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 »

La noche y la oscuridad

La noche y la oscuridad

  Night and Colors ~ Noche y colores     Noctural Flowers from Sponge Stamps ~ Flores nocturnas  por estampillas de esponja By Connie Goldin, LMFT   La noche    “Cada tarde, Gabin acude a su cita con la noche…” Escrito por Ingrid Seithumer con illustraciones por Parastou Haghi, este hermoso libro sobre la fascinación de un … 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 »

New Foods ~ Nuevos alimentos

New Foods ~ Nuevos alimentos

Eat a Rainbow Coma un arco iris By Connie Goldin, LMFT Just like in other learning processes, introducing new foods to young children takes time and patience. Baby steps are important. Allow your children to see, touch and smell an unfamiliar food before you serve it to them. If you eat something in front of … 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 »

Colorful Creatures

Colorful Creatures

Colorful Creatures A Spectacular Book on Color and Animals By Connie Goldin, LMFT Colorful Creatures by Anita Ganeri, is one of the most beautiful books on animal life that I have ever seen. It is nonfiction, since it is photos of creatures–birds, sea life, mammals, reptiles, and insects–that is organized by color. Each centerfold displays … Continue reading »

Noah’s Ark for Everyone

Noah’s Ark for Everyone

Noah’s Ark A Building Block of Cultural Literacy By Connie Goldin, LMFT The story of “Noah’s Ark” from the Book of Genesis in the Bible has been told over thousands of years. It comes from oral tradition of a story told throughout the generations by the ancient people in the region of Mesopotamia. Years ago, … Continue reading »