When my daughter was accepted into a public Montessori school at age 3, I only knew a few details about what that meant — a mixed-age classroom and special tools that children used that were called “work.” Read more
Our lives as parents are increasingly busy these days and sometimes it’s hard to find time to accomplish everything around the house. One way to balance work and play is to combine them and involve the whole family in doing household chores.
If we understand what gets in the way and what may help when it comes to doing chores, then we can have a better chance of having children be participating family members. Read more
Kids don’t exactly eagerly anticipate homework, do they? Mom Lisa B. says she butts heads with her 10-year-old daughter nearly every evening about doing the work. “What should I do to get her more interested?” she asks the Circle of Moms community. While turning homework into a positive experience might sound like an insurmountable task, experienced parents say it’s possible, with a little time, patience, and ingenuity. Here, we’ve rounded up six tips from our community to help your child get excited about homework so that she stays on track in school. Read more
Reading is an essential skill that should be mandatory for everyone. In our society, you cannot get away with a lack of reading or writing skills. These are just the basic essentials of living a decent and successful life.
You can never go wrong with teaching a child how to read. By doing so, you are actually preparing them for a successful future. And as a parent, it’s a joy to see your child reading fluently, as this also makes your life easier. Read more
Technology changes at such a fast pace that it can be nearly impossible for parents to keep up with what’s appropriate for kids. Fortunately these six resources take the guesswork out of monitoring your family’s media intake.
Listening to a whiny child is not for the faint of heart. That sound! High-pitched, irritating, like nails on a chalkboard — it’s impossible to ignore. And that’s exactly the point. Children whine because it works. It may be a negative strategy, but it’s a highly effective one, getting your attention in a split-second.
Parents, I have a tip for you —
You may just want to give up on any of your “grand plans” to have your children play with “toys” or even “educational” activities.
Because it’s not going to work.
Oh, h-e-double hockey sticks no. Your children are not amateurs. They will not succumb to playing with anything you actually want them to. Currently, I have an entire level of my house — an entire level, I tell you — devoted solely to my children’s playthings. Read more
Whether your child has already had their first day of school and still isn’t quite on board or is anticipating the big day with equal amounts of excitement and anxiety, you can help ease the transition into the school year with one of the following books. Some are just funny, others are sweet, and all are designed to help your child become a successful, happy, and eager student! Read more
During preschool, kids experience structured time together that is both fun and educational. They learn how to bond with their peers, follow directions and stick to a schedule; all skills that prepare them for school. For children with special needs, there are certain pre-school activities that work particularly well to keep them engaged, focused and actively learning. Here are five suggestions that help children with special needs, both in the classroom and at home, get the most out of their learning experiences. Read more
Nature Valley asked three generations the same question: when you were a kid, what did you do for fun?
Blueberry picking, said an elderly woman. Turning an old sign into a toboggan, said an older man. Building massive forts, recalled a woman. Just going to a field and playing baseball, said a man. Read more