This week’s best reads about early learning from around the web — May 31, 2019 edition.
With so many news sources and new research, it’s hard to stay in the loop. But we’ve got you covered! Each week we will comb through the web and find the most interesting reads in the topics of parenthood and early childhood.
Michelle Martin’s job is being intimately familiar with the wide-ranging canon of children’s literature. As the Beverly Cleary Endowed Professor for Children and Youth Services at the University of Washington’s Information School, she trains future librarians in how to best serve young readers. But she’s found that there aren’t many books about African American children exploring the great outdoors:
“Sure, black kids in picture books sometimes explore urban landscapes, encounter animals, garden, farm or travel to new environments in their imagination, Martin found. Sometimes they learn to navigate the untamed outdoors as they escape from slavery. But by and large, according to children’s literature, black children don’t hike or camp or bird-watch for fun. In her research in the years since receiving her graduate degree, Martin has managed to locate only a handful of picture books in which they do partake in those kinds of activities. She counts The Snowy Day, the Ezra Jack Keats classic from 1962, among that group, as well as Where’s Rodney?, published in 2017, and Hiking Day and We Are Brothers, both published in 2018. And that’s … pretty much it, Martin says.”
According to a report released this week by the charity group Save the Children, hundreds of millions of kids are dramatically better off today than children in 2000. The report documents massive progress in many areas: 44 million fewer children are stunted by malnutrition today compared to 2000; 115 million fewer children are out of school today; 94 million fewer children are now forced into work; and there are 11 million fewer child brides today compared to 2000.
Childhood adversity linked to early puberty, premature brain development and mental illness — via ScienceDaily
Growing up in poverty and experiencing traumatic events like a bad accident or sexual assault can impact brain development and behavior in children and young adults. Low socioeconomic status and the experience of traumatic stressful events were linked to accelerated puberty and brain maturation, abnormal brain development, and greater mental health disorders, such as depression, anxiety and psychosis, according to a new study published this week.
“Becoming…” is the fourth film in a series of short films produced on the occasion of the centenary of Waldorf education. Each provides insight into Waldorf education in diverse cultural, social, religious and economic conditions. The film was shot in the USA, Israel, Japan, India, South Africa, Guatemala, the Czech Republic, Switzerland and Germany.
Attachment is the relational dance that parents and babies share together. You can think of this when you see a baby look at their parent and they catch each other’s eyes in a wonderful gaze: the parent smiles and the baby smiles and then the parent kisses and the baby coos. Or, when an infant cries to tell their parent they are hungry, and the parent picks up the baby. And provides a warm cozy snuggle and the baby is satiated with a full heart and belly. This is the dance that creates the framework for the interactions that we have our whole lives and how we understand love.
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