Sunday, April 2, 2017

Fan Favorites - March 2017

The New Preschool is Crushing Kids

Unstructured Play is the ParentingMiracle We've All Been Hoping For (Really)

How Free Play Creates Emotionally Stable Children in an Unstable World

19 Commandments From Maria Montessori to Help You Become the Perfect Parent

This LEGO tape turns anything into a LEGO-friendly surface

How to Be a Quiet Adult: Five Tips to Encourage Child Directed Play

Origami Applied to Physics & Engineering
Robert Lang is a physicist who worked at NASA studying lasers and has 46 patents on optoelectronics to his name. However, that's not what he's best known for now: he's a legend in the world of origami. His intricate designs are second to none, and they actually have applications back in engineering.

Julie's Greenroom

Raise the curtains, Julie Andrews is here! Join Julie as she introduces kids to the magical world of the performing arts. Julie's Greenroom is now streaming, only on Netflix.

"Real" School
"Most kids didn't even attend kindergarten, it wasn't considered a proper year of schooling."

Children should learn mainly through play until age of eight, LEGO says
"The 29-year-old Lego Foundation, generously funded with a quarter of Lego’s post-tax profits, is beginning to flex its muscles. Where once it quietly dished out cash – and bricks – to lots of small projects, it has set its sights on campaigning for a mindset change in education around the world. “Our contribution to the world is to challenge the status quo by redefining play and reimagining learning,” says the foundation’s mission statement."

The Preschool Engineer's Definitive Guide to TRUCKS

Before I had a son I called all working machines “trucks.” Alongside my toddler I have learned more about trucks than I ever would have guessed. We have read books (good, bad, and ugly). We have memorized lyrics to songs. We have played with (and, if possible, broken) what seems like every toy truck available.

This is the definitive list of all things TRUCK. It is a summary of the best toys, music, videos, and books for preschoolers about trucks.

According to Harvard Psychologists: Parents Who Raise "Good" Kids Do These Five Things 

Five things, each with a "Practically speaking" section of tips for implementing.

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