Soup Scoop – Best Links of the Week

How was your week? Are you ready for some good weekend reading?

But first, my new favorite bumper sticker — I found it at a bookstore this week.

Asperger’s is Over-Diagnosed? You Try Getting Your Kid Evaluated by Joslyn Gray / Babble

Have you read the news that Asperger’s is most likely going to no longer be a diagnosis for kids?

“My own son, who was diagnosed with Asperger at age four, is now almost six years old. He has been doing multiplication since he was three. His vocabulary is off the charts. But he’s still not potty-trained, expresses emotion by flapping his hands, and doesn’t know how to have a conversation with a peer that doesn’t revolve around Lego Star Wars.”

Early Childhood Experts: Play Should Top Preschool Agenda from EdWeekly

This is what I keep saying!!! Why aren’t schools listening?

Education officials counter by saying that play should be a central part of preschoolers’ learning, but that kids also need to be ready to learn when they start school.

That’s true. But, according to these experts, providing ample playtime is the way to get there.

you make do™paper play magazine™  from an artist and parent I adore– Heather Cahoon of Wordplayhouse . . . Such prettiness!!

♥ mini heart card printables (print as many as you need) ♥ mini envelope printables

♥ make a heart ♥ heart garland printable ♥ heart gift tag printable

♥ pencil topper printable ♥ heart paper trail printables

Harry Potter in 60 Seconds from The Mary Sue
hilarious!

Simple Ways to Create A Backyard for Play from Let The Children Play

Great ideas – love this blog!


Why Urban, Educated Parents Turning to Homeschooling from Newsweek

Many parents are happy to sidestep environments that might be too intense, loading kids up with homework, making them feel an undue burden to perform. “The pressure from the reform movement today, from kindergarten on, has been all about ‘Let’s push, push, push for academic achievement,’” says Michael Petrilli, executive vice president of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, an education think tank.

Using Art to Inspire Story Writing and Puppetry from MommyLabs

Rashmie is one of my dear blogger friends in India. You’ll love her blog as much as me! (I can’t wait to make these puppets.)

Attached to Technology and Paying a Price from The New York Times

This is totally me! I think I’m developing ADD because of social media and email . . .

Wait, . . . What was I just saying?

Heavy multitaskers actually have more trouble focusing and shutting out irrelevant information, scientists say, and they experience more stress.

And scientists are discovering that even after the multitasking ends, fractured thinking and lack of focus persist. In other words, this is also your brain off computers.

Geek vs. Nerd from Masters In It

I particularly like the Nerd talk — “There are 10 types of people in this world. Those who understand Binary and those who don’t.” HA!

“Nerd: This term was coined from Dr. Seuss in 1954 in a line that read “A nerkle, a nerd, and a seersucker too!” – So really nerkle and seersucker are synonymous with nerd

Geek: While used as a derogatory term originally, the word “geek” gained popularity in the circus. Circus performers that performed amazing feats were Geeks.”

Valentine’s Day ideas on Pinterest Board

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Coming up on Imagination Soup — Expect posts on newest children’s books, research and opinions on homework, Singapore Math, storytelling, DSM 5, poetry, and DIY play kits. Keep sending me emails (melissa@imaginationsoup.net) – I love your ideas and questions.

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