April 2010

Tweet With a nation so consumed with test scores, data, high achievement and baby geniuses, its no wonder that you might be thinking that “play” will derail your kid off the success track. After all, after soccer practice, violin lessons, and homework they just don’t have the time to play. But if you ask most […]

Tweet In storytelling, the stimulus of words brings about the production of inner images, an extraordinarily creative play involving the entire brain. Each new story requires a whole new set of neural connections and reorganizations of visual activity within — a major challenge for the brain. . . . So neural potential goes unrealized and […]

Tweet This is a great game to teach kids a strategy for solving multiplication problems. And the only thing you need is a deck of cards! You pull the first card. You draw that many circles. Draw again and with that number you put tallies in each circle. Count the tallies and you have your […]

Tweet “Reading logs have done more to kill the love of reading than any invention in the world, ever.” –Danny 6th grade Does your child have to keep a reading log for homework? There’s a theory behind it. We know that the more time kids spend reading the better it is for them all around, […]

Tweet It pains me to see a child who so desperately wants to read but can’t. It’s like her world is so limited by her inability to read!  I can remember little Ms. Cara. She wanted to read so bad, and if you didn’t know her, you would have thought she knew how to read […]

Tweet It is vitally important to support and encourage self-directed activities by the young child. Even if those activities appear meaning- less to us, they can have great purpose and significance for the child. The activities are not random and have a pattern and organization in keeping with the child’s level of mental ability. We […]

Tweet The quality of genius is being able to use simple materials in ways they were never intended. An Exploratorium is a place where your child can store all their open-ended materials. It’s a spot in your home they can go to create projects that the world has never seen before. All it takes is […]

The Case of the Gimmies

by Melissa on April 19, 2010

Tweet Some people think my cousin Conner has Split-Personality Disorder. Conner is eight years old. Every summer, my entire family gathers to camp near a lake in Indiana. For much of that time, you’ll barely see Conner. He’ll tear through the family campsite covered in dirt and scratches, scarfing down his dinner just to set […]

Tweet From the muddy waters and banks of still ponds and lakes emerge the beautiful lotus flower with distinctive beauty and enchanting power. “The lotus flower is one of the most ancient and deepest symbols of our planet. At night the flower closes and sinks underwater, [and] at dawn it rises and opens again.” The […]

Tweet In play a child always behaves beyond his average age — above his daily behavior. For in play it is as though he were a head taller than himself. -Lev Vygotsky