Martin Luther King occupies a special place in American history for so many reasons—his stewardship of the civil rights movement, his advocacy for non-violent resistance, and his gift of oration, which produced some of the most famous and oft-quoted speeches of our time. The.... read more
The busy city street where our family lives was once, a mere 120 years ago, a grassy stretch of farmland. Covered as it is now with pavement, town houses, playgrounds and apartment buildings, this is truly an amazing transformation. My young children were shocked whe.... read more
We enjoy making lists here at The Savvy Source. Making a list is an act of hope, and a form of dreaming as well as planning.These years before kindergarten and the forward march of school years are precious and irreplaceable. Never again will we have so much plain old free tim.... read more
The end of January often marks the end of the fall/winter "semester" of preschool-age activities and classes, and the beginning of the spring term. Now is the time when you may be on the verge of shifting your child's schedule around for the spring, signing up for new clas.... read more
It's cloudy out there. It's cold. It's rainy, snowy, windy—in short, the weather is foul. And we're cooped up with a bunch of overactive preschoolers, just wishing more than anything to feel the sun.We'll have to wait a while for sunny days (unless we live in Hawaii or some .... read more
There is no better way to start off the New Year than with a few inspiring book titles in your back pocket. Now that we’ve put away the stacks of holiday stories until next year, how about turning to tales of new beginnings? We’re looking for books about starting over.... read more
Every parent has to face it at some point: an entire day trapped indoors with the kids. Usually the weather is to blame but whatever the reason, we parents know that familiar wail when we hear it: "Mom... we have nothing to do." If you want to make it through the day without e.... read more
Winter holds many special joys, but it does start to feel awfully dark after a while. For some, the remedy is to fly away south for the winter, or at least for February break. Not everyone, however, can manage that. Some of us must conjure the sun purely from memory and imagin.... read more
We love this line from a Verlyn Klinkenborg essay in The New York Times: "When the thermometer bottoms out, I remember, again, that winter isn't a season, it's a place." It is indeed a place transformed by blankets of snow; a place filled with frosty breath and reddened childr.... read more
One of our very favorite books to read aloud during these cold days is The Fourteen Bears in Summer and Winter. In summertime, the bear family frolics in the forest, swims in the pond, and strolls through the meadow. In wintertime, though, they abandon the outdoor world alt.... read more
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