A fantastic little musing by Jason Good on how to react when your child asks, “Why?” and how it might make you actually look at yourself in a new way.
A great idea from Pickle Bums for an art activity that engages technology in a way that promotes creativity instead of stifling it! Really smart.
From Teacher Tom, a piece on the benefits and challenges of taking art projects outdoors (guess which side he lands on?), and a consideration of the question, “What is school for?” (Hint: it’s not for learning to count.)
From Toddler Approved, a great series of dependable, easy actvities for young children. Can’t go wrong with most of these. She’s doing them in chunks alphabetically, so look here and here and here and here, and check back next week (I presume) for a rousing finale.
This is a terrific article on young children and computers from LifeHacker. I don’t understand all the computerese, but I love the approach to children and technology.
A really clever idea from Pickle Bums for drawing with crayons on an electric skillet. Not sure if I’d want to try this in preschool, but… Oh, who am I kidding, I’d absolutely try it in preschool. Probably not with the 2’s, but with the 4’s and 5’s for sure.
This perceptive column on the Huffington Post asks us to examine the way we, as a society, talk to parents, and be wary of judgmental messages we may not even know we’re sending. I imagine everyone who reads this—parents and others—will recognize themselves in here somewhere.
Do your kids act fine around their teachers or nanny and give you a hard time? Read this, from Pickle Bums. You’ll feel better.
Mama OT, once again, offers great practical tips, with 4 ways to get babies moving.
From Confessions of a Doctor Mom, tips for a resistant sleeper. If you’re having trouble with bedtime, one of these strategies might be the one for you!
And finally, some recommended listening: An interview with Jean Berko Gleason about how children acquire language. Some things in here I’d heard before, some things I hadn’t. All the things were fascinating. (Thanks, Sue, for the tip!)
If there are other things we all should be reading, leave them in the comments!