February Must Reads

Topping our list of parenting reads: Teaching in the age of Minecraft, a pregnant photojournalist on assignment, and the techies hacking homeschooling.

Some stories we just can’t keep to ourselves. Here, our recommendations for great reading.

CULTURE / Teaching in the Age of Minecraft
It might seem impossible in the age of the Common Core, but educators are leveraging the best-selling computer game of all time as a classroom tool—improving reading, typing, and spatial skills along the way. Read on to discover how the game’s open-ended situations can boost childhood creativity. (The Atlantic)

PHOTO / A Detail in the Everyday
What if you took a photo every single day? Australia-based photographer Katherine Heise started her 365-day photo project to document the fleeting childhood moments of her two kids. Find the results on her blog, Lamb Loves Fox. (Artifact Uprising)


Courtesy of Katherine Heise

CAREER / Labor Pains
More women than ever are having babies at the peak of their careers. So when will we stop punishing them for it? Journalist Rebecca Traister poses this question after having given birth to two children in radically different circumstances—once with, and once without paid leave. It’s a well-researched rundown of the economic and practical costs of not providing paid family leave. (New Republic)

MIND + BODY / How Children Learn to Read
When it comes to why it’s easy for some and hard for others to learn to read, it’s not just about raw intelligence. A new study enumerates how the growth of white matter (the brain’s neural highway) between kindergarten and third grade is key to reading development—and points the way towards building it. (The New Yorker)

ESSAY / What Can a Pregnant Photojournalist Cover? Everything
In 2011, while reporting on the anti-Qaddafi uprising in Libya, Lynsey Addario was kidnapped by regime loyalists. If she got out of it alive, she had a single goal in mind—to have a baby with her husband. The resulting pregnancy didn’t stop her from reporting on the foremost international crises of the time, and her account of what it was like to photograph famines, riots, and rebellions as a pregnant woman is riveting. (The New York Times)


Courtesy of Lynsey Addario

EDUCATION / The Techies Who Are Hacking Education by Homeschooling Their Kids
Do It Yourself. Disrupt. Think Different. Tech’s most famous taglines take on new meaning for these parents, who eschew traditional schooling in favor of this unconventional approach. But they’re not alone—the percentage of homeschooled kids has doubled (to 3.4 percent) since 1999. Scroll to the “In Session” portion of the story for a word-for-word transcript of what 10 minutes as a homeschooling parent sounds like. (Wired)

TIP / What Every Parent Should Know About Concussions
If your kid plays a contact sport and you don’t know how to spot a concussion, this article is for you. Athletic trainer Cindy Trowbridge breaks down the multiple symptoms that can manifest as physical, cognitive, or emotional changes, and packages them into a helpful set of guidelines for protecting your child’s brain. (The Week)

“Playing with LEGOs on the floor is cool, but playing with LEGOs flying through the air is cooler.” Count us in. You’ll need two specific LEGO sets and a parachute cord (or a string) to create this high-line lesson in STEM. (Fatherly)

Courtesy of Fatherly

Courtesy of Fatherly


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