Igniting a love of reading involves both the tales that a good book spins and the construction of those tales. And the alphabet is of course the first tool of your little language builder. How best to learn that delightful (and delightfully arbitrary) set of 26? Here are our.... read more
Anyone who spends any time reading to small children is going to hear these words: "Read it again! Read it again!" How wonderful. Reading a good book with a caring adult is such a pleasurable experience for kids that they are bound to want that cozy, enraptured feelin.... read more
For years, we've associated the color and word green with such things as money and even the lifestyle and catch phrases like "go green" to represent recycling and saving our environment. But so too is green closely matched with the celebrated Irish culture and public holiday o.... read more
For many of us, St. Patrick's Day marks a turning point. The cold and dark days of January and February are behind us and the wall-to-wall green on March 17 reminds us that spring is on the horizon. What better reason to celebrate? Below are some ideas to help make this St. P.... read more
I'm telling you, I am feeling spring. The garden is coming in, daylight is stretching out longer, and I'm just about ready to pack up the sweaters and shop for swimsuits! We're starting to spend more time outside, and that means finding ways to enjoy the backyard. Whether you'.... read more
The best thing about the prospect of spring is looking forward to being outdoors. We’ve been holed up way too much during the past few months, and can’t wait to start living outside again! As for our little ones, we are ready to hustle them out the door just as soon as i.... read more
Looking for a great learning spot, a place to play and explore, and a place to create? Look no further than your own backyard! Small or large, your backyard is the perfect outdoor classroom.Backyard CampoutThe backyard is the perfect place to play pretend. It's time to channel.... read more
Now that spring is here, leave the pencils at home, grab a piece of chalk, and head to sidewalk. There is a blank canvas waiting to be drawn upon. Or, better yet, head outside with jumbo sidewalk chalk like the ones from Crayola. These large sticks come in an array of colors a.... read more
Looking for a way to get a little messy with your kids and learn something along the way? Why not plant a garden and explore how plants grow? Planting a garden can be as simple or as elaborate as you want it to be. Depending on the space you have available, you can set aside a.... read more
What is it about butterflies that make them so captivating? Is it the colorful patterns and designs on their wings? Maybe it's the way they flit and flutter about in the sky, making our eyes dip high and low to follow their path. Or perhaps it's the miraculous transformation t.... read more
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