Local mom and “Outdoors with Kids Boston” guidebook author, Kim Foley MacKinnon, shares her best family outing tips and picks with you as part of our guest blog series with the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Kids Outdoors Bostonfree online community.
If you want to instill a love of hiking in your preschooler, make your trips truly enjoyable for everyone. Start off slow and easy, with hikes that have quick payoffs, such as waterfalls, ponds, bridges, boulders or trees to climb, chances to encounter animals (like at farms), and even playgrounds.
As your young hikers get more comfortable, introduce longer hikes, with goals like how long you hike for or how many miles you go. Get your kids involved in the whole adventure from the start, from choosing where to go to helping plan the route. Even if your kids can’t read a map yet, they will love having one anyway, as well as being in charge of their own gear. Get them an appropriately-sized backpack and have them at least carry their own water bottle and snack. They’ll feel empowered, and you’ll be ready to go!
We recently added to our Preschools in Boston series with a post focusing on five preschools in Cambridge. Three of the five hold Open Houses in November. These are great opportunities to tour the facilities, meet teachers and staff, and get a feel for how your child might fit in.
We continue our Preschools in Boston series with a glimpse at five Cambridge preschools, from one of the oldest parent cooperatives in the country to a Harvard affiliated non-profit childcare center. Granted, some of these have long wait lists, but there are a surprising handful of openings right now.
We’ve provided an overview of the school philosophies and basic requirements below, but a look at these schools’ websites – and, of course, a visit! – is highly recommended as you begin to clarify your hopes and requirements for your children and their educational paths.
For any parent, choosing a preschool can feel overwhelming, especially in an educational center like Boston. But even the best schools vary in tradition and curriculum; what may be right for one family may not be for another. As many schools are already accepting applications for the 2012-13 school year (and most have an application deadline at the end of January 2012), now is the time to begin your search. To start you off, here’s a breakdown of five different but exciting nursery schools in Boston.
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