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Play is absolutely elemental to how children learn. This is something that Dr. Alison Gopnik knows well. Author of The Philosophical Baby, The Scientist in the Crib and other influential books on cognitive development, Dr. Gopnik is a professor of psychology and philosophy at the University of California at Berkeley. Through the partnership between the Children’s Creativity Museum […]

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I’m totally uncomfortable with the commercialization of major screen-time technology that purports to improve early childhood education. I think it’s a load of crap, particularly given how many reports continue to come out describing the detrimental effects of long periods of screen time on young children. (Links below). Studies and reports aside, as an educator […]

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When kids grow up with no responsibilities and have everything they need or want given to them freely, there is only one possible outcome: spoiled, entitled brats. This does not mean that they’re bad kids or that selfish behaviors can’t be turned around. It just becomes exponentially more difficult with age, because the patterns and […]

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My mom read to my brother and I every night when we were kids. One of our favorite books was The Book of Virtues for Young People, by William J. Bennett. It wasn’t the catchiest title for me when I was little, but this book was filled to the brim with amazing stories and poems […]

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Women in this day and age are strangely obsessed with weight and physical appearance, and I am certainly a woman of this day and age. Thankfully I’m not obsessed in the ways I was as a young teenager, constantly feeling too tall, too fat, too flat-chested, and overall as though I “wasn’t ____ enough”. I’m […]

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Quality sleep is an important part of success for kids. As every parent and teacher will tell you, when children have a sleep deficit their ability to concentrate, problem-solve and have a generally positive attitude is compromised. This is especially true of teenagers, who need between 8 ½ and 9 ¼ hours of sleep each […]

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In the last post of this series about Dr. Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences, we learned how to identify characteristics of the intrapersonal intelligence. Now we’ll look at some activities you can do at home to strengthen your child’s self-smarts. Remember, regardless of how each person is most inclined to learn, everyone is gifted […]

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