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How ‘twisted’ early childhood education has become — from a child development expert

Nancy Carlsson-Paige is an early childhood development expert who has been at the forefront of the debate on how best to educate — and not educate — the youngest students. She is a professor emerita of education at Lesley University in Cambridge, Ma., where she taught teachers for more than 30 years and was a

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Tilda Swinton

A sentimental education: inside the school that Tilda built

Late last year, Drumduan Upper School received its first government inspection. In an era of merciless performance targets and obsessive testing, any school administrator would naturally feel apprehensive. Drumduan’s head teacher, Krzysztof Zajaczkowski, a working-class son of Polish immigrants who has an instinctive distrust of authority, expected to be shut down. He had not forgotten

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Let the Kids Learn Through Play - Bjorn Lie

Let the Kids Learn Through Play

TWENTY years ago, kids in preschool, kindergarten and even first and second grade spent much of their time playing: building with blocks, drawing or creating imaginary worlds, in their own heads or with classmates. But increasingly, these activities are being abandoned for the teacher-led, didactic instruction typically used in higher grades. In many schools, formal

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Rest in Peace

Marshal Rosenberg has been an inspiration − offering tools to communicate in a peaceful paradigm. He is the creator of Nonviolent Communication, a communication process that “helps people to exchange the information necessary to resolve conflicts and differences peacefully.” He was the founder and former Director of Educational Services for the Center for Nonviolent Communication,

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Garlic is as Good as Ten Mothers (1980)

Garlic is as Good as Ten Mothers

Garlic Is As Good As Ten Mothers (1980) is a documentary, directed by Les Blank, about garlic, filmed primarily in Berkeley, Gilroy, Oakland and San Francisco, California; features interviews with Werner Herzog, director of Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979), and Alice Waters of Chez Panisse. Its official premiere was at the 1980 Berlin Film Festival. In

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teaching children empathy

Teaching Children Empathy

When Harvard University’s Making Caring Common Project released their report, “The Children We Mean to Raise: The Real Messages Adults Are Sending About Values,” many parents and educators — myself included — were surprised to learn that despite all our talk about instilling character and empathy, kids may value academic achievement and individual happiness over

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Children Need Free Play, but Are ‘Unschoolers’ Giving Them Too Much?

With the school day and school year increasing, homework loads growing and ballet, soccer and Mandarin taking over the rest of their time, children today have very little opportunity to simply … play. “We’ve created an abnormal environment,” Peter Gray, a psychology professor at Boston College and the author of the book “Free to Learn,”

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Scientists Say Child’s Play Helps Build A Better Brain

When it comes to brain development, time in the classroom may be less important than time on the playground. “The experience of play changes the connections of the neurons at the front end of your brain,” says Sergio Pellis, a researcher at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada. “And without play experience, those neurons

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why teenagers act crazy

Why Teenagers Act Crazy

ADOLESCENCE is practically synonymous in our culture with risk taking, emotional drama and all forms of outlandish behavior. Until very recently, the widely accepted explanation for adolescent angst has been psychological. Developmentally, teenagers face a number of social and emotional challenges, like starting to separate from their parents, getting accepted into a peer group and

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We are live again!

We are now re-open for business! After six months we are excited to announce that we are live again!! Yes − we are coming through with kids vintage and more − adding new items weekly. This weeks offerings are for the summer days to come – available here. Thank you to Sunday for the beautiful

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Beyond the Ridge

A Native American story about an old woman and her subsequent spirit journey. Once she is safely “beyond the ridge” the story focuses on the woman’s family and how ritual helps them mourn and then accept her passing. The universal wisdom this book contains will give comfort and insight on a subject that can be

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Empathy Books

Making empathy books with children is a wonderful tool to help children understand what is happening in their lives and to build emotional literacy. Books help children know about their experiences, as well as supporting them with their feelings. They let children know that we take very seriously what happens to them. It is a

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Echo Park Craft Fair

Come visit us at the Echo Park Craft Fair this weekend and receive 25% off clothing, accessories and homewares. We will also have a selection of Burden Baskets and Bowls by Nanette Sullano. Echo Park Craft Fair 821 East 3rd Street, Los Angeles CA 90013 Saturday, May 11th, 12-7pm Sunday, May 12th, 12-6pm

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waanaki at Creatures of Comfort

waanaki — a temporary shop for children December 15 — January 13, 2013 Reception: Saturday, December 15, 4-7pm Creatures of Comfort Los Angeles is pleased to present waanaki — a temporary shop for children, organized by Nanette Sullano. The shop and exhibition will take place at the Creatures of Comfort Los Angeles Flagship Store at

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New Fall Arrivals

Top Image – Poncho: Nico Nico Dean Poncho, Turtleneck: Variegated Striped Turtleneck, Pants: Nico Nico Champ Leggings, Bracelets: C Smith Amber Bracelets, Toy: Aizome Cat, Shoes: Red Camp Moccasins. Bottom Image – Shirt: Checkered Plaid Flannel, Sweater: Synchilla Sweater, Vest: Blue Jean Vest, Pants: Nico Nico Champ Leggings.

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New Arrivals

We have added new items: dresses,overalls, jeans, jumpers and our latest kid’s fashion periodical, kid’s wear magazine, volume 35. Featuring PHOTOGRAPHERS: Mark Borthwick, Nan Goldin, Petrina Hicks, Achim Lippoth, Mike Meiré, Manuela Pavesi, Ed Templeton, Bruce Weber. ILLUSTRATORS: Thea Barkhoff, Esther Gebauer. AUTHORS: Petra Barkhof, Violaine Belle-Croix, Julia van Hove, Michael Kröger, Patrizia Mezzanzanica, Heiko

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Brake Free

Brake Free (1970), the third in a series of films that Carson Davidson made on railways (the others are ‘Third Avenue El’ and ‘Railway with a heart of Gold’), is staged on the Mount Washington Cog Railway (New Hampshire). Winner of the Silver Medal, Venice International Festival, and Golden Eagle CINE awards. Railways that climb

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Harry Bertoia’s Sculpture

Born in Italy in 1915, Harry Bertoia eventually moved to Michigan, attended Cass Technical High School, where he was introduced to metals, and moved on to the Cranbrook Academy, where he met fellow student Clifford West. Shortly after his marriage in 1943, Bertoia moved to California at the behest of his friend Charles Eames, and

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Sun Flight

Daedalus fashions wings for himself and his son Icarus to escape from the Labyrinth of King Minos of Crete. However, when Icarus fails to heed his fathers warnings, he suffers the consequences. Gerald McDermott made just five short animated films before changing careers and becoming a Caldecott Award-winning children’s author. Sun Flight (1966) was his

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The Faith of Graffiti

“As a major serving in the British military during World War II, Jon Naar witnessed a way of life reduced to rubble. In the winter of 1973, as a fifty-something photojournalist living and working in New York, Naar once again saw a devastated landscape. But here the names of the young and dispossessed — often

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The Stonecutter

The Stonecutter (1960) 6 min, dir. Gerald McDermott. McDermott made this, his first commercial film at the age of 19, a complex animation short featuring approximately 2000 animation cels presented in six minutes. Influenced by Klee and Matisse, McDermott used silk-screen as well as traditional painting techniques in crafting ethnographic folk tale animation shorts. With

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In Celebration of Mothers

In Native American teachings, Turtle is the oldest symbol for planet Earth. It is the personification of goddess energy, and the eternal Mother from which our lives evolve. We are born of the womb of Earth, and to her soil our bodies will return. In honoring the Earth, we are asked by Turtle to be

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Marshal Rosenberg

An introductory lecture on Nonviolent Communication (also known as NVC, Compassionate Communication or Collaborative Communication) developed by Marshall Rosenberg, who founded the The Center for NonViolent Communication, beginning in the 1960s. His philosophy has also been adapted by Echo Parenting and Education and the Peaceful Parent Institute.

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kid's wear

kid’s wear

Thanks for the post and link to waanaki on the kid’s wear magazine blog! kid’s wear, established in 1995, is magazine for children’s fashion, lifestyle and culture which is unique anywhere in the world. Twice a year, for the beginning of each fashion season, the world’s best photographers and many of today’s eminent photographic artists

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We are now open!

We are excited to announce the launch of, and welcome you to peruse our online shop for an assortment of vintage children’s clothing, shoes, accessories, toys, and homewares; please also sign our mailing list to receive updates on new items and sales.

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Winter Solstice

Warmth to you on this Winter Solstice Day

The winter solstice is celebrated by many people around the world as the beginning of the return of the sun, and darkness turning into light. The Talmud recognizes the winter solstice as “Tekufat Tevet.” In China, the “Dongzhi” Festival is celebrated on the Winter Solstice by families getting together and eating special festive food. One