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Weekend Links–November 6

November 5, 2010

Giuseppe Arcimboldo ~ Autumn

Do you like the painting above? It was in an art lesson we studied last week. The artist painted a series of the four seasons depicted with fruits and flowers and other natural items. It is very unusual. What can you find in it?

  • Feeling generous? Join the 30 Days of Giving campaign to give something every day in November. It’s not too late to start, and it doesn’t have to cost a dime! I’ve been thinking about doing something like this in December to help focus the holiday a little more on the “giving” not the “getting” part if you know what I mean!
  • Speaking of the holidays, wouldn’t we all love an Organized Christmas. Lots of printables and planners here!
  • If you have preschool or elementary students, please read this post–Age Does Matter– from Not Just Cute. It’s about the new pressures placed on kindergarteners and other young students and the importance of play and “developmentally appropriate practice.” It’s not in your head–kindergarten is the new first grade, but should it be?

” In the same article, Dr. Guddemi points out that children may actually appear to learn some of these tasks.  But points out that this “learning” is actually “training”.  Because they are not developmentally ready, the children haven’t built the appropriate connections for meaningful knowledge.  Referring to these as “splinter skills” she says, “You can train them, but the knowledge and understanding—the true learning—has not happened.  Our country has this hang up that if the child can perform, that they know.”

 

My posting may be a little slow this weekend as I am getting ready for the big Boy-Friendly Gift Guide starting Monday! Tell your friends!

 

 

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One Comment leave one →
  1. notjustcute permalink
    November 5, 2010 11:42 pm

    Thanks for the link, Chris! And I can’t wait to see your gift guide!

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