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  • Books to Help Your Child Think (Outside the Box)

    Ginger Carlson - Learning » Reading

    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

  • Pearls on a String: How Reading Aloud Links Our Brains and Souls

    Ginger Carlson - Learning » Reading

    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

  • Teaching the Alphabet

    Amy Rees - Learning » Reading

    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

  • Read It Again!

    Eliza Clark - Learning » Reading

    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

  • Garden Science

    Eliza Clark - Learning » Science

    Science and young children.... Can those words possibly belong in the same sentence?Making babies and caring for newborns can, of course, seem like one giant, marvelous science experiment from the parental point of view. But now that our milky bundles have turned into som.... read more

  • Twenty Ways Children's Days Intersect with Math

    Amy Fauss - Learning » Math

    We are surrounded my numbers and mathematical concepts every day. Whether it's numbers on a speed limit sign or making sure we get the correct change back at Starbucks, we rely on numbers and counting in nearly everything we do. And that's true for children as well! Take a loo.... read more

  • 1, 2, 3, 4 and More Fun Counting Activities

    Eliza Clark - Learning » Math

    The mind of preschooler is an endlessly interesting thing. One surprise to many parents is that even when a child has known how to recite the numbers from one to ten or even up to twenty for many months, she still may not be able to look at a small set of objects and actually .... read more

  • Geocaching for Families and Beginners

    Caroline - Learning » Physical Activity

    Children have been fascinated by treasure hunts for decades. Secret clues hidden in carefully thought out spots eventually leading the seekers to their treasure have excited and entertained every generation. However, a new sort of modern day treasure hunt has suddenly become a.... read more

  • Gardening with Kids

    J Jordan - Learning » Science

    When I was a kid, we had a small plot in the back of our house, just big enough to grow a few various and sundry things in. I don't really remember what we grew, but I remember having it. As I got older I began to take part in the activities of gardening. Like many families.... read more

  • Snacks and Songs for the Hiking Trail

    Laure Latham - Learning » Music

    We are a huge musical family. We just love peppering conversation with songs or singing on the road. The sillier, the better, and off-key is fine for the less musical-minded in our family. Of all the places we like to sing, our favorite place is on the trail because we're usua.... read more

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