Your wait is over! Lend & Learn Toy Library locations have been closed for the summer months and reopened their doors August 27th.
All Boone County parents with children ages birth to three years are invited to come explore educational toys, visit with the on-site Early Childhood Specialist, and browse resource materials on topics from learning activities to toilet training.
Families can enjoy a large, safe, inviting space to play with their children and visit with others. There’s an infant-toddler area that provides a protected play space for the youngest children and their parents. You can even check out developmentally appropriate toys for your children for free. Continue reading
School is back in full swing, and it feels like our to-do lists are taking over the world. If you are both a student and a parent, your workload is growing exponentially. Don’t pull out your hair; Cub Hub to the rescue!
Cub Hub is a collaborative project of ParentLink, the Student Parent Center and the Association of Parenting Students. This service allows parents to dig into their school work while their children enjoy educational playtime. Parents focus on their work in a study space equipped with computers and WiFi knowing their children are nearby and supervised by Service Learning Students. Continue reading
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.