For Your Binder

Less-structured time in children's daily lives predicts self-directed executive functioning
2014

While I would (re)(para)phrase the findings of this report to say: when children have the time to make choices as to how they spend their time, there is evidence of higher levels of executive function skills, I was not on the research team. But that's my non-scientific take-away all the same!  #teaching #learning #DAP #play

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Analyzing Children's Art
1969

This link provides two excerpts from Rhoda Kellogg's book, Analyzing Children's Art as well as six related resources, also by Kellogg. #art #creativity #scribbling

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What I’m NOT Saying When I Speak About Developmentally Appropriate Practice
2017

Enough with the false dichotomies already!!!!  Child-centered doesn’t mean the kids run the show and warm & caring early childhood settings are not the opposite of intellectual ones.  #DAP #play #learning #teaching 

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Scribble Samples

This link will take you to over 7000 archived samples of the various stages and styles of scribbling. See the column on the left? Click on "Introduction" and read how to search for something specific.   #art #creativity #DAP #scribbling

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Get a Grip on Fine Motor Development
2020

Developmental readiness for writing starts with large motor movement and play!  Not worksh*ts and pencils!  You can supplement your gross motor play with the following appropriate fine motor ones! #play #DAP #teaching #learning #movement #writing 

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Mixed-Age Preschools?
2013

In this blog post Jarrod answers a question about mixed age groupings. #DAP #learning #teaching #mixedages

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Your Image of the Child: Where Teaching Begins
1994

The school we are talking about is not the school you are familiar with in the past, but it is something that you can hope for.  #teaching #learning #theorists 

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The nesting instinct
2006

Building a den is great for encouraging children's imagination and reinforces their sense of self. But sometimes one of the great pleasures of childhood has to be relearned. #dens #forts #outside #play #environments

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In 20 years of award-winning picture books, non-white people made up just 12% of main characters
2020

While the stats are specific to Australia, we can be informed by the data and make sure that regardless of where we live and work we are investigating the diversity (including ethnicity, gender and sexuality) of our book corner. #equity #books #stories #gender #reading #teaching #learning

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In The News: It All Takes Time! Developing Essential Lifelong Skills Through Play
2021

In 2021 Rhonda Johnson from Community Playthings published highlights from my Being Child Centered Book in their email newsletter, Community Playthings Connect. Needless to say, I was beyond surprised and very honored! #play #teaching #learning #inthenews

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Panoptic Playground: How Disneyland Functions as the Ultimate Disciplinary Environment
2013

A while back - while falling down another rabbit hole in my effort to learn what "panopticon" meant (I heard it at a #playwork conference and didn't know what it meant) -  I stumbled across quite a bit as to how theme parks, specifically the Disney ones, fall into the same category. #playground #play #panopticon 

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New Research Ignites Debate on the 30 Million Word Gap
2020

Too small of a sample? Racially biased? Data too old?  #parenting #learning #teaching #DAP

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