April Fools Day or ‘Joking Day’ comes but once a year but has its roots in ancient times.
Dorothy Chin Gerding of Smithfield, RI shares how she and her family celebrate Chinese New Year. Gung Hey Fat Choy! Happy Lunar New Year! In China this is a month long celebration that brings families together from far and wide. Here in the United States, my own family and friends will make long distance calls […]
We have decided to celebrate the magic of snow (and lack of the white stuff in the northeast) by hosting a Snow Party – complete with stories, crafts, science experiments and snacks. Followed by a trip outdoors in real snow if the temperatures drop and the rain changes to snow.
Read “Snowflake Bentley” (Caldecott Medal Book) by Jacqueline Briggs, illustrated by Martin Mary Azarian. This is the true story of Wilson Bentley, a farmer born in 1865 in Jericho, Vermont, a small town between Lake Champlain and Mount Mansfield. The story shows Bentley’s fascination, determination, and success in learning how to photograph snowflakes after his mother gave him a microscope when he was fifteen. Beautiful, bold woodcut illustrations.
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 […]
As the flurry of December days rush by at a terrific pace, you may be like our family and still have many gifts still to buy. You see shopping is not one of our favorite sports and neither is spending stacks of money. Thinking up a frugal and exciting alternative to socks while possessing minimal […]
JUMP!, Providence’s premiere youth dance company will perform its holiday classic based on the book THE POLAR EXPRESS by local author, Chris Van Allsburg on December 21 at 2pm and 6 pm and on December 22 at 2 pm at The Nathan Bishop School, Providence, RI. This original dance-drama delights audiences of all ages. With a variety of dance styles […]
One of our favorite holiday traditions is to excitedly rush out of bed for twenty four December mornings to see what lies behind the little door on the Advent calendar. The origins of the Advent calendar comes from the Early 19th Century German Lutherans who would count down the first 24 days of December in […]
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, it’s a great time to make sure kids understand the value of being thankful for the food they eat. Last year we created a “Tree of Thanks”. We drew a tree on a large piece of paper, cut out little colored leaves and left them around the Thanksgiving table. […]