Helping Kids Benefit From Their Love of Music

I once heard someone say that a singing child is a happy child. When children throw tantrums, they don’t sing. They sing when they’re playing with toys or splashing in the tub. As a father and a researcher, I’ve learned that music and children are inseparable. And this relationship is so powerful that music can […]

The 10 Most Powerful Things You Can Say to Your Kids

Effective conversation helps parents create lasting, meaningful relationships with their kids. These 10 powerful statements can get you started on your way. The Pew Research Center recently showed parents across America a list of 10 skills, asking the question: “Which of these skills is most important for a child to get ahead in the world […]

10 Year Celebration of Brilliance Family Fun Day

10 Year Celebration of Brilliance Family Fun Day this Saturday, Feb 27th, 10:30-3:00pm We prepared a day packed with fun activities for the Kids and Parents. DJ Xtreme Entertainment Strawberry the Clown Soccer Shots Coach Eddie Entertainment with Mr. Steve 3 in 1 Bounce House Obstacle Course Face Painting Stilt Walkers & Jugglers Food Trucks […]

Thinking Approach to Art

In Mikhail Naimy’s article, “Changing Lenses: It’s All About Art!,” which is the basis for an Exchange Out of the Box Training Kit, A Thinking Approach to Art, Patricia Pinciotti observes… You live that you may learn to love, you love that you may learn to live. No other lesson is required of you. -Mikhail Naimy […]

Learning with Your Hands

In the introduction to Hands-On Science and Math: Fun, Fascinating Activities for Young Children, author Beth Davis observes that “…children exposed to hands-on science instruction gain greater subject-matter understanding than students exposed to only book learning or traditional worksheets. When I doubled the amount of hands-on instruction give to the lowest performing student population in […]

Preschool Learning Crucial

Machines are automating a whole bunch of these things, so learning the softer skills, knowing the human touch and how to complement technology, is critical, and our education system is not set up for that,” said Michael Horn, co-founder of the Clayton Christensen Institute in the New York Times article, “Why What You Learned in […]

Seven Elements of Resilience

In her article in the July 2014 issue of Exchange, “Making Happy Happen: Building Resilience in Children,” Rachel Robertson points out that “one of the best ways to nurture happiness is to prepare children for the adversity they are guaranteed to encounter in life: in other words, develop their resilience.” In the article, Robertson shares […]

Playfulness is a Key

“Playfulness is the motivation to freely and joyfully engage with, connect with, and explore the surrounding world,” observes Anthony Toombs from the Life is Good Playmakers in the Exchange video training program, Preventing Obesity and Promoting Wellness in Early Childhood Settings. As you can see in this segment from Lesson 4, playfulness not only helps […]