Weekly Reads – August 21

Here’s my list of favorite blogs and articles from the last week. There were so many good ones this week, I had a hard time narrowing it down to just a few.  I would love to read your comments about any that you read.

Curriculum and Activities

“Can You Count What I Say?” from Language Leads Learning blog.  Phonological awareness is essential to develop in preschool.  Kathy Villere explains the importance of learning to count spoken words and a few tips and activities for doing so. Be sure to read to the end for her twist on Duck, Duck, Goose.

Long Read of the Week

“Early Academic Training Produces Long Term Harm” from Psychology Today: Need some more information to bolster your position on play in the preschool classroom?  This article summarized some of the research done on the effects of academic kindergartens versus play based kindergartens.

Website Resource:

Teach 100 from teach.com:  If you’re looking for some more resources, this site is a compilation of educational websites.  Unfortunately you can’t search by topic, but if you click on one of the numbers to the right of the name you can quickly get a list of their latest posts.  That often gives you a good idea of the topics it covers.  Look for the Teach 100 badge on my page to see what my current ranking is.  You can help my ranking by liking my blog or Facebook page, linking to my site, or sharing a post.

Cute Idea of the Week

PuppetStage

Stick Puppet Stage from Teach Preschool:  I have no idea why I had never thought of using a display board for a puppet theatre.  Seems so simple, yet so cute.  I love the way it folds up for easy storage, but it very easy to set up.

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