The holiday season is underway: Many Memphis families recently finished celebrating Hanukkah, others are getting ready for Christmas in less than a month, and still others anticipate Kwanzaa shortly thereafter. At this time of year, we are often asked: “What is the most important thing for parents and families with babies and toddlers to remember during these special times?”
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We often hear about the achievement gap—the distinct academic disparities that exist between groups of students, primarily between middle-class students and students from lower-income families. Decades of research confirm that a combination of in-school and at-home factors contribute to these differences. We tend to focus our attention solely on what can be done at sc
A little more than a year ago, Dr. Meg West, a member of our board at the Memphis Pink Palace Museum suggested I take a look at an exhibit at The Urban Child Institute about the development of a child's brain. On Tuesday a user-friendly, highly interactive version of a portion of that exhibit will debut at the Pink Palace.
As Thanksgiving approaches, it is a common tradition to ask kids what they are thankful for. Although the list evolves as children get older, it is rare for those early versions to include adults, and especially their parents. But as their teachers, their grandparents, and their moms and dads especially, we know that kids are blessings in our lives and we are very thankful for them—for lots of reasons.
There is nothing quite like Halloween for young children. There are of course the costumes and the candy, the jack-o-lanterns and trick and treating. But it’s one of the celebrations that shape attitudes – either positive or negative – toward family, neighbors, and environment which are crucial in the cognitive and social development of our youngest children.
Shop anywhere for the next couple of months and you will find pumpkins everywhere you turn. Fall is all about pumpkins, whether real or decorative, or even flavoring our coffees and sweets. So, why not capitalize on their ready availability by using a few “Touch, Talk, Read, Play” strategies to learn about pumpkins right now?