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  1. Toddler & Child
    We hear it all the time: "Kindergarten is the new First Grade." More and more, the expectations of today's kindergarteners are those that were expected of first graders generations ago. The question is: are we pushing our children too far, too fast? Should your child really be able to read in...
  2. Family Life
    Reading is essential for academic success, but parents want their kids to be lifelong readers. Here are some simple ways to encourage your child to read more. I grew up reading all the time. My parents and grandparents purchased books for me all the time. Despite living with a low income, my...
  3. Toddler & Child
    It's National Poetry Month and there's nothing we love better than some prose for our littles to linger on and love. Luckily, there are many talented (and fun) poets for kids, and we have five of our favorites to share! When I taught primary students, I used poems to explain so much! Good...
  4. The Childhood Years
    Hi all! I'm posting this info in case anyone has a general interest in what goes into early childhood development. This is a FREE, online course created by experts from UNICEF, Harvard and NYU about all of the factors that influence the present and future of the world's children. Enjoy...
  5. Toddler & Child
    Reading is the gateway to learning, but it doesn't come at one specific age. Instead, you should look for signs of reading readiness that develop over time. In America, we often force children to learn how to read before they are fully ready. While some kids can read at four years old, others...
  6. Toddler & Child
    Mothers of toddlers and preschoolers know there are some books that kids become fixated on and want to read over and over again. Often, they're the same books their parents read as children. Even when I try to diversify our reading time, there are a few books that my kids always go back to...
  7. Family Life
    It's public library month, and we have a public service announcement for you: Don't be afraid of library fines; they are proof your family is learning. When I was a kid, every member of our family had a library card and every one of us maxed them out. Fifty books on your card already? Here...
  8. Toddler & Child
    Weaving humanity through storytelling, books are windows to the world. They take us to the most magical places on Earth and beyond. Here are five books from around the world that will delight your kids. Related: 10 Must-Have Books to Diversify Your Child's Bookshelf 1. Anne of Green Gables by...
  9. Toddler & Child
    Welcome spring with these great read-a-louds. They're not only a delight to read, but they also encourage mindfulness and attention to the changes brought by the new season. In my neck of the woods, the season of Spring is much anticipated after our long and cold winters. Spring can be fickle...
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