Are You Harried? Have Your Kids Help

Posted on: October 24th, 2018 by ctpadmin

“It’s easier to do it myself!”  That’s what I always thought when my kids were little and I was working full-time with a couple of part-time jobs on the side.  However, I quickly realized they could help with chores which, with a little practice, would improve each time they attempted them. Below you will find […]

Ideas for Working Parents to Help with School Involvement

Posted on: September 5th, 2018 by ctpadmin

Ideas for Working Parents to Help with School Involvement I know that at times we all feel guilty when we leave our child at daycare.  Although I never sent my children to a center-based daycare, they were in care since they were infants.  How can working parents maintain involvement with their child’s care and education, […]

It’s Harder On Me Than My Child! Getting ready for school.

Posted on: August 23rd, 2017 by ctpadmin

It’s harder on me than my child! How are you doing at getting ready for your child to go to school. It was a very long time ago that I sent my first child to Kindergarten as a working mom. The excitement of buying a new outfit or two, getting a lunch box, new shoes, […]

Keep ‘Em Moving!

Posted on: May 31st, 2016 by ctpadmin

Keep ‘Em Moving!  The importance of movement in the development of the young child Did you know that it is really important in development for kids to move – to creep, crawl, walk, run, jump, skip, hop, ride a bike, swing a hula hoop, and more? The education jargon calls it gross motor activity.  It […]

Music Makes Kids Smarter

Posted on: May 5th, 2016 by ctpadmin

Music Makes Kids Smarter! When I was teaching baby music classes, we made sure that we did movement activities with even the smallest babies.  Using the nursery rhyme, “Diddle diddle dumpling, my son John” we would move the baby’s legs in time with the rhythm of the rhyme.  The child would just laugh and want more – we […]

Sing a Song of Sixpence – Music and Nursery Rhymes

Posted on: April 11th, 2016 by ctpadmin

Last week I promised more on the use of nursery rhymes as they may impact musical development. Here we go. As I begin to write this post, I am struggling with what to share, so I have decided that sharing some of my observations in teaching music to young children for many years may be […]

Humpty, Dumpty; Twinkle, Twinkle; Hickory, Dickory; Peas Porridge; Diddle, Diddle Dumpling

Posted on: April 5th, 2016 by ctpadmin

Humpty, Dumpty; Twinkle, Twinkle; Hickory, Dickory; Peas Porridge; Diddle, Diddle Dumpling Can you finish all those lines?  Do you know more nursery rhymes?  Why is it important for your child to learn these? Lots of questions for us to ponder today – The introduction of nursery rhymes is very important in the development of young […]

Playing is Educational!

Posted on: March 3rd, 2016 by ctpadmin

Playing Is Educational! Today we talk about the importance of play.  The last sentence of the philosophy of PSA states: “We believe children learn best through play and the discovery of concepts that are a result of their own creativity.”  There is great controversy in the educational arena over this subject because there is such a […]

Life is Our Classroom

Posted on: August 13th, 2015 by ctpadmin

As fall approaches, there are signs of a new beginning.  Parents are scrambling for spots in “daycare”, buying school clothes, lunch boxes, arranging schedules for after school activities, and saying good-bye to vacations!  The air even changes! This can be a time of great stress or a time of celebration.  My hope is that you […]

You really want me to change?

Posted on: July 13th, 2015 by ctpadmin

What have you tried that’s new recently?  My last blog was about the importance of routine and establishing ritual.  Now that I’ve challenged you for that, I would like to challenge you to step outside your comfort zone to try something new. Sometimes comfort zones are good, but sometimes we get stuck in a rut. […]