Posts tagged ‘families’

The Summer Olympics, with the athletes’ dramatic personal stories, unbelievable athletic prowess and excitement about thousands of people from hundreds of countries unified through sport, inspire children’s imaginations like no other global event. But the Olympics aren’t just about watching amazing athletes and rooting for your favorites. It’s also a great opportunity to turn children onto world culture and geography.

Today is UNESCO’s International Mother Language Day! We spoke with Piña Madera* and Lisa Locklin**, two fabulous instructors who offer classes at our Concord Studio, to learn why children should learn a foreign language. Please read on for our Q & A with Piña and Lisa, and come back next week for part two!

We loved hearing from you on our post last week about sharing special storytime traditions here. Here are some more ways families do storytime, including ones that some of you have shared.

We’re always fascinated to learn how families share books with their children. The stories we hear are as varied and unique as the families themselves. There’s the family who comes into our boutique in FAO Schwarz and sings every book aloud, making up their own lovely tunes. Then there’s the family who can’t do storytime without pillows, even if they are reading to their child in the car, in the park, or in an airport. And the family who visits our Concord Studio and their two-year-old is always the one who conducts storytime by “reading” to her adoring baby sister. We’ve all heard many stories about sharing books via Skype, Readeo, and other technology so that Grandma, Grandpa, and other loved ones can join in.