With each chapter, I find myself wondering, “How am I going to whittle down all these things I’ve starred and underlined (and underlined twice) into one concise post?” And then I remind myself that you are hopefully reading along as well, with stars and underlines (and double underlines) as well. I’d love to hear what caught your eye.
It’s no secret that I’ve long had a love for all things Seuss. As a child, as a teenager, as a teacher, as a mom. I have just always loved those books! (In fact, here’s a piece of trivia for you. In my high school it was tradition to decorate the top of your cap for gradutaion. My artistic older brother gave me one of the best graduation presents by doing a perfect ink drawing of the Cat in the Hat on mine! So there’s the proof. I’ve always been a Seuss-ophile!)
You know the old saying, “If a tree falls in the woods and no one hears it….” Well, similarly, we have to wonder, “If something is good for children but can’t be measured, is it still good for children?”
In the muggy heat of the summer of 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered the now famous “I Have a Dream” speech. He spoke of his dream for a future where children of all races could walk together and “not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character”. This speech, this man, and this movement are all iconic pieces of American History.
Perhaps there’s something about this time of year that’s causing me to be a bit more sentimental. Or maybe it’s simply a job hazard of motherhood. Last week I wrote this post after attending Peter Pan with my son. This week, I’m sharing my thoughts about treasuring childhood over at The Organized Parent. Here’s a taste:
Think about how many fonts you have access to on your computer. Between books, magazines, posters, and signs, how many more fonts do you see in one day? While these types all look different, there is enough of a similarity between them to make it possible to recognize one letter across multiple fonts (at least until you get to Wingdings — does anyone really use those?).
In order to be capable readers in the world around them, children eventually need to be able to recognize letters across a variety of fonts as well. While I would always recommend first introducing letters in a simple font, as a child becomes familiar she can examine a variety of fonts to find what salient qualities makes a “T” a “T” and a “B” a “B”, no matter how many extra curls are attached. [Read more…]
A trip to Ikea is a fun adventure for me! I go in with a list, but there are just so many ideas that start swirling once I step past those sliding doors. Their children’s section is exciting on its own, but I’ve recently come across some different uses for items in their other sections that can be put to great use in kids’ spaces as well.
I mentioned a few weeks ago that I was excited to share a new book, Playful Learning, by my friend Mariah Bruehl. I had just returned home from a long trip and found it sitting on the top of my mail pile. I immediately opened it and began thumbing through. About half an hour later, I was still leaning against my kitchen counter, reading. This book is fantastic. Mariah has taken her ardent passion and rich experience and packaged them together to create one amazing resource.
The dog days of summer may be behind us, but there’s no better time for a good book! Dog stories are frequently requested at our house, so I thought I’d share some of our favorites with you!