Unschooling (Child-Led Learning)

Young at Art: Teaching Toddlers Self-Expression

Young at Art: Teaching Toddlers Self-Expression

Susan’s book helped me to understand the importance of scribbling and the stages of scribbling. She convinced me that using one color at a time (each color for a length of time) is best for a young child. Children are more focused on the process, not the product of art.

Ask a Professional Artist: Charlotte Carney

Ask a Professional Artist: Charlotte Carney

In the spirit of creating awareness about the importance of art in our lives and our culture, and fostering a positive art experience for our children, it is helpful to learn about the paths of people who live their creativity and share their stories with our children.

Map Love

Map Love

  I did not know I was a maphead until halfway through college. While double majoring in music performance, I took an elective course in “Human Geography.” The course brushed the surface of the “where” of history; geopolitical studies paired with a few brief hands-on […]

Music Introduction for Children age 3-6

Music Introduction for Children age 3-6

When is my Child Ready to Learn Music? Perhaps being formally educated in music puts people like myself in a strange position when considering how and when to begin music education for our children. We feel more internal pressure to “teach” our children music, perhaps […]

Natural Inquirer, Free Magazines for Kids

Natural Inquirer, Free Magazines for Kids

Natural Inquirer is a free magazine for kids of varying ages. Simply setup an account with mailing address and select what issues you want mailed to you. There are series for three different age ranges: Pre-K through 2nd grade, Upper Elementary and Middle School and […]

My Child Won’t Paint: The Ritual of Art

My Child Won’t Paint: The Ritual of Art

Art, and the freedom of expression that this medium provides, is too profound to lose because a child needs help finding their voice in their art. In the same way that children need us to model pretend play, or help them put together a puzzle or read to them before they can read; we need to actively show them how to incorporate creative art in their play so they can see more possibilities in their own expression.

Best Hawaii Children’s Books

Best Hawaii Children’s Books

Our kids have loved getting to know their new home by exploring the island, watching documentaries, and making new friends. Another way to learn about the culture and language of the islands is to read about hawaii. The Chinaman’s Hat This story is one of […]

Children’s Book Favorites

Children’s Book Favorites

  We love reading. I am fortunate to have a sister-in-law who is a librarian and avid reader, so I am always informed about wonderful books, new titles, and books that would be a good fit for us. The books she gives us always end up […]

Pattern Blocks, Let’s Play Math!

Pattern Blocks, Let’s Play Math!

One of the many wonderful suggestions from Let’s Play Math by Denise Gaskins is to get wooden pattern blocks or tangram blocks. Pattern blocks are a great way to introduce young children to shapes and how they can be decomposed into smaller shapes. It is a […]

Animal Architects

Animal Architects

Most kids I know are very curious about animals. They want to know what animals eat, where they live, what sounds they make. This beautiful book takes that interest a bit further and tells you how certain animals make their homes. Animal Architects: Amazing Animals […]