For Your Binder

The Top 10 Benefits of Play! Play increases creativity, productivity, health, and wellness.

Play is a state of mind, but it is also a state of body, emotion, and spirit.  #play #teaching #learning #creativity

Preschool Is School, Sometimes

The uneven distribution of high-quality early education classrooms in the United States reflects several factors. The author lists four of them for you!  #teaching #learning #DAP

Day care or preschool? It's not just semantics

An unfortunate side effect of the growing recognition of the early years as learning years is that some people get hyperactive about it.  #parenting #learning #teaching #DAP #care #relationships

Five tips to make school bookshelves more diverse and five books to get you started

You do not need to live in down under to benefit from the tips on how to build a more diverse story book collection that are shared in this article by Australian author Helen Joanne Adam. BONUS!  This is one of those great resources where the links within the link will all be beneficial for you and your exploration of this topic! #equity #books #stories #teaching #learning

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

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

Understanding and Applying the Intelligence of Play

Nurture the soil, and the seed grows fully with little attention. Neglect the soil, and the seed’s development is compromised at every step.  #play #DAP #teaching #learning #parenting

The school where kids can build dens

The author states that his guide on the visit said the den building was not an adult idea: it originated from children’s spontaneous activity. #dens #forts #play #outside #teaching 

From the Panopticon to Disney World: the Development of Discipline

If consensual control is embedded in the design, maybe Disney order might be so Mickey Mouse after all!  #panopticon 

Ooey Gooey® Squishy Plop! Sensory Play for Every Day!

This is the one that started it all! This handout is not only full of art, science & sensory recipes and activity ideas, it's got the words to tell the wolves for you too!  You know, the folks who barge in and want to know what everyone is learning and what standard you are meeting!! #handouts #play #sensory #science #DAP #art #teaching

Need more ideas? Lisa has 3 other activity focused books

Missed the workshop? Want to watch it again? Got a DVD player? Lisa has DVDs of all her workshops! #oldschool  

Play-based learning

There are 10 play-focused articles in this 65 page document.  I'd suggest exploring one article at a time... maybe for an ECE discussion group or perhaps a college class or monthly staff meeting?!? #play #DAP #teaching #learning

Meet Peter Gray

Here is a link to all of the amazing articles that Peter Gray puts out in support of free play and in doing what is best for children. I have put direct links to a few of them here in the resources section, but this is a link to ALL of them!  Down down down the rabbit hole you go!!  #play #teaching #learning  

School Has Become Too Hostile to Boys: and efforts to re-engineer the young-male imagination are doomed to fail

Growing intolerance for boys' action-narrative-play choices may be undermining language development.  #DAP #gender #teaching #learning #play #powerplaying