Happy (early) Mother's Day! In addition to this week's top picks, we're also announcing a fabulous event for those with questions about kids, video games, and learning.
5 Top Picks in Education and Parenting
- The "unschooling" subset of those who homeschool, also known as the free-range learning movement, is growing.
- The best place to be a mom? Apparently, Scandinavia.
- Remember the Atlantic article about giving kids more playtime freedom? An alternative view: children need more structured playtime.
- Simple, evidence-based ways to build self-confidence at an early age.
- On the heels of our Laurie Berkner chat, more proof that music helps kids read.
Featured Event: Jordan Shapiro (Kids + Tech Expert)
Are video games really bad for kids? How much technology is too much for my child? What role should I play in monitoring and engaging with my kids and their new technologies?
Featured App: Pete's Robot
Our curator Alex says, "This graphic-novel-style app tells a silly and heartwarming story that will appeal to a wide audience. I love the option to choose from three different narrators, and the interactions such as clicking through the robot parts to order online and shaking your device to see scatter the mail, and spilling candy at the candy shop." Check it out in our App Library here.
Featured Book: The Tale of the Firebird by Tatiana Popova
Our curator Tibby says, "Russia is one of those places that you hardly study about in school. There is always the lesson on the Russian Revolution and maybe a bit about the Cold War and not much else. But Russia is a treasure trove of culture, folklore and history. One thing I try to do with our home library is use it to introduce my daughter to a variety of cultures, places, and people. I chose this particular book to show my daughter Russian folklore because the illustrations are so incredible, the retelling (by a Russian) was so engaging and exciting, and The Firebird is such an integral story in Russian folklore." Take a closer look in our Library.