Begin the school year with a mindset that encourages excitement about learning.

August 8, 2013

We live in an age of information. We are inundated by it. Too much information can swamp the boat of wonder, especially for a child.

Creative & critical thinking depends crucially upon habits of mind that are most readily acquired by children: curiosity; voracious observation; sensitivity to rules and variations within the rules; and fantasy. Quality children’s books instill these habits of mind and inspire a child’s sense of wonder of the world, placing a youngster on the road to lifelong learning.

Conversational Reading, reading and talking with children about a story, encourages children to be like the kid in Dr. Seuss’s On Beyond Zebra who refused to be limited by the fact of the alphabet: “In the places I go there are things that I see / That I never could spell if I stopped with the Z.”

Vocabulary and achievement in life

July 24, 2013

Children entering school with a vocabulary of 22,000 words have a distinct advantage over the child who enters school with a vocabulary of 2,000 words. The child with the lower vocabulary is word improvised and that does not bode well for attaining success in school. Many of the skills a child needs to get ready […]


A little bit of brain science is money in the bank for parents

July 16, 2013

The value of reading fiction is receiving much attention these days and research suggests that people who read fiction are better at thinking creatively and they have more insight about others and their perspectives. In addition, brain science tells us that fiction, reading and talking about a story is an activity that helps integrate the […]


The Merry-Go-Round theory of good parenting

July 12, 2013

A current exhibit at the NY Public Library, The ABS of It: Why Children’s Books Matter is a family reunion of sorts as it gathers together creatures and characters from the memories of childhood and parenthood.  The exhibit brings new meaning to W.H. Auden’s words: “There are no good books only for children.” Childhood is […]


No need for words, really?

July 1, 2013

Google’s high-tech glasses could be the subject of a science fiction thriller. But they are for real and however controversial they prove to be, they are part of the next generation of technology that will impact the world of communication, as we know it. A recent article in the NYT* highlighted the Google Glass ability […]


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