Spring Tulips ~ Tulipanes de la primavera

Spring Tulips ~ Tulipanes de la primavera

  Art and Botany ~ Arte y botánica     Flowers from Bulbs ~ Flores de los bulbos By Connie Goldin, LMFT Tulips are a glorious sign of spring. I remember my mother cooling bulbs in our refrigerator when I was a child. Tulip bulbs need a frost and a winter. In Southern California, the … Continue reading »

Painting Camellias ~ Pintando Camelias

Painting Camellias ~ Pintando Camelias

  Art and Botany ~ Arte y botánica     Pastel Prints ~ Las impresiones en colores pastel By Connie Goldin, LMFT     Instructions Pick or buy a camellia. Cut the stem close to the blossom. Get washable kids’ paint and brushes. Paint on colors on the flower. Use the painted flower as a … Continue reading »

Sunflower Art ~  Arte del girasol

Sunflower Art ~ Arte del girasol

Art and Botany ~ Arte y botánica   Painted Sunflowers ~ Girasoles pintados By Connie Goldin, LMFT Instructions Buy a pretty sunflower. Cut the stem close to the blossom. Get washable kids’ paint. Smear colors on the flower. Use the painted flower as a stamp. Press the flower onto paper. Voila! Instrucciones Compra un bonito … Continue reading »

Pantone Colors and Words

Pantone Colors and Words

New Colors, New Words! Pantone Board Books and Stickers for Kids   “School Bus Yellow, Macaroni and Cheese Orange, Pepperoni Red, Worm Pink!” Don’t know about Pantone and it’s fabulous color charts? Start with these books and learn more colors while you expand your young child’s vocabulary! Pantone is a company, formed in 1962, that … Continue reading »

Nutrition ~ Nutrición

Nutrition ~ Nutrición

Healthy Appetites, Happy Kids! ¡Apetitos saludables, Niños felices! By Connie Goldin, LMFT Important Websites for Families ~ Sitios importantes para las familias Choose My Plate.Gov Choose My Plate Mi Plato Niños y niños preescolares For Picky Eaters Para niños batallosos para comer Behavioral Milestones Logros del desarrollo HealthyChildren.Org Picky Eaters Niños que son comensales exigentes … Continue reading »

Fall Butterflies

Fall Butterflies

Make Paper Butterflies with Kids In the Colors of Fall By Connie Goldin, LMFT   Make these lovely butterflies from large-size coffee filters, wooden clothes pins, using different sorts of markers, watercolors, and tempera paint sticks. Here in San Diego, we still have butterflies flitting about. I have Monarch and yellow Sulphur butterflies in my … Continue reading »

Transition to Kindergarten ~ Al Kinder

Transition to Kindergarten ~ Al Kinder

Transition to Kindergarten Transición al Kinder   By Connie Goldin, LMFT Welcome to Mom to Madre’s material on helping children make a smooth transition from preschool to kindergarten. It is our pleasure to be able to speak to parents in San Diego County preschools. Thanks to Kindergarten Teacher Donna Reed-Grout, MA, a Mom to Madre … Continue reading »

Golden Classics ~ Clásicos de Oro

Golden Classics ~ Clásicos de Oro

Literature for Children ~ Literatura para niños Three Favorite Genres ~ Tres géneros favoritos By Connie Goldin, LMFT The beautiful books below are examples of classic literature for children ages 3-12. They broaden our world in terms of vocabulary, cultural literacy, and universal themes about life and human nature. Read them out loud with your … Continue reading »

Family Art ~ Arte de las familias

Family Art ~ Arte de las familias

  Spring Family Literacy Parties ~ Las fiestas de la primavera para familias By Connie Goldin, LMFT   Thanks to the families who participate in our Family Literacy Parties. Our participants vary in age from babies to grandparents. We always bring three things to our Family Literacy Parties – books, an art project and a … Continue reading »

Amish-Style Painted Eggs

Amish-Style Painted Eggs

  Folk Art Easter Eggs By Connie Goldin, LMFT This adventure in egg dyeing corresponds to the Mom to Madre post, “Roosters, Eggs, and Art.” My first introduction to Pennsylvania Dutch Easter Egg Hunts comes from the charming book, The Egg Tree by Katherine Milhous, 1950. While researching Amish-style Easter Eggs I decided to try … Continue reading »