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The Plot Thickens: How to Improve Young Children’s Critical Thinking Skills During Storytime

By Allison Wedell Schumacher “That isn’t what it says. It says, ‘Scritch, scratch, scratch, scritch.’” This was the egregious error four-year-old Suzanne pointed out to her Head Start teacher, Wendie Bramwell, when Wendie tried to paraphrase Beatrix Potter’s original wording … Continue reading

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Little Stranger in a Strange Land: Easing the Transition to Kindergarten

By Allison Wedell Schumacher You know by now that the little strangers we’ve been entrusted with don’t come with operating manuals. This is why I found myself holding my sobbing, brand-new kindergartner as I explained to her that yes, she … Continue reading

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Beyond the Playdate: Practicing Social Skills at Home

By Allison Wedell Schumacher In my other, pre-parent life, I was a professional actress. And while that may sound glamorous, it usually meant long hours rehearsing plays or musicals for shockingly low pay. Some say the rule of thumb is … Continue reading

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The Best Way to Overcome Fear? Don’t.

By Allison Wedell Schumacher Have you ever looked at your child and wondered how he or she could actually be yours? I do that whenever the subject of pain comes up for my daughter or me. She and I could not … Continue reading

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Friday Link Roundup

Educators and parents this week are faced with the difficult task of talking with children about the tragic terrorist attacks in Paris, Baghdad, and Beirut. To help, Cool Mom Picks has scoured the Internet and pulled together an annotated list … Continue reading

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