Book Buzz: Finding Dorothy

Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts Before the ubiquity of DVDs and Netflix, families wishing to share a little movie magic by watching the annual rebroadcast of MGM’s The Wizard of Oz had to keep a keen eye on the TV listings. It often ran in winter, and was a must-see before the holidays. Millions tuned in to … Read more

Let’s Practice: Talking

Let's Practice Talking

This week’s theme: Dancing Some people feel joyful when they dance. Some people feel uncomfortable. Put on some music and dance. Talk about the way it makes you feel. Do you like the way your body moves? Are there dance steps you’d like to learn? Talk about different styles of dance: ballet, jazz, hip hop, … Read more

Book Buzz: Holiday Gift Picks

It’s been a long and challenging year, and many of us are having trouble concentrating enough to read or just want feel-good reading. To that end, this year’s suggestions for holiday gift books have in common the theme of kindness, compassion and shared humanity. They are the type of books that are lovely to have … Read more

Let’s Practice: Playing

Let's Practice Playing

This week’s theme: Snow Would you like to play with snow all year round? Try making fake snow! In a large shallow container, combine 3 cups of baking soda and add shaving cream until you reach a perfect snowy consistency. You can use a fork to mix it. Feel how cold and flakey it is. … Read more

Let’s Practice: Writing

Let's Practice Writing

This week’s theme: Snow Try making a snow scene by making any picture you want and then covering it with either a white crayon, cut up pieces of white paper, or ripped up pieces of white paper. The whole process of creating art exercises our small motor skills for writing. You can even practice squiggly … Read more

Let’s Practice: Reading

Let's Practice Reading

This week’s theme: Snow Some books have pictures of real snow like Best In Snow by April Pulley Sayre. Some books are about a child’s experience with snow (real or imaginary) like A Big Bed for Little Snow by Grace Lin. Books are a great way to talk about things children have experienced, learn about … Read more

Let’s Practice: Singing

Let's Practice Singing

This week’s theme: Snow Singing is a great way to elongate the sounds of words and give young children time to hear each sound that makes up a word. Rhymes can do the same. Try this while singing “Frosty the Snowman.” We’d love to see you Practicing! Share a photo or video of your little … Read more