The Wall Street Journal is running a story connecting the decline of play with the rise of sensory issues. You’re probably familiar with kids who have sensory issues, even if those issues haven’t been identified. It’s a growing problem that is difficult to identify/diagnose, even for experienced teachers. Children with sensory issues are often labelled as troublemakers or defiant or overly sensitive, so instead of getting the treatment they need, they get discipline.
Issue 77: A New World
To go with the changes to our newsletter, this issue is all about what’s new – new ways to help people with autism, new ways to think about education, and a new tool to help kids with writing. Enjoy!
Over the last year, a new web platform called Night Zookeeper has helped over 100,000 students develop their writing, reading and creative thinking skills. Night Zookeeper team’s World Creative Writing Month initiative generated over 1 million words of original content written by kids in 131 countries. Developed by former school teacher Paul Hutson, along with his close friend Josh Davidson, the…
Last night I had a conversation with my 20 year old son about if it was more important to be happy in the moment or to have a meaningful life which will bring you long term happiness and fulfillment. How do we obtain this meaningful life? By learning and contributing to society? What tools do…
People with autism often have amazing capabilities. Whereas autism is traditionally thought of as a “disorder,” individuals with this condition frequently exhibit advanced brain functions such as better memory, higher math skills, and enhanced sensory perception. However, they also exhibit impairments which make life difficult. With the most recent version of the psychiatric Diagnostic and…
File this one under things I wish were at my local library: kids at the city library in Palmerston North had a chance to play giant board games. Looks like a ton of fun. If you’re a library or a school, this would make for a fantastic event! Click here to learn more.
The case for letting kids design their own play… Giving kids less leaves them room to contribute more. Read all about it at FastCompany.
Jennifer Choi has a great article on Forbes listing her top ten toys to help turn this summer into one that’s both a ton of fun and a needed change for the kids.
The American Journal of Play has an interview with Thomas Henricks, professor at Elon University about the importance of play.
Many mathematical and problem-solving skills go hand-in-hand with card playing. Arlene Harris talks to the experts about Snap, Gin Rummy and some other old favorites. Click here to read more!
Summer is here. Time to play! With summer here, it’s time to get down to some serious fun. This month’s issue features three reviews of products that are both fun and educational, as well as a look at play in Colonial Williamsburg. We hope you enjoy it! Feature Articles Educational Games: a Historical Perspective by Lindsay…
Educational games may be the story of the day, but was it always this way? In this article, Lindsay Brennan Alukonis gives us a look at educational games in Colonial Williamsburg.