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It’s ironic that there are still some people who seem to believe that the faster you can move children through childhood, the more advanced they’ll be.
This is the full text of the newsletter I sent out today.
I’ve been meaning to send out a newsletter all week. It’s been staring at me from my to-do list. But what I had planned to send out didn’t feel right anymore given the social context. So, I’ve been trying to find the right words to share.
As I’ve wrestled with those words, I’ve been offered an out —
“You don’t have to say anything.”
It’s been said that we’re all going through a collective traumatic event right now. And while we try to shield our young children from much of it, they are still touched on some level.
Over the years, I’ve been sharing some of my favorite books along with the perfect gifts to go with them. It really is one of my favorite recipes for gifts for children: 1 great book + 1 fun toy = sure-fire winner with loads of use!
On top of that, this list includes links to Amazon, which is another favorite ingredient: not running around to stores. Especially this time of year, the more I can order without ever getting into a car (or a parking lot) the better!
Tapping the matching letters. Swiping rhyming words together.
This isn’t preschool. [Read more…]
Data doesn’t make the decisions for you.
That was one of the big takeaways from my conversation with Emily Oster, researcher, author, and mother. As an economist at Brown University, Emily explores the science of making good decisions based on the data. In her newest book, Cribsheet, she explores how to apply that science to the decisions that face us as parents.
Sometimes, when people picture what learning looks like, they imagine perfectly quiet children in perfectly arranged rows, sitting perfectly still.
But research tells us that’s not always what learning looks like. Especially when it comes to young children.