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A Balanced Diet of Play #GeniusOfPlay

A Balanced Diet of Play #GeniusOfPlay

Children learn through play. Duh! But, in the same way a child needs to eat from all of the food groups to have a balanced diet, many children might need encouragement to diversify their play diet. I was an early childhood teacher for two years, and I noticed a trend that many of my three-year-old […]

Calling all Little House fans! #LittleHouseMoment

Calling all Little House fans! #LittleHouseMoment

I read VORACIOUSLY as a child. In 4th grade we kept a reading log and I read 114 books that school year. I read every single Beverly Cleary book and every single Judy Bloom book, dozens of Boxcar Children books and all of the Little House on the Prairie series. Later when I was an […]

You Can Do A Graphic Novel! Or Maybe Your Kid Can!

You Can Do A Graphic Novel! Or Maybe Your Kid Can!

Do you have a child who loves to draw? Jojo has been so inspired by Diary of a Wimpy Kid and his other favorite, Calvin and Hobbes, that he is always drawing and journaling. Graphic Novels are so popular (finally), maybe your child (or even you!) might want to create one. If you are a […]

Into the Great Outdoors with Chipper!

Into the Great Outdoors with Chipper!

Award-winning independent children’s label Music for Little People and IAGmedia, Inc. recently released an eco-educational animated and live-action DVD called Let’s Go Chipper: Into the Great Outdoors. This DVD already won iParenting’s "Hot Product" Award and Family Fun/Disney.com’s “Top Ten Video” Award, for the fun and playful way it teaches children about nature and the […]

This Child, Every Child

This Child, Every Child

There is an eye-opening book by David J. Smith and illustrator Shelagh Armstrong for children aged 9 to 12 called If the World Were a Village. It was highlighted in a workshop for inquiry-based teaching that I attended called “Making the PYP Happen” (the elementary track of the IB program). In February, Daid J. Smith […]

The Best Family USA Destinations

The Best Family USA Destinations

When I was growing up, before the internet was accessible to the common man, my parents did a pretty good job of planning our family vacations. They relied on AAA and trip-ticks (is that how you spell it?), and while we did have some “duds” in our day (I’m looking at you, Santa Land), most […]

The Blessing Bank

The Blessing Bank

The Blessing Bank is a beautiful piggy bank designed to teach kids to give back and help others. The handmade hardwood keepsake banks are to be filled with the goal of giving the money to someone in need. Inspired by the biblical quote "it is more blessed to give than to receive", teach your child […]

H is for Hong Kong

H is for Hong Kong

A few months ago I was in Bangkok and had the opportunity to hang out with travel artist Elizabeth Briel. Not only did she enlighten me about @BKKFatty (we ate a lot together), Barcamp Bangkok, and her interesting experiences as a traveler, she gifted me a children’s book that she illustrated with her cyanotype prints. […]

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