Bilingual Babies: Teaching Your child  Another Language

Bilingual Babies: Teaching Your child Another Language

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

Let me read you a bedtime story

Let me read you a bedtime story

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,

Tantalising Tiles: Pattern-Making with Shapes

Tantalising Tiles: Pattern-Making with Shapes

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

Shaping Up! Exploring 2D and 3D Shapes

Shaping Up! Exploring 2D and 3D Shapes

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

Fun Math Activities for the Car

Fun Math Activities for the Car

  “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!  

What you need to know about sleep and your child

What you need to know about sleep and your child

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

Nine Educational Activities for a Rainy Day

Nine Educational Activities for a Rainy Day

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

Superpower #1: Emotional Intelligence

Superpower #1: Emotional Intelligence

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

Pretense and Imagination at Play

Pretense and Imagination at Play

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