I love snapping photos in the moment with my kids, but turns out I might be interrupting the process of memory making. More on that, and 5 of the most interesting articles I read this week on parenting, education, and technology.
- Are camera phones washing out our (and our kids') memories, and stopping us from simply being in the moment?
- New research shows how a group of infants at high risk for autism showed improvements by 9 months.
- Mindfulness isn't just for adults. In fact, it can help our kids thrive at home and in school.
- Thousands of toddlers have been diagnosed and medicated for ADHD. This is outside of pediatrician guidelines and raising worries among many.
- Check out this fabulous list of ideas to get your kids outside and making things this summer.
BONUS: Take a look at our latest blog series showcasing our awesome Zoobean curators. This week, we feature Josia, the team's Lead Curator.
Featured App: The Big Word Factory
From our curator Alex, "A lyrical story that invites readers into a world where language is a valuable commodity. The story is poignant and romantic while still maintaining a silly edge as children can explore, play with, catch, and reassemble: funny words, sweet words, obsolete words, words in other languages, words that have been tossed in the garbage. The illustrations are gorgeous and their limited color palette matches the economic use of words and restrained style of expression. Lovely and memorable." Here it is in our Zoobean Library.
Featured Book: Lulu and the Brontosaurus
From our curator, Mary, "My husband started reading Lulu and the Brontosaurus to my son when I was out of town. They made it about halfway through the book, but when I came home, the kiddo insisted that we start over from the beginning, because, "You're just going to love this book, Mom. It's so, so funny!". And I could hardly make it through because of peals of laughter coming from the boy, who finds Lulu's exploits absolutely hilarious. For a fun read-aloud, or a page-turner for kids just starting out with chapter books, Lulu is a terrific choice - and watch out for that surprise ending!" Here it is in our Library.