The House Monkey App is an interesting idea. It’s an app that you set up for your family to track chores and tasks around the house. It has features to reward participation, and lets you create training videos to show someone how to do a task.
I covered my Japanese Daimyo family history and my husband’s Chosun Dynasty family history on his father’s side, so I thought I’d cover my Chinese family history today. My father immigrated from China before the Communist Revolution to attend UCLA for a PhD in mathematics. He was asked to return to China right as the war began, but he decided to stay in Los Angles instead. A wise move in hindsight, given the Cultural Revolution that lay ahead. As an educated professional with family roots in the silk trade, he would have not fared well. Indeed, when we visited relatives in the 1980s, I met our Chinese relatives and heard the sad stories of what happened to his favorite nephew.
But I never knew much about the family silk business which I assumed was vertically integrated — from silk worm to silk thread to silk fabric to the Silk Road. I find that when I go to my public library, I always grab a few picture books that catch my eye that are on display. Read more…
I showed my son this video below on how to make an easy Pop-Up card. He watched it once and said that he “got it,” and then went off road, making two cards of his own.
It’s a fun and easy way to introduce STEM (or really this is more STEAM – Science Technology Engineering Art and Math) to kids of all ages.
Today is Holi which I know very little about so I asked author of Dev and Ollie: Colour Carnival to help me out. Please welcome my guest blogger today Shweta Aggarwal!
There’s only one thing that comes to mind immediately when the festival of Holi is mentioned – bright, vibrant colours everywhere! Holi is literally one of the most colorful festivals in the world because PEOPLE get coloured!
The spirit of Holi embraces everyone, bringing people together. Although this Hindu festival has been celebrated in India for thousands of years to commemorate the victory of good over evil, it has recently gained widespread popularity. Traditionally, the festival kicks off with a Holika bonfire the eve of Holi where people dress in their finest clothes and sing and dance around the bonfire. The next day, on the contrary, everyone’s out on the streets wearing their shabbiest clothes because what’s in store is to get coloured from head to toe! Dry coloured powder, water pistols and water balloons are a common sight when ‘playing Holi’. Read more…
Want some easy ways to celebrate Earth Day with your kids? Superheroes TurfMutt & the Outdoor Powers have partnered to teach kids and families backyard science, including how to take better care of the green spaces around them and the importance of living landscapes.
My public library has a display that I’ve long admired of a picture book doll house. Each room represents a children’s book.
Isn’t it wonderful? Three bedrooms, a bathroom, a kitchen, and living room.
The Good Night Moon room was the most obvious to me; this is such an iconic book but Five Minutes’ Peace is new to me. I’m glad there is a bathroom in this doll house though!
How about you? Did you guess all the room correctly? Read more…
The model of a cell cake is a popular science project for 7th grade. My daughter says that anyone who bakes this cake gets an A on their project. Her class ate the cake after she and her partner presented it. It was delicious even though it was a day old.
Here are instructions to bake your own Edible Cell Model from Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers. There is a lot of leftover candy after the project is completed which is why I think my daughter chose this project!
- Blue Mike and Ikes = mitochondria
- Pink Mike and Ikes = smooth endoplasmic reticulum
- War Heads = vacuoles
- Air Heads Xtremes = rough endoplasmic reticulum
- Sour gummy worms = Golgi apparatus
- Candy disc sprinkles = ribosomes
- Cupcake = nucleus
This post was sponsored by Nintendo as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.
It wasn’t hard to convince my 5th grade son to try out the Nintendo Yo-kai Watch video game on his 3DSXL. In fact, he was surprised and elated when the game arrived in the mail, but not sure how it happened. Usually, he orders his games online, and tracks the arrival diligently, to the hour! It’s unusual that I’d have a video game lined up for him!