This holiday season, shoppers are looking for something more than standard Christmas decorations and gifts. If you're looking to add a special touch to your holidays this year, what could be better than personalizing your decor and presents? When you create a one-of-a-kind craft, dish, or gift, you'll be adding a little extra magic to the holiday season. If you're not sure where to start, here are some ways to make Christmas memories you'll treasure forever.
Raymond Briggs' iconic book The Snowman was first published in 1978. After two years of working on the delightfully mucky, slimy illustrations for his book Fungus the Bogeyman, Briggs wanted the chance to create a story with clean, beautiful images that would be as fun for children to see as they were for him to illustrate. Instead of spending time drafting a script, Briggs created a completely wordless story, using his dynamic illustrations to tell the tale of a little boy's snowman coming to life.
Halloween is the season of witches, wizards, and all sorts of otherworldly creatures. What better time to enjoy a bit of do-it-yourself magic? You can help your kids cast a seasonal spell with these holiday activities.
Over the pandemic, many parents rethought how much screen time was acceptable for children. Kids who had previously been allowed only an hour of screen time every day were now spending most of their time in video calls for class and social activities. Many families also loosened up restrictions on how much time kids could spend in front of the television, since parents working from home couldn’t send their children to daycare.
As lockdowns end and in-person schooling resumes, families are rethinking the amount of time their children spend in front of screens. If you’re trying to change your family’s computer, phone, and television habits, consider these tips for using screens responsibly.
Make screen time educational, not addictive
Not all time spent in front of a television or a computer is the same. Consider finding educational television programs and video games for your children, so they can continue learning even durin
We’d all like our children to take to reading early and enjoy books throughout their lives. Unfortunately, not every child has an immediate and natural love of reading. This doesn’t necessarily mean that anything is wrong with your kid! Sometimes, parents and teachers need to do a little work to help cultivate a love of literature.
Kids love search-and-find books, and early childhood educators love them too. While all books are great for teaching kids to read, the interactive nature of a seek-and-find book adds an extra element of play to the learning process. In addition to helping kids practice reading, these books are an interactive experience that help kids learn the skills they need to solve problems, create their own stories, and much more.
Many parents dread teaching their children how to spell. English is a difficult language that’s not always phonetic, and kids have so many things they’d rather be doing than puzzling over letters! Fortunately, most young children are very interested in their own names. Teaching your child to spell their name is an important part of getting kids interested in reading and writing for themselves.