Category: preschool

Join the Conversation: Raising Kids in a Digital World

Join the Conversation: Raising Kids in a Digital World

[ 19 ] April 8, 2010 |

From Anisa Raoof: I am looking forward to the upcoming Kidoinfo panel event, Raising Kids in a Digital World on May 25, 2010 from 6:30-8:30pm at Local 121 in Providence. This topic will address the ways in which we can educate, guide and shape the next generation to be conscientious online and savvy users of […]

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Buying Bikes for Kids

Buying Bikes for Kids

[ 0 ] April 8, 2010 |

Bike season is here at last in New England. Since kids grow year-round it may be time to buy your child’s first bike or upgrade their old one. Although I’ve had luck getting bikes for my children as hand-me-downs and buying them off Craig’s List, not everyone wants to shop this way or happens on […]

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Materials are the Message

Materials are the Message

[ 1 ] April 7, 2010 |

By Mary Scott Hackman, Early Childhood Program Developer, Providence Children’s Museum Children learn best when they are allowed to make choices and experiment – the process is as important as the outcome. This statement is not only powerful; it is the sum and substance of Providence Children’s Museum’s educational philosophy.  It is the message we […]

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Children’s Book Review: 2010 Caldecott winner <em>The Lion and the Mouse </em> by Jerry Pinkney

Children’s Book Review: 2010 Caldecott winner The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney

[ 0 ] April 6, 2010 |

Reviewed by Marcia Maynard The cover of this year’s Caldecott winner, The Lion and the Mouse, is captivating and shows the passion that author/illustrator Jerry Pinkney has for his work, this fable and for animals. Based in the African Serengeti of Tanzania and Kenya, the story is painted in earth-toned watercolors. As in the cover, […]

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Five Ways Rhode Island Families Can Help Their Neighbors Affected By Floods

Five Ways Rhode Island Families Can Help Their Neighbors Affected By Floods

[ 2 ] April 2, 2010 |

Historic flooding provides opportunities for families to make a difference. Local family enrichment company, Familytopia, urges parents to seize this week’s flooding as an opportunity to teach their children valuable lessons about helping neighbors in need. The destruction to homes and businesses as a result of the flooding displaced hundreds of people, and ruined many […]

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April is National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month

[ 1 ] April 1, 2010 |

By Katy Killilea April is National Poetry month, and kids are natural poets. They’ve got that unselfconscious rhythm, love to rhyme, and they get passionate pleasure from alliteration. While they’re pounding out the beats all year long, we can celebrate poetry month with special activities that people of many ages can get into. 1. Hinky […]

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Children’s Book Review: <em>When Rain Falls</em> by Melissa Stewart and illustrations by Constance R. Bergum

Children’s Book Review: When Rain Falls by Melissa Stewart and illustrations by Constance R. Bergum

[ 0 ] March 31, 2010 |

Reviewed by Marcia Maynard What better time to read a book about rain than during this wet Rhode Island spring? Melissa Stewart’s knowledge of science and her love of language are obvious in her picture book, When Rain Falls. Stewart connects her readers to the book by starting with a brother and sister who run […]

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Boys’ New Favorite Pandora Station: Danny Elfman

Boys’ New Favorite Pandora Station: Danny Elfman

[ 3 ] March 30, 2010 |

My kids have loved music since they were babies. When they were fussy, music was the way to calm them. Along with lullabies and rounds of Wheels on the Bus, they listened to Toe Jam Puppet Band, Dan Zanes and Bill Harley along with a heavy dose of Motown, The Beatles, They Might Be Giants, […]

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Teach your Kids about the United States by Joining a Postcard Swap!

Teach your Kids about the United States by Joining a Postcard Swap!

[ 0 ] March 25, 2010 |

What a great way to get your kids off the computer, meeting new people and learning about distant lands. Aime recently emailed me to share this fun activity she is doing with her family. Geography is exciting to me.  I want my children to enjoy it too.  In January I learned of a postcard swap […]

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Animal Sounds

Animal Sounds

[ 2 ] March 22, 2010 |

By Roger Williams Park Zoo, Education Department Like learning to count or recite the alphabet, learning animal sounds is a fundamental part of childhood.  We often ask our little ones, “What sound does a cow make?” and then giggle with glee when “mooo” comes out of the mouth of babes. If we ask children, and […]

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