Typing is Fine, but Handwriting Makes its Mark When it Comes to Learning

Research shows that handwriting increases brain activity. Credit: Getty Images
Sure, typing is a skill kids need to learn earlier and earlier -- what with all the laptops, cell phones and games that require it these days.
But it doe...
Putting pen to paper can help students do better in school, researchers find.

Innobaby Stack N Seal

Keep your snacks under cover, where they belong. Credit: Innobaby If you're tired of fishing for loose Goldfish crackers in the bottom of your bag, Innobaby's Stack N Seal can help you reign in those unruly snacks. A smart food st...Keep your snacks under cover, where they belong.

Top 100 Books for Preschoolers: ParentDish Picks

Who doesn't love Amelia Bedelia? Credit: Amazon Even though children are preparing to go to school, parents are encouraged to keep reading to their kids during the preschool years. Letter recognition and other important reading skill...Letter recognition and other important reading skills start during this time and help lay the foundation for learning to read, so these books will keep your preschooler busy.

ParentDish's 20 Top Educational Toys for Preschoolers

Help your child learn with these toys. Credit: Getty Images
The kids are starting to outgrow the stacking blocks and are even getting tired of Candy Land (thank goodness). What to do? Here are ParentDish's 20 Top Educational Toys for Preschoo...
Shopping for a preschooler? Try one of these fun toys that will actually teach them something.

Beehives Wooden Toy a Buzzworthy Pick for Preschoolers

A real honey of a toy. Credit: Moolka
Inspired by real bees and their natural habitats, the colorful and adorable Beehives from Plan Toys entertains children while helping them develop fine motor skills, coordination and concentration. Beeh...
Inspired by real bees and their natural habitats, the colorful and adorable Beehives from Plan Toys entertains children while helping them develop fine motor skills, coordination and concentration.

Eco-Friendly Mats Make Nap Time Healthier

Cotton beats vinyl every time. Credit: SewnNatural
Say no to PVC, phthalates and any other nasty toxins that may be lurking in your child's vinyl or polyester nap mat. SewnNatural carries a full line of eco-friendly nap mats that are perfect...

Yo, These Toddler T-Shirts Are Fresh

Don't I look fly? Credit: Bumps and Bruises
What do two young, hip dads do when they can't find cool clothes for their little boys to wear? If they're T-shirt designers like Manny Cabrera and Pedro Tuma, they start their own boys' clothing l...

The Myth of Testing for Giftedness

Kim Moldofsky and her two sons, now ages 12 and 10, hiking in the Grand Canyon. The Chicago-area mom is resigned to the fact that there is no educational "Utopia." Photo courtesy of Kim Moldofsky.
Kim Moldofsky is a petite woman, and her wh...

Blue's Clues

"Blue's Clues" was a popular, long-running children's television show on Nickelodeon. The show, which aired from 1996 to 2006, featured Blue, an animated dog who interacted with a human host . "Blues Clues" producers created the show based on thei...

Obesity Trend in Preschoolers Stabilizing

U.S. stemming the tide on overweight kids. Credit: Jupiter Images
The battle against childhood obesity may be showing signs of victory. A new report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that the obesity rate among...

4-Year Old Brings Pot to Preschool

When a preschooler hears the word "pot" chances are he thinks of that thing mommy makes mac-n-cheese in on the stove. Well, most preschoolers anyway. Last week, a four-year-old in Tamarac, Florida brought pot with him to school. He casually pulle...

DailyDish - Make it talk

Got a toddler or preschooler who's refusing to get dressed, put on their shoes, or brush their teeth? Here's a trick....

Booster seats - Some brands not as safe as others

When I bought both of my daughter's car seats, I did so with the idea in mind that eventually, they would use them as boosters. Silly me. Both came with good safety ratings, sure, but earlier this month, both appeared on the "not recommended" list of...

Preschool or prep school?

Do you and your partner argue about educating your kid? We do. My husband taught elementary school for nine years, and he saw a lot of kids who couldn't count to 10 or spell their own names in first grade. I know that shaped his views, but we still d...

Red shirting kindergarteners

Lindsay over at Suburban Turmoil wrote an interesting post about her experience with a "red shirted" kindergartener. What used to be a bit of a shameful secret, holding a child back from starting kindergarten at their appointed time has become nearly...


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