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.
I really love that name Learnivore. Perhaps it’s because I spent one year reading dinosaur books to my T-Rex obsessed son when he was three-years-old. We learned about herbivores, carnivores and omnivores. But Learnivores? Such great branding. I think it means folks who love to learn.
I was asked if I wanted to try out Learnivore as a sponsored blog post and I thought, why not? But then, learn what exactly? I’m done with formal education after I completed my M.B.A. more than two decades ago. But Derek, the head of Learnivore community, said:
We would basically have you use our site to request a lesson in any discipline in the Boston area (everything from skateboarding to sewing, honestly). It’s pretty simple. You’d create a basic account, which takes no more than a minute or two , and then you would click on the big, green button that says “create a request.” You would then answer a few short questions about what you’re looking for so that, when completed, your request can be sent to all of the instructors in the Learnivore community that fit the bill. Within a few days, you’ll have a number of qualified instructors reach out to you via our messaging system and you’ll be able to use factors like cost, availability, student reviews, experience, etc. to choose your favorite.
The only thing I’m obsessively trying to learn these days is boxing, specifically to improve my sparring in the ring. Read more…
In addition to the scores of people that head to the United Arab Emirates every year to capitalise on its world-class shopping and luxurious holiday resorts, numerous expatriates can also be found here. Not only do they enjoy the same benefits as temporary tourists, but also receive tax-free salaries and a comfortable way of life.
However, in recent years the UAE has also become a hotspot for higher education too. International universities have set-up campuses here due to the region’s growing prosperity, and the country’s own institutions are receiving widespread approval for the calibre of undergraduate courses and masters degrees on offer.
Please welcome the lovely and talented author Alexis York Lumbard that I had the pleasure of meeting at the recent National Social Studies Conference in Boston. She is sharing her favorite 10 Folktales for Kids from Around the World!
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.
Free Blog Updates in your Inbox
Monthly Newsletter with Subscriber Only Giveaways in your Inbox