Suggested Reading for 8/9/13

Boy, it turns out that buying and moving into a house keeps you pretty disorganized and busy. Who knew? I have a feeling that 2 posts per week—one substantive, and one of suggested reading—is probably the new normal. But who knows? I might get feisty.

suggestedreadingTo kick off, this article discusses the importance of play in human life. It’s not at all specific to children, but certainly includes them. Teachers of young children know how crucial play is to learning, and to overall development. And not just for children—one of the reasons I love teaching is that it’s almost entirely play. I don’t mean goofing around; I mean the broader definition this article gestures toward: participating in voluntary, fun, engaging activities that require creativity and hard work and insight. The best days are when the kids and the teachers are both “in it”…

A fine blog post by Laura Markham about helping your young child build self-control skills.

Phyllis Grant writes the excellent food-and-children blog, Dash and Bella. This piece is elsewhere, and while you might not want to eat the sandwich she describes, I think her bit about cooking dinner and getting children to eat it is great—sane and reasonable and likely to be successful.

A wonderful piece by Teacher Tom about how teachers (and schools, and parents, and adults) should think about diagnoses for children. This certainly isn’t the only perspective on this complex and important issue—but for those of us who aren’t qualified to diagnose, this is a great way to think about it. And another one about a great real-life activity to do with young children: assembling Ikea furniture! Oh, okay, and one more: an amusing little piece about the joys of inventing new games.

Every time Tom Bedard writes about the sensory table, I think, “Boy, this guy understands how to make play set-ups that are as engaging as can be.” Here’s a piece about multi-level sensory table set-ups. Brilliant.

Here’s a short interview with the author of a book I haven’t heard of, but now very much want to read: It’s OK NOT to Share. I’m very intrigued…

A great little DIY toy idea from Mama OT: a fine-motor activity that you can make almost for free and I bet will grab the attention of any toddler.

Kate at Picklebums writes, “I am working on letting my kids just feel whatever they feel.” Yes!

From Creative with Kids, a piece about “Teaching Peace to an Unpeaceful Child.” Some good tips in here.

And for your viewing pleasure, this dude talks about how makers of media for children seem to be afraid to include any references to things children don’t already know about, and why that’s a dumb perspective. He makes some good points. Here’s to media that challenges children!

Have a great weekend!


2 thoughts on “Suggested Reading for 8/9/13

  1. Eileen Louie August 9, 2013 at 8:59 pm Reply


    Since you sent me the first If I Ran the Circus posting, I have found it wonderfully informative but so involved.  Between reading this blog and Far From the Tree, I am exhausted but appreciative.  Will be ordering a lamp that provides much more light for those hours after the sun sets.

    As we crunch the wee hours of our last weeks of summer into meaningful experiences, I wanted to tell you how truly lovely it was to chat with you last Friday.  Laughter and disbelief always lightens the load.  

    I was telling Charles that this is really the first summer since decades that wasn’t filled either with work or with family.  It is a new feeling and it has taken me  a while to get used to since I really do love to work.  I probably wouldn’t be saying this if I weren’t working with people who love the children as much as I do, who are thinking of how to provide the best environment for children and the ability to laugh amongst ourselves and at ourselves.  You noticed that I didn’t say that we always equally share what needs to be done.  

     Life is good.  We always have to take the good with the (let’s see, how to best phrase it)oh yes,  testy.  Althoughtesty doesn’t seem the right word to use after good but in some cases, it is the best word.  

    See you soon.



  2. Christie - August 11, 2013 at 4:55 am Reply

    I haven’t read “It’s OK NOT to share” yet but one of my therapy kiddos’ moms told me about it a few months ago and said she would recommend it in a heartbeat!

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