An example of Process Based painting made by River (4yo) and myself (32yo) In the world of Early Years education there is a great divide, between educators who emphasize the process of art creation vs those who put the importance on the resulting product. This might not seem like a big deal, but between you… Continue reading Reconsidering the Schism Between Process Based and Product based Early Art Education.
"The Berenstein Bears and the Bully" and "The Berenstein Bears' Moving Day" by Stan and Jan Berenstain As a child of the '90's and an avid reader, I owned a behemouth stack of "The Berenstain Bears" Books. I found them calming, honestly. I always liked the treehouse where they lived, with the little windows. Things… Continue reading Insidious Oatmeal: The Hidden Dogma of “The Berenstain Bears”
#Librarianfightclub "Curious George" (1941) M. & H. RAY Hold on to your hats people because this is going to get complicated. I want to preface this with saying that as a child I was very fond of Curious George, I had the original books and a large stuffed monkey who sat on a rocking chair… Continue reading The Curious Case of George: What is really Going on in “Curious George?”
Reading Loops are Normal and Developmentally Appropriate Toddlers and young children thrive on the safety of routine and predictability. This unsurprisingly extends to every facet of their lives including the books they will want to read. This is one of the reason you will end up reading the same insipid book about the puppy… Continue reading Help! My Child is Stuck in a Reading Loop: What to do when your child only wants to read the same books.
Eric Carle inspired Art Do you have piles and piles of ambiguous blobby paintings? We sure do. River is a prolific abstract artist and it is just impractical to keep every single one. So how do I mitigate the paper use? First I give her paper that I have already used, I am a compulsive… Continue reading Twice Recycled Eric Carle Art
One of my dearest oldest friends is about to have her first baby and I couldn't be more excited. Now, obviously the baby shower that was envisioned is out of the question but sending something special is still a must. In my experience it seems that people choose books for baby showers a lot like… Continue reading The Top 10 Books for a Baby Shower
Not all children instantly love books. A reluctant reader will often struggle down the line with literacy skills and it can affect their feelings about learning in general and their own self esteem. This can be frustrating for both you and your child. So what can you do? I have collected advice from 20 of… Continue reading Encouraging Reluctant Readers : Top Advice from Teachers & Bookstagrammers
What is Active Listening: and why is it essential? Active Listening in the context of musical development means listening carefully to a sound or collection of sounds and paying particular attention to the qualities that make that sound unique. Developing the ability to actively listen is 100% the most important cornerstone to being a successful… Continue reading Active Listening
Our Participating Judges The Read with River Book Club is proud to present the books selected as the best new releases of 2019. The juries for this selection were made up of our 16 regular bookstagram members, and three guest judges worldwide. How did we come to the decisions we made? The process was admittedly… Continue reading RWR Best Books of 2019