Follow Her Bliss: Help Your Child Find Her True Passions

Anne Leonardi helps the kids at her Champions before-and-after school program discover what they love.  

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To her elementary-aged students, Anne Leonardi is a real yes-man (actually, she’s a yes-woman). “I don’t like to say no,” says Leonardi. “I like to say, ‘Absolutely!’” A Site Director of the Champions before-and-after school program at Dugan Elementary in Marlboro, New Jersey, Leonardi also won a 2015 Early Childhood Educator Award. Her yes-we-can approach

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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, Pierogi, 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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