Halloween: not an excuse for oppression

“Trick or treat, smell my feet, give me something good to eat!” Do kids still sing this? I have a great memory of my brother reciting it at a doorstep and subsequently being denied the offer of candy the rest of us enjoyed. Many people I talk to have nostalgic memories of the anticipation of…

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Why we go to Spanish story times

Pop quiz! What is the official language of the United States? Trick question! There is no official language. It is true, only a quick google search will confirm this. Knowing a second (or third, or fourth….) language has numerous benefits. Many are practical: more employment opportunities, higher wages, more ease when travelling, etc. A language…

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Fight Sexism with Nursery Rhymes

An activity my older daughter and I frequently engage in is singing together (and of course I sing to my baby), the lyrics of which I often change whether to emphasize specific characteristics (“if you are pretty and you know it” is always changed to “if you are smart and you know it”) or to…

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