression that almost always includes lives filled with models of creativity. Those models come in all shapes, sizes and forms, not the least of which is.... read more
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