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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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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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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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Disciplining children is tricky business, and parents often find it helpful to integrate tips from teachers who have been around the block. Although parents and classroom teachers work with kids in different contexts, the same behavior management techniques can be used to great effect. The following is an article from parenting.com, and offers helpful ideas […]

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What do you do when your child is scared to try something new? While at the playground yesterday with Mr 4 and Ms 2, we met a sweet girl named Jazmin (4yo) who was there with her mom. Unfortunately her mom was tied up on the phone most of the time, so Jazmin played with […]

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In my last blog post I invited parents to imagine different learning activities they could do with kids using this amazing video as a launch pad. Here I’ll share some ideas I’ve come up with for different age groups: Toddlers – Kindergarten Talk about the video with your child. What did they like about it? […]

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Parents, we all want our children to read. More importantly though, we want our children to want to read. The easiest way to do this is to read with our kids every day (so sayith every teacher and research study worth their salt). In fact, it’s so common sense to nurture a love of reading […]

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