Brownie Time

Brownie Time

Nov 16

I hate to cook. I order in and eat out way too often for my wallet’s liking, but it’s just so much easier and more satisfying than spending my time cooking a meal that takes a quarter the time to eat as it did to make! I should clarify, I hate to cook, unless I’m working with children… I have absolutely no explanation for this, but for some reason I’ve always found...

Princesses are Actresses; Talking Cars are Real…

Princesses are Actresses; Talking Cars are Real…

Nov 13

Have you ever asked a child under the age of say, six, if something is real or pretend, and then listened to their answers; have you ever asked them, “Why?” or “How do you know?”  You’ll get some really interesting answers.  I once had a conversation about reality with a group of five year olds regarding princesses.  We were discussing weather princesses were...

Toys, Toys, Toys

Toys, Toys, Toys

Mar 29

In today’s western society, we fill our lives with stuff.  We have our electronics that keep us “connected” to the world around us, we have our furniture, our homes, our cars, our TVs and computers, gadgets and gizmos, food, credit cards, cash, bank accounts, various nic-nacs and decorations and much, much more.  Children, also have huge collections of stuff for themselves; stuff that we...

It’s Raining Cats and Dogs!

It’s Raining Cats and Dogs!

Feb 26

I have to start off by saying that my cousin, Tyler, recently wrote a blog about his and his brother’s hysterical experiences with pets when they were children.  It got me thinking about pets myself.  Read his blog here. Early last month, I got a kitten.  His name is Berlioz (thanks to a former student of mine who named him via a suggestion on FaceBook through his mom), and he’s...

Why Doesn’t it Snow in West Los Angeles?

Why Doesn’t it Snow in West Los Angeles?

Feb 19

I’ve worked in preschools and daycare centers in various parts of Los Angeles and the bay area (San Francisco) but never have I had the opportunity to work with children in a place where it snowed.  I feel a little cheated. I was perusing other education and parenting blogs this morning when I came across this article that a teacher wrote about her children’s “fort day”...

The Importance of Play 101

The Importance of Play 101

Feb 13

Written By: Ryan Rudnick All children play and play is the most important way for a young child to learn.  Think of play, not as a way to spend time, or as a way to entertain a child while you do all of the things that you need to do, but instead think of play as a child’s job.  It’s what they do for a large portion of the day, every day.  Through play children explore the world around...