Toy Day: Playful Learning and Skill-Building

All learners need practice in order to achieve skill proficiency in any given subject area.  We often think of skill practice as consisting of drills and exercises, yet activities to which the skills are applied are also a means of practice and are often more engaging and meaningful to children. Skills are increased with use.Continue reading “Toy Day: Playful Learning and Skill-Building”

Technology as a Tool for Connection

Last night my family met a larger group of extended family at a restaurant.  We were seated at a table near a large T.V., and my children were strategic in their choice of where to sit, remaining glued to the television throughout the entire course of our meal.  While I cannot blame them for beingContinue reading “Technology as a Tool for Connection”

Back to School Tips for Preschoolers

The transition to a new school year can be an emotional time for both parents and children.  For many preschoolers, this may be the first time spent away from home and will mark a huge milestone in your child’s new life as a student.  While the process will be different for every family, there areContinue reading “Back to School Tips for Preschoolers”

Summer Enrichment

Parents often inquire about summer enrichment for their preschool and kindergarten aged children and often seem surprised when I do not respond with a carefully prepared packet of worksheets.  The summer season provides many wonderful learning opportunities for children, none of which can be reduced to the scale and scope of a simple worksheet. HereContinue reading “Summer Enrichment”