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Fab Fridays 105: Fab Book Recs
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Happy Friday and greetings from Miami, where I’ve been nesting for the past couple of months awaiting for baby’s arrival. Ms. Fab is almost there!!!!
I’ve been using my very limited energy to finalize the baby’s room and my book manuscript. I’m excited to get to the finish line (for both babies— ha!) and already picked the book title and cover design.
I can’t wait to share the final product with all of you next year. Thank you for your support and patience while I work on these two important projects!
In the meantime, here are some book recommendations and a few updates.
Ms. Fab’s Reading Recommendations:
These days I find myself jumping from one book to another, and even revisiting some old favorites. Since many of you have been asking for recommended reads, here are few:
Free to Learn by Dr. Peter Gray: This is one of my absolute favorite books about education, parenting, and self-development. I highly recommend it to parents interested in learning about kids’ natural ways of learning and the life-long value of play. Speaking of play…
I recently listened to an interesting and informative podcast by Andrew Huberman on how we (adults) can use play to rewire and improve our brain.
David Perell and I also did a Show & Tell episode on The Secret Power of Creative Play a couple of years ago. We talked about the connections between creative play and learning, how different types of play lead to different kinds of learning, how to help kids develop as creative thinkers through play, and opportunities for creative play using technology.
Lifelong Kindergarten by Mitchel Resnick explores the why and how of creative thinking, why it’s so important in today’s world, and strategies to help kids develop as creative thinkers. Speaking of creative thinking…
David Perell and I also recorded a Show & Tell episode on What does it Mean to Be Creative back in 2020. We bust some common myths about creativity and talk about the importance of changing the narrative around this fuzzy topic to unleash a generation of creators.
One of my most popular articles is The Do’s and Don’ts of Creativity. I share 10 things you're doing that could hurt your kid’s creative development.
Raising Critical Thinkers by Julie Bogart gives practical tips to help kids deal with cyberbullying, navigate fake news, and develop a questioning mindset. Speaking of critical thinking…
Last week, Synthesis launched a new website. You can check it out here! I especially love all of the amazing videos, showing off our Synthesis families and our incredible students. We also released a new Parent Knowledge Base. If you're interested in how Synthesis works, I recommend you give it a read.
Why They Can’t Write by John Warner: This is not just a book about writing…it’s about teaching, learning, and what we can do to improve our education system. This is one of those books I like to revisit every year! Speaking of the power of writing…
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Have a great weekend,
Ana Lorena Fabrega