Posts tagged as "Marianne’s Column"

Some More Thoughts on Toys

November 30, 2017 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Marianne's Early Childhood Column • Tags: , , , , , , Comments Off on Some More Thoughts on Toys

  The holidays are around the corner. As I leaf through the toy catalogs this year, in search of the perfect presents for my grandchildren, I am amazed by the number and variety of STEM toys. They are everywhere! Build your own robot or lunar...READ MORE

A Venture Photography Experience

October 5, 2017 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Marianne's Early Childhood Column • Tags: , , , , Comments Off on A Venture Photography Experience

  Written by Marianne Riess It seemed like a no-brainer. At a charity auction, on the spur of the moment, we purchased a photo shoot at Venture Photography in Riverside. “We’ll get some good pictures of the grandkids,” my husband said. The logistics were not...READ MORE

School for the First Time

September 7, 2017 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Marianne's Early Childhood Column • Tags: , , , , , , Comments Off on School for the First Time

  It’s that time of year again, when children go back to school, or start at a new one. Many of our youngest will attend school for the first time, and at a very young age. Two and three-year-olds who have never been to school...READ MORE

City Kids

June 8, 2017 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Marianne's Early Childhood Column • Tags: , , , , , , , Comments Off on City Kids

  My brothers and I grew up in a Long Island suburb. After graduate school, I came to Greenwich to teach, and stayed. My children grew up here, and now I have grandchildren in town as well. But I also have two grandchildren who live...READ MORE

Teaching Young Children to Help Others

April 20, 2017 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Marianne's Early Childhood Column • Tags: , , , , , , , , Comments Off on Teaching Young Children to Help Others

  Having worked in a nursery school for 36 years, I was part of many attempts to encourage young children to be charitable. Whenever the efforts involved giving toys, they inevitably failed. Parents and staff would initiate a “Toys for Tots” kind of effort. After...READ MORE

Once there was a man who loved children…

January 19, 2017 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Marianne's Early Childhood Column • Tags: , , , , , , Comments Off on Once there was a man who loved children…

written by Marianne Riess  … so much that he became a wonderful teacher, an unusual teacher, because he didn’t love books, and he didn’t love homework. He certainly didn’t love computers or video games. What he loved was to show children how to enjoy the...READ MORE

Simple Times

January 12, 2017 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Marianne's Early Childhood Column • Tags: , , , , , , , , Comments Off on Simple Times

  Just before Christmas, Party with Moms republished one of Anne’s classic columns, “What Do Children Really Want?” Her point is that children relish the time and attention of a loving relative. I was reminded of the truth of her concept last week when our...READ MORE

Late Nights in Spain

November 17, 2016 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Marianne's Early Childhood Column • Tags: , , , , , , , Comments Off on Late Nights in Spain

  Before leaving on a recent trip to Spain, we were warned: Spaniards don’t eat lunch until 2, and no one eats dinner before 9:00 PM! Since my husband and I are early risers, and not big breakfast eaters, I knew some adjusting was going...READ MORE

Searching for Special Teachers All Over the World

September 15, 2016 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Marianne's Early Childhood Column • Tags: , , , , , , Comments Off on Searching for Special Teachers All Over the World

  I read that Albert Camus, French author, philosopher and winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1957, afterwards wrote a thank you letter to a teacher from his elementary school years in Algeria. Camus told Louis Germain that when he won the prize,...READ MORE

Hamilton: History Made New

August 11, 2016 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Marianne's Early Childhood Column • Tags: , , , , , , , , , Comments Off on Hamilton: History Made New

  Our annual vacation to Block Island this year had a new twist: my NYC grandsons (Axel, just shy of 10 and Owen, 8) were traveling with us. I wondered how to keep them amused during the 2½ hour car trip to the ferry. Knowing...READ MORE

The Life-Changing Experience of Cleaning Up

June 30, 2016 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Marianne's Early Childhood Column • Tags: , , , , , , Comments Off on The Life-Changing Experience of Cleaning Up

  Many 3 and 4-year olds enter nursery school with no concept of cleaning up. At home, they have dolls, art materials, costumes, trains, trucks, balls, puzzles, games, books. They play everyday. Why are they so unfamiliar with clean up? One answer? Someone else is...READ MORE

How To Read To Your Young Child

June 16, 2016 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Marianne's Early Childhood Column • Tags: , , , , , , , 3 comments

  Most parents are well aware of the value of reading aloud to young children. When they are read lots of good stories, children fall in love with books and become lifelong readers. Yet parents can go further and turn passive listening into involved participation,...READ MORE

Some Thoughts on Books for Girls

May 12, 2016 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Marianne's Early Childhood Column • Tags: , , , , , , Comments Off on Some Thoughts on Books for Girls

  Ages ago, when I was an English teacher at what was then Central Jr. High, the rule of thumb for our department was that you never chose a book for the class which featured a girl protagonist. The theory: boys would not read about...READ MORE

Pearls of Wisdom from Bev Bos

February 25, 2016 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Marianne's Early Childhood Column • Tags: , , , , , , , Comments Off on Pearls of Wisdom from Bev Bos

Thanks to all who responded so positively to my column on Bev Bos last week. As a follow-up, here are some of the beliefs that she stressed in her writings and presentations. They can guide us all as we teach or parent young children. (My...READ MORE

Singing Bev Bos Home

February 18, 2016 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Marianne's Early Childhood Column • Tags: , , , , , , Comments Off on Singing Bev Bos Home

On February 4th, Bev Bos died in her sleep at her home in California. She was a giant in the field of Early Childhood Education, a mentor and inspiration to 40 years of nursery school teachers, and a gift to children everywhere. Bev gained national...READ MORE

Some Thoughts on Toys

January 14, 2016 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Marianne's Early Childhood Column • Tags: , , , , , , Comments Off on Some Thoughts on Toys

I always believe the best presents for children begin with ‘B:’ Books, Blocks and Balls. All can be enjoyed independently or with others, in many different ways. I’ve named some favorite children’s books in previous articles. A few new ones found their way into my...READ MORE

Children Have A Hundred Languages

December 3, 2015 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Marianne's Early Childhood Column • Tags: , , , , , , , Comments Off on Children Have A Hundred Languages

  In the Reggio Emilia schools, they say children have 100 languages. They don’t mean languages in our usual sense of the word, but symbolic languages through which children express their questions and ideas about the world. The Reggio educational philosophy goes beyond speaking, writing...READ MORE

Children’s Books I Love (That You Might Not Know)

October 22, 2015 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Marianne's Early Childhood Column • Tags: , , , , , , , , , Comments Off on Children’s Books I Love (That You Might Not Know)

  The annual Book Fair is one of my favorite events of school life. And a most enjoyable job for me was advising parents on which books their children would love. The classics and the favorites were easy. But every once in a while, we...READ MORE

Play’s The Thing

September 24, 2015 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Marianne's Early Childhood Column • Tags: , , , , , , Comments Off on Play’s The Thing

  Most parents understand that children learn primarily through play. Yet, when their child attends a play-based nursery school, they may wonder whether he or she is being challenged, being thoroughly prepared for elementary school, being exposed to “academics.” Studies show that rote learning at...READ MORE

August Times

August 5, 2015 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Marianne's Early Childhood Column • Tags: , , , , , , , Comments Off on August Times

  Marianne’s last column until mid-September… Most day camps for younger children end by the beginning of August. Inevitably parents contemplate thirty-odd days of blank time and wonder, “What will they do? How can we keep them amused? Or busy, or learning?” Actually this is...READ MORE

What’s So Great About Grandchildren?

July 16, 2015 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Marianne's Early Childhood Column • Tags: , , , , , , , Comments Off on What’s So Great About Grandchildren?

  The answer is simple: EVERYTHING! You know the saying, “If I’d known grandchildren were so great, I’d have had them first.” Of course it doesn’t work that way. But I understand why people say it. Grandchildren are pure joy, without the mixture of love,...READ MORE

It’s Summer! Do You Know Where Your Children Are?

July 2, 2015 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Marianne's Early Childhood Column • Tags: , , , , , , , Comments Off on It’s Summer! Do You Know Where Your Children Are?

Of course you do! They are in camp, or playing on a baseball or soccer team, or at the club pool or taking a tennis lesson. You or another adult is with them. Or maybe they are at home, watching a movie, TV, playing a...READ MORE

What I Learned From Reggio Emilia

May 28, 2015 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Marianne's Early Childhood Column • Tags: , , , , , , , Comments Off on What I Learned From Reggio Emilia

Reggio Emilia burst upon the early childhood scene in 1991 when Newsweek described their schools in Northern Italy as “the best early childhood experience in the world.” Suddenly educators everywhere were studying their philosophies and practices. There was a lot to study: books, videos, tours...READ MORE

Is Your Child Ready For Kindergarten?

May 7, 2015 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Marianne's Early Childhood Column • Tags: , , , , , , , Comments Off on Is Your Child Ready For Kindergarten?

  As the end of nursery school approaches, inevitably parents wonder about how their children will fare in the big next school. Have they been “prepared?” Many parents associate preparedness with academics, but social development is more essential for success. If the children have learned...READ MORE

The Importance Of Pretend

April 9, 2015 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Marianne's Early Childhood Column • Tags: , , , , , , Comments Off on The Importance Of Pretend

  We’ve all heard children doing it – deciding who will be the mom, the dad, the sister, the puppy. Or maybe they’re playing restaurant, with a chef, a waiter, and a hungry customer or two. Or assuming the roles of a serious but kind...READ MORE

The Power Of Positive Attention

March 19, 2015 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Marianne's Early Childhood Column • Tags: , , , , , , Comments Off on The Power Of Positive Attention

  When I wrote about Self-Regulation, I related it to a child’s ability to take on an unattractive or difficult task when necessary. What does a child do when the teacher announces clean up time? Children with a good sense of self-regulation pitch right in...READ MORE

Self Regulation: A Key To Success In School And Life

February 26, 2015 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Marianne's Early Childhood Column • Tags: , , , , , , , Comments Off on Self Regulation: A Key To Success In School And Life

  My last column discussed emotional self-regulation, the ability to control impulses and behave in a way appropriate to the circumstance. By developing this skill, children become more productive and socially competent.  There is a cognitive aspect to self-regulation as well, which helps children overcome...READ MORE

Self Regulation: A Crucial Skill For Learning Success

February 12, 2015 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Marianne's Early Childhood Column • Tags: , , , , , , , Comments Off on Self Regulation: A Crucial Skill For Learning Success

  What is self-regulation? How do children develop it? We are told all the time how important that development is to future success in school and life.  Self-regulation may be defined as the ability to control one’s own behavior and emotions and adapt them in...READ MORE

Helping Your Child Be A Successful Learner: Part 2

January 29, 2015 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Marianne's Early Childhood Column • Tags: , , , , , , Comments Off on Helping Your Child Be A Successful Learner: Part 2

  My last column described “hypothesis testing” as a mindset children need to develop to become successful learners. Hypothesis testing can be defined as learning by hands-on trial and error until understanding is acquired.  Another helpful mindset to encourage in children is risk-taking. Don’t worry....READ MORE

Helping Your Child Be A Successful Learner

January 8, 2015 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Marianne's Early Childhood Column • Tags: , , , , , , , Comments Off on Helping Your Child Be A Successful Learner

  Parents wonder what they can do to help their children become successful learners. There are certain “mind sets” that are important for young children to develop which will help them considerably later on. One is known as “hypothesis testing.” Children have a lot of...READ MORE

Hanging On To The Magic Of Stories

December 11, 2014 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Marianne's Early Childhood Column • Tags: , , , , , , Comments Off on Hanging On To The Magic Of Stories

  Some recent Moms of the Week have described their favorite part of the day as the time spent cuddling and reading bedtime stories with their children. Besides the obvious closeness of the experience, reading to children offers so many benefits. Children gain a rich...READ MORE

Sensory Learning Sticks

November 20, 2014 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Marianne's Early Childhood Column • Tags: , , , , , , Comments Off on Sensory Learning Sticks

  One of the best gifts parents can give their young child(ren) is a sensory table. Children learn and retain knowledge best when their senses are engaged; a sensory table offers so many opportunities for learning. You will be amazed at how centered and calm...READ MORE

The Gift Of Free Time

November 6, 2014 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Marianne's Early Childhood Column • Tags: , , , , , , Comments Off on The Gift Of Free Time

  Parents are getting used to being told not to overschedule their children. Yet the enrichment classes, the sports clinics, the many after school activities offered continue to be full. Why? Some parents want to give their child an “edge,” whether it is a leg...READ MORE

A Little Child Labor Goes A Long Way

October 23, 2014 • Posted by PartywithMoms in Marianne's Early Childhood Column • Tags: , , , , , , , , Comments Off on A Little Child Labor Goes A Long Way

  Most parents are aware of the importance of building confidence and self-esteem in their children. How to do it effectively? One way is to listen when they talk and then respond, to let them know you take their ideas seriously. Ask their opinions at...READ MORE

 
 
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