“A Wave is a Way of Saying Hello”

Local parent pens whimsical series of educational STEM books for children age 5 to 8. By Hayley Durfor Scientific literacy is more important than ever in our modern, STEM-driven economy. Science, technology, engineering and mathematics dominate secondary education. Intended for playful young readers age 5 to 8, the Picture Book Science series from Nomad Press […]

The Importance of Play at All Ages

What may look like meaningless, inconsequential fun is actually a serious and essential childhood endeavor. By Susan Cowan Morse Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood. — Fred Rogers Play is not just important […]

Kids Can Cartoon!

Graduate students at the Center for Cartoon Studies share their skills and enthusiasm for comic art with Upper Valley youth. By Bridgett Taylor Cartoons and kids are a natural fit; the dominance of superhero costumes every Halloween is proof that comic book characters are popular with children. But the appeal of comics is more than […]

Tutti’s Promise

Tutti’s Promise With middle school readers in mind, a Holocaust survivor’s daughter tells her mother’s moving story. By Kim J. Gifford It is the quintessential question asked of writers: where do your ideas come from? For K. Heidi Fishman the answer not only comes easily, but she can pinpoint the exact moment the idea came […]

Fiona Greenough, founder of It Happens

It Happens. Young nonprofit founder, Fiona Greenough, is changing the world “one tampon at a time.” By Leigh Ann Root Unavoidable things happen in life. What also happens — through kindness, awareness and determination — is the development of a great kid. Fiona Greenough, 17, of Meriden, N.H., who founded It Happens. when she was […]

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 […]

Caboose in Andover, N.H.

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 […]