Category: child development

From School to Summer: Tips for the Transition

From School to Summer: Tips for the Transition

[ 0 ] June 27, 2016 |

By Anna Johnson When the school year ends, kids are excited. They can’t wait to leave the hallways and homework behind. But despite the thrill of those summer months ahead, the transition can be hard. For kids who have learning, social and/or sensory challenges, this change in routine can be especially difficult and creating unexpected […]

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Complex Learners: What to Look For

Complex Learners: What to Look For

[ 0 ] June 1, 2016 |

Today’s Contributing Writer: Anna Johnson, Head of School at The Wolf School As parents and educators we understand that one size does not fit all. Your child might approach social situations slowly while someone else’s child jumps right in. One student learns best with verbal prompts while another does better with visual cues. Right out […]

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Today’s Home Work: Jamie Glowacki

Today’s Home Work: Jamie Glowacki

[ 1 ] May 9, 2016 |

Join us today as we meet one of my favorite local Moms, Jamie Glowacki, an energetic, acrobatic, entrepreneur who happens to be a potty-training ninja! I first met Jamie when she opened up a kid consignment shop years ago in Hope Artiste Village before moving the shop to Hope Street and then selling the business […]

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What-a-majig? Rigamajig!

What-a-majig? Rigamajig!

[ 0 ] March 9, 2015 |

By Megan Fischer, Interim Director, Providence Children’s Museum This month at Providence Children’s Museum, invent creative contraptions with Rigamajig, an intriguing large-scale building kit featuring wooden planks, wheels and pulleys plus rope, nuts and bolts. Conceived by our friend and RISD Industrial Design professor Cas Holman, Rigamajig inspires kids’ imaginative hands-on play, encourages engineering exploration, […]

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Teaching children to manage boredom will serve as life skill

Teaching children to manage boredom will serve as life skill

[ 0 ] July 14, 2014 |

There are plenty of ways to teach kids to conquer boredom but first we need to provide an opportunity for them to get bored. Many of today’s kids are over scheduled and have access to digital devices from morning til night–phones are not just phones but provide hours of entertainment, electronic reading tables often have […]

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The Value of Playing with REAL Stuff

The Value of Playing with REAL Stuff

[ 0 ] April 15, 2014 |

By Cathy Saunders, Director of Education, Providence Children’s Museum Children in the U.S., for the most part, are not growing up in a “hands-on” society. Toys are bought, not made by hand, and are not designed to be fixed if they break. Classroom time is more focused on test preparation and less on project-based learning […]

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Parenting Matters Workshop

Parenting Matters Workshop

[ 0 ] March 17, 2014 |

On Saturday March 22nd, Bradley Hospital hosts the annual Parenting Matters conference.  This conference is intended for anyone who raises or works with children.  The conference will be held at Barrington High School from 8:00am-12:40pm. There are a large number of workshops lead by some amazing and insightful local minds – behavioral experts, child-rearing gurus […]

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Learning About Learning

Learning About Learning

[ 0 ] January 28, 2014 |

By Robin Meisner, Director of Exhibits, Providence Children’s Museum For more than a decade, Providence Children’s Museum has opened its doors to developmental psychologists who explore how children think, learn and develop. Each week, researchers from The Causality and Mind Lab at Brown University and Kid Think at Providence College conduct controlled studies in the […]

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Help twins / multiples develop their independence.

Help twins / multiples develop their independence.

[ 4 ] January 14, 2014 |

These days it’s more common to have twins because of increased use of IVF and women having children at a later age. Teachers, coaches, families, and friends spend more time around multiples now, but may be unsure of how to deal with the unique situations that may arise with siblings the same age. Although these tips are geared for families with multiples, they may also be useful in parenting siblings of different ages.

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Blended Families: Tips for a joyful holiday season

Blended Families: Tips for a joyful holiday season

[ 0 ] December 19, 2013 |

It’s hard enough negotiating the holidays when there are only two sides of the extended family involved. But blended families have the extra emotional and logistical challenges of sharing holiday time and making visitation arrangements. Here are some tips to help you plan for joyful holiday season. Focus on what’s important. Keeping the kids happy […]

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