tshirt graphic that says "Camp Gigi"
Cheryl Beaudoin
November 30, 2021

In reflecting back on my experience of putting together a week-long camp for my two oldest grandchildren, there are lots of things to think about. Would I call it a success? For sure! But, would I plan some things differently? Definitely!  Here... READ MORE

a hand-written camp schedule for toddlers
Cheryl Beaudoin
November 10, 2021

Last summer I hosted Camp Gigi, a one-week summer “camp” for my grandchildren, with the simple goal of creating strong memories for them with me and with each other. I was very excited to do this but will admit that, even as a retired teacher, it... READ MORE

two young children bend over bins of sudsy water and toys
Cheryl Beaudoin
October 22, 2021

Many years ago, two of my friends who are teachers told me how much they loved hosting a “camp” for their grandchildren every summer.  Each fall they would tell me how it had gone, what they did for the week with their grands, and just how much... READ MORE

a grandfather sits next to his 1 year old granddaughter as she sits astride a large dinosaur statue
Cheryl Beaudoin
September 30, 2021

Discovery Museum CEO Neil Gordon became a grandfather just over a year ago. Neil’s grandfather name is Gogo! I always love hearing how grandparent names come about—for Neil it was because of one of the first books he read to his granddaughter... READ MORE

a young boy plays with cars on a low table
Cheryl Beaudoin
September 12, 2021


Almost all creativity involves purposeful play. —Abraham Maslow

Grandparents play with their grandchildren in so many ways.  Whether it’s building with blocks or LEGOs, creating things with clay or play dough, or making a... READ MORE

a grandmother asks her young grandchild about the food he is eating
Cheryl Beaudoin
August 29, 2021


Children must be taught how to think, not what to think. —Margaret Mead

As an early childhood educator who came to that career later in life, I was on a learning curve when I came into the classroom. Critical thinking was... READ MORE