Tag Archives: learning

The Hard Part Begins

12 Dec

Last Photo of SueAs many of you know, this blog began because of Sue. I needed a positive way to cope with grief, new motherhood, and the task of teaching my child about the amazing grandmother she’d never know. My hope was to help other parents as well.

Szaba was five months old when Sue passed, so for several years, that task as been a goal and a commitment, but not a tangible, everyday reality.

Granted, we talk about Sue—and Shirley—daily. We share our memories about them, reassure Szaba of their love, and weave special things about them into our daily joys and values. But now, three years later, the hard part begins. Szaba is asking questions. And I don’t always have the answers.

It started at bedtime one night when she was asking who had gotten her that book or that stuffed animal or that blanket. Some were from her Grandma Cathy or Grandma Kristin. Some were from Grandma Suzy or Great Grandma Shirley.

That prompted Szaba to ask why she hadn’t seen Sue or Shirley since she was a baby (evident from several pictures around her room).

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Road Construction

7 Nov

RoadConstruction_SmallNo, not the ear-splitting, orange-flashing, rage-inducing kind of road construction.

Roads made out of construction paper, silly.

This kids’ activity is quick, cheap, and fun … plus you cover a bunch of great early learning basics.

(See “The 4 Pillars of Play” for more info.)

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The 4 Pillars of Play

29 Apr

CreativeBrainWhen I worked at Cranium, I learned a lot about Dr. Howard Gardner’s multiple intelligence theory.

It stressed that there are multiple ways to be “smart,” beyond standardized tests for verbal-linguistic and logical-mathematic skills. Gardner demonstrated that humans actually have eight intelligences:

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