Parent Guides

Our Parent Conversation Guides are designed to help parents leverage everyday moments as growing moments. As connecting moments. Each list of discussion prompts should be seen as a menu of possibilities, not as a script. As you read through the suggestions, you will get a sense of a topic or two that is appropriate for your child.

 
Storytelling & Literature Storytelling & Literature Young children enjoy language. The magic of stories. Silly rhymes. Words make fun sounds AND they mean something! They see adults happily and easily communicating complex thoughts while they struggle to make the “r” sound. Scholars have found that hearing and reading stories influence children’s understanding of their culture and social ...
Theater Arts Theater Arts Children are master pretenders. They don’t just play a part. They play all the parts. They work through their issues over and over. One day you’ll see playmobile figures crying for mommy. Another you will overhear one being mean to the others. And of course there are the uncomfortable times ...
Visual Arts Visual Arts Toy manufacturers have outdone themselves with all those big bright plastic shapes and colors. I suspect that, long before children can speak, they are bored with the garish simplicity of them all.  They are born with a capacity and appetite for nuance, detail and patterns. Let’s feed that hunger. One of ...
Fashion Fashion They have so little choice, really. In their early days we decorate our children as we choose. Eventually it starts to matter to them – a lot. Favorite colors. T-shirts. Boots with ducks on them. Some prefer no clothes at all. We can help our young learners, still unaware of ...
Music and Dance Music and Dance Music is a part of a child’s life even before birth. Mom’s constant heartbeat or the cadence of her walk feel normal. Once in mom’s arms, there are lullabies, tinkling mobiles, cooing. So much learning is enhanced with music. Has any child learned the ABC’s without the accompanying song? Rhythm ...
Art-Full Conversations Guidelines Art-Full Conversations Guidelines We believe that art is not a separate discipline from just plain living. Just as you wouldn't break the fun by saying, "This is a lesson about language arts" each time you sing the Alphabet song or read a book, so too we hope you can treat the suggestions in ...