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TinkerTar guitars created by Charlottesville VA Brian Calhoun

Brian Calhoun, Creator of the Famous TinkerTar

Meet The Founder of TinkerTar and Chickapig Charlottesville area native, Brian Calhoun is perhaps best known to local families as the creator of the popular game, Chickapig. Others may recognize his name as the co-founder of Rockbridge Guitar, a company that has crafted instruments for artists such as Dave Matthews and Keith Urban. Calhoun’s latest […]

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Black History Month Books for Kids

CHILDREN’S BOOKS FOR TEACHING ABOUT BLACK HISTORY MONTH Reading with your children is one of the best ways to engage with them on important issues. This February, honor Black History Month by taking time to read with your family, and encourage your kids to learn and talk about diversity and our country’s history. Check out […]

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Tips on Being A Great Homework Parent

CHARLOTTESVILLE TEACHER SHARES TIPS WITH PARENTS ON HOW TO HELP WITH HOMEWORK In the book, The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate, Ivan, a silverback gorilla, watches his human friend Julia consistently agonize over homework and remarks, “Homework, I have discovered, involves a sharp pencil and thick books and long sighs.” Sometimes, but not […]

Grandparent reading to child

8 Children’s Books to Read This Grandparents’ Day

TOP 8 CHILDREN’S BOOKS CELEBRATING GRANDPARENTS Grandparents’ Day is the second Sunday in September each year. All of the below titles explore the special bond between a grandparent and a child and reading them together is a great way to highlight the upcoming holiday. Plus, they make excellent thoughtful gifts for any grandparent.  Grandma Kisses […]

Educational Apps & Websites for Kids

THE BEST APPS & WEBSITES TO KEEP KIDS LEARNING With technology being such a big part of our lives, it’s natural that our kids are drawn to it, too. There’s plenty of good to be found online, but when children are left to their own devices, they can end up in not-so-friendly corners of the […]

Color Through a Child's Eyes Montpelier

New Educational Opportunities for Families at Montpelier

NEW COLOR THROUGH A CHILD’S EYES EXHIBIT IS NOW OPEN History lessons don’t take a break for the summer. Families with young children now have more opportunities to learn and engage at James Madison’s Montpelier. In addition to its existing educational exhibits, Montpelier recently launched its newest exhibit, Color Through a Child’s Eyes. Color Through […]

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From Preschooler to Global Citizen

THE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF CHARLOTTESVILLE My first foreign language exposure came through an extracurricular Saturday morning program where we shellacked our drawings of the French flag onto squares of painted wood one week and baked French bread another. But it’s only because of a French conversation class my husband and I are currently taking that […]

5 Ways to Engage Young Children with Music

WHY & HOW WE SHOULD INCORPORATE MUSIC INTO OUR HOME As parents, we all want our children to be healthy and happy. We want them to be kind to others and feel successful and fulfilled by pursuing their goals. We want them to be strong, resilient, lifelong learners. And for the most part, we know that […]

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The Importance of Creative Play

A WALDORF TEACHER’S SUGGESTIONS FOR ENRICHING INDOOR PLAY Play is the heart of childhood, the foundation of our humanity. Human beings are given a very long period of infancy and childhood. During this extended infancy, the brain is “wired together” for efficient learning and functioning. This will serve us the rest of our life. If […]

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Raising Money-Smart Kids

TIPS TO TEACH YOUR KIDS ABOUT MONEY Sometime early in life, usually around the preschool age of three, a kid discovers money. They figure out they need the shiny stuff in mom’s purse if they are to get their paws on that special toy they just saw advertised during cartoons. They know that money has […]