We find it especially nice to establish a holiday ritual that involves taking in a theater or ballet performance all together as a family.Â It's an excuse to dress up, it's an early exposure to live acting and dancing and applauding and, yes, staying quiet for stretches.Â.... read more
There is such a build up to the holidays. As December approaches, we imagine how much fun the season will be ...sugar plum fairies and all.Â Our heads are flooded with warm memories of the winter holidays from our own childhoods. Then, the day after Halloween it hits:Â gifts.... read more
Hanukkah is almost here. If you haven't started already now is the time to get organized, get ready, get the story straight, get your dreidel-spinning skills in shape, and get excited for the Festival of Lights. To help you on your way are a few of our favorite Hanukkah.... read more
We at the Savvy Source struggle to keep the holidays distinct (and therefore discernible) to our children. We struggle mightily against the big blur that the holidays can become, and sometimes, the calendar makes our struggle pointless: Thanksgiving, the end of the school seme.... read more
Anyone who has a middle grade reader at home knows that books compete in their lives with many other activities and distractions. With older kids' free time increasingly devoted to sports teams, music lessons, not to mention homework and various online diversions, books can ea.... read more
Steam escapes from the open mouth of the engine's stack as we pull away from the station. Chugga-chugga-puff-puff is all we can hear as my son's nose is pressed against the glass with the force of gale wind. With every ounce of his being given to this moment, it seems nothing .... read more
Ready or not, Christmas is here. Children are opening the windows of their advent calendars, and day-by-day, the big morning approaches. Now is the time to pull out our favorite Christmas books, and read them over and over until the great day arrives.We've written up our most.... read more
Ready or not, the holidays are well on their way, and if you haven't been swept up in the frenzy quite yet, it's probably only a matter of time before a tide of candy canes, jingling bells and tinsel sweeps you up and carries you off. December is such a crazy month, what with .... read more
There's nothing quite like the holidays for young children. This time of year is thrilling and mysterious, full of comforting rituals and wild excessâ€”treats, toys, relatives, dressing up, parties, up past bedtimeâ€”and children are at the center of it all. No matter what you.... read more
We've gotten our Christmas ornaments down from the closet and hung them on the tree. We've festooned the mantel and hung the lights around the house. Now it's time to bring out the craft paper, paint, and glue, and perhaps add a few new handmade treasures to our collections.... read more
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