Posts tagged ‘education’


We are thrilled to announce our exciting new line of paperback chapter for independent readers, specifically designed to make reading alone an entertaining experience children will want to return to again and again. From the youngest readers just picking up a book of their own for the first time, to the more accomplished older readers looking to delve into novels, this collection grows with the child. Read on for a Q & A with our Editor-in-Chief, Tessa Strickland, to learn more!


Leslie Falconer, CEO of Mother Goose Time, knows a thing or two about preparing children for the important milestone that is their first day of school. We asked her to share with us some of her tips for helping a child make the transition from a home to a school setting, and what to expect during this process. In her words…


Summer is a lovely time for dancing. With the warm breezes blowing, the sun shining, the grass warm beneath our feet, and more time on our hands…if you’re looking for something fun to do with your family this summer, get outside and dance!


It’s not every day that first-graders get to go to Africa. For the nearly 70  first-graders at the Brackett Elementary School in Arlington, Massachusetts, their interest in studying Africa resulted in a virtual field trip to the continent, by way of an African storyteller, some ethnic foods, art, music, and Mama Panya’s Pancakes: A Village Tale from Africa.


Thank you to everyone who left a comment and entered the contest, we loved hearing from you! Congratulations to Melissa Cardin, our winner. This contest is now closed, please stay tuned for more!

Today’s podcast comes from one of the world’s best-known storytellers, William Shakespeare. It is the story of ‘Ashboy,’ which is said to have inspired Hamlet, and is retold here by Patrick Ryan. If you listen carefully to the tale of ‘Ashboy’, his wicked uncle and a wise princess you may recognise similarities in the two stories. Read on and you could win a copy of Shakespeare’s Storybook to enjoy with your family.


Today we are pleased to have guest author Piña Madera from Sing-a-Lingo share ways families can use stories and song to help children’s budding language skills grow and grow and grow.


Exam time is looming for all three of my children. With it comes the annual flurry of debate in the media about the merits and demerits of having children learn material by heart.

What interests me about this debate is the difference between learning by heart and learning by rote: when we learn something by rote, it stays at head level, but when we learn it by heart, we take it in at an emotional level too.



Himeji Castle

‘They are so dignified’, my neighbour remarked. ‘I watched a ten year old girl stepping forward to be checked for radiation, and she bowed. They both bowed.’  He was talking, of course, about the aftermath of the earthquake in Japan, and I was reminded, as I often have been in recent days, of my own experiences in that remarkable country. It is thirty years since I accepted a teaching post on the JET programme, an initiative which was set up to place young Westerners in grass-roots teaching positions so as to facilitate greater cross-cultural understanding between Japan and the English-speaking world.  I went to Himeji, the city famed for its magnificent Samurai castle, known as the ‘White Heron’, and lived for a year in a community whose white population could be counted on one hand.


Learning to read is the cornerstone of every child’s education. By reading aloud to your child, you will be sharing one of life’s most valuable gifts and opening all kinds of doors for the future.

Here are some tips to help your child learn to love reading: