Raising Bilingual Children: Enjoy the Journey and Get Ready for Hard Work

By Ruth Pinkus-Resnik

As a mom of two bilingual children, ages 18 and 27, I can tell you it is not an easy task to raise children who speak multiple languages. There is much more support and knowledge on the subject today than 20 years ago when I was just starting my own journey as a parent. Research during the past 15 years has shown that children are not only capable of learning more than one language but that there are significant benefits to be gained as well. Continue reading Raising Bilingual Children: Enjoy the Journey and Get Ready for Hard Work

Go Out and Play!

By Nancy Rahimi and Rebecca Fewkes

It’s a beautiful summer morning. What should you do with the children today? There is an easy and free option close to you: your local park. An outing to the park holds more benefits than you can imagine. What can your children learn when they play at the park? Surely they are just coasting on a swing… or just throwing a ball… or just planting twigs in the sand? It is just play—and it is just perfect for them! Here are a few ways in which play at the park enriches your little one…. Continue reading Go Out and Play!

Preparing Your Child for Kindergarten

By Denise Yellen Ganot

You don’t have to pay someone to prepare your child for kindergarten.

Read with your child. As you read, practice good reading habits. Point to words to show one-to-one correspondence. Children will learn to recognize words over time. Read with expression. Read often. Expose your child to a variety of genres: poetry, humor, mystery, nonfiction, fiction, fairytales, etc. Continue reading Preparing Your Child for Kindergarten

Feel Free to Elaborate: Using Praise More Effectively

By Kelly Carcione

What we say to our children matters. Inherently we know this yet we often spend more time telling our children what not to do than commenting constructively on their efforts and triumphs.

I’m sure you’ve heard the theory that we praise our children too often; rewards are given for every small achievement in the name of building self-esteem, that telling a child that he’s smart too often will lead to a life full of anxiety. So, to praise or not to praise? Continue reading Feel Free to Elaborate: Using Praise More Effectively

Slow Down and Connect

By Mireille McKee

In this fast-paced, multi-tasking world, in which the push to do more and do it faster is pervasive, it is no surprise that families are feeling disconnected and even our youngest children are feeling the stress of this “hurry up” society. Throughout the past few years there has been a growing awareness of the dangers of over-scheduling our children, and of the need to slow ourselves down and be more present with our families. I talk to many parents who are feeling this stress and are anxious about the lack of family time. How much more challenging family life has become! Continue reading Slow Down and Connect

Reading from Dawn ‘til Dusk: Fresh Ideas to Support Literacy and Life-Long Learning

By Kelly Carcione

“There is one prekindergarten skill that matters above all others, because it is the prime predictor of success or failure: the child’s vocabulary upon entering school.”
-Jim Trelease, The Read Aloud Handbook

Even though they are not reading on their own, before kindergarten is the time to instill a love for reading and learning in our children. How? By reading aloud to them often and for as long as they will listen. Continue reading Reading from Dawn ‘til Dusk: Fresh Ideas to Support Literacy and Life-Long Learning

Grieving and the Preschooler: Lessons From a Fishbowl

By Suzanne Hughes

Every year I dread Hometown Days in San Carlos. My oldest daughter, Grace, counts the days till we can stroll down to the local carnival at Burton Park and wade through a sea of familiar faces until we find the “Booth.” The one with miniature vases filled with colored water and oversized ping pong balls that contain water-repelling properties. We stand there till my feet ache, my last month’s salary depleted, and somehow the ping pong ball defies all odds, and we get to walk home, fish in hand, so to speak, with the world’s most expensive life-lesson on death and dying. Continue reading Grieving and the Preschooler: Lessons From a Fishbowl

The Co-Op Option

By Sarah Davis Cler

The moment I knew I was in love with co-op preschooling happened at my first school membership meeting, as the parents in our class of 20 discussed general business and student behavioral issues. My son’s teacher addressed a parent in our group about the progress of her son. “Well,” responded the parent, “We’ve finally convinced him that he can only speak cat at home.” It seemed her three-year-old had such a passion for cats that he was completely convinced of his ability to speak the language. Our class proceeded to spend the next 10 or 15 minutes discussing tactics for respecting the boy’s cat/English bilingualism while encouraging him to speak English at school, and transitioning to the realm of associative (versus parallel) play full time. Continue reading The Co-Op Option

Mistaking Your Way to Success!

By Kimberly Gonsalves

Making mistakes is a given. Learning from our mistakes is optional. In Positive Discipline, we teach that mistakes are wonderful opportunities to learn. Recovery from mistakes is a skill we parents can practice and teach our children as well.

We will make many mistakes with our children and we can model how to recover from mistakes how to fix them and how to make amends. This is information that will serve our children, since they will make a lot of mistakes, too. Continue reading Mistaking Your Way to Success!