The start of kindergarten is such an exciting time. It can also be an anxious time, not just for kids, but also for parents who don't know what to expect. First time kindergarten parents may worry about their child making friends, learning to read, or holding a pencil in th.... read more
We're still in the thick of the school year, but for those of us with a child in Pre-K (otherwise known as a 4s Preschool Program), it's already time to look ahead to the next one. Some parents, of course, know exactly where their child will be going next fall. The nei.... read more
Kindergarten is a special year, and an important year. It is a child’s introduction to “real school,” as my kids call it (versus preschool), and sets the tone for the years ahead. The most important goal in the kindergarten year is for a child to learn to love school. Ma.... read more
As the new year turns, parents of four and five-year-old preschoolers are looking back and looking forward and thinking: can it be that there is only half a year of preschool left? And then we're onto...kindergarten?!And each one of us is also thinking: is my child ready for t.... read more
You have to take it as a good sign when your first-grader asks for a pretend school set for her Christmas present. It must mean that she loves school, and what parent doesn't want to hear that? I'll admit, though, to being a bit surprised when my daughter made this re.... read more
There are almost too many aspects of socialization in a young child's life to count. Sitting in a chair at dinner, sitting in a circle for story time. Using your inside voice, keeping your hands to yourself. Finding words, especially at the times when emotions are most overwhe.... read more
Our family loves to play board games. Does yours? We have found it to be a wonderful way to reconnect with our children at the end of a week, while teaching them to enjoy something that we grew up loving. But now that our kids are older—eight and eleven—we've grown tired o.... read more
Siblings. They're the best... and the worst! When they're getting along, life is good, the household hums along, and it feels like all is right with the world. (Or at least a great many things are right.) But when sibs are on the outs, everyone suffers. Oh, how we suffer!W.... read more
While we acknowledge that there are plenty of great songs written specifically for children, we are always thrilled to find, in our quest to listen to anything other than The Wiggles on our daily drives to preschool, music that has—shall we say—somewhat more universal app.... read more
The words "cooperation" and "siblings" don't always go together. Earlier this week, we talked about the thornier side of sibling relationships. Now we are going to share some ideas to get your kids onto the same team, working together. As adults, we know that two heads (or thr.... read more
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