With Blocks, Educators Go Back To Basics – By Kyle Spencer

As in fashion, old things often come back in style in education. The Parents League workshop reflects a renewed faith in unit blocks — those basic, indestructible wooden toys created in the early 1900s — sweeping through some elite swaths of New York’s education universe.

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Why Children Aren’t Behaving, And What You Can Do About It – By Cory Turner

“Childhood — and parenting — have radically changed in the past few decades, to the point where far more children today struggle to manage their behavior.

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The S Word – Toddlers Learning To Share – By Janet Lansbury

We are all desperate for our children to share. Sharing is vital. The future of the world depends upon our children’s spirit of generosity. We fear that if we don’t remind our children to share, they might become selfish, stingy outcasts. Or, we worry that we will be judged an indulgent, inconsiderate and ill-mannered parent.

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Rocking And Rolling—It Takes Two: The Role Of Co-Regulation In Building Self-Regulation Skills – By Linda Groves Gillespieg

In the beginning, very young children’s capacity for self-regulation is limited, and they are very dependent on their teachers for co-regulation. For those working with infants and toddlers, warm and responsive interactions are truly foundational for the development of self-regulation

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Mr. Rogers Had A Simple Set Of Rules For Talking To Children – By Maxwell King

The TV legend possessed an extraordinary understanding of how kids make sense of language. For the millions of adults who grew up watching him on public television, Fred Rogers represents the most important human values: respect, compassion, kindness, integrity, humility. On Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, the show that he created 50 years ago and starred in, […]

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Let Kids Play – By Perri Klass, M.D.

The most famous painting of children at play is  “Children’s Games,” the 1560 work by Pieter Bruegel the Elder of a town square in which children from toddlers to adolescents (scholars have counted 246) are playing a range of timeless games.

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The Magic Of A Cardboard Box – By Alexandra Lange

These 21st-century storytellers turned to cardboard for the same reasons that children have long preferred the box to the toy that came in it: cardboard is light and strong, easy to put up, quick to come down and, perhaps most important, inexpensive enough for experiment.

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Why Reading The Same Book Repeatedly Is Good For Kids – By Devon A. Corneal

Does your child have a favorite book they want to read over and over again? Or worse, wants you to read over and over again? I bet you’ve memorized every word. You loved its adorable illustrations and clever text when you first brought it home, but now...

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11 Things To Say When Kids Cry – By Renee Jain

It’s no secret that hearing our kids cry makes us uncomfortable. Just think about how anxious you feel when your little one tears up without an obvious reason. We know that a newborn’s main way to communicate is to cry, yet we still look at it as something to be “fixed”. Once that infant becomes a walking, talking toddler, we sometimes expect them to process emotion the way we do, rather than the way they have always done: through crying.

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