Storyteller Newsletter

Link to The Building Blocks of a Good Pre-K

The Building Blocks of a Good Pre-K

By Shael Polakow-Suransky and Nancy Nager
NYTimes October 21, 2014
What do we want our children’s first experiences in school to be? What does a good education look like for 4-year-olds?
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Link to Scientists Say Child’s Play Helps Build A Better Brain

Scientists Say Child’s Play Helps Build A Better Brain

By Jon Hamilton, NPRed, August 6, 2014
When it comes to brain development, time in the classroom may be less important than time on the playground.
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What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades

By Maria Konnikova, NY Times, June 2, 2014
Does handwriting matter? Not very much, according to many educators . . . But psychologists and neuroscientists say it is far too soon to declare handwriting a relic of the past.
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Raising a Moral Child

By Adam Grant, NY Times, April 11, 2014
What does it take to be a good parent? We know some of the tricks for teaching kids to become high achievers.
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Link to Breathing In vs. Spacing Out

Breathing In vs. Spacing Out

An fascinating article by Dan Hurley, published in the New York Times Magazine’s February, 2014 issue, about the value of meditation and techniques used by scientists to study the effects of meditation on the brain. Illustration by Christopher Brand.
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Link to The Great Divide

The Great Divide

Over the last few decades, the differences in educational success between high- and lower-income students have grown substantially.
By Sean F. Reardon, The New York Times Online
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Simon Says Don’t Use Flashcards

By Tara Parker-Pope, The New York Times
A growing body of research suggests that playing certain kinds of childhood games may be the best way to increase a child’s ability to do well in school.
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Sleep Norms for Children

Chart provided by Susan Stone, M.A., M.F.T.
Here’s a nice overview of sleeping norms for children, from 1 week to 8 years old.
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Link to Toilet Learning

Toilet Learning

By Dr. Sears
As with eating and sleeping, you can’t and shouldn’t force a baby to be dry or clean, but you can set the conditions that help baby train himself.
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Link to Five Reasons to Stop Saying “Good Job!”

Five Reasons to Stop Saying “Good Job!”

By Alfie Kohn, Young Children
The bad news is that the use of positive reinforcement really isn’t so positive. The good news is that you don’t have to evaluate in order to encourage.
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Link to Why Preschool Shouldn’t Be Like School

Why Preschool Shouldn’t Be Like School

By Alison Gopnik, Slate.com
New research shows that teaching kids more and more, at ever-younger ages, may backfire.
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Link to Bilingualism good for the brain, researchers say

Bilingualism good for the brain, researchers say

By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times
The skill helps improve multitasking and prioritizing, and helps ward off early symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, experts say.
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