Educational Resources

What does my child need to know before entering the kindergarten?

Every child is unique and learns at his/her own pace. However, most educational experts agree that some certain skills are essential to prepare for kindergarten, do well at school and develop knowledge further. What are the skills and concepts that children should know before entering kindergarten? How to assess if your child is ready for school? Our [...]

Stop doing your kids’ homework and overloading them with activities! Or don’t?

Leisurely opening my Facebook page this morning I get startled by the screaming title of the first post: “Stop doing your kids’ homework!” The burst of fiery energy is just sweeping all the leisureness of this morning away, as I drawn in deeper into the article… You’ve seen it, I am sure. You definitely seen [...]

Learning to Read: Secrets of Success

“Teaching kids to read” is the hottest, most painful and anxiety producing question in parent’s discussions. Will the teacher do it? Preschool? Kindergarten? School? Phonics? Whole words? Montessori? Kumon? Natural reading? Reading-video games? Weird-looking reading animals at the annoyingly squeaky educational websites? Internet, social media, instead of offering a wealth of help, are adding a [...]

The Dogs of Venice by Maisy, the Travel Mouse.

I, Maisy, the Travel Mouse, need to tell you about special animals of Venice. The fauna of Venice, like most world cities, isn’t seen much due to the lack of natural habitat. Plus there are no trees in Venice, and Venetian canal water is questionably clean. You can occasionally see city birds, like pigeons and [...]

Traveling to Venice, Italy. Maisy’s becoming a Venetian.

I was awakened today by the fresh breath of the Venetian atmosphere. The hunger and fatigue felt in the pits of my stomach confirmed my jet lag, caused by the fact that I had landed in Italy just one sunset ago. The plane ride was stuffy – of course I was squished in the overhead [...]

The role of family and why it is larger now than ever.

Kids in 2015 lead extremely different lifestyles than those of their counterparts 30, 20, or even 10 years ago. Most of their socialization with friends happens through social media. Instagramming has replaced scrapbooking, text messaging has replaced face-to-face interaction, Xbox Live has replaced backyard games of football. These are not negative things by any means. As a [...]