Suggested Reading for 8/16/13

suggestedreadingFrom a preschool in Maryland, a fabulous blog post about allowing children to take physical risks in their play. More specifically, allowing children the opportunity to assess risks for themselves. They’re doing it right.

For everyone planning to have a baby: here’s someone (in the Wall Street Journal) examining the published research on all the things pregnant women are told to do/not do: don’t drink coffee, don’t drink alcohol, make sure you gain the right ammount of weight, etc. The good news is, we can all probably calm way the heck down about most of these recommendations.

A review in the Atlantic of, basically, every animated children’s movie in the last decade, blasting most of them for their relentless and unrealistic messages of self-esteem. I think a lot of the analysis is spot-on—though I think there’s a middle ground that’s possibly the best answer…

A nifty little art project idea I can’t believe I’ve never seen before: making your own water colors out of flowers. Great for summer garden fun. You could do this activity outside, too…

Teacher Tom writes about the benefits of playing board games in preschool. I personally recommed “The Snail’s Pace Race” as the best starter board game, for 3-4 year olds: it’s straightforward, but the right amount of complex to keep someone who’s never played board games interested, and practice turn-taking and other rules.

Janet Lansbury once again writes a piece that cuts right to the heart of raising children. The section on trust is particularly incisive.

Have a great weekend!


2 thoughts on “Suggested Reading for 8/16/13

  1. Tom Birch August 16, 2013 at 8:43 pm Reply

    I *do* love the reality aspect of Charlie Brown and I agree that the triumph-over-everything plot seems overdone. However, the fact that triumph-over-everything is so commercially available does make accessing that feeling of eventual success also more available. And accessing that emotion in the face of our Charlie Brown realities allows one to re-imagine reality and therefore build resistance. They’re both useful but we could use a lot more Charlie Browns, especially some Charlenes and Chaquintas.

  2. Lesley Romanoff August 17, 2013 at 8:40 pm Reply

    Thank you for sharing our post, “Up the Down Slide, Children Assessing Their Own Risk” in your suggested reading list. Wishing you a great school year!

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