Tag Archives: early childhood

Stroller Talk Time

Break the silence…for a child’s sake

I work from home. I spend my days accompanied mostly by snores from two large dogs and a periodic walk-by purr from a very small cat. It’s peaceful and quiet here. Today I’m thinking it’s too quiet. The exercisers who go by my window are typically alone, as are the young parents pushing strollers. Walkers and […]

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The Promise of Pre-Preschool

I just read a marvelous short article  by Paul Tough, author of Helping Children Succeed: What Works and Why, who shares that, “…there is overwhelming evidence that early childhood—the years before a child’s sixth birthday, and especially before her third—is a remarkable time of both opportunity and potential peril in a child’s development.”* The article […]

Father with daughter (6-7) reading book on sofa

Simply, Calmly, Read and Talk

Children who struggle in school often lack sufficient background information about the topics they are studying. They also can lack the language to express their own needs and respond productively in their interactions with others. These twin handicaps, taken together, can create a drag upon the academic development of children who otherwise might be soaring […]

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Babies are tough customers

Babies like what they like and while possibly being curious about new things, unless some immediate value is detected, they will pretty much ignore our offerings with a casual wave of the hand. They have no qualms about sharing their disapproval with us. Tough sale! So, how do we get our wee ones to like what WE […]

Girl with huge book

Education Without Ends

I’ve been reading other blogs. Almost all of them are cleverly written and insightful and offer ideas and experiences that are just a little beyond my pitiful reach. I’m enjoying being more fully educated…about anything! This morning, I encountered two blogs that were particularly poignant for me, offering a new place for me to stand in […]

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Literacy Transforms

Transformation is big. Transformation is not just learning something new. It’s not just adjusting. It’s changing a way of being…in life. Like how caterpillars transform into beautiful butterflies. Most transformations are triggered by an event—some are huge, others not so much. Some transformation catalysts are even seemingly benign, like literacy. This concept of transformation is […]

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Celebrate July 4th, Cultivate Independence

I learned recently that Ben Franklin didn’t think the 4th of July was a good choice of a date for celebrating our country’s independence. He thought the Declaration of Independence was a wonderful thing to assert of course, but he reflected that a better date for a holiday might coincide with the events that actually […]