In his new book, Free to Learn, developmental psychologist Peter Gray argues that our children, if free to pursue their own interests through play, will not only learn all they need to know, but will do so with energy and passion.
This weekend the Albany Symphony Orchestra will present two quite different concerts at The Palace Theatre in Albany, NY.
On Saturday March 9th, the orchestra will perform Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition," and a recent violin concerto entitled “Fire and Blood” by Michael Daugherty. Then on Sunday, Cowboy Dave rides again in a program called “Compose Yourself with Cowboy Dave!”
Maestro "Cowboy Dave" David Alan Miller joins us now to tell us more.
Education officials in Massachusetts are stressing the importance of early childhood literacy when it comes to closing the achievement gap. A pioneering reading proficiency program in Springfield has been nationally recognized. WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.
Being a foster parent can be among the most joyful, but challenging experiences. Taking in a troubled, abused child has many rewards for those who take the step and today we will learn more about foster parenting from Brian Perrotto director of foster care for Saint Catherine’s Center for Children in Albany, Pat Gagnon, a foster parent , and Karen Hill, an expert in child welfare education. Brian Perrotto begins the discussion with more about Saint Catherine’s. They spoke with WAMC’s Brian Shields.
A special summer camp opened today for children from two public housing developments in Springfield Massachusetts. As WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill tells us the camp is part of an innovative early literacy program.