Who Needs Cursive, Anyway?

Feature: Who Needs Cursive, Anyway?

As we write less and tap more, the results are not necessarily what we expect. By Kim J. Gifford The name “John Hancock” and his distinctly large script on The Declaration of Independence have become synonymous with the word “signature.” But, according to some educators who are proponents of cursive writing, if Hancock were a […]

Local: Where to See Trains

Playgrounds, museums and festivals offer a variety of options for locomotive lovers. By Laura Jean Whitcomb There’s lots of things for kids to like about trains. They have wheels. They move. They have sound. They are powerful. They are fascinating to watch. If kids are able to sit on a train, there’s much more to […]

Platinum ½ Pint Puzzles are learning toys, but the kids will never know!

By Laura Jean Whitcomb Science abounds on the benefits of puzzles: enhanced visual perception, improved coordination, better memory and heightened creativity. There’s left brain (logic) and right brain (creative) powers at work when you try to put together a puzzle. Puzzles are even a learning toy, encouraging children to follow simple steps to (successfully) solve […]

The Building of Beck

Kid Stuff is excited to announce our first GreatKids Award recipient: 16-year-old Beck Johnson! Beck was nominated by several people who have witnessed his outstanding achievements, first hand. Throughout his many accomplishments, the common denominator is one great kid who dreams big and works hard. He was nominated for a variety of reasons: personal talent, […]

Feature: If the Shoe Fits

By Matt Golec Melanie Michel of Norwich, Vt., misses The Shoetorium. The venerable full-service shoe store in Lebanon, N.H., was where Michel used to take her two kids — Winston, 9, and Lily, 4 — to be fitted for shoes. But the Shoetorium closed last November after 45 years in the business, leaving parents like […]

Ask the Expert: What to Do If Your Child “Hates” School

Promptly identify the cause and nip it in the bud By Susan Cowan Morse It is autumn in New England, where we enjoy the happy return of crisp morning air, the honks of departing geese, the landscape’s changing colors — and a new school year. For many, a new school year is exciting and marked […]