Category Archives: Elementary School Age

Talk to Your Child About What Happened at School to Encourage Language and Conversation

I have fond memories of coming home from school each day, delighted to see my mom, and reciting all that I could think of that happened at school that day. I think it was a bit of a game to … Continue reading

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Tips for Preparing your Child for Kindergarten

Last week I was talking to a mom whose son will be starting kindergarten next week. She said she had chest pains from stress over the whole ordeal! She was relieved to find out that he will be in a … Continue reading

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Carefully Evaluate the Technology in Toys for Babies and Toddlers

Recently I have been challenged to think about the role technology plays in children’s toys, specifically for the baby and toddler set. I raised three boys in the video/computer age and saw how captivating these venues are to kids and … Continue reading

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Michael Phelps’ Mom Never Gave Up on her Son with ADHD

Take a look at the amazing story of Michael Phelps growing up with the challenges of ADHD, told from his mother’s perspective. The New York Times had an inspiring story about his bumpy road through preschool and elementary school, as … Continue reading

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Reading to Your Child Builds Bridges Between Generations

  I find that when my adult children come home for a visit they rummage through their childhood rooms looking for fun memorabilia. I had unloaded a box from the attic containing favorite childhood books in each of the boy’s … Continue reading

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Raising Strong Daughters: Get the Message through Reading

I love to find books that encourage girls to be all they can be. One series I like is Do Princesses Wear Hiking Boots? by Coyle, Gordon and Gordon. Once again, I was searching our public children’s library for treasures … Continue reading

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Don’t Forget the People for Pretend Play

Last week I was playing with a little boy in his basement playroom. In a house of three preschool boys, this was clearly the room to move in. It had several kid-sized vehicles lined up against the wall, and smaller … Continue reading

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Encourage Your Child as an Author

One of the perks of having a website is the interesting people that I meet, responding to something that I have written. Last week I posted an article on “Cool Picks for Hot Summer Reading–Building Language and Literacy.” I shared … Continue reading

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More Fun with Dr. Seuss

In response to my post on Dr. Seuss, I got a note with some interesting facts for Dr. Seuss lovers. Do you know what book of his was the result of a bet with his publisher that he couldn’t write … Continue reading

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Yes, Boys are Different From Girls

Okay, I’m going to go out on a limb and not be politically correct. Boys are different from girls. I was working with little 3 year-old Clara today–who by the way had to be dressed in her bright pink platform … Continue reading

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