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The CoRT Method of Teaching Thinking Skills. Edward de Bono Foundation

Crayon Physics

Metropolitan Museum of Art’s MET KIDS

Simple coding programs:   ScratchJr (5-7 year-olds) and Scratch (8+);  Tynker (7+);  Kodable  (5-8);  Botley the Coding Robot and Code & Go Robot Mouse Activity Set (5+); Pre-reader Express (4-8) and other curricula from


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Lionni, Leo. 1967. Frederick. New York: Pantheon.

Lionni, Leo. (1975) 2006. A Color of His Own. New York: Knopf Books for Young Readers.

Pickney, Jerry. 2009. The Lion and the Mouse. New York: Little, Brown.

Sendak, Maurice. 1963. Where the Wild Things Are. New York: Harper & Row.

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Turner, Glennette Tilley. 2016. An Apple for Harriet Tubman. Park Ridge, IL: Albert Whitman and Company.



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Hirsh-Pasek, Kathy, Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, Laura E. Berk, and Dorothy G. Singer. 2009. A Mandate for Playful Learning in Preschool: Presenting the Evidence. New York: Oxford University Press.

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Katz, Lilian. 2015.Lively Minds:  Distinctions Between Academic versus Intellectual Goals for Young Children. Washington, DC: Defending the Early Years.

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Pritchard, Alan. 2017. Ways of Learning: Learning Theories for the Classroom. 4th ed. London: Routledge.

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Burgoyne, Alexander P., Giovanni Sala, Ferand Gobet, Brooke N. Macnamara, Guillermo Campitelli, and David Z. Hambrick. 2016. “The Relationship between Cognitive Ability and Chess Skill – A Comprehensive Meta-analysis” Intelligence 59 (2016): 72-83.

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Cimpian, A., and E. Salomon. 2014. The Inherence Heuristic: An Intuitive Means of Making Sense of the World, and a Potential Precursor to Psychological Essentialism.Behavioral and Brain Sciences 37:461–527.

Clements, Douglas H., and Julie Sarama. 2014. “Play, Mathematics, and False Dichotomies.” Preschool Matters Today (blog). National Institute for Early Education Research. March 3. 

Collins, Robyn. 2014. “Skills for the 21st Century: Teaching Higher-Order Thinking.” Curriculum & Leadership Journal 12 (14).

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Leong, Deborah J., and Elena Bodrova. 2012. “Assessing and Scaffolding Make_Believe Play.” Young Children 67 (1): 28–34.

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Mahajan, Neha, and Karen Wynn. 2012. “Origins of ‘Us’ versus ‘Them’: Prelinguistic Infants Prefer Similar Others.” Cognition 124 (2): 227–33.

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