Friday, August 17, 2012

Friday Favorites: The Things We are Loving Lately

BOOK:

I discovered this book at the library this week and thought it was really cute, and might be a great resource for someone going through a divorce.

Two Homes 
by Claire Masurel and Kady MacDonald Denton


A book that embraces the delicate topic of divorce, it is a story about a boy who has a home with his mom, and another with his dad.

Check out this article, Helping Your Child Through Divorce by Hilary Wyant, LPC, NCC, for tips on dealing with this topic.

ART/CRAFT: 

Back to school is here for some, and just around the corner for others. I really love this collection of apple crafts for young children. Many of these ideas are simple enough for babies!

Easy Apple Crafts for Kids - from No Time for Flashcards

ACTIVITY:

We took a road trip this week to visit a childhood friend of mine and her two daughters. The girls were totally entertained with a chalkboard, some water, and a few sponge brushes. So simple, and mess free - I wished I thought of it!


LOCAL LEARNING: 

We have a membership to the Elmwood Park Zoo, and visit quite often. It's smaller than the Philly zoo so it makes for an easy afternoon of learning. A favorite for sure.


To make the most out of a trip to the zoo, try these strategies.

READING QUOTE:

What can parents do to help children to learn to read and write?

"Without question, the single most important and helpful thing you can do is to set aside, fifteen to twenty minutes regularly, daily if possible, to read aloud to your child."

--from What Your Kindergarten Needs to Know: Preparing Your Child For a Lifetime of Learning by E.D. Hirsch, Jr., and John Holdren

READING TIP:

We all read the same books over, and over, and over again because kids love repetition! Try pausing to see if your child can fill in the blank from memory....{via What Your Kindergarten Needs to Know: Preparing Your Child For a Lifetime of Learning by E.D. Hirsch, Jr., and John Holdren}

TOY: 

We enjoyed playing with old-school PLAYSKOOL puzzles this week. Some of these puzzles baby bookworm played with were mine when I was little, but they never go out of style! Playing with puzzles enhances so many skills which is why it made my list as a favorite toy. Sometimes its the simplest toys that are most fun.

Playing with puzzles helps children learn a ton of skills! 

Here are two great posts on the benefits of playing with puzzles for children: 9 Benefits of Puzzle Play on B.Inspired Mama, and Puzzle Play Helps Boost Learning of Important Math-Related Skills.

EDUCATIONAL APP: 

From Night and Day Studios, Caillou Stickers! was a favorite way to spend 99 cents this week.

THOUGHT PROVOKING ARTICLE: 

I came across this article last night, 5 Reasons Why You Don't Need to Teach Math, and boy did it get me a little fired up. I'm loving that it is making me think, but don't love these arguments! What do you think?

It's not the first time that teaching math has been criticized or questioned. The New York Times recently ran this article: Is Algebra Necessary?

BLOG: 

I've been getting lots of great ideas from the homeschooling blog, Creekside Learning. It's definitely a favorite! I especially like her science ideas.

 







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