View Post

10 Tips to Take the Insanity Out of Playdates

In Blog, Parents, Social Skills Tools by StefanieLeave a Comment

Really, playdates are the perfect opportunity to see your child in action outside of her usual routine. See how she interacts. Appreciate the ways she’s matured. And use this information to see how you can better support her as she navigates the world around her. This point of view takes a lot of pressure off of adults feeling like they have to be the corrector, mediator, or apologizer.

View Post

10 Reasons Why I’m Done with Toddler Playdates

In Blog, Parents, Potty Training by Stefanie7 Comments

When another mom suggests that we get our toddlers together for a playdate . . . I secretly throw up in my mouth a little bit. In theory, I totally love the idea of adults getting together for their offspring to socialize. I love spending afternoons sipping tea, swapping mommy stories as our kiddos take turns serving each other pretend …

View Post

This is NOT a Mom Blog Post about Making DIY Valentines

In Blog, Create, DIY, Parents, Teachers & Professionals by StefanieLeave a Comment

I can’t help but worry that the darling hand-made Valentine’s cards my daughter created for her preschool classmates . . . might end up being a huge flop. It’s hard to tell though, because for a 31/2 yr old, it could go either way. I told her Valentine’s Day was about love and friendship. And that, in the spirit of …

View Post

Ending the Clothes Wars

In Blog, Inspire, Interviews, Parents by Stefanie1 Comment

Sometimes preschoolers remind me of teenagers. Their swinging emotions, their fierce opinions, their dire need for self-expression. Think about it. They actually have a lot in common. No other area highlights those similarities as much for me though as in the fashion department. Kids hit 2, 3, 4 and suddenly they have opinions about what goes on them. They know …

View Post

Keep Calm and Play On

In Blog, Create, Games and Activities, Parents, Teachers & Professionals by StefanieLeave a Comment

This is a fast time of year that can be as fun as it is draining, especially for little ones. While the long train of recitals, concerts, and parties is exciting and festive, the rush of the season can also start to feel overwhelming. With that in mind,  I’ve been experimenting with activities that give my daughter some downtime. One of our favorites …

View Post

How Many Languages Do You Sing?

In Blog, Parents, Product Reviews, Resources, Teachers & Professionals by StefanieLeave a Comment

After 10 years of study, 2 semesters abroad, and a bachelor’s degree in Hispanic studies, my Spanish isn’t bad. At least that’s what I’ve been told by really kind native speakers. I wish I could say I was fluent, but I still find myself translating entire phrases in my head. I avoid using the subjunctive form at all costs. And …

View Post

The Playground Revolution

In Blog, Interviews, Parents, Teachers & Professionals by StefanieLeave a Comment

When I first meet Adam over the phone, I’m instantly drawn in by his enthusiasm for what he does. His greeting is warm, but he doesn’t have a lot of time to speak at the moment. He is onsite and about to go in to talk “with the kids and find out what they want” out of their natural play …

View Post

The Day My Daughter Discovered Her Skin Was Brown

In Blog, Family Media Use, Parents by StefanieLeave a Comment

The talented and elegant Lupita Nyong’o came to my house last week. She was the celebrity guest on a Sesame Street episode devoted to the topic of skin. There, in the middle of my living room, with Elmo as her witness, Lupita proudly declared just how much she loved her “beautiful brown skin.” Lupita’s message of self-acceptance was so kind, …

View Post

Sensory Play That Teaches Academic Skills

In Blog, Games and Activities, Learning Tools, Parents, Product Reviews, Teachers & Professionals by StefanieLeave a Comment

Somewhere around mid June (about a week after school let out), I started to wonder if I had made a huge mistake not enrolling my daughter in camp. I had planned to play the role of  mommy-teacher-camp coordinator extraordinaire this summer.  But that’s been way more difficult than I expected! You always hear about summer regression and kids taking steps backwards …

See All Parents Posts
View Post

10 Tips to Take the Insanity Out of Playdates

In Blog, Parents, Social Skills Tools by StefanieLeave a Comment

Really, playdates are the perfect opportunity to see your child in action outside of her usual routine. See how she interacts. Appreciate the ways she’s matured. And use this information to see how you can better support her as she navigates the world around her. This point of view takes a lot of pressure off of adults feeling like they have to be the corrector, mediator, or apologizer.

View Post

Keep Calm and Play On

In Blog, Create, Games and Activities, Parents, Teachers & Professionals by StefanieLeave a Comment

This is a fast time of year that can be as fun as it is draining, especially for little ones. While the long train of recitals, concerts, and parties is exciting and festive, the rush of the season can also start to feel overwhelming. With that in mind,  I’ve been experimenting with activities that give my daughter some downtime. One of our favorites …

View Post

How Many Languages Do You Sing?

In Blog, Parents, Product Reviews, Resources, Teachers & Professionals by StefanieLeave a Comment

After 10 years of study, 2 semesters abroad, and a bachelor’s degree in Hispanic studies, my Spanish isn’t bad. At least that’s what I’ve been told by really kind native speakers. I wish I could say I was fluent, but I still find myself translating entire phrases in my head. I avoid using the subjunctive form at all costs. And …

View Post

Sensory Play That Teaches Academic Skills

In Blog, Games and Activities, Learning Tools, Parents, Product Reviews, Teachers & Professionals by StefanieLeave a Comment

Somewhere around mid June (about a week after school let out), I started to wonder if I had made a huge mistake not enrolling my daughter in camp. I had planned to play the role of  mommy-teacher-camp coordinator extraordinaire this summer.  But that’s been way more difficult than I expected! You always hear about summer regression and kids taking steps backwards …

View Post

Food for Thought

In Food & Eating, Games and Activities, Learning Tools, Parents, Product Reviews, Teachers & Professionals, Uncategorized by StefanieLeave a Comment

Do you ever feel like the patterns of life come in themes? Every so often, I have a string of conversations, meet people, and encounter opportunities that all seem to revolve around some common thread. Lately, for me, that thread has been food . . . and figuring out how to improve my relationship with it in a way that benefits my family. The food topic came up about a month …

View Post

The Works of Eric Carle Summertime Book Adventure

In Blog, Games and Activities, Product Reviews, Teachers & Professionals by StefanieLeave a Comment

Sometimes blogging has its perks . . . like when the PR team of one of your most beloved children’s authors and illustrators decides to send a box full of reading treasures to your home for your review! Eric Carle’s work holds a nostalgia that brings me right back to all the sunniest spots of my childhood . . .   Every summer, I’d spend hours with my mother, a public …

View Post

The World of Eric Carle Summertime Giveaway

In Blog, Games and Activities, Parents, Product Reviews, Teachers & Professionals by StefanieLeave a Comment

Enter from now until July 6th to win a collection (4) books and Hungry Caterpillar themed decorations and resources from The World of Eric Carle. The winner of this sponsored giveaway will be announced on July 7th. Until then, follow Preschoology’s series of activities inspired by the works of Eric Carle. a Rafflecopter giveaway Stefanie Stefanie Foster Brown used to think she had …

View Post

Children’s Author, Maria Dismondy, on Teaching Kindness

In Interviews, Social Skills Tools, Teachers & Professionals by Maria DismondyLeave a Comment

Hello Preschoology Readers! My name is Maria Dismondy. I am here to share the message of one of my books with you, The Potato Chip Champ. But before I tell you about this book, let’s back up and get the history on why I started writing books that empower children.   As a first grade teacher for over a decade, my memory …

View Post

A How-To for Portable Picture Schedules

In Blog, Learning Tools, Parents, Resources, Teachers & Professionals by StefanieLeave a Comment

I first started using picture schedules after attending a TEACCH workshop for working with children with autism. But over the years, I’ve found them to be a great tool for children with a whole host of needs, including children who are visual learners, struggle with transitions, have deficits with receptive language, and difficulties focusing attention. As a mom, I even use visual …

See All Resources Posts
View Post

This is NOT a Mom Blog Post about Making DIY Valentines

In Blog, Create, DIY, Parents, Teachers & Professionals by StefanieLeave a Comment

I can’t help but worry that the darling hand-made Valentine’s cards my daughter created for her preschool classmates . . . might end up being a huge flop. It’s hard to tell though, because for a 31/2 yr old, it could go either way. I told her Valentine’s Day was about love and friendship. And that, in the spirit of …

View Post

Keep Calm and Play On

In Blog, Create, Games and Activities, Parents, Teachers & Professionals by StefanieLeave a Comment

This is a fast time of year that can be as fun as it is draining, especially for little ones. While the long train of recitals, concerts, and parties is exciting and festive, the rush of the season can also start to feel overwhelming. With that in mind,  I’ve been experimenting with activities that give my daughter some downtime. One of our favorites …

View Post

How Many Languages Do You Sing?

In Blog, Parents, Product Reviews, Resources, Teachers & Professionals by StefanieLeave a Comment

After 10 years of study, 2 semesters abroad, and a bachelor’s degree in Hispanic studies, my Spanish isn’t bad. At least that’s what I’ve been told by really kind native speakers. I wish I could say I was fluent, but I still find myself translating entire phrases in my head. I avoid using the subjunctive form at all costs. And …

View Post

The Playground Revolution

In Blog, Interviews, Parents, Teachers & Professionals by StefanieLeave a Comment

When I first meet Adam over the phone, I’m instantly drawn in by his enthusiasm for what he does. His greeting is warm, but he doesn’t have a lot of time to speak at the moment. He is onsite and about to go in to talk “with the kids and find out what they want” out of their natural play …

View Post

Sensory Play That Teaches Academic Skills

In Blog, Games and Activities, Learning Tools, Parents, Product Reviews, Teachers & Professionals by StefanieLeave a Comment

Somewhere around mid June (about a week after school let out), I started to wonder if I had made a huge mistake not enrolling my daughter in camp. I had planned to play the role of  mommy-teacher-camp coordinator extraordinaire this summer.  But that’s been way more difficult than I expected! You always hear about summer regression and kids taking steps backwards …

View Post

Food for Thought

In Food & Eating, Games and Activities, Learning Tools, Parents, Product Reviews, Teachers & Professionals, Uncategorized by StefanieLeave a Comment

Do you ever feel like the patterns of life come in themes? Every so often, I have a string of conversations, meet people, and encounter opportunities that all seem to revolve around some common thread. Lately, for me, that thread has been food . . . and figuring out how to improve my relationship with it in a way that benefits my family. The food topic came up about a month …

View Post

The Works of Eric Carle Summertime Book Adventure

In Blog, Games and Activities, Product Reviews, Teachers & Professionals by StefanieLeave a Comment

Sometimes blogging has its perks . . . like when the PR team of one of your most beloved children’s authors and illustrators decides to send a box full of reading treasures to your home for your review! Eric Carle’s work holds a nostalgia that brings me right back to all the sunniest spots of my childhood . . .   Every summer, I’d spend hours with my mother, a public …

View Post

The World of Eric Carle Summertime Giveaway

In Blog, Games and Activities, Parents, Product Reviews, Teachers & Professionals by StefanieLeave a Comment

Enter from now until July 6th to win a collection (4) books and Hungry Caterpillar themed decorations and resources from The World of Eric Carle. The winner of this sponsored giveaway will be announced on July 7th. Until then, follow Preschoology’s series of activities inspired by the works of Eric Carle. a Rafflecopter giveaway Stefanie Stefanie Foster Brown used to think she had …

View Post

When You Just Don’t Connect with a Child

In Blog, Teachers & Professionals by StefanieLeave a Comment

Two little eyes stared up at me from behind the screen door. Before knocking, I paused to greet the little boy who seemed to be waiting my arrival. “Hey Buddy!” I said with a big smile on my face. His voice was small, but his response was clear — “F*ck You B*tch!” Unfortunately, our initial meeting there at the door was a pretty …

See All Teachers & Professionals Posts