Hilltown Families


Families with young children and early childhood educators will discover an abundance of online educational resources at the Massachusetts Department of Early Education’s Resources for Early Learning! Lesson plans and activity suggestions offer support for encouraging young learners to develop essential skills.

As a speech-language pathologist, Hilltown Families contributing writer, Kathy Puckett, is a big believer is building a culture of reading for children at home! With the new year upon us with thoughts towards New Year’s Resolutions, Kathy encourages our readers to resolve to carving out time to read more to on your children. Quality time spent reading together is universally acknowledged as being crucial to any level of child development while creating memories and bonds between parent and child. At the end of the day it all comes back to reading…

We’re all fighting the same battle: the clock. So much to get done. Always. Even kids are facing it through things such as a challenging curriculum at kindergarten level, which chews up play-time. If we’re not pushing, pushing, pushing, we’re not achieving. What has suffered has been the ability to listen because, as you’ve guessed it, it takes time. But listening allows us to give ourselves over and relieve stress a little and work smarter. Kathy really outlines the power of listening this month in “Time to Talk,” which you will really enjoy reading. Because we’re all in the same boat, right?

A wonderfully innovative project, run by Professor Thomas E. Wartenberg’s “Philosophy for Children” class in Mount Holyoke College, gets the documentary treatment on WGBY Channel. The project is built on sparking intellectual organizing, critical thinking and the development of core philosophies in kids. It’s a wonderfully enriching aspect of community-based learning. The project actually gets put into practice! Read on to learn more, and to check out the broadcast schedule.

Conversations with kids can be a mazy roller coaster of a ride. Sometimes the lack of perspective taking can turn the conversation very one-sided and block any real chance of a meaningful connection being made. This month in “time to Talk: Supporting Children’s Language Skills,” Kathy shares her approach to organized thinking… something we can all perhaps plug into!

Creating an environment for your kid’s speech development is key to their growth. Parents naturally want to help their child and therefore can sometimes assist a child too much in, for example, finishing a sentence. It’s great to monitor your kid’s speech and let them figure out the power of sound manipulation. In “Time to Talk” this month, Kathy lays out some great guidelines in keeping that balance to drive your kid’s speech development.

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