• How I…Teach My Toddler Simple Math

    I raise my children the same way I was raised: by letting them develop their own personalities and interests. As a parent, it’s my job to introduce as much as I can into their lives. We provide diverse experiences and activities, introduce different ideas and ways of doing things, and expose them to as many subject areas as possible. For most of the year, I’ve done a revolving schedule of reading, letters, numbers, science, history, and art with my son, one subject per day. Even though I love books and reading, I don’t spend our days just reading books with my kids. Even though my husband is a scientist, he…

  • How I Teach My Toddler, or Why I Hate ABC Mouse

    Last week I wrote about my son having a tablet, which we got for him in the hopes that it would help him develop his expressive language skills, but it also brought up educational questions. This week I would like to talk a little about how I do teach him, and why I hate ABC Mouse by extension. Here in the States, children’s TV programming is inundated with ads for this educational app. When we go to a mall I do my best to avoid these hawks. I mean, salespeople. Really, though, they see you have a kid and they swoop right in and use their car salesperson skills to…