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I spent two decades helping companies like Bell Labs, Juniper Networks, and a genetic testing company that was later acquired by CVS translate some of the world’s most complicated concepts into actionable, understandable English. Now I’m working on a much harder problem — how parents can foster their children’s curiosity and engagement in the scientific, artistic, and linguistic world that surrounds them, without being a scientist, artist, or linguist themselves.
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- “Simple, practical, inexpensive, & doable.”
- “Great book for enjoying arts with your kids.”
- “…as an art teacher of young children and a mother, I love this book!”
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This week, The Ten-Year-Old spent several happy hours with The Magic Thief by @SPrineas and trying to draw dinosaurs like the ones in John Malam’s Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Creatures. Continue reading
Scenes from The Ten-Year-Old’s recent trip to Jurassic World at the Field Museum, Chicago. Continue reading
The Six-Year-Old Watches Cartoons – “Superman Episode 3: The Arctic Giant” (1942) #ThrowbackThursday
I had such a good time in December trolling through the archives for Throwback Thursday posts, that I’ve decided to keep it up for a while. This one was originally published on May 13, 2013, when The Nine-Year-Old was only … Continue reading
Our mostly-weekly survey of the tidbits that cross The Eight-Year-Old’s desk. This week, The Eight-Year-Old reads her first Terry Pratchett story.
Our mostly-weekly survey of the tidbits that cross The Eight-Year-Old’s desk. Spring break season is upon us, which means lots of time to sit around pouring through some of The Eight-Year-Old’s favorite reference texts. This week, The Eight-Year-Old takes a … Continue reading
Our mostly-weekly survey of the tidbits that cross The Eight-Year-Old’s desk. This week, The Eight-Year-Old begins an artful campaign to make a pilgrimage to Dedham, Massachusetts.
Here at Caterpickles Central, we believe that everyone in the family works together to keep our household functioning without expecting any particular compensation beyond having clean silverware to eat with, the ability to walk through the house without tripping, and clean clothes to wear.
So when we decided four years ago that The (then) Four-Year-Old was old enough to receive an allowance, we didn’t ask her to do any chores around the house to earn it. Instead, we decided to use the allowance simply to teach her how to manage money. Continue reading
The Eight-Year-Old wandered into the kitchen the other day while I was prepping a blueberry and spinach smoothie. While watching me stuff the blender with spinach and almond milk, she asked, “Mommyo, if you ate only spinach, how much spinach would you have … Continue reading
Our mostly-weekly survey of the tidbits that cross The Eight-Year-Old’s desk. This week, The Eight-Year-Old reads every Horrible Harry book on her teacher’s bookshelf except one.
For Parent’s Night, the teacher had The Eight-Year-Old and her classmates fill out a cloud describing what they hoped to learn in third grade. The Eight-Year-Old wrote: “I hope to learn about Dinosaurs. Oh, and possibly some math.” Check. Related Links … Continue reading