El sapo verde

Reading poems is one of the best ways to introduce Spanish to your kids. And, if they’re old enough, you can work on memorizing a few stanzas together. Check out this poem about a happy toad written by Spanish author, Carmen Gil. Ese sapo verde se esconde y se pierde; así no lo besa ninguna princesa.     Porque con …

Beach Vocabulary Challenge!

Today’s activities are all about the beach… la playa. First, a challenge: How many Spanish words about the beach can you come up with? Write or say all the beach-related words you can as a family! Then, take a look at this picture: Ask your child, to describe, in Spanish, what they see happening in the image. Then come up with a Spanish …

¡Vamos a la playa!

Playing pretend is a great way to get your little ones speaking Spanish. Today, imagine you are at the beach! Speak in Spanish about all the different things you will see and do while you’re there. Show your little one this picture to set the mood.           You can start off by saying: Llegamos a playa. ¿Qué …

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Moms: Take Our Quiz and Reveal Your Secret Identity!

Maybe you know her as Beth, or Nicole, or “Mom”… but every mom has a secret superhero profile, and we’ve built a quiz to help uncover those hidden identities. Moms: Answer these questions and we’ll tell you about your archenemy, your secret powers, and we’ll give you a superhero name! This is a super fun activity to do with kids. Try …

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It’s a Beautiful Day to Wear a Cardigan (& Support PBS)!

Mr. Rogers testified to Congress in support of PBS 48 years ago — he saved funding for PBS back then, and we’re fighting to do the same now. Last week, we piled on to Protect My Public Media’s call to remember that day by wearing a cardigan and posting a selfie with #ItsaBeautifulDay. Here are some of the photos that …

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Praise Effort Over Achievement? Yes, But Flexibility is Important, Too

As parents, we sometimes find books or articles that make us question the way we parent and try something new. This week, one of us found out that the way most of us encourage our kids may actually hurt them.  You’ve probably heard “praise effort not achievement.” But it’s not enough to just encourage kids to try hard (plus, it …

We Won a Round! #SavePBSKids

We’ve got a bit of good news in the fight for PBS Kids: Congress just passed the ’17 budget with full funding for public broadcasting! Especially after yesterday’s painful healthcare vote, this is a welcome sign that together, we *can* have an impact. BUT, and it’s a big but — Trump wants zero funding for public broadcasting in 2018 so …

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How to Raise Kids Who Are Resilient

In a recent op-ed in The New York Times, Sheryl Sandberg writes about what she’s learned about building resilience in kids, even after a devastating loss. “The good news is that resilience isn’t a fixed personality trait.” she writes, “We’re not born with a set amount of it. Resilience is a muscle we can help kids build.” She mentions 3 …

Our New Favorite Thing: Ludacris Reading “Llama Llama”

Have you seen the video of Ludacris (hip hop artist and father) rapping the kids’ book “Llama Llama”? It rocked our world. Even if you can’t rap them, books are great for your little one’s brain. If you’re not sure what kind of reading will work best for your kid at the moment, here are a few age-based tips: Reading Tips by Age …

Books to Read with Kids in Honor of the Climate March

This Saturday, thousands of people will march in Washington, D.C., as part of the March for Climate, Jobs, and Justice. With the administration’s roll-back of key climate protections, we have to sound the alarm loud and clear: We must protect the planet for future generations. As the powerful signs at the March for Science reminded us last week, “There is no Planet …