I love the TED talks. But sometimes I just don’t feel like browsing the topics and choosing a talk at random. I really like it when my husband tells me: “You should listen to this, you’d enjoy this talk.” I am aware that everyone has different interests so it wouldn’t make sense to post a wide range of topics here. When I like a talk that I’d want to share with my friends, I will post it here.
Julia Sweeney: It’s Time for the “Talk” I have recently looked up this talk because I wanted to show it with my friend who had already had the “talk” with her daughter.
I did not listen to any of these talks yet but while browsing TED, I found this playlist: Talks to Watch with Kids. I don’t know what age the talks are for so I will give you an update when we get a chance to watch them.
I’ll be posting more talks here! I just haven’t had time to look them up.
In this section you will find articles I thought were interesting or useful. There is a glitch though. NY Times lets you read a certain amount of articles for free but then you have to subscribe ($15 a month) ten articles. When I called them and asked about the number, they first said 10 articles a month, then changed it to 10 articles altogether no matter in what time period. So I don’t know now. I think the guy was not sure himself. I haven’t posted more than 10 articles so far anyway but once we get to that point, please, let me know if you are actually able to read them. But I might keep posting them anyway because maybe you already have a subscription and will be able to access everything with no limits.
What You Learn in Your 40s When I was looking at some photos a friend of ours from Europe sent, I realized that a lot of people I remember in their twenties now look like middle-aged parents to me. I actually went over the pictures and then it suddenly hit me—wait a minute, isn’t this …?–and went back to look closer. At first I dismissed a person I met a few times 20 years ago as someone I don’t know. Then I stop to think for a minute. Yes, I will turn 40 next year, I can’t believe it. I wonder how people see me now. I don’t feel like a middle-aged woman. Anyway, I know this has nothing to do with our kids or the way we raise them, but I really enjoyed reading What You Learn in Your 40sso I want to share it with you.
The Read-Aloud Handbook This is an amazing book and very helpful for anybody who wants to instill the love of reading in their kids. I have written more about this book in the Books’ category. To read more or find links to excerpts from this book on Jim Trelease’s website see my post about reading aloud and audiobooks.
The Read-Aloud Handbook is divided into two parts. The first provides information on the impacts of reading aloud to children and a lot of anecdotal evidence. The second half of the book contains a Treasury of Read-Alouds. Since these are books for adults to read aloud to children, Trelease provides the “listening level” for each book rather than the reading level. For example, a book listed as “Grades K-3” is a book children in grades K-3 should be able to understand and enjoy having read to them.
Here is an excerpt from the introduction:
This is not a book about teaching a child how to read; it’s about teaching a child to want to read. There’s an education adage that goes, “What we teach children to love and desire will always outweigh what we make them learn.” The fact is that some children learn to read sooner than others, while some learn better than others. There is a difference. For the parent who thinks that sooner is better, who has an eighteen-month-old child barking at flash cards, my response is: sooner is not better. Are the dinner guests who arrive an hour early better guests than those who arrive on time? Of course not. However, I am concerned about the child who needlessly arrives late and then struggles through years of pain with books.
How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk I must admit that I have had this book for years and still have trouble implementing all the methods in it. It is one of those parenting books that remind me whenever I go back to it that I am not doing everything I could and I still need to work on myself. However, it has helped me a lot and I think it is fantastic even if you don’t agree with everything in it (I find it especially hard to avoid threatening my kids—“if you don’t do your homework, you cannot …later”).