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The Smallest Scientists

As young children (the smallest scientists!) experiment with activities and actions they may find things don’t work out as expected. Blocks fall, snowballs melt, “guys” refuse to stand on their tiny plastic feet. Investigate together to see why play plans had unforeseen results, and try out their alternative approaches.
This post is part of the ARISE kindergarten preparedness strategic action team initiative. Find out more about this month’s theme “sustain attention and persist when facing challenges” at

Words Count!

Read. Talk. Sing. Play. WORDS COUNT when it comes to a young child’s rapidly screen-shot-2016-11-18-at-10-07-17-amdeveloping brain.

The quantity of words is important. Equally important is the quality of those words! Read on for some good ideas to make your WORDS COUNT every day.

Science, Babies, and Families – a Winning Combination

You’ve probably heard people say babies are like blank slates, just waiting to be filled up with knowledge. I thought that, too, until our first baby was born. It became pretty obvious quite soon that this tiny creature was already making a big impact on her world. We were at her beck and call – meeting her needs when she let us know she was hungry, wet, tired, or ready for cuddles and playful Learn More »