Make a Nest

Make a Nest

Nest-Making A fun activity to accompany “Nest” by Jorey Hurley   By Connie Goldin, MA, MFT   I have just read and reviewed a wonderful children’s book, Nest, by Jorey Hurley. It is inspirational. So, Mom to Madre is looking at ways children can make nests. Fill homemade nests with eggs of all sorts–dyed eggs, … Continue reading »

Happy Spring!

Happy Spring!

It’s time to celebrate!   By Connie Goldin   Art from Our Spring Family Literacy Parties The Artists Range from Toddlers to Adults Happy Spring Today is March 20th. Happy first day of spring! Mom to Madre will be celebrating all spring long, with kids and parents at our Family Literacy Parties. We are getting … Continue reading »

Nature’s Dyes for Eggs

Nature’s Dyes for Eggs

Make Your Own Dyes Create beautiful eggs with your kids!   By Connie Goldin, MA, MFT   You can make lovely colors for your Easter eggs from vegetables. You can also dye natural fabrics, such as wool, cotton, and linen. I first tried doing this activity when my sons were six and four years-old, twenty-five … Continue reading »

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

Celebrating Chinese New Year “Gung hay fat choy.”   By Connie Goldin   Chinese New Year starts on Friday, January 31st, this year. Think red! Red is the color of the Chinese New Year and people wear red clothes, and children receive red envelopes filled with money. Red is the symbol of fire, good fortune, … Continue reading »

Accidental Print Making

Accidental Print Making

Using paper plates to make designs   By Connie Goldin   Materials—-Kids, Paper Plates, Glitter Glue, Paper Technique 1. Squish a bunch of glitter glue on plate. 2. Ponder next step. 3. Smash glue with a clean paper plate. 4. Peel off. You’ve made a duplicate! 5. Press duplicate plate on clean piece of paper. … Continue reading »

Dawn and Dusk

Dawn and Dusk

Dawn and Dusk The Beauty of Two Books by Uri Shulevitz on Daybreak and Nightfall   By Connie Goldin, MA, MFT   As a person in love with words, I am enchanted by two children’s books by Uri Shulevitz. Two of my favorite words are “dawn” and “dusk.” I wonder how many young children are … Continue reading »

A Mom’s Reading List

A Mom’s Reading List

 Shara Shares Her Reading List Mom to Madre is so delighted that Shara Lawrence-Weiss is letting us re-post her lovely article on great books for kids, on our website. Shara knows what she is talking about when she recommends kids’  books. As a mom of four children, a former nanny, a Special Education Paraprofessional (K-5th) and the owner of three websites for … Continue reading »

San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center

San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center

San Elijo Lagoon for Kids Nature Center, Story Time, Nature’s “Hide & Seek” Trails, and More! By Connie Goldin, MA, MFT I have lived in San Diego County for fifty-three years. I am always amazed when I learn about, or visit, a new beautiful area that is brand new to me. Having driven past the … Continue reading »

La Geografía de Comida

La Geografía de Comida

¿De dónde vienen estás plantas? La geografía de la comida Enseñe vocabulario nuevo y geografía a sus hijos. Por Connie Goldin, MA, MFT Le gusta comer tostadas de frijol hechas de tortillas de maíz con salsa de tomate, sazonadas con chiles y un poco de guacamole? ¿Qué tal unas patatas sabrosas fritas al lado, para … Continue reading »

Hibiscus

Hibiscus

Hibiscus and More New Words From Nature   By Connie Goldin, MA, MFT Learning about the plants and animals around you is a wonderful way to build vocabulary and knowledge. Naming flowers, trees, insects, and animals will help your children’s lexicons grow in leaps and bounds. My husband was taking this picture of the yellow … Continue reading »