What to Think About Homework—A Checklist for Parents and Teachers

It’s the end of September and homework is beginning to come home in earnest. Teachers and schools have sent home letters about their homework policies, usually touting its value in teaching study habits and skills, and recommending that children spend a certain amount of time on homework each night (and increase that time as they […]

The Fabulous Fours — Lily’s Learning Pad

Speaking of positive attributes, my wife and I, Nana and Papa, have been the recipients of all this fabulous four-year-old stage of development has to offer … from our granddaughter, Lily, now 4.9 years old. JOIN THE CONVERSATION! Ask Chip a question or share your own thoughts! —If you’re reading this entry on the blog […]

Positive Attributes — The Phenomenal Fives

Oh, what fun to be five! Busy and loving every moment of it, it seems five-year-olds may be the happiest people on the planet. JOIN THE CONVERSATION! Ask Chip a question or share your own thoughts! —If you’re reading this entry on the blog site, click “Post a Comment” or the word “Comments” below the […]

Positive Attributes — The Feisty Five-and-a-Half-Year-Olds

There is a discernable turning point in the fifth year where the focused, centered, rule-following kindergartener becomes the full-fledged explorer. JOIN THE CONVERSATION! Ask Chip a question or share your own thoughts! —If you’re reading this entry on the blog site, click “Post a Comment” or the word “Comments” below the entry —If you’re reading this […]

Positive Attributes — The Sensational Sixes

No one is more industrious than six-year-olds. They take on every activity, at home and at school, with unbridled enthusiasm. JOIN THE CONVERSATION! Ask Chip a question or share your own thoughts! —If you’re reading this entry on the blog site, click “Post a Comment” or the word “Comments” below the entry —If you’re reading […]

Positive Attributes — The Seeing Sevens

Sevens notice everything…in detail. Smallness is characteristic of their drawing, writing, and play constructions. Everything’s reduced to the microcosm, miniaturized to an intricate and controllable world they’re trying to make perfect. JOIN THE CONVERSATION! Ask Chip a question or share your own thoughts! —If you’re reading this entry on the blog site, click “Post a Comment” or the […]

Positive Attributes — The Energized Eights

When eight-year-olds wake up in the morning, new plans for adventure are percolating before their feet hit the floor. These plans usually involve a friend, or better yet, a group of friends to share adventures with in the neighborhood or at school. JOIN THE CONVERSATION! Ask Chip a question or share your own thoughts! —If […]

Positive Attributes—The Notable Nines

Nine is not always an easy age, but it is an age of growing social awareness, of intellectual stretching, wondering, and clamoring. JOIN THE CONVERSATION! Ask Chip a question or share your own thoughts! —If you’re reading this entry on the blog site, click “Post a Comment” or the word “Comments” below the entry —If […]