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How to keep kids busy if they’re not going to summer camp

Ok, so some kids just aren’t made for camp: as Koa Beck wrote at Mommyish, “As a quiet, self-regulating child who preferred to read, being yanked from my air-conditioned home and placed outdoors with a bunch of sweaty perpetual noise-makers was definitely not my idea of a fun summer. I endured the experience only once, but I begged my family ... Read More »

Summer reading lists are WAY cooler than they used to be!

Teachers call it the “summer slide”: three months without reinforcement can cause kids to forget key reading skills they picked up over the course of the school year. That’s why summer reading is so important, and you want to do everything you can to encourage kids to pick up a book every chance they get! The key is to ensure ... Read More »

Practical tips for reading readiness, based in science!

The benefits of reading to kids from infancy onwards are obvious: they learn vocabulary, they enjoy the pictures, and they love spending the time bonding with you! But Professor Daniel T. Willingham of the University of Virginia warns parents not to fret too much about teaching kids the alphabet, or starting very early with reading instruction. In an interview with ... Read More »

Ever notice that the ABC Song and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star have the same tune?

This fairly obvious fact didn’t occur to me until this morning, I was mulling over the origin of the “ABC Song,” and found numerous articles pointing out that the melody is the same! In the Telegraph, writer Sebastian Doggart reports that “Baa-Baa Black Sheep” and “What A Wonderful World” follow the same pattern, and that he annoyed his three-year-old son by ... Read More »