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19 Jan 2013

Saturday Reading – January 19th 2013

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Although it’s been an extremely busy week, I’ve still managed to sneak in a little bit of reading and here are some of the interesting articles I’ve come across this week.

First, something fun – Make a Photocopy Storybook from Play Create Explore.

This idea makes me feel really nostalgic because as a small child I loved playing with the photocopier. When I was really young my grandfather owner an office machine store, which of course had photocopiers, typewriters and I imagine all sorts of other gadgets. What I remember most is the smell of the typewriter ink, the light and warmth of the photocopier and that his administrator had “white out” (aka liquid paper) in all sorts of colours.

Another great post I came across is How I got my baby to sleep from Mama Eve. I think that this is a great piece for parents and caregivers alike. Suchada makes a good point that sleep isn’t a competition and that sleeping (like eating and toileting) isn’t something that can be forced. I also like how she shares what she has done with her youngest child.

Finally, for those Canadians who are reading (and for those who are simply interested) I wanted to share this recent blog post by Martha Friendly – Why high-quality universal child care is part of a more equal Canada for all of us. It’s a nice overview of some of the issues that affect child care in Canada.

What have you been reading this week?

12 Jan 2013

Saturday Reading – January 12 2013

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Here’s a few blog posts that caught my eye this week.

C is for Chicks from Preschool Daze – One of the most vivid memories that I have from my early years are a pair of chicks that we hosted in my third grade class. I remember being fascinated by them, and I remember the sounds they made (and that smell). I had the opportunity to take them home for a few days, probably a long weekend, and that’s when we named them Orville and Wilbur after the Wright brothers, because they seemed determined to fly. I think that animals of all kinds are a wonderful experience for young children.

Best Art and Creativity Quotes for Children & Adults from the Artful Parent – I always hold onto quotes and there are a number in this post that I will definitely be writing down. A couple of my favorites areĀ “Art takes nature as its model.” – Aristotle andĀ “The art of mothering is to teach the art of living to children.” -Elaine Heffner.

Painting the Snow from Happy Hooligans – This activity combines two of my favorite things, snow and bringing art experiences outdoors.

What have you been reading this week?

05 Jan 2013

Saturday Reading

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The convenience of Google Reader and other RSS readers has made it so easy for me to keep track of blogs, that I keep track of too many. Like books and journals, I am now also accumulating blogs to follow at an almost unreadable pace. So, I thought I would make all my blog hoarding count and share some of what I’ve read this week with you.

First, a lovely post from Jenny at Let the Children Play. She shares her 2013 Teaching Manifesto here.

Here’s a wonderfully honest piece by Nadine at A Pikler Experience. I really admire her openness and honesty and she reflects about the way that her toddler’s throwing makes her feel and her acknowledgment of the role that all caregivers play in their child’s behaviours. Read “Everything Can Fly” here.

Teacher Tom always makes me think and I think often says the things that many early childhood professionals want to say (or at least want to want to say). This week he reminds us “it’s just weather and challenges us to allow “risky” play. Read “What we did on the Swings in the Weather” here.

I have always loved Light Boxes and I think that “playing” with light can be a rich experience, so of course I loved that Anna at The Imagination Tree shared how to make your own light box using those Christmas lights you haven’t put away yet. Read “DIY Lightbox for Sensory Play” here.

Finally, this isn’t a blog post, but it is something else that showed up in my inbox this week. For those of you living in Ontario, interested in the changes being made to the Child Care Funding, here is the technical paper with all the details.

If you’ve read something interesting this week, leave it in the comments. I love adding to my blog collection.