Having a child does curious things to a person's sense of time. The past rushes in. All of a sudden, we are put back in touch with our childhood memories in a shockingly tangible way. As much as the world has changed since we were small, babies and young children have no.... read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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