The Blog

As a newspaper columnist, Nancy Devlin, Ph.D. has written over 700 articles on subjects related to education and parenting. Welcome to her Classroom!

Preparation for Kindergarten

Parents who squander the time they have with their children doing pencil and paper tasks like the workbooks they have in school are not being helpful to their children.
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Child’s Play is How Children Learn

When adults impose abstract activities on children as the only way to learn, they are not helping the children, and, in the long run they may be doing harm. Relax and enjoy your summer. Continue reading

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Make This Summer Happy and Productive

Summertime can be a productive, happy time or it can be destructive and boring. Continue reading

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No Workbooks This Summer

Many  parents buy workbooks for their children in order  for them  to keep up with or get ahead of their school work over  the summer.  This equating of workbooks with learning sometimes makes for  a  miserable  summer for some children  … Continue reading

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