Stone Soup – A Lesson through the Ages

Stone Soup - A Lesson through the Ages

“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.” Maya Angelou

Today, I was reminded of a lesson from years ago. It was a story told in my oldest son’s kindergarten class. Even now, after having heard the story many times, it always takes my mind on a gentle journey...

Painting with Infants and Toddlers

Painting with Infants and Toddlers

Have you ever been painting with your older children and look up to see your infant sitting in the bouncer or high chair just staring in amazement and wanting to join in? Well, don’t leave baby out of the fun! But wait a minute, you think it’s not safe… baby will get the paint in their mouths as...

EEEEEK!! My Preschooler Has Homework

My Preschooler Has Homework

My preschooler brought home, homework! How can that be? He is still my little baby. He’s not old enough for homework. He’s not ready for this… I’M not ready for this! *Sigh* Does that sound familiar? We are several weeks into the school year and some preschoolers’ parents had those exact things to...

What Children Learn through Art

What’s art got to do with it, got to do with it?

“You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul.” George Bernard Shaw. I can think of nothing more descriptive of art than those words. Oh, how true they are. A child creating a work of art is the equivalent of a songwriter pouring emotion...

Situations to Stimulate Curiosity and Learning

Situations to Stimulate Curiosity and Learning

Have you ever read something that just stuck with you? You know, no matter what else you read or saw your brain kept coming back to that same thought? That happened to me today as I was doing some research. I ran across this question, “How do teachers create situations and opportunities...

Home and School Partnerships

Home and School Partnerships

It’s a new school year and what better time to talk about home and school partnerships. For the purposes of this article, the term “school” includes childcare centers, preschools, public and private school systems. To build that relationship and make the partnership work, that requires effort, patience,...

How the Thought Process Affects Behavior

How the Thought Process Affects Behavior

Children and adults all have the same method of processing thought. As adults, we hope that we have already mastered this skill, however, in today’s world with stressors around every corner, we tend to revert back to our childhood days. With children, they are just learning how to process...

Teaching Life Skills Through Center Play

Teaching Life Skills Through Center Play

Does your four-year-old know how to sit down in a restaurant and order sushi? Do they know how to take an order? Cash out a purchase? Cook a meal? The odds are the answers to those questions is probably no. At Kidz World, we pride ourselves on teaching life skills through center play. A four-year-old is not going...