Bored?

Bored?

As I’ve been cleaning up files on my computer I came across a refrigerator reminder about what to do when you are bored. My mother used to tell us when we came to her saying, I’m bored: Go sweep the porch. It was amazing how quickly we found something much more fun to do. That […]


BOOK | Rip The Page!

rip the page

Just in time for summer! I love to write and I love to help elementary-aged children make that break-through to the point where they, too, love to write. Karen Benke’s book, Rip the Page: Adventures in Creative Writing, is a wonderful resource to encourage summer writing fun. With over 200 pages of writing ideas, I […]


Read The Brain Series

The Brain Series

Here are some Kids Talk articles to help with understanding children’s brain development. And you might find some tips for yourself! The Kids Talk Brain Series Physical Activity Enriches Young Brains Brains Love Opportunities For Meaningful Learning The Brain Craves Clear and Precise Information  The Brain Seeks To Control Stress The Brain Learns Best With […]


BOOK | Building Cathedrals Not Walls

building cathedrals not walls

Building Cathedrals Not Walls is a collection of ninety Kids Talk essays to inspire you in your work with children, whether you are a parent, a teacher, or other adult in the life of a child. Cathedrals endure as symbols of vision and dedication from the Middle Ages. During this time in Europe scores of […]


BOOK | Peace, Love, Action!

Peace, Love, Action!

August 28, 1963. The evening news showed Martin Luther King, Jr. giving his now famous I Have a Dream speech. As an almost eight-year-old, I listened, sensing the underlying truth of what he was saying. The next day’s newspaper carried the full text and I read it out loud to my mother, asking for clarification […]


Is observation important with online learning?

Is observation still important?

Since opening my observation webinar this week, I have received several questions on how is it possible to observe children in this online learning environment. One question: Is observation still relevant in these times of online / distance learning? Observation of children is more important than ever because we are in unknown territory.  We don’t […]


Healthy Tips

don't snooze you lose

Back in 2013 I wrote a series of articles about low-cost or no-cost health tips. I thought it was time to dust them off and send them out again. The information I shared then is as pertinent as ever. Enjoy the Kids Talk Health Series. Simply click on the title or picture to go to […]


Why Children Struggle With Academics

Why children struggle with academics

When we see children struggle with basic academics–reading, writing and arithmetic– there can be many underlying situations, but issues usually cluster around these three areas: Illiteracy Innumeracy  Lack of social-emotional skills Illiteracy What I mean by illiteracy is the inability to read and write fluently.  Children feeling defeated by the lessons put in front of […]


Want Some Additional Parenting Tools?

create a relationship toolbox

With so many of us at home 24/7 with our children right now, it’s not surprising to have moments (days?) where we wish we had a little more experience in dealing with the day-to-day issues of working with our children. If you feel that a few more tools to add to your parenting toolbelt might […]


Why You Should Pay Your Child’s School Tuition

(even if your school is closed) Over the past couple of weeks with school closures due to the COVID-19 emergency, school leaders and parents have voiced concerns to me about school tuition.  “Several families have requested tuition refunds since we are closed and not offering our contracted services,” said one head of school. “Why should […]