Archive | June, 2011

Murray’s Cheese Storytime Every Wednesday

28 Jun

Every Wednesday from 3-4pm there’s story hour at Murray’s Cheese.

Foods that are scary! Stuff like stinky cheese and blue cheese, and why you should give it a try!

Reservations not required, but space is limited so be on time to insure there’s room for you.



Sell education and learning, but not school.

21 Jun

photo by Keith Woods

“We need to be able to help parents delight in the educational value of their child’s developmentally appropriate play. If we are not able to articulate the serious intellectual content of what is happening — the infant exploring motorically the concepts of under and through, the toddler collecting and dumping, preschool dramatic and block play, and kindergarten classification — and if we are unable to explain how that content is far more likely to pave the road to a good university than the fraudulent numbers and letters recitations, then parents struggling to do the best for their children will buy sad imitations of schools. Why can’ t we help parents to see their children as delightful little scientists, architects, explorers, acrobats, and scholars who use all their senses, their whole bodies, and their own behavior as the tools for astonishingly thorough, albeit messy, investigations in the world of people and things?…”

From an article written in 1989 by Jim Greenman: “Don’t Happy, Be Worried”.

Summer Art Workshop on Governor’s Island

8 Jun

Abe’s Peanut, in collaboration with the Children’s Museum of Art and LittleCollector, has planned a summer art workshop on Governor’s Island, August 6th, 11am – 3pm.

The free event is open to children of all ages. LittleCollector Educational Consultant Amanda Hendricks (who collaborated with artist Yukie Yasui on Abe’s Peanut’s forthcoming August issue) will lead a storytelling workshop and Yukie will lead children in creating their own postcard artworks in the style of Abe’s Peanut.

Subscribers with Abe’s Peanut

7 Jun

Longtime Abe’s Peanut subscriber Niko Veksler with his collection of postcards:

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Powerful Story Told by Astrid Lindgren

6 Jun

Above all, I believe that there should never be any violence. In 1978, I received a peace prize in West Germany for my books, and I gave an acceptance speech that I called just that: “Never Violence.” And in that speech I told a story from my own experience.

When I was about 20 years old, I met an old pastor’s wife who told me that when she was young and had her first child, she didn’t believe in striking children, although spanking kids with a switch pulled from a tree was standard punishment at the time. But one day, when her son was four or five, he did something that she felt warranted a spanking–the first in his life. She told him that he would have to go outside himself and find a switch for her to hit him with.

The boy was gone a long time. And when he came back in, he was crying. He said to her, “Mama, I couldn’t find a switch, but here’s a rock that you can throw at me.”

All of a sudden the mother understood how the situation felt from the child’s point of view: that if my mother wants to hurt me, then it makes no difference what she does it with; she might as well do it with a stone. And the mother took the boy into her lap and they both cried. Then she laid the rock on a shelf in the kitchen to remind herself forever: never violence. And that is something I think everyone should keep in mind. Because if violence begins in the nursery one can raise children into violence.

On Parenting

6 Jun

An atmosphere of trust, love, and humor can nourish extraordinary human capacity. One key is authenticity: parents acting as people, not as roles.
— Marilyn Ferguson, The Aquarian Conspiracy