Suggested Reading for 3/8/13

suggestedreadingYou guys, how are we already a week into March? That’s crazy talk. Things are busy at Chez Green, but people keep writing interesting things on the internet. What’s a guy to do?

I’ve been reading this blog called Inquiring Minds: Mrs. Meyer’s Kindergarten. It’s pretty great. She teaches kindergarten in Ohio and uses play and emergent projects to teach stuff. You should read this one, about an animals project they’re working on.

From Abundant Life Children, a really terrific blog post on why conflict is good for children. Good for children? Yes, good for children. Comes with some handy, practical tips for how you can help children get the most benefit from their conflicts, perhaps even without it driving you crazy.

Messy play is really beneficial for a child’s development, but some kids just aren’t into it. Here’s a great tip from Mama OT to help reluctant children find a way to participate.

A great idea, from Play Create Explore, for a DIY geo-board. A week or two ago I posted another one you can make by pounding nails into a stump. For something a bit more geometric, go to the hardware store. You can make a huge durable one for about $20.

A charming piece by Teacher Tom, on how “please” isn’t the magic word. The magic word is “let’s.” Your heart will be warmed, and you will want to put your child in this guy’s classroom.

From Toddler Approved, a cool idea for a gross-motor art activity—splat painting! Have kids who are “too active” for art? I bet this’ll get ’em. And some other great art project ideas from Teacher Tom.

A nice little piece by Janet Lansbury on interacting with infants. Really focused on respect for children.

For you viewing pleasure, a TED Talk by Alison Gopnik on brain development. She does an excellent and empowering job describing what’s going on in young children’s brains, and how they’re incredibly active in investigating the world around them. Cool stuff.

Also, I was searching for the video where Louis CK gets all upset and existential when his kid keeps asking “Why?” and instead I found this great one where he talks about (a) not judging other parents and (b) how awesome being a dad is, even when you think you’re doing a bad job. Awesome work, Louis. Oh, and here’s the video I was looking for in the first place—start around 7:00. Insightful and horrible and hilarious—and not safe for work.

If you’ve read anything good this week, please share it in the comments!

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