Savvy parents know it's never to early to begin introducing their children to basic literacy skills such as letter, sound, and word recognition. Not only will you be helping them enjoy richer, fuller learning experiences in kindergarten and beyond, you'll also be opening the d.... read more
For those of us with children in school, summer means a big change in routine. I heard a mother whose kids have already returned home from college for the summer comment: “They take up so much more room than they used to!” Those of us whose children still go to p.... read more
Each year my girls and a group of their friends look forward to Memorial Day weekend like it's the next big Disney theme park vacation. Only we all go on a camping trip, and the kids look forward to having a blast outside: roaming free around the campground, roasting marshmall.... read more
Your pediatrician may well have warned you that your eighteen-month-old might start showing signs of some pretty vivid dreams. She may not have mentioned, however, that those dreams might swell into full-fledged nightmares over the next few years. Further, she may not have m.... read more
Children are born with a thirst for stories. An unquenchable thirst, it often seems. "Tell us a story, tell us a story" is the most common of refrains any parent will hear. Kids love all kinds of stories in all different forms: books, movies, made-up tales at bedtime, stories .... read more
Most children have bad dreams now and then. Scary dreams are a normal part of childhood and a way for children’s brains to process and learn to cope with anything in their world that may be unfamiliar, unsettling, challenging, or disturbing. Although dreams serve a.... read more
It sounds high-falutin', doesn't it? The thought of writing poetry with our children. But truly, when they are young is the perfect time to introduce children to the wonders of poetry. When they get much older, they'll start to label it as "too hard to understand" instead .... read more
As adults, we often have to remind ourselves to let go, to suspend our disbelief and just go with all the wild impossibilities that pretend play posits. (Or maybe you are a clever one who already knew that fairies are real!) But for our kids, the line between real and imagin.... read more
Last year when my daughter was in 2nd grade, her classroom always had a poem of the week. Each Monday, the teacher would post a new poem on the wall, and also share a copy with families through the school website. The poems were easy to read and lyrical, and by turn.... read more
Kids are a funny bunch. They are often loath to change and anything new. But still, our little ones are open to so much—and so much more than we more ossified parents are! Think of poetry: preschoolers happily read and repeat poems with ease and delights. Meanwhile, we gro.... read more
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