Not too long ago, before I was a parent, I was a Palo Alto Unified School District kindergarten teacher. One day, I opened an email from a neighborhood parent that shaped my perspective in life both as a teacher and a parent. This mother emailed every kindergarten teacher in the district wanting to know, “How can [...]
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There are a lot of good summer camps out there. But you want to send your kids to a great one. How can you rest assured you’ve found the “crème de la camp” without losing sleep over summer scheduling? Try this simple checklist to help you separate the great from the merely good.
Editor’s Note: Please keep in mind that kindergarten age requirements in California are in flux. This article highlights a PAMP forum discussion regarding kindergarten decisions for the current school year, when a child had to be age 5 by Nov. 1, 2012 to enroll. However, for the 2013–14 academic year, a child must be 5 [...]
To have tons of fun at home on a cold winter day, try these two activities inspired by the Montessori philosophy. The first activity is an experiment with design, and the second is an experiment with sound. They are both designed for children 5 years old or younger Montessori education is based on a discovery model, [...]
With Election Day fast approaching (Nov. 6), now is the perfect time to introduce children to the concepts of a president and elections. Whether you prefer books about fictional presidential races or true accounts of real-life presidents, all of the following provide great segues to discussing current events.
The people of Silicon Valley are exceptional. Few places on planet earth enjoy such a high concentration of intelligent, high-achieving and successful individuals (stay-at-home-moms absolutely included). Geographically speaking, this is a speck of a place, yet our collective accomplishments loom large. Will our children carry the same torch of excellence? The tension among area parents [...]
Are you looking for a preschool for your child? The upcoming PAMP Preschool Fair (Nov. 3) is a great way to learn about the many early childhood education options available in our community. The variety of choices presented at the fair can be overwhelming, so it’s a good idea to come prepared. Here are some [...]
Zachary is a sweet and lovable 4-year-old boy who is often timid around others. He’s generally happy, but he is easily overwhelmed and can become upset in noisy environments. After enrolling Zachary in the same preschool his sister attended and seeing him struggle, his parents wondered what they should do. What options should they consider? [...]
Faced with a myriad of choices, selecting the right preschool for your child can be quite a daunting task. For many parents, one additional consideration is whether to choose a bilingual learning environment. There is no question that knowing more than one language is an advantage in today’s globalized world. Bilingualism has also been linked [...]