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Toddlers, preschoolers and tablets: touchscreen technology begins early

Toddlers, preschoolers and tablets: touchscreen technology begins early
By Tamara Lubic, Online Editor
September 12, 2013 — The first few years of a child’s life move so fast, marked by so many milestones. First words. First steps. First touchscreen device. First touchscreen device? Yes, and that first tablet or smartphone is falling into little hands earlier and earlier.

Making math second nature: everyday life as a 24/7 classroom

Making math second nature: everyday life as a 24/7 classroom
By Tamara Lubic, Online Editor
September 5, 2013 — Kids who dislike math—or at least, don’t love it--often ask, with heavy sigh and roll of the eyes, “And just when exactly am I going to use this?” The question arises most often around higher-level math, but it frequently starts coming into play much earlier.

In support of children’s literature

In support of children’s literature
By Shannon Mullally, Ph.D.
August 27, 2013 — Why should we care about children’s books? There are the answers we know (it is a good thing to teach kids how to read) and there is a compelling answer that may surprise you. What if teaching kids how to read was not the greatest thing that children’s books can do? What if the art, the illustrations, the pictures, the characters, are actually more important than the words? Is that possible? Let me explain. Kids can learn far more from children’s books than the meaning of words.

Reading to your children: small investment, big rewards

Reading to your children: small investment, big rewards
By Tamara Lubic, Online Editor
August 20, 2013 — We have all heard the term “formative years,” but it is easy to overlook or underestimate just how much is being formed and shaped early in a young child’s life. The White House, as support for the President’s early-learning agenda, notes that “Research has shown that the early years in a child’s life—when the human brain is forming—represent a critically important window of opportunity to develop a child’s full potential and shape key academic, social, and cognitive skills that determine a child’s success in school and in life.”

Whip up sweet laughs and healthy fun, with a splash of learning mixed in

Whip up sweet laughs and healthy fun, with a splash of learning mixed in
By Tamara Lubic, Online Editor
August 14, 2013 — Want to bake a couple dozen root beer floats? Yep, you read that right. Try this easy, yummy-sounding recipe for Root Beer Float cupcakes, provided by Erika, a New Hampshire-based mother of four, who produces the Musings From a Stay at Home Mom blog. She states she made a few changes to a recipe she came across that brought back memories of a childhood fizzy favorite. Her blog contains a recipe section with a wide assortment of tasties.

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