The Montessori Toddler: A Parent's Guide to Raising a Curious and Responsible Human Being
Our kiddo is in full toddlerhood now. That means I need more patience and to understand how her brain works. This book, so far, has done a great job of sharing why toddlers act the way they do and how to capture their innate curiosity and desire to help. It's also just a really pretty book. Lots of white space, beautiful illustrations, and lovely layout. It's designed more like a handbook that you can pick and choose to read as you wish.
I finally remembered to add Nikole Hannah-Jones' book to my list.
You can see my complete TBR list on Pinterest.
This week, I got to prick my finger for science.
Months ago, I signed up to be in the Join the Fight COVID-19 community research project. Every day, I complete a quick survey about symptoms, mask wearing habits, and COVID results. It takes less than 30 seconds to do. The study is a part of a nationwide effort to better understand the symptoms and spread of COVID.
I was lucky enough to be chosen for the cohort of people to complete monthly serology tests. The finger prick I gave myself this week is my third one... but the first one after I was fully vaccinated. I can't wait to see my reactive results go from "negative" to "positive."
I am a firm believer in science - but usually this has meant reading, attending lectures, and watching videos. This is the first time I am an active participant in a scientific study. My contribution is small but I know that it is helping us better understand and get a handle on this pandemic.
It's not to late to join! You can learn more about the DC area study and sign up here.
Our kiddo was home from daycare for a few days with a stomach bug. I am patting myself on the back for not going too down a Google rabbit hole of her symptoms. (Pediatrician said it was just a common stomach bug.)
Here is what I did look up this week.
The pivot to summer is happening. My meeting and teaching schedule has eased immensely. I'm also looking at which personal projects I want to prioritize over the next few weeks. The transitory periods are always so weird, but they provide a nice break before I dive in to other projects.
Here's what has my attention at the moment.
I will forever be on a quest to add quick and easy meals to our repertoire.
You can see my complete TBR list on Pinterest.
I was told that DC would be inundated with cicadas by now. While I have seen some of the exoskeletons and tons of holes in the ground, I have yet to see one live cicada. I know they’re waiting for warmer weather but I’m getting impatient.
First, I want the swarm to just be over and done with. People have been complaining/scared/excited about this for months now. Let’s just do this already!
Next, I am excited to see if I can get one in my hand to show my kiddo. This will be her first brood and it’s a fun chance to teach and show her new things.
Third, I don’t mind the cicada noises. It reminds me of summer and those long days when the sun sets late.
I know my opinions aren’t shared. These bugs don’t bug me at all… unlike mosquitos. Mosquitos can just get out.
As a part of the work I do to put together this weekly post, I review the history of my Alexa app. That means I mostly see what music we've played throughout the week. Usually, it's a lot of "Wheels on the Bus," "The Party Freeze Song," and the toddler time station. This week, there was also a Carole King based station. I now have "It's Too Late" stuck in my head. At least it's an ear worm I enjoy.
Here's what I found myself researching this week.
Project Hail Mary
It's been ages since I read a new book within in days of its release. I binge read The Martian, and greatly enjoyed Weir's sophomore effort, Artemis. This book is, so far, in the same vein. It has an all too smart lead character with a sassy attitude. There is a lot more math than this first books and the structure is quite different (current events with flashbacks) which helps this text stand apart from his other novels. I have a feeling this one is going to cause me to read far past my bedtime soon.
I will be giving a webinar for ALA's Core Division on Wednesday, June 2 at 2PM (EST).
Leading from Afar: Creating a Cohesive Remote Team
Remote work and leadership are vastly different from the traditional office experience. It takes a balance of technology, management, and empathy. In this session, the presenter will share best practices for remote leadership that encourage collaboration and camaraderie. The session will identify, examine, and discuss techniques and processes for integrating various skills and activities into your leadership to help create strong and productive remote teams. This presentation will discuss the importance of adopting leadership skills that adapt to the needs of an organization’s individual employees including but not limited to working parents, differing levels of socioeconomic status, accessibility concerns, and home life. The presenter will also share how many aspects of remote leadership can be adapted to in-person and hybrid leadership.
Learn more and register here.