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A collection of articles and some suggested website links


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Scroll down to view a few articles written both by Lisa and some of her well respected colleagues.  The Ooey Gooey® Library archives articles and websites that we find particularly interesting, so we thought we’d share them with you! Some of these articles require the Acrobt PDF Reader. Download the reader here if you do not already have it.

Articles by Lisa

Recommended websites

  • Free Range Kids
    Do you ever…let your kid ride a bike to the library? Walk to school? Make dinner? Or are you thinking about it? If so, you are raising a Free-Range Kid! Free-Rangers believe in helmets, car seats, seat belts — safety! We just do NOT believe that every time school age kids go outside, they need a security detail. Share your stories, tell your tips and maybe I’ll use them in a new book. Here’s to common sense parenting in uncommonly overprotective times!
  • Kodo Kids
    Kodo Kids is a company devoted to the growth and development of children. Period. Kodo Kids’ founder, Chris Hume, founded the company based on three driving passions- design, children and play. These passions have evolved into a vision- enriching childrens’ lives through open-ended, play-based equipment, tools and toys. This is achieved through thoughtful design and production of items that encourage open-ended, child- oriented, playful-learning.
  • Truce Teachers
    Teachers Resisting Unhealthy Children’s Entertainment (TRUCE) is a national group of educators deeply concerned about how children’s entertainment and toys are affecting the play and behavior of children in our classrooms.
    The purpose of IPA/USA is to protect, preserve, and promote play as a fundamental right for all humans. This website is a resource for planning a PLAY DAY, finding a RECESS ADVOCATE or just gathering more information on why PLAYING is a crucial element in a positive upbringing for our children.
  • Brain Gym
    Brain Gym includes 26 easy and enjoyable targeted activities that integrate body and mind to bring about rapid and often dramatic improvements in: concentration, memory, reading, writing, organizing, listening, physical coordination, and more.
  • MaryAnn Kohl
    This is MaryAnn Kohl’s website. Her website is filled with art projects from her books that celebrate art as a process, not just as a product. In her words: “It is this process of exploring and creating, rather than the finished product, that is most important for the young artist. Our art activities leave room for the artist to use imagination and exploration, keys to creativity.” No wonder Lisa and MaryAnn get along so well!
  • S’cool Moves
    There is an expression among PE teachers, “No children left on their behinds.” This phrase was coined to balance the academic focus of President Bush’s No Child Left Behind legislation. How is your child’s school dealing with the increased academic demands? Are worksheets crowding out hands-on activities? Has time allocated for PE and recess been reduced or eliminated altogether? check out Deb Wilson’s school moves website for more …
  • Thomas Armstrong
    “My work as an educator and psychologist in the fields of multiple intelligences, the myth of ADD/ADHD, and the natural genius of kids, has been guided by a belief that all children are gifted children. The biggest challenge for parents and teachers is to remove the roadblocks that keep those gifts from being recognized, celebrated, and nurtured.” – Thomas Armstrong, PhD. For more, be sure to visit his website.
  • The Anachronistic Mom
    Why would a nice, cooking and gardening-style mom have a manifesto? Why not? As a matter of fact, let me toss that back at you. Shouldn’t every mother out there have a manifesto? Maybe, in response to the crushing pressures of today’s life, a manifesto is just what a parent needs.
  • Bev Bos
    Link here to Bev Bos’ website and check out all the wonderful books she recommends! Get info about her summer “Good Stuff For Kids” Seminars too!
  • Steve Spangler Science!
    Link up with Steve and his science activity ideas!
  • Brian’s School Stuff
    Link up with my friend Brian and check out the hand-made sensory tubs he has for sale!
  • DiscountSchoolSupply.com
    Link up with Discount School Supply’s catalog via this link!
  • Alfie Kohn
    Check out what expert Alfie Kohn is saying about education, testing and the “standards” in his pro-active and informative website.
  • Alliance for Childhood
    Check out their informative article, FOOLS GOLD, that addresses the impact of computers in early childhood classrooms. They have a Play Alliance as well – visit this valuable site often.
  • 1112.net
    From my Uncle Jeff – check it out for a laugh – outdoor play advocates will especially enjoy this quick link
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