7 Tips for a Smooth Back-to-School Transition

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Nobody likes to see summer end. When I was a kid growing up in New York, school always started the Wednesday after Labor Day. We dreaded it. But by that time the weather was getting cooler; the town pool was closed for the season. You didn’t feel like you were missing out. Nowadays, it seems as if … [Read more...]

Why Reading to Children is So Important

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What’s the most important trait you’d like to develop in your child? If you’re like most parents, intelligence is probably at the top of your list. We all want bright, smart children, which is why we spend so much time choosing the right schools and making sure teachers are exceeding expectations. … [Read more...]

Rainy Day Dr. Seuss Printables

. Save Save Dr. Seuss Printables Every so often one of those days comes along where you're stuck inside and the kids need something to do to keep them out of trouble. These Dr. Seuss Printables should do the trick! Activities will keep young ones entertained, and the quotable quotes might … [Read more...]

The Adorable Stages of Learning to Read

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This. Video. Cracks. Me. Up. Do you remember learning to read? For most of us, it comes after many years of exposure to books and being read to by our parents. When my kids were really little, I couldn't get enough of the deep belly-laughs that would erupt from them when I read the punchline of … [Read more...]

Why Read to Kids: Emotional Rewards of Reading Aloud

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Why read to kids? The reasons to read aloud to our children are so numerous that we decided to divide them up into different categories. In addition to helping kids' academic skills, there are a whole host of Social and Emotional benefits kids (and parents!) receive from reading together. While … [Read more...]

Disney’s Frozen Games, Activities & Printables

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Every child I know under the age of . . . say 50 . . . has been bitten by the Disney Frozen bug. Whenever I find myself telling the kids to stop bickering about something, I can hear my husband singing "Let It Go" at the top of his lungs—much to the dismay of our dog. (Sorry, Idina.) These cute … [Read more...]

Dr. Seuss’s Green Eggs and Ham Printables

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Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss is a book that has been adored by many generations of kids and parents. Here are some fun free printables for children to enjoy doing at home or at school. They can be downloaded and shared as part of Read Across America Day, which is celebrated by many public schools … [Read more...]

Reading Milestones: What to Expect at Different Ages

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While every child is unique and develops at his or her own pace, there are specific reading milestones that can be helpful for parents to keep in mind as their child grows. And if you have a baby, you're not off the hook. A strong foundation of speech and language development in the early years can … [Read more...]

5 Solid Reasons to Read to Your Toddler

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Imagine this: Dinner and bath time are finished. Teeth are brushed. Your 2-year-old—all warm and clean-smelling, in footie jammies—toddles over with her favorite book in her hand. You settle into a comfy rocker with your little one on your lap to read a bedtime story. You know how rewarding it can … [Read more...]

The Best Read-Aloud Books for Kids 4-7

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What was the last book you read that was so good you couldn't put it down? If you're anything like me, you stayed up until the wee hours just to finish the next chapter—and then walked around like a zombie the next day. You just couldn't wait to find out what happens next. It's no different for … [Read more...]

Bonding Through Books: One Thing All Babies (and Moms) Need

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The other day, my 9-year-old son asked me who the original writer was of the Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes. He wanted to know if there was a real woman long ago who had the unfortunate luck to marry a man named Mr. Goose. Perhaps she had birthed many children and lived in a house so small it felt, and … [Read more...]

10 Dr. Seuss Quotes You Should Know

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Reading is one of the most calming activities you can do with your child. It can provide a welcome break from all the digital gadgets and gizmos of modern family life. Classic books from Dr. Seuss are sure to bring back fond memories. To prove this point, take a peek at the Top 10 Dr. Seuss Quotes … [Read more...]