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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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Kids need love. They need it like sunshine, oxygen, laughter and protection. It doesn’t matter if you’re a parent or not; it doesn’t matter what you do for a living. Kids need love – including the hurt or angry ones who lash out. Whenever and however it happens, you will come into the orbit of […]

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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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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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