Practice Appreciation: Make a Holiday Gratitude Tree

There's nothing better than a gratitude tree to remind us daily of all the things we are lucky enough to have in our lives.

Let the warm fuzzies of feeling grateful for the things and people in your life spread beyond Thanksgiving Day with a simply sweet family art project: hanging tags bedecked with thankful thoughts from a branch. Working on it will help your child learn about core concepts of gratitude and appreciation. Whether you hang the finished

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5 Hands-On Ways to Learn With Your 5-Year-Old

Award-winning teacher Kim Bouchie believes in hands-on learning experiences for children.

“Kindergarten is about connecting concepts and putting it all together,” says 2015 Early Childhood Educator Award Winner Kimberly Bouchie, who teaches 5 -year-olds at Stoneham KinderCare in Stoneham, Massachusetts. In kindergarten, letters start to become words, and numbers start to add up to something bigger.  These important lessons prepare children for success in elementary school—but

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Tamale, Perogie, Pecan Pie: Celebrate Your Family’s Culinary History

Teach your family's history by bringing history and your children into the kitchen! Photo © Cherish Bryck

Did you grandparents emigrate from another country but keep making perogies, tamales, or bánh tét? Can you remember the smell of your Texan grandmother’s famous pecan pie? Research shows that it’s important to share family history with our children. Here in America, where so many generational stories have been lost over the expanse of the

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A Fall Centerpiece Made By (and for) Little Hands


Fall is a fabulous time to learn about color, shape, and texture: Think beautiful red maple leaves, bumpy orange gourds, and smooth brown chestnuts. Bring the beauty of fall to your home, and encourage your child to explore these concepts, by creating a coffee-table centerpiece filled with autumnal objects he’s free to touch—and touch and

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Turn Your Picky Eater into a Foodie


By Kim DeMarchi and Ann DeWitt “Eat two more bites!” “I swear, Izzy will only eat chicken nuggets!” “We don’t have a single gram of sugar in our house—and that’s how it’s going to be now and forever.”  “I make a quesadilla for Kai and one meal for us—it’s the only way he’ll eat!” Welcome

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4 Wet-and-Messy Activities for Babies, From Award-Winning Teacher Megan Martina

Top early childhood educator Megan Martina encourages the children in her class to explore the world. Photo by Getty Images.

Twice a week, every week, the boys and girls in our infant classrooms get wet and messy. In fact, “Wet and Messy” activities—in which babies are encouraged to explore, touch, feel, and even crawl on different materials and textures—are a core part of our infant program. There’s a reason for that: “Babies learn so much

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7 Readaloud Tips from a Top Teacher

Ed Award Ari Duquel

Ari Dacquel is a story time expert, a reading master, and a connoisseur of questions—she asks LOTS of questions. A kindergarten teacher at Lacey KinderCare, in Washington, and one of our 2015 Educator Award winning teachers, Dacquel loves reading—and  the kids in her classroom love it, too. “As a child, I reveled in books. I

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Living Room Forts Are Awesome

This is the stuff that great childhood memories are made of. Photo by Brian McEntire/Stocksy United

’Tis the season when cold, wet, and windy weather can keep kiddos cooped up indoors … and that means ’tis the season for the blanket fort! With a little imagination, sheets and blankets draped over tables, couches, or chairs can become superhero caves, bear dens, elf houses, mermaid grottos, the “office,” and oh so much

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