The Sun ~ El Sol

The Sun ~ El Sol

Enjoying the Sun ~ Disfrutar el sol Read ~ Lean By Connie Goldin, LMFT   It’s summertime and it’s getting warmer by the day. What a perfect season for learning about the sun. Here are three lovely books for children that talk about sunrise and sunset in a song, in a bilingual book, and in … Continue reading »

Permanent Easter “Eggs”

Permanent Easter “Eggs”

Easter “Eggs” that Last Fill a basket with lovely painted rocks.   By Connie Goldin   Mom to Madre has always enjoyed painting rocks with children and families at our Family Literacy Parties. This spring, we are painting smooth clean river rocks to look like beautiful Easter eggs. Rocks are a great canvas because if … Continue reading »

Shapes, Shapes, Shapes!

Shapes, Shapes, Shapes!

  Art and Geometry Learning About Shapes through Neighborhood Walks, Books, and Art By Connie Goldin   Shapes, Shapes, Shapes is a classic children’s book by Tana Hoban, published in 1986. I thought it looked familiar to me and I realized that my children would have had this book. My mother-in-law, Grace Goldin, was an … Continue reading »

Circles, Rings, Concentric Things!

Circles, Rings, Concentric Things!

It all Starts with a Great Book Exploring ART PLAY by Marion Deuchars My husband gave me this lovely book for Valentine’s Day and I just got around to really looking at it. It’s fantastic! It’s full of easy ideas for all ages of people, not just kids, and really can be used by anyone, … Continue reading »

Valentine’s Day Party

Valentine’s Day Party

Make February 14th a Color-filled Celebration!   Books, Art, and Family Time     Enjoy Darling Books with Your Kids Love Me Tender Lyrics by Elvis Presley, Illustrations by Stephanie Graegin, is a love-fest between babies and parents. It’s perfect for young children, but everyone else will love it too. It’s interesting to see the … Continue reading »

Fall Art ~ Arte del otoño

Fall Art ~ Arte del otoño

Building Preschool Skills through Art Construyendo habilidades preescolares a través del arte By Connie Goldin, LMFT Yesterday, I had the pleasure of bringing art supplies for several projects to twenty Head Start families. There were moms and dads, grandmas, babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and older siblings. There were even a few cousins, in tow! We had children … Continue reading »

Fall Produce ~ Los productos de otoño

Fall Produce ~ Los productos de otoño

Beautiful Fruits and Vegetables Hermosas frutas y verduras By Connie Goldin, LMFT It’s late summer, soon to be fall, and San Diego markets are full of wonderful local produce. We now have seasonal foods such as pomegranates, pears and apples, avocados, peppers and chilies, oranges, grapes and potatoes. If it has a seed, it is … Continue reading »

Trees ~ Los árboles

Trees ~ Los árboles

Art, Geometry and Botany ~ Arte, geometría y botánica   A Shape Forest ~ Un bosque de formas By Connie Goldin, LMFT I just hit a sale at Jo Ann Fabric Store and purchased three different-sized card stock booklets. I was searching for an easy way to make shapes that young children could cut and paste … Continue reading »