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Treehouse Tales #1: Randel McGee

Meet A Puppeteer

This first week we’re excited to share the work of award-winning storyteller, puppeteer, and artist, Randel McGee. Randel has been coming to Treehouse for more than two decades and performing in our theater with his dragon puppet Groark. He has authored a whole series of craft books for children that we love, and has a new children’s book coming out next year.

Raising Kind and Generous Children

This summer I had the wonderful experience of having two young brothers bring an envelope full of money to me at Treehouse. It was bills and change donated by their friends and family in lieu of presents to the boys on their birthdays. They were genuinely pleased to give up their presents and make the donation to Treehouse because, they said, they loved Treehouse and wanted it to be around for a long time for lots of children.

Helping Your Child Develop Self Control

At Treehouse we see thousand of children and parents every week (175,000 visitors a year) and so we see lots of great parenting in action. We have learned a lot about what parents can do to support their child’s self control and what hinders children in developing the skills they need. Our staff recommend reading Dr. Laura Markham’s “Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: How to Stop Yelling and Start Connecting.” Dr. Markham says there are some important things parents can do to help their children manage their impulses to meet their own goals.

Exercise Your Child’s Brain This Summer at Treehouse

“Summer Slide” sounds like a fun activity, but in reality it represents the learning loss many children experience during the months when they are not in school. Research by John Hopkins University showed that children can lose a month or more in their skills as measured on academic tests in reading and math. That the decline is far worse for children from lower-income households. Summer learning loss appears to be cumulative, too, and over time can make a huge difference in achievement levels in school.

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