The Most Educational Toys are Completely Free, Or Mostly

Published by EducationNews.org — The best, most educational toys don’t always need to plug in, have a micro-processor or cost a fortune. “IT CAME FROM THE MAIL ROOM,” BY FLICKR USER LAST MARINER. USED UNDER CREATIVE COMMONS LICENSE. Ah, the quiet week, the post-holiday pause. The gifts have been purchased, wrapped and unwrapped. The house isContinue reading “The Most Educational Toys are Completely Free, Or Mostly”

A Social Studies Project Lets Us Peek Through Windows into 3rd Grade Lives

Published by EducationNews.org — At the International Charter School, in Pawtucket, RI, teachers and an artist help third grade students document their culture and lives using photographs. The all-purpose room at International Charter School (ICS) crackles with excitement. Along the walls are the final exhibitions for “Documenting Cultural Communities,” an annual third-grade social studies project. Each child hasContinue reading “A Social Studies Project Lets Us Peek Through Windows into 3rd Grade Lives”

Nixing Managed Risk of Childhood Play Produces Wimps

Published by EducationNews.org — Eliminating ‘managed risk’ from normal childhood play does a disservice to kids by sequestering them from life’s normal ups and downs. When I was maybe, like 7 years old, I accidently broke Bill Kelly’s leg. I’m guessing he was 12, maybe 13. Three doors down from ours, the Kelly’s house teemed withContinue reading “Nixing Managed Risk of Childhood Play Produces Wimps”