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Making sure that app time is quality time

Making sure that app time is quality time
By Tamara Lubic, Online Editor
September 26, 2013 — Admit it. Even if you once vowed never to let TV be a babysitter, there probably came a day, maybe in the middle of fixing dinner, maybe when multiple members of the family were sick, maybe when the incessant refrain of “I’m bored” became too much, when you either channel-surfed or popped in a DVD and said, “Here. Watch this.” And you bought a half hour or even an hour of time to focus.

10 ways to make fall fabulous for kids

10 ways to make fall fabulous for kids
By Tamara Lubic, Online Editor
September 19, 2013 — Fall is a beautiful season. In most parts of the country, temperatures are moderate, and days bring both sunshine and rain. School is well underway. The holiday crunch is still in the distance. Whether getting out or staying in, autumn delivers bushel baskets full of fun and learning. The change of seasons is a great time for reveling in sensory pleasures, sharing time, making treats, and reinforcing math, science and language skills—all at once!

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.

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