Weekend Reads 2.21.14

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States Want Kids to Learn A Lot — Maybe Too Much {NPR}

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Dice Play that Teaches Kids Numeracy

Dice Play for NumeracyI am a passionate believer in play as the best method for teaching young children.  And sometimes, the kids teach me a little something through play as well!

Part of a play-based learning philosophy is having materials that will invite the child to play with concepts and ideas.  So, being the nut for play and learning that I am, I have shelves and drawers and pockets full of these kinds of materials.  A simple material that’s been getting some increased attention from my kids lately is a container full of dice.

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Trying to Get Kids to Play Independently? Here’s What you Need to Know.

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How do I get my kids to play independently?

It almost seems like a silly question at first.  I mean, kids are programed to play, right?

But many factors that are commonplace in childhood today are making it difficult for many kids to sustain independent play.  Distractions, over-scheduling, and the disappearance of play from many early childhood environments are leaving some kids with little experience to draw from when it comes to directing their own play.

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It’s OK NOT to Share Section 2: Wild Emotions

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One of the mantras that has most influenced me in working with kids is this:

“Every emotion is OK.  Even when the behavior isn’t.”

It’s a freeing thing as a parent or teacher to recognize that you can validate a child’s feelings while still reinforcing boundaries for appropriate behavior.  I have to imagine it’s also a freeing thing for a child to realize that the people you love genuinely want to understand you.  All of you.  Even the ugly cry parts.  (I know that’s something I appreciate knowing, even as an adult!)

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Weekend Reads 2.14.14

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

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15 Fun Activities for 3 Year Olds!

Huge thanks to Rachel from Kids Activities Blog. She compiled these Activities for 3 Year olds as part of a guest post today.

We have 3, yes 3 three year olds in our home. We are a mixed family and our “triplets” keep us on our toes. I’ve found that I need to keep my kiddos engaged and busy or there is complete chaos!

Here are 15 simple, easy to do activities that we have used to keep our kids happy and exploring. Be sure to leave a comment of your kids’ favorite ways to play in the comments!

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Weekend Reads 1.31.14

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10 Ways to Guide Children Without Punishment {Aha! Parenting}

“Are you wondering how your child will learn not to do these things next time, if you don’t “discipline” him when he does them?  Then you’re assuming that we need to punish children to “teach a lesson.”  Actually, research shows that punishing kids creates more misbehavior. Being punished makes kids angry and defensive. It launches adrenalin and the other fight, flight or freeze hormones, and turns off the reasoning, cooperative impulses. Kids quickly forget the “bad” behavior that led to their being punished, even while they’re processing the emotional aftermath of the punishment for weeks. If they learn anything, it’s to lie and avoid getting caught. Punishment disconnects us from our kids so we have less influence with them. It even lowers IQ, since kids who don’t feel completely safe and secure aren’t free to learn. Quite simply, punishment is never an effective means of raising a responsible, considerate, happy child. It teaches all the wrong lessons.  If, instead, we can stay kind and connected while we set limits, our children will internalize what they’ve lived. “

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Playful Science: Dry Ice Bubbles

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I’ve been using this Einstein quote a lot lately:einstein

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