Parent Education

Parent Ed Book Study: It's Ok NOT To Share

Looking for strategies for setting limits with your child? Wanting advice on how to diffuse tantrums? Trying to figure out what to do when your child is exploring powerful weapon play? I'd like to invite you to join me for a Parent Ed book study! Our book is It's Ok NOT to Share, by Heather Shumaker. If you are like me and feel you are strapped for time and almost never get a chance to read, try the audio version of the book hereARAN CUCINE (the Landie family business) has kindly offered their space to us so we can gather during the morning while some of your children are in school. The dates are:

Thursday, February 22 at 9:30 a.m. (Section 1 & 2)
Wednesday, March 14 at 9:30 a.m. (Section 3 & 4)
Tuesday, April 10 at 9:30 a.m.(Sections 5-8)

We invite you to read the articles below and to check back for our schedule of guest speakers.


"Old-Fashioned Play Builds Serious Skills"

It’s interesting to me that when we talk about play today, the first thing that comes to mind are toys. Whereas when I would think of play in the 19th century, I would think of activity rather than an object.

The Washington Post

"The importance of childhood friendships, and how to nurture them"

Friendship is often underrated, considering the tremendous impact it has on our well being. Early-childhood friendship is something that is frequently overlooked as a positive developmental influence. We don’t always realize how attached young children are to their friends.
— Lena Aburdene Derhally

The New York Times

"The Building Blocks of a Good Pre-K"

WITH the introduction of universal pre-K in New York City, we have created a new entry point into our public school system. This raises a key question: What do we want our children’s first experiences in school to be? What does a good education look like for 4-year-olds?
— Shael Polakow-Suranksy and Nancy Nager

New York Magazine

"Why Typical Preschool Crafts Are a Total Waste of Time"

One morning in March, early-childhood educator Erika Christakis was in a meeting with a woman in Windsor, Vermont, when she felt a pair of eyes on her. Wide, vacant eyes crafted from paper, to be more specific. They belonged to a construction paper groundhog made by the woman’s 2-year-old, and something about their bug-eyed stare caught Christakis’s attention. “It was a cartoonish, adult version of an animal,” she writes in her new book, The Importance of Being Little, “not something a toddler could have conceived or executed.” And, anyway, she wondered, what could the celebration of Groundhog Day even mean to a toddler?
— Melissa Dahl