The Warren & the World is Story Warren’s weekly newsletter, providing a round-up of our favorite things from around the web as well as a review of what was on our site over the past week. We’re glad you’re here!
Around the Web
Inside Out Can Help Parents Avoid This Big Mistake
- I think the crucial lesson is this: kids need us to set boundaries on behaviors, but we should beware of setting boundaries on emotions. Telling your child how to act is necessary; telling your child how to feel is a disaster waiting to happen.
Read more. (Spoiler alert! If you haven’t seen Inside Out yet, you might want to bookmark this and come back to it. And then get your family to the movie theatre.)
All-Time Great Family Read-Alouds
- Every summer, we have families asking for books they can read aloud (or listen to on audio) that will work for the whole family — kids from, say, ages 6 to 16, and that will entertain the adult as well. Because this is such a common request, I thought I’d create a poster of recommendations to help my staffers as well as the families.
School Scrambles To Preserve Newly Discovered Chalkboards From 1917
Have you heard about the old chalkboard drawings uncovered during a renovation at a school in Oklahoma City? NPR has a piece on the story. It’s one part history, one part puzzle, one part archaeology, and one part whatever-the-word-is-for-figuring-out-how-to-preserve-cool-stuff-for-posterity. Maybe I’m a geek, but this stuff is cool.
- A construction crew at the Oklahoma City school made a startling discovery earlier this month. They found old chalkboards with class lessons that were written almost a century ago, and chalk drawings still in remarkably good condition. So Read doesn’t mind the mess. In fact, she’s amazed.
“It’s like touching history, like being a part of what was going on during the day,” she says. “It’s just remarkable and mysterious, trying to figure out what some of this was.”
Sing the Bible Volume 2 – Verses!
Our good friend Randall Goodgame is about to launch his new Kickstarter for Sing the Bible Volume 2, and he’s shared the lyrics to some of the possible songs for it on his Slugs & Bugs blog (aka, verses). Best part? There’s a video of one of them!
- To give you a peek into what’s coming, here are a few of the Scriptures that we’ve already found melodies for. They may not all make the CD, but they are all in the running.
Around the Warren
From Culture Wars to Culture Care
Julie Silander went straight from Inkwell to join a group gathered by artist Makoto Fujimura to discuss how each was engaging in culture care in their region. In her post this week she digs into the idea of culture care and how we are part of it at Story Warren.
- If the need for healthy soil is crucial to caring well for our culture, I can think of no soil more foundational than the hearts and minds of our children. At Story Warren, we hope to inspire, encourage, and equip parents as you cultivate holy imagination in your families. In doing so, we all become more fully human. And as a natural byproduct, we have the great honor of tending the garden and witnessing human flourishing. Life from death. Beauty from ashes. Hope from despair.
“…the presence of wonder.”
E.B. White’s words. Paul Boekell’s artwork.
Stella and Sam
Helena Sorensen has betrayed the ways of Story Warren and is recommending TV–TV!–these days. But if you’re okay with that, she’s got good stuff to tell you about Stella and Sam.
- I feel like a traitor. Is it wrong to recommend a television show to parents who have gathered with the goal of guiding their children away from technology, away from mindless media absorption? Do we lose ground if we allow television to play any role in our children’s lives?Frankly, I don’t know. And for those of you whose children do watch a bit of T.V., it might be encouraging to know of one excellent option I’ve recently come across.
The Lost Shoe
Liz Cottrill shares with us a favorite poem. Ever lost a shoe in your house? Perhaps this will become your family’s favorite.
Something to Do with Your Kids
There are a bunch of engineers in my life, and one of my favorite things about them is watching them work out solutions to challenges they face–from fixing broken dishwashers to designing efficient backyard vegetable gardens. My next favorite thing is when they teach their kids to do the same. Christie Burnett at Childhood 101 has an engineering challenge in the form of mystery bags for kids.
And Something to Watch
Here’s an entertaining little scene with some of the Inside Out characters. Just to whet your tastebuds.
Thank you for reading. We’re on your side.