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Book Review of Purposeful Play: A Teacher's Guide to Igniting Deep and Joyful Learning Across the Day

Book Review of Purposeful Play: A Teacher's Guide to Igniting Deep and Joyful Learning Across the Day

There is so much research about how play supports learning. But how do you, as a teacher implement that in the classroom? You may feel overwhelmed and not know where to start.

If you’re interested in figuring out how to incorporate more play into school, especially at the early elementary school levels, I highly recommend reading

Book Review - Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul

Book Review - Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul

I’ve been wanting to read this book since I watched Dr. Brown’s TED talk all about play. As someone who is a huge advocate for play, reading this book was thrilling. There are so many great quotes and wonderful information about the importance of play and it’s impact on our social lives. Here are a few of my favorite highlights from the book.

12 Awesome Books about Friendship

12 Awesome Books about Friendship

Friendships can be awesome, but they can also be complicated. For kids who struggle to understand the basics of how to be a friend, or what to do when things get a little more tricky, using books is a great way to start conversations and talk about friendship with kids. There are so many great books out there - here are some of my favorites divided up by category.

 

Book Review: The Incredible 5-Point Scale

Book Review: The Incredible 5-Point Scale

The Incredible 5-Point Scale by Kari Dunn Baron and Mitzi Curtis is a great resource for people to use in a school setting, a social group setting or at home. It can be used to address a number of different issues, and it’s a great resource for working not only with kids on the spectrum, but for all kids who need a little extra teaching around social and emotional concerns.

Book Review: Girls' Q&A Book on Friendship

Book Review: Girls' Q&A Book on Friendship

I recently found the website of Annie Fox, M. Ed., which is full practical advice for teens, parents and educators! Annie Fox, M. Ed. has written a new book for elementary school aged girls about dealing with friendship issues called Girls Q&A Book on Friendship.  As a school counselor, I would have used this book all the time!  This book answers questions that I was faced with on a regular basis.  The social scenario for girls is complex and ever changing.  This is a great book for girls to read to know that they are not alone, and gives them practical advice for dealing with real life situations.

Book Review - It's so much work to be your friend

Book Review - It's so much work to be your friend

One of my colleagues and dear friends recommended that I should read this book.  I’m so glad she did. I absolutely love it!  The central focus of this book is that “children with learning problems tend to struggle with social relationships”. The author gives practical advice and everyday ways you can help your child improve their social functioning.  He recognizes that due to children’s learning disabilities, they may not be able to pick up on the social cues like other kids, so they need more direct instruction and guidance to learn how to interact with others and be a good friend.  

Book Review - Queen Bees and Wannabes

Book Review - Queen Bees and Wannabes

I read this book several years ago; I loved it then and I continue to recommend it to parents as a great guide to understanding the world of girls.   I also saw Rosalind Wiseman speak in person several years ago, and I found her to have a down to earth, practical and reasonable approach to working with kids in these tough relational situations.  She doesn’t claim to have all the answers or say that these things won’t happen.  But she does have some ideas of how to work through things and is great at explaining things in a way that  parents understand.  

Book Review: Best Friends, Worst Enemies

Book Review: Best Friends, Worst Enemies

Book Review: Best Friends, Worst Enemies Understanding the Social Lives of Children by Michael Thompson, PhD and Catherine O’Neill Grace with Lawrence J. Cohen, PhD

 

This book is a thorough examination of children’s social lives, from infancy through dating.  The authors explore more specifics of how children develop friendships, manage and work through conflict, group dynamics, teasing and bullying. The only thing I think is missing in this book is that the authors do not delve too deeply into LGBT issues, and I think that adds a whole other dynamic to social lives, friendship and dating. Here are my highlights from the book:

Book Review: The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida

Book Review: The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida

Several people have recently recommended that I read this book, so I was eager to do so.  How this book was even written shows a great determination by Naoki to share his story.  The author can’t communicate verbally, but instead tapped out the words using an alphabet grid, where he points to the letters and spells out his answers.  This in and of itself is pretty incredible, but then he articulately describes what it’s like to be autistic.  It was a powerful read, but a couple of things really stuck with me.  He talks about how neurotypical people assume that people with autism want to be alone and by themselves, and it makes you think twice about your interactions with people who seem like they want to be by themselves.

Book Review: “How to make and keep friends: Tips for Kids to Overcome 50 Common Social Challenges"

Book Review: “How to make and keep friends: Tips for Kids to Overcome 50 Common Social Challenges"

This is an awesome book! It covers 50 social situations and gives ten tips for how to manage each situation successfully.  The authors cover a lot of social situations, such as how to join a group or managing conversation challenges.  

Book Review - The Unwritten Rules of Friendship

Book Review - The Unwritten Rules of Friendship

This book has a lot of great advice for parents who want to help their children make friends. It's broken down into 12 sections, with each section focusing on a particular personality trait or behavioral characteristic (e.g. “the shy child”, “the little adult”, “the sensitive soul”). You don't have to read the book cover to cover, just pick the sections that pertain to your child and dive in.

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