A bowl of soup helps you stay warm and cozy during the cold winter. Soups are often very healthful, and trying out different recipes and ingredients is a great way to introduce new food to your child. In December, we are going to talk about tasty soup during Tasty Tuesdays. Share your favorite soup recipes, and help us stay healthy in the winter!
1. Stay healthy by eating soup!
We are not necessarily talking about soups with lots of heavy cream and grease, but soups that contain chicken or vegetable broth and a variety of vegetables, beans, and lean meat – the kinds of ingredients that can help you stay on a healthy diet. Continue reading
The holidays are coming and with them, the assorted joys, stresses and traditions of being with family. Some traditions come from your religion or nationality, and some are specific to your family. They may have been around for generations, or they may be something new. And, in some cases, they may be completely unintentional.
When I was growing up, we spent most holidays at the home of my grandparents, my Nana and Bumpa. My aunts, uncles and cousins lived nearby so it was always a noisy gathering, full of lots of teasing, laughter and love. And of course, lots of food. Many holiday traditions revolved around the dinner table, and my family is no exception. I remember that at Passover, my grandfather got his own bowl of horseradish because the regular stuff wasn’t hot enough for him. He’d have a spoonful out of his special dish and his face would turn red and there would be tears streaming down his face as he gruffly declared that it still wasn’t right. At the end of the Seder, he would roll his eyes and grumble when my aunt burst into singing Daeyenu, a traditional Passover song. Continue reading
Boston Children’s Museum works closely with researchers from local universities to conduct studies into child development, cognition and more; and to translate the latest studies and findings for the general public in order to make a positive impact on parenting practices. Look for articles each month about these researchers’ work, their reflections and themselves. As part of our continuing series sharing details about research happening at Boston Children’s Museum, and about how children learn in the Museum, here is some information from Mika, a researcher at MIT’s Early Childhood Cognition Lab, about how children build skills through play:
Children are problem solvers: their actions reflect their learning about the world. In some ways they are like scientists, using their curiosity and creativity as well as logic to make new discoveries.
So what does this have to do with the power of play? Continue reading
Boston Children’s Museum is an educational institution. This bears pointing out because amidst all of the giggling and yelling and general fun-having that kids engage in here, it is easy to forget that this Museum is about fun AND learning. What you experience here is not simply thrown together – every program that the Museum offers was created over a period of months and sometimes up to a year of planning and testing. Exhibits are developed over intensive periods of 1-4 YEARS with evaluation, research and child development and/or cognition theory incorporated into the work. That exhibit that you are having so much fun in is a carefully orchestrated experience designed to maximize learning impact. It was created by anywhere from 5 – 20 professionals who take their job and the Museum’s mission very seriously! And at the center of all of this is you and your child. We consider not only what your child will experience and learn, but how roles can be created for you, their adult caregiver so that you are involved in their learning in some way. Continue reading
Objects tell stories. Unfortunately, they cannot tell them on their own, they have to be written down or shared by the people who know the objects best—their owners. In the collections world, we call this “provenance.” This is the backstory on where an object comes from, who owned it, who loved it, basically all the juicy details that cannot be seen on the surface of the object but that imbue it with meaning.
While many of the objects in our collection have been separated from their stories, some have not. One of these storied objects is “Gregory Bear.” Gregory was a gift to the Museum in 2010 from Ursula Marrero. He entered the collection with an adventure story beyond compare. Continue reading
Flu season has officially started. If you have ever experienced the flu, you probably know how miserable you feel with a high fever, headache, body ache, etc. When children get the flu, they have to miss a lot of school days and valuable play time. Caring for a sick child, especially a younger child, is emotionally and physically tough for parents, too.
During Tasty Tuesdays In November, we will talk about how we can protect ourselves against the flu.
1. Get a flu shot! But why?
Everyone, except infants younger than 6 months old, should get a flu shot because these shots lower the risk of getting the flu. It is really that simple. While it may still be possible to get the flu even after getting a shot, the symptoms will likely be mild and you will recover more quickly. Continue reading
“I have an idea. For Mother’s Day next year, can you just get me a t-shirt that says DON’T in huge letters?”
This was the request I made of my husband a couple mornings ago as I sat on a stool in our kitchen, once again lamenting the fact that seemingly 90% of the sentences that come out of my mouth on any given weekday morning are directives, most of them in the negative, aimed at my son. “Stop bugging the dog, you’re supposed to be putting your jacket on.” “Please don’t eat jelly right out of the jar, it’s gross.” “It’s not funny when you put your shoes on the wrong feet when we’re trying to get going. Mommy doesn’t want to miss her train.” “Please don’t stack up the blocks right where we’re trying to walk. Thank you.”
Somewhere, in a parallel universe, I am the Fun Mom. Continue reading
Boston Children’s Museum works closely with researchers from local universities to conduct studies into child development, cognition and more; and to translate the latest studies and findings for the general public in order to make a positive impact on parenting practices. Look for articles each month about these researchers’ work, their reflections and themselves. As part of our continuing series sharing details about research happening at Boston Children’s Museum, here is some information about the work being conducted by Leah, from MIT’s Early Childhood Cognition Lab:
My research at Boston Children’s Museum is focused on the topic of teaching and learning. I am working on two projects. One asks child participants to teach others, and another asks them to evaluate teachers.
Previous research has shown that children have certain expectations of teachers. One is about quality: children expect teachers to provide true, but not false information (pretty straightforward!). Another is about quantity: children expect teachers to provide just the right amount of information, rather than too little or too much, for the learner to make accurate inferences. It’s easy to imagine how skipping or leaving out information might confuse students and even lead them to get the wrong idea (note: we have studies showing that children as young as 5-6 recognize teachers who don’t “tell the whole truth”; Gweon et al., 2011; in review). Continue reading
The crazy, fun summer has gone, and now it’s fall. As the air gets cooler, you might feel that fewer outdoor activities are offered in the community. This calm, quieter atmosphere may encourage you to sit and relax, instead of running around. And not to mention, there are just so many yummy foods and treats in the fall, including Halloween candies!
But fall is also a great season for fun fitness activities and healthy eating. Apple picking is one of the great ways to have fun with your family while staying healthy! Continue reading
Having creative confidence is trusting and valuing each and every one of your ideas and taking creative risks.
In the Art Studio this is goal #1 – to instill creative confidence in every visitor that walks through the door – no matter what the project is, what medium we are exploring, or what collaborative project we are constructing.
Each month we post a new idea about how to instill creative confidence in children at home and in the classroom. This month’s idea is…
Idea 7 – Curiosity – try something new.
“Children are such curious creatures. They explore, question, and wonder, and by doing so, learn. From the moment of birth, likely even before, humans are drawn to new things. When we are curious about something new, we want to explore it. And while exploring we discover. Discovery leads to pleasure, pleasure results in repetition, repetition creates mastery, mastery brings new skills and new skills bring confidence.” ~Dr. Bruce D. Perry, internationally recognized authority on brain development and children in crisis. Continue reading