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March 27, 2019

Why You Should Read Aloud to Children

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As a child, I was convinced my mother purposely thought up chores for me to do just when I was at the most exciting point in my book. It certainly got the job done fast. I’d do anything to get back to the “real” world of my story. Even now my...

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July 31, 2017

Why Should Children Have Pets?

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In a world where many adults don’t know what commitment, discipline, or responsibility mean anymore, there’s nothing like the insistent squeaking of a guinea pig demanding to be fed to remind the child what constancy is! I can’t even remember how...

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March 31, 2017

Why Finger Games Matter

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Too young for finger games? Never! Not when it’s “Oma Lydia day.” One look at the enraptured faces turning to Oma Lydia as she takes her place by the table, and I’ve seen pure sunshine. I used to think finger games were for only two- or three-year...

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August 25, 2016

Chance Encounters

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“Good morning!” No response. Oh no! I am NOT going to spend a three-hour train ride bumping knees with someone who won’t even answer in a civil manner. I glanced at my husband, rolling my eyes as I heaved my knapsack into the rack and sat down next...

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