As every developmental expert you meet will tell you, it is perfectly normal for babies and toddlers to be utterly self-absorbed. Indeed they need to be—they are, after all, struggling just to make their own basic needs known. It is only in the preschool years that young c.... read more
You probably don't have to try very hard to convince your kids that science rocks. The discovery and wonder and fun of it is irresistible to kids. With these experiments, your kids can see science rock in a new way...with rocks!Fizzy RocksFor this experiment, you'll need a.... read more
Parents often urge their kids to "be nice" or "be kind" to others. And young children frequently display spontaneous thoughtfulness and empathy.But general tendencies and general exhortations are just too...general.Young children learn best when given concrete, specific exa.... read more
Parents who send their kids off to preschool and kindergarten often hear surprising things when they come home. For starters, kids are acquiring a whole new "lingo," phrases and sayings that help create a set of shared behaviors and customs in the classroom. One of the funnies.... read more
Last year, on Columbus Day weekend, a motley group of our extended family gathered an hour north of the city, on a steep bank above the Hudson River. We were going for a hike. Our crew included four adults and five children in the six- to eleven-year-old range. The trail wa.... read more
Let’s start with a little compare and contrast.Last fall, we signed my seven-year-old up for a parent-run soccer league. She was working on soccer skills in her gym class at school, and we imagined that she would enjoy a bit of real game practice. Most of.... read more
Few parents, no matter how often they might feel impatient and frustrated, set out to model unkindness for their children; in fact, most parents would probably identify the teaching of kindness as one of their primary child-rearing goals. The world, as reports of cyberbullying.... read more
If ever there was an all around creativity, problem solving, and thinking builder, it would be math! With a strong foundation for how math is used and its potential for solving problems, young children can get the right start to their relationship with math. Through the use of.... read more
The decision to sign kids up for music lessons may seem like an easy one. Music education is beneficial in so many ways. Who wouldn’t want their child to have that experience? But what music teachers don’t usually tell you before you take the plunge is that takin.... read more
Home is the first school house. And children's attitudes about books and reading begin at home at the earliest ages.Pretty much all children start out loving books. Young children display their love of books in all kinds of ways: piling them high to makes towers; pulling the.... read more
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