putting the play back in k

One of the most recent viral stories revolves around a letter from a principal in Elwood, New York to parents of kindergarten children.   In the letter, the principal, along with the school’s four kindergarten teachers, announce their decision to cancel the annual kindergarten show.  The reason?  More time to focus on preparing the children […]

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a very science-y weekend around philly!
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PHILADELPHIA   Friday, April 25th thru Saturday, May 3rd Philadelphia Science Festival    The Philadelphia Science Festival (PSF) is a scientific celebrations with nine days of events at restaurants, museums, libraries, galleries and outdoor spaces. Popular events have included star-gazing sessions, birdwatching, exploring the science of food and the massive Science Carnival on the Parkway […]

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last lullaby
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I’ve written before about parenting as a million tiny goodbyes.  Some of those goodbyes, like sending your child off to kindergarten, you realize as they’re happening.  But most of them slip right through your fingertips while you’re busy getting the kids to bed.   My six year old and I have a simple bedtime routine.  […]

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eggceptionally fun ideas for this weekend…
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Local   Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival Morris Arboretum Saturday, April 19th 10:15-3pm Explore and enjoy Japanese tradition with a Cherry Blossom walk, kimono dressing demonstration and zenarchery demonstration all within the beautiful boundaries of the Arboretum. $16 adults/$8 kids 3-17 http://www.business-services.upenn.edu/arboretum/calendar.shtml   Easter Egg Hunt Awbury Arboretum Saturday, April 19th 10am Welcome Easter with a traditional Easter Egg Hunt […]

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the best homework assignment ever…
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I’m an outspoken anti-homework Mama, solidly on record against homework for young children.  I’ve written about it here and here, and even participated in a radio panel about it. Last year, my daughter’s teacher gave kindergarten families homework, and it was a long-term project.  Stop that groaning!  This one was actually quite lovely. As part […]

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