My four-year-old son is brought up in a bilingual household and it never ceases to amaze me how swiftly he switches from one language to another. I speak English to my son and my husband speaks Spanish to him. Although I speak Spanish to my husband, my son will always speak English to me and
Reading is a skill that most of us take for granted. We do it unconsciously everyday, often effortlessly, and it is only when we go to a foreign country and are bombarded with a foreign street sign or a strange alphabet that we remember we weren’t always able to read. Looking back at our childhood,
My son is excited to have learned a new word: tessellation, or teslition as he says. We were out and about on a shape hunt, looking for circles, squares and triangles, when he noticed that there are lots of shapes on the ground in the built environment. Sidewalk stones are often squares, rectangles, or hexagons
I’m sure you’ve been there: you carefully select a gift for a toddler only to find he’s more interested in the box. As for babies, the gift wrap might as well be the gift. My son Charlie was no exception. He showed no interest whatsoever in his first Christmas gifts. We returned from a shopping
“Are we there yet?” “How much longer?” How often have you heard those questions when your family is on the way to visit relatives, on vacation or just running errands around town? These tried and true math activities will help your kids pass the time in the car—and keep their math skills sharp!
Children live busy lives. There’s feeding and mealtimes, bathing and dressing, playgroups and family time; and depending on their age, endless hours putting things in their mouths, exploring body parts or screaming around the backyard. It’s no wonder they need plenty of sleep. So do you how much your child is getting? And is this
Two-year-old Sam is scrawling away on a large sheet of paper in his favorite color: yellow. He grips the chunky Crayola crayon with his fist like a pastry chef squeezing frosting out of a piping bag. Sam is fascinated by the marks left behind on the paper and runs over them with his fingers.
Nine Educational Activities for a Rainy Day Rainy days often find kids inside and professing to be bored. But, there are lots of things for kids to do on a rainy day.Many of the following activities are ones the kids can do themselves. For some of them older children can work independently—and even help
If you dread hurrying to get out of the door to make it on time for the bus or for school, without a child that is missing a shoe, a snack, or has his shirt on backwards, you are not alone. And there is hope for us. That morning rush is likely to feel this
If I had to give young children one superpower to use for their whole lives, it would be Emotional Intelligence. Emotional Intelligence is the ability to recognize and regulate one’s own feelings and to recognize and understand them in others. The trick is, when it comes to understanding other’s emotions and regulating our own, we
After waiting for school to begin all summer long, I was stunned to find my son disappointed when he came back from his first day of Kindergarten. When I asked him why, his answer was “I didn’t get to play! We only learned new rules.” My surprise came from the fact that I already knew this school to
It’s that time of year again! Parents are rushing around registering for tests and prep sessions, counting down the days during what seems to more closely resemble college application time than it does a kindergarten entrance process, while their unsuspecting little ones play, completely unaware of what is about to be thrown at them. As a