Raising Brilliant Children

Sometimes it seems to be an understatement that there is both a spoken and unspoken performance pressure to raise a brilliant child. Roberta Golinkoff, a developmental psychologist, states “We live in a crazy time, and parents are very worried about their children’s futures. They’re getting all kinds of messages about children having to score at the top level on some […]

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Diversity in our Every Day World

Wonders believes a big part of the socio-emotional work we do revolves around incorporating diversity into everyday play. A vital aspect of our program is our commitment to multicultural and social justice education. We carefully create an environment that reflects not only the cultures of the families we serve but the world around us. We believe this validates children’s experiences, teaches the importance of […]

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STEM in Early Learning

It seems that STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) learning is everywhere, from articles on the web to your children’s own classrooms. The research shows that STEM studies can attribute to better problem solving and communication skills. Even the U.S. Department of Education stresses the need for all students have accessible STEM education, with their goal that “All young people should be prepared […]

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Connecting with Nature this Summer

With the longer days and warm weather, summer is the perfect opportunity to have your child connect to nature. Recently NAEYC collected studies that “show [the] importance of introducing children to the natural world, beginning in the early years. Their social, emotional, and physical health depends on this exposure to develop. Humans are hardwired to need nature—because we are part of […]

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My child and technology: How do I keep up with the web?

Achieving a healthy approach to media and technology can make a big difference in kids’ lives today.  Kids who learn to use digital media wisely can accomplish amazing things — learn new skills, explore new worlds, build new ideas, and change the world. Yet every kid has different needs. As parents and educators, we know our kids best.  Common Sense […]

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Maryland and DC area listserv for parents

The dcurbanmom.com listerv is now defunct, but you can still go the website where the  archives host the plethora of useful info. Dads, grandpas, uncles, don’t let the url fool you, this resource is for all parents. You’ll find about a variety of topics, from pediatrician reviews to recommendations for finding a selection of narrow-sized shoes for two-year-olds.   The Patch neighborhood […]

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