Three cheers for community helpers
It's been a tough winter in so many ways for everyone. At home, we've been trying to remember to be thankful for the folks who have put in all the extra effort, working in some pretty harsh weather. When your child has questions about who fills in the potholes or thaws the pipes, check out our Community Helpers book list. And if there's a crew on your block this spring, bring them a cup a coffee and a smile.
Spring is a sensory experience
In winter anyone spending time with young children has to find indoor ways to offer sensory exploration: washing dishes, playing with play dough, kneading bread. In Springtime kids can finally take their exploration outside. Even if its still too cold to get messy, they can poke sticks in the mud, feel grass on their fingers, and the breezes, whether warm or cold, on their skin. There are wonderful books that will help children connect their own experiences with a larger world of experience. Discover some of these books on the Delightful to Share in Spring book list.
Rhyming fun for young children
April is National Poetry Month, a great time to explore many of the awesome Rhymes and Mother Goose picture books available. Rhymes encourage children to play with language and help them to hear the different sounds that make up words.