Raising socially and emotionally healthy children can be frustrating. There are times when your child is throwing a tantrum—a loud, embarrassing, scream fest of a tantrum—and you want to throw in the towel. Every parent has been there, red-faced, trying to pry a toy out of your two-year-old hoarder’s hands, or asking the boss to leave early because a child has bitten a classmate. You can’t just quit this whole parenting gig, and you really want to do what’s best to help your child grow into a kind and compassionate adult. But what the heck are you supposed to do? Your mother will have one opinion, your neighbor another.
Luckily, you can turn to the professionals. The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning has prepared practical materials for parents of preschoolers on hot topics like these. Continue reading
At the Children’s Desk we get a lot of questions about homeschooling. Some parents are researching the pros and cons of homeschooling instead of sending their child to public school, while others have already made the decision and want to know how to begin. We also get a lot of requests for materials and ideas for curriculum support. For homeschooling information and resources, the library is a great place to start.
Our librarians have collected all of this information and much, much more in our homeschooling subject guide. If you are a homeschooling veteran and know of additional resources we should include, please let us know in the comments. Thanks!
Happy winter solstice! December 21 (or in some years, December 22) marks the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year. Solstices happen due to the tilting of the Earth on its axis. Did you know that below the Equator, it is summer right now? Where did I get all of this great information? From the World Book Online For Kids. You can access this great online resource for free; all you need is your library card!
Source: “Solstice.” World Book Online For Kids. World Book, 2012. Web. 13 Dec. 2012.
They’re here! Our new Little Red Reading Bags for ages 3-5 are now available for you to take home. You can come to the Columbia Public Library to check out one of these kits, or you can place one on hold in our online catalog. The bags contain books, DVDs, music CDs and toys on twelve different themes, plus a sheet of activities to support children’s early literacy skills. Check one out today!
April 22-28, 2012 is the Week of the Young Child, an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The purpose of the Week of the Young Child is to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs. The theme for this year is Early Years Are Learning Years. DBRL offers many early childhood programs and services for young children and their caregivers.