Homemade Guitar (& Extention Activities)

This time-buyer came about as I stood in my kitchen with Anderson pulling at my hem wanting to be in the meal prep action. I grabbed the elastics from my veggies, stretching them around the center of my loaf pan. Dinner gracefully made it to the table that evening as he plucked away at the strings, experimenting with the different sounds each elastic made and exploring the sensation of the tension and release as they snapped into place.

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Kindergarten Readiness

SesameworkshopataglanceMy new article on Kindergarten Readiness is up on the Yellin Center Blog.  So often parents are unsure how to gauge the readiness of their child, or if they are developmentally on course to being a successful kindergarten learner.  Sesame Workshop, the amazing research engine behind Sesame Street, has recognized parents’ concerns and also the marked discrepancy in early learner readiness (their Kindergartners’ Skills at School Entry report released in July 2014 reveals 44% of children entering school with one or more risk factors that have the potential to impact their success in school).  As such they have made public their research data on kindergarten readiness, as well as the robust Framework that they use to inform the creation of their exceptionally educationally sound programming. So head over to my article to read about the Kindergarten Readiness Framework, and how to use it to understand or prepare your child for school.

Educational App Review: Learn With Homer

dfgAnother app review is up on the Yellin Center Blog.  Last time it was a writing platform, and this time it is a really, really exceptional reading program.  It is by far one of my favorite reading technologies out there.  Not only does it have a high level of craftsmanship and aesthetic appeal but it is also thoroughly entrenched in the best research on early literacy.  The people who back and created this application are a collective group of really smart cookies.  This isn’t an  edutainment app to mesmerize your child, and it sure isn’t a technological babysitter.  It is a really robust, in depth reading program that has the data to back up its claims (they even publish it all so you don’t have to take my word for it).  Beyond it’s educational merit and pure, clean beauty, Learn with Homer is also a Brooklyn based company (actually their office is more or less walking distance from my house). So naturally I am just all the more enthused because I love repping local products.  So check our their website, and also my in depth review on the Yellin Center Blog.  On the latter you will find a chronicling of the multitude of reasons why I as a learning specialist love it so much, as well as the benefits it has for both teachers and parents alike.  Trust me, you are going to love it.