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Parents of struggling middle-schooler: “Should we let her fail?”

January 31, 2016 | Blog | Permalink

This article by Meghan Leahy appeared in The Washington Post on January 13, 2016. (istockphoto) By Meghan Leahy January 13 Q. How can I help my seventh-grader be more responsible about her schoolwork? She is struggling in school but doesn’t help herself by seeking out what she needs to know, and low grades don’t seem to bother […]

Not Just Scribbles: How Tots Start Learning Text is Symbolic

January 23, 2016 | Blog | Permalink

Posted: Saturday, January 9, 2016 5:41 am | Updated: 5:41 am, Sat Jan 9, 2016. LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer This article by Lauran Neergaard and the accompanying photo appeared in the Post-Bulletin at www.postbulletin.com on January 9, 2016. WASHINGTON — Celebrate your child’s scribbles. A novel experiment shows that even before learning their ABCs, youngsters start to recognize […]

Why Johnny Can’t Name His Colors

January 8, 2016 | Blog | Permalink

This article by Melody Dye about young children learning the names of colors appeared in Scientific American on July 13, 2010.   No, the kid’s probably not color blind. A trick for teaching children colors at a younger age–and why it is otherwise so hard for them.   Subject 046M, for male, was seated nervously across […]

Children’s Sleep Routines: Communicating with Parents

August 23, 2014 | Blog | Permalink

In my last blog article, “With Irregular Bedtimes, Children’s Learning and Behavior Suffer,” August 5th, I reported on two recent studies about the negative impact of poor sleep routines on young children’s learning and behavior. My question was, “What role should you [child care professionals] play in helping parents regarding regular bedtimes for their children?” […]

With Irregular Bedtimes, Children’s Learning and Behavior Suffer

August 5, 2014 | Blog | Permalink

Many people, both parents and educators, may think that irregular bedtimes for children is not an important issue and that it isn’t necessary for young children to go to sleep at a set time. Children’s irregular bedtimes just go with a more relaxed, flexible attitude about child rearing. Yet, two recent studies show that irregular […]

The Wonders of Puppet Play for a Child’s Development

July 19, 2014 | Blog | Permalink

With so much of the current focus on electronic media for children, the wonders of puppet play are often overlooked. What a shame! Both at home and at school, puppet play offers tremendous benefits for a child’s development. Not surprising considering puppets have been around for about 3,000 years. Yes, they’re old but to last […]

Your Child: Creative and Self-Confident

July 4, 2014 | Blog | Permalink

As good parents, we want our children to be happy and confident, to think creatively and to have positive self-esteem. How do we produce this? By focusing on process rather than on product. How  Can We Encourage Children To Be Creative Thinkers? 1. Let them play and explore freely without being too helpful, hovering or […]

For Children, the Pressure Is On

July 1, 2014 | Blog | Permalink

The pressure is on – for parents, for teachers, and for schools but the pressure on children does the most damage. Just look at the vocabulary commonly in use today regarding learning. We’re told that children need to be “evaluated” during the early childhood years. Moreover, teachers and schools need to be “evaluated” more than […]