Let’s #ProtectPE!

This post is in partnership with  Voices for Healthy Kids, a joint initiative of the American Heart Association and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. All opinions expressed are my own.My three kids eagerly look forward to the days that their middle and elementary school schedules include physical education (P.E.). Both Eve’s fifth grade class and Alice’s kindergarten crew typically have a weekly hour of instruction with their schools’ designated gym teachers, in addition to daily Read more...

Montgomery Parks Arbor Day Poster Contest: Win a Celebration at YOUR School!

Montgomery Parks Announces Arbor Day Poster Contest for 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade Students The elementary school-attending "artist in residence" at your kitchen table can be the next designer of the Montgomery Parks Arbor Day poster. For the very first time, Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is sourcing designs for their annual Arbor Day poster from the third, fourth and fifth grade classrooms across the county. The winning poster, along with Read more...

Pumpkin Patches, Preschool Fair, Open Houses & More: Community Cool

Favorite Pumpkin Patches in the DC Area This piece I contributed to The Washington Post still stands as a round-up of my family's all-time favorite pumpkin patch destinations! I hope you and yours have fun pumpkin picking this weekend!Wheaton Area Moms Annual Preschool Fair Saturday, October 24, 10am-12pm at the Gwendolyn E. Coffield Community Center, 2450 Lyttonsville Road, Silver Spring, MD 20910. 30 local preschools listed so far and the list is growing. Meet representatives from Read more...

Free lecture on benefits of single sex education

Conservative or liberal, suburban or urban, religious or secular, many of us parents are considering the pros and cons of single sex education for our children.This Thursday evening July 16th, guest lecturer and child development expert Dr. Leonard Sax, M.D. will present a free talk, "The Case for Single Sex Schools: Why Gender Matters."The author of Why Gender Matters, Boys Adrift, and Girls on the Edge and other titles, Dr. Sax will address single sex schooling in today’s world Read more...

Whistlefritz: Spanish and French Immersion Learning for Kids (at home!)

I have heard loads of great things about Whistlefritz Spanish for Kids and French for Kids language learning DVDs and CDs, but I had no idea that the company was based right here in the DC area in Glen Echo, Maryland! Heidi Stock is the founder and CEO of this award-winning language program for children, and she is herself a mother of two.Eager to learn more about the Whistlefritz philosophy of teaching children Spanish and French in the same way they learned their first language, I was Read more...

Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center Classes for Families

I am enormously proud to be working with the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center (SEEC) as a blogger consultant to this incredible non-profit that serves local families, children and museums throughout the country. The best perk of my helping out a bit is the chance to check out their offerings for families with my own children! This past weekend, my almost-three-year-old Alice and I had the chance to experience a sample SEEC class.My kids and I are veterans of the kids' class circuits. Music Read more...

Kids’ Workshops at the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center

Admit it: Before you had your first child in the Washington, DC area, you imagined yourself at the National Gallery or Hirschhorn, staring at an incredible piece of art while wearing your baby in a carrier.In my own mental picture, my baby was facing out of his BabyBjörn (hey, it was 2003...we didn't have Ergo yet) and gazing at the painting as I held his little hands in mine. His baby brow was intelligently furrowed as he absorbed the genius before him into his own cells. (Oh, and in my Read more...

Wheaton Area Moms Preschool Fair 2013

Looking for a preschool for your child but not sure where to start?Intimidated to call a ton of nursery schools to set up interviews and school visits?Too busy to attend an endless stream of open houses?Thank goodness for the Wheaton Area Moms moms' club (one of the best parents' groups in the DC area). They are hosting their amazing Annual Preschool Fair, a fabulous FREE event for parents to meet representatives from a variety of schools in the area.Yes, you can bring your Read more...

Smithsonian Early Enrichment Classes for Babies 3-18 months

If you are waiting until your infant is older to introduce her to our incredible local Smithsonian Institutions, the wait is officially over: The Smithsonian offers classes for babies and parents!I just learned that the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center (SEEC) offers family workshops for young children and their parents to learn together. The curriculum is carefully crafted by early childhood educators with museum experience. The developmentally appropriate workshops promote critical thinking, Read more...