I wanted to review this book thinking Grasshopper and Sensei would like it, but instead I found it was perfect for me. I used to take a lot of art classes before I had kids. And while I have tried to paint from time to time, even managing to complete a hand painted set of plates before PickyKidPix was born, it never seemed to be the right time to make art. Either my workspace needed to be cleared off for a meal — I used the dining room table for my art — or I didn’t have a chunk of uninterrupted time, or inspiration, or the right materials …
Art Before Breakfast is a zippy, inspiration with the conviction that we all just need 15 minutes before breakfast to bring out the artist within us all. I am not a morning person, so I’d rather sleep an extra 15 minutes but I applied the principle and found 15 minutes in my day — sometimes less, sometimes more — to be creative. And I’m really glad I did.
Art Before Breakfast: A Zillion Ways to be More Creative No Matter How Busy You Are by Danny Gregory
Here’s an easy and fun experiment to do using simply hard-boiled eggs. Regular chicken eggs will do nicely, but I found these really cool Ostrich and Emu eggs from the Saveur Instragram that are sold at Whole Foods somewhere!
Ostrich and Emu Eggs Sold at Whole Foods Market (not mine though!)
You can give your child cardboard, paper, clear tape, scissors but my son just ransacked the kitchen drawer and that worked fine too! Read more…
Do you have any interest in doing a blog post (or series) about career pathways for children/young adults to become children’s book authors?
I ask because my 8 year old daughter (aka Paprika) has wanted to be a children’s picture book author and illustrator since birth (practically). She has read every children’s book – knows all the Caldecott and Newberry winners – and in general, is just obsessed with Children’s Literature. She has taken a few classes on Craftsy about Children’s Book Authoring – and beyond that, I don’t really know how to guide her. She is just set on this (and has been for years) – and overall, it’s her mission in life.
The first person I thought of to help Erika is Erik because:
He’s a published author (and is currently in 7th grade)
Nancy Yi Fan is another published kid author. She wrote the series Swordbird which was accepted for publication by HarperCollins when she was 11-years-old.
My advice on how to get published as a kid is: write, write, write! Take art classes as well if you are so inclined. Being able to write and illustrate is a powerful combination. Do writing challenges like Julie Hedlund’s 12 x 12 picture book challenge which also gives away critiques by children’s book agents. Start a blog as both a writing experience and to build your audience. As a published author, you will be expected to market your book and social media will be your friend! Finally, be persistent. The road to being published is paved with miles of rejection letters.Without further ado, here’s Erik! …—————– Read more…
Do you have a child interested in science competitions? If so, you must read on! If not, just read the next paragraph because the PRIZE money might motivate your middle school child!
The Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge is the nation’s premier science competition for middle school students. Ten finalists in grades 5-8 will be selected from around the country to compete in the challenge and the winner will receive a $25,000 prize and the title of “America’s Top Young Scientist”!
Two of my kids are fascinated by the ukelele. My son, who plays guitar, was inspired by musician Jake Shimabukuro that he showed the video to his guitar teacher, and watched Jake’s videos on technique that he can apply to guitar later on when he gets more advanced.
Grasshopper and Sensei is learning the ukelele on her own after coveting a beautiful handmade ukelele found at a shop on vacation two years ago. I figured that after one year of asking for it, she must be serious, so I bought it for her the following year we returned.
My husband played golf for the University of Hawaii so Hawaii has a special place in his heart and he is equally surprised to learn that the ukelele is not actually from Hawaii! Read more…
Happy Pi Day! Get it? March 14th is 3.14! It’s especially appropriate this year, 2015, as the first few number of pi are 3.1415!
To celebrate, I dug up Pi Day cartoons! I hope you enjoy Pi Day today!!
The number π is a mathematical constant, the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, commonly approximated as 3.14159. It has been represented by the Greek letter “π” since the mid-18th century, though it is also sometimes spelled out as “pi“.
Thank you to everyone who left kind comments about enjoying the videos that my son and I are curating from The Kid Should See Thisvideos. They curate videos made for adults but are appropriate for kids. My son and I watch a ton of them and we pick out our favorites.
Science Videos to Fascinate Kids (at least my own)!
The Science of Snowflakes
If you are not tired of snow (and clearly not living in Boston), here’s a 20 second clip of a snowflake forming. It’s beautiful and fascinating, but not fun to shovel! Read more…
What if… your child wants to write a really great story but can’t?
Writing Tips for Children from author NS Blackman of The Secret Dinosaur series
Kids who love reading very often like writing too – there’s no surprise in that. It’s fantastic if your child gets the writing bug. They’ve spent hours reading a great book and now they want to move on from being absorbed in someone else’s story to creating one of their own. Read more…
Once we got there though, the square is so beautiful with other buildings besides the leaning tower.
The Leaning Tower of Pisa is the campanile, or freestanding bell tower, of the cathedral of the Italian city of Pisa, known worldwide for its unintended tilt to one side. The tower’s tilt began during construction, caused by an inadequate foundation on ground too soft on one side to properly support the structure’s weight. The tilt increased in the decades before the structure was completed, and gradually increased until the structure was stabilized (and the tilt partially corrected) by efforts in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. From Wikipedia
So I thought I would center this post around Galileo’s Leaning Tower of Pisa experiment, but done in the world’s largest vacuum chamber to show that when you remove friction, a feather and a brick will fall at the same rate.
Hi! I'm Mia Wenjen. I love children's books (picture books through YA) and sneaking in teachable moments in art, science, math, foreign language and language arts.
I'd love to chat with you. Let's connect! PragmaticMomBlog (at) gmail (dot) com.
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