Hilltown Families


From classics to original creations, board games have much to offer regarding learning. Almost any game will encourage the development of critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and specific games help players to hone in on particular skills or topics. By exploring local resources for playing games, creating new games, and digging into the history of games, families can maximize the educational potential of a great family pastime!

Helping Our Kids Explain One of the classic cliches of the parent-child relationship is the question and answer, “What did you do today?” “Nothing.” Over the years, I have had so many parents ask if I could help them get some information from their children. I suggested that they think about the three types of questions (yes/no, wh-questions, and open-ended questions) and chose ones with easier answers. Open-ended answers are overly broad… Read More

In libraries all across America, therapy dogs are brought into libraries to provide children with a stress-free reading experience that helps them immeasurably. Often times western MA libraries host these programs, an effective way to support literacy through companionship for young readers. Read Kathy’s most recent post in her monthly column, “Time to Talk: Supporting Children’s Language Skills,” and discover the value of these programs.

This month in “Time to Talk: Supporting Children’s Language Skills,” Hilltown Families Contributing Writer and speech-language pathologist, Kathy Puckett, addresses stuttering. This useful post include tips, resources and videos for supporting parents and adults raising and working with child who stutter.

Our behaviors are stitched together by a series of reactions…how we respond to things, how we process and then how we move on to another reaction. For children it is important to have some recognition of behavior and how reactions dovetail. This month in “Time to Talk: Supporting Children’s Language Skills,” Kathy lays out a fascinating column including social mapping and feeling meters and how they can be used as effective tools.

Overreacting is often a damning thing to left at your door. It’s very rarely acceptable behavior to overreact to a problem. It hinders reason, problem solving and communications. This month in “Time to Talk: Supporting Children’s Language Skills,” Hilltown Families contributing writer and speech-language pathologist, Kathy Puckett, looks at barriers to learning and how children can adopt some techniques to overcome barriers such as overreacting. Read on for some excellent tips and insights.