Ladybugs & Worms

Ladybugs & Worms

  Lady Bugs & Worms Extending a Book Through Art Activities   By Connie Goldin, MA, MFT   A beautiful way to reinforce the information, message or topic in a book is to “extend the book” through art activities or simple field trips. Our theme for this class was “Ladybugs and Worm.” We wanted to … Continue reading »

Bugs, Blooms, & Butterflies

Bugs, Blooms, & Butterflies

May Art & Literacy ~ April Showers Brought May Flowers & Books! By Connie Goldin We are looking forward to our May Family Literacy Parties, which are all happening at the end of this month. It’s a perfect time to explore what’s happening in nature, now. In San Diego, the butterflies are out. Soon there … Continue reading »

Learn from Fun Blogs

Learn from Fun Blogs

Learn from Fun Blogs Literacy and Science Activities By Connie Goldin, MA, MFT Talk, Read, Sing, Write, Play   There are so many wonderful parent educators writing and blogging about activities they are doing with their own children and students. It’s inspirational! You can subscribe to their blogs and learn something new and fun, everyday. Usually, … Continue reading »

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 »

Art from the Heart

Art from the Heart

Valentine’s Day Art Gallery From our Valentine’s Day Family Parties   By Connie Goldin Celebrating Valentine’s Day with Art Our Family Literacy Parties are so much fun. Within one hour, children choose a book to have as their own, do an art project, have a snack, and catch up on the news with friends. Parents … 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 »

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 »