My girls and I have started reading a book that’s new to all of us: Caddie Woodlawn. It tells the story of a girl in pioneer Wisconsin who plays in the woods and helps on the farm with her brothers, befriends the Indians, and defies the local bully at her one-room school. .... read more
So much of education today is focused on reading and math. While we all know how critically important both of those subjects are, the first love of many kids is often science. From an early age, kids are fascinated by the natural world around them, from stars to animals to tre.... read more
Do you ever feel like your children are more organized than you are? My seven-year-old often puts me to shame. When she gets home from school, she hands me any forms from the teacher, then reports on what homework she needs to do, and gets started. Before she goes to .... read more
Hiking can be an amazing experience, exposing you to wilderness and scenery that is astonishingly beautiful and giving you a chance to experience nature beyond the sidewalk and car window. If you think of it as a pre-parenting activity, or something to do when a babysitter com.... read more
A baby hears it early and she hears it often, perhaps more often than any other word: her name. Endearments surround her and baby talk too, but her name is a constant, a loving refrain in her auditory environment. We wonder what it must be like, that moment when a baby reali.... 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
Every summer we choose a classic book to read to the kids before bedtime—as the kids stay up a bit later in summer, we can get a little more reading in. This year, we've been reading Arthur Ransome's celebrated 1930 tale of summer adventure, Swallows and Amazons (still a f.... 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
So, after a super-successful summer of putt-putting your way through castles and pirate ships and T-Rex jaws, you've decided that you want your kid to learn real golf. Terrific... except that it's possible that you, even if you've been hitting the links for years, may not ha.... read more
The thing about these precious preschool years is that Kindergarten is right around the corner. And in most Kindergarten classes, working on writing and drawing is a big part of the program. So it goes: sooner or later, these little tots of ours will need to learn how to ho.... read more
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