Creativity is Craftless

Remember when you attempted to put together your child’s first instructions-enclosed, all-parts-included, no-batteries-required toy? So many steps had to be done a certain way that you had to refer to the instructions many times. And if you are like most …

Family Routines

Children develop best in an environment of order and consistency. They are happier when they know what to expect. To a young child, a predictable world is a safe world. By setting up regular, reliable times and procedures for daily …

Learning Language

Children begin very early in life to acquire language skills. Language helps children gain independence, interact with others, and participate in the surrounding culture. It plays a role in social interaction and expression of emotions, as well as learning. Most …

Let’s Pretend

Make-believe play is not only one of the great joys of childhood, it also offers abundant opportunities for children’s development. Children develop interpersonal skills, particularly cooperation and conflict resolution, and improve their language and problem-solving abilities in pretend (dramatic) play. …

Letter Learning

Learning the names of alphabet letters – like all early learning – is best done in the context of what is meaningful to young children. Many children first learn the initial letter of their own name, which has a great …