School & Education

Marble Mania. Math and small motor activities for kids from preschoolers to school age

My little adorable toddler, the Big Button, is busy sifting marbles to and from. Clickety-cluck. The door bursts open and his older brother, Smiles, rushes through the door. The daily explosion of greetings and hugs is cut short as he notices the colorful marbles, spoons, tongs and ice cube trays: he is heading straight for [...]

Head Full of Marbles. Great sorting activity for preschool kids.

I always looked at them as a choking hazard.  My kids always found them so attractive to handle, roll, transfer from one container to the next.  My mom always believed it was ok, if done under supervision.  And then I haven’t seen marbles for a really long time, until rediscovered to hem in a completely [...]

New perspective on the college selection dilemma

My dearest little nephew, the first baby I ever fell in love with as my own, is no longer so little. Quite the opposite: a young man, he is collecting college response mailings on top of his dresser.  Time for one of the biggest decisions of his entire life.  Loving him so much, we all [...]

10 best MATH toys. Educational gift ideas

Who said that math is boring? We can assure children and parents that with the right play tools, learning mathematics can be fun! Find these math toys that were hand-picked by preschool and elementary school teachers to help parents and grandparents to shop for the smartest holiday gifts. 1. Math Keyboard – Multiplication This educational [...]

How to Encourage Kids to Read

Promote reading in your family. Encourage your children to read more. With busy schedules for both parents and kids it is easier to say that than to accomplish it. PBS Reading Rockets asked the parents and teachers to share their ideas about how to encourage kids, especially those who aren’t excited about books, to do [...]

Fun games and activities to teach kids about Art

While the fall colors and winds are slowly overtaking the playground, we love to revisit our favorite museums.  That is art museums.  Here I already shared what a big hit art museums are in our family (Visiting art museums with kids. Real treat for family fun).  The best thing is, that art is not reserved [...]