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Bathtub Science
by Thomas Armstrong, Ph.D.

Kids are natural scientists; they’re always wondering about things, testing their ideas about the world, and asking questions about natural events. You can help your child make use of his inquiring mind by providing experiences around the home that involve […]


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Nurturing Creativity in Your Pre-Schooler
by Thomas Armstrong, Ph.D.

All young children are creative people. Nature seems to have endowed them with the ability to transform even the most commonplace circumstance into a novel event, full of joy and discovery. • One important task for any parent is to […]


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Developmental vs. Academic Pre-Schools and Kindergartens
by Thomas Armstrong, Ph.D.

Many parents are confused about what kind of preschool or kindergarten to choose for their child. They hear about academic versus developmental programs and sometimes don’t really know what these schools actually provide. • Academic programs are paper and pencil […]


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The Hurried Child Syndrome: What You Can Do About It
by Thomas Armstrong, Ph.D.

Concern is growing among educators that we’re forcing preschool children to engage in academic tasks that they’re simply not ready for. Increasingly, preschools are demanding that kids do pencil and paper activities to prepare them for grade school. Unfortunately, this […]


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The “Real Mother Goose” Series
by Peter Neumeyer, Ph.D.

Part of the wonderful revival of old children’s books that are seen today is the reissue of the old Real Mother Goose series, first published in 1916. It may be that not only your parents, but your grandparents remember these […]


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Christmas Pop-Up Books
by Peter Neumeyer, Ph.D.

Some families enjoy making their own Christmas traditions – putting a glass of milk out for Santa or reading a book or verse together on Christmas Eve. There are a least two Christmas versions of Clement Clarke Moore’s poem The […]


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Counting Books
by Peter Neumeyer, Ph.D.

Again, just like alphabet books, counting books provide wonderful opportunity for artists to paint almost anything they like without having to worry about someone else’s plot, thus there are great numbers of them by remarkable illustrators. Bert Kitchen’s Animal Numbers […]


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What Is There To See In “Where The Wild Things Are”?
by Peter Neumeyer, Ph.D.

Although Where The Wild Things Are may seem frightening at first, essentially, this is a reassuring story of a little child who masters his own demons and who, at the end, is assured of his mother’s love. The story is […]


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Ideas For Reading Activities With A Pre-Schooler
by Peter Neumeyer, Ph.D.

Here are some ideas for reading activities with your preschooler: • Besides looking at illustrations together, or having the child repeat refrains, you can get wonderful, active participation by having him or her draw characters or scenes from the story, […]


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Ideas For Reading Books With A Pre-School Child
by Peter Neumeyer, Ph.D.

Here are some ideas for reading books with your preschool child. Consider time, place, and how. • As to time and place, grab odd moments to give both yourself and your child the pleasure of a reading break. Always keep […]


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