For Your Binder

The role of doll play in language development
2022

I happened upon this article while reading a newsletter that covers the happenings of the toy industry. The part that caught my eye was this: research found children talked more about others’ thoughts and emotions, a concept known as internal state language (ISL), when playing with dolls than while playing tablet games.  I mean we know this, right?!?  But I just love love love when someone does the math to prove it.  Access the full study here.   More fuel for our #play fire!  #toys #learning #DAP #screens #technology

Fizzle Bubble Pop and WOW! Simple Science for Young Children

Remember what Steve Spangler teaches us - they aren't doing science until they start asking questions! Here are some ideas to get you started.  Remember you need TIME just as much as you need vinegar!  Repeat repeat repeat!  DO IT AGAIN! #science #handouts  #play #DAP #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  

Playing to Learn! The Connection between the Body and the Brain

What children do physically in the first few years of life plays a major part in how well they will develop all other abilities, including reading, writing, mathematics and creativity. #movement #DAP #parenting #teaching #learning 

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A Look Back: Caring about Caring
2022

The Phi Delta Kappan takes a look back and considers the importance of caring about caring; including an article previously shared here.  #relationships #caring #learning #teaching 

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School of Hard Knocks
2012

Present company excluded, it is often a surprise that characteristics such as persistence, self control and curiosity are more important than sheer brainpower when it comes to being "successful"  #play #resilience #DAP #teaching #learning 

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Children Need Fairy Tales
2013

This article provides four concise answers to the question, Why do children need fairy tales?  #fairytales #stories #books #reading

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The Underestimation of America's Preschool Teachers
2016

It's hard for some to think that working with littles is just as complex as working with olders because historically we have implied that anyone can do it.  #teaching #learning #care #relationships

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No Time for Napping in Today's Kindergarten
2000

It's only October, but already Nicky is exhibiting symptoms of student ennui. The other day, when his mother asked him the best thing about school, he said lunch. Most boring? Art history.  Sound typical?  Perhaps.  Except Nicky isn't a moody adolescent - Nicky is only 5.  #pushdown #DAP #play #teaching #learning

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Meet Bruce Perry!

This link will jump you over to the collection of Bruce Perry articles housed on the Child Trauma (CT) site. CT strives to translate emerging findings about the human brain and child development into practical implications for the ways we nurture, protect, enrich, educate and heal children.  #DAP #relationships #care #teaching #learning

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Play Therapy Glossary of Terms
2016

Words Matter! In any profession, having shared definitions of industry speak assists in communication and understanding.  #playtherapy #teaching #learning

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Hugs, Not Drugs

This is a bit lengthy and quite dated.  Of Note: there is no publication date provided, but it references stats from the 1990s so while I wouldn't advise quoting the numbers, the general overarching premise is timely: the wildest colts make the best horses.  Are we medicating to truly assist? Or to increase compliance within a broken system?  #teaching #learning #DAP #movement

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Consider the Walls
2004

A classroom environment is a public statement about the educational values of the program AND the teacher.  What does your say? #environment #art #create #teaching #learning

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