I’ve been reading a lot this week, for the classes I’m teaching. One thing I’ll say is, if you’re looking for a textbook on early childhood curriculum, you could do a lot worse than Creative Curriculum, by Diane Trister Dodge et al. It’s clear and readable and approachable, very practical, well supported by research, very much aimed at classroom teachers. I think it under-emphasizes physical and socio-emotional development a bit—but only a bit. This is a textbook I’ll hang onto. In case you were wondering.
If you were looking for stuff that’s NOT textbooks? Well, here’s some other stuff.
Dr. Laura Markham at Aha! Parenting was on a roll this week, with three truly excellent columns. One about praising children—why it can be counter-intuitively harmful, and how it’s different from genuine support of children. One for parents who feel like in moments of crisis they forget all their plans for positive interactions—some very sage advice to put things in perspective. And a great response to this question from a parent: “I try to use positive parenting, but there always comes a point where I’m stuck and threaten a timeout. Without punishment, how do I enforce my limits?” Dr. Markham explains very well why punishment probably won’t accomplish what you want it to, and gives some guidance about different directions to go.
The last one ties in very nicely to a post from Creative with Kids about time-out. A very honest discussion of why it’s not working in the writer’s own family, and what she’s trying to do instead. I suspect many people feel the same way.
And from Teacher Tom, a nice little piece about the importance of letting go of your preconceived plans with young children, and letting their ideas be the good ideas.
As per usual, leave your thoughts on what we should all be reading in the comments. Have a great weekend.