Archive for February, 2010

Science Project: How a Knock on the Head Causes a Concussion

Science Project for High School

Take the hockey-puck-on-a-rod test a Michigan high school kid cobbled together to help figure out if a knock on the head has caused a concussion. Sports medicine specialists are increasingly worried about the long-term implications of mild, repeated head trauma. Read more…

Pippi Longstocking meets Anne of Green Gables

Strong Role Models for Girls in Chapter Books

Everything on a Waffle by Polly Horvath is Pippi Longstocking meets Anne of Green Gables combined with a Newbery Honor Award full of entertaining characters living in a small fishing village in Canada. Everyone in Coal Harbor, British Columbia is convinced that  11-year-old Primrose Squarp is an orphan after her mother sets sail after her fisherman  father during a big storm and both don’t return except Primrose who knows they will return deep inside her heart.  Her uncle Jack is recruited to take care of her and he is convinced that Coal Harbor can be converted from a dying fishing village to a tourist destination.  Primrose’s faith in her parents’ return tests the patience of those around her as she fails to accept their “death” by asking the doubters, “Didn’t you ever believe anything just because you knew it was true?” Read more…

Immigrant Story: In The Year of the Boar

Immigration Books for 4th Grade

My 4th grader is doing a unit on immigration at school and everyone in her grade is reading one of four books. In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson is not one of the books, but, nevertheless, it’s also a story about immigration and adjustment from an 8-year-old perspective. Granted, Shirley Temple Wong who emigrates with her mother to join her engineer father in Brooklyn, New York, has the “white-collar, educated Asian” immigrant experience. This includes a graduate degree in science or math for the father, a place to live, food to eat, and, sometimes, a loving, intact family. Read more…

Best Produce To Buy Organic

What Organic Produce to Buy

I met MyGreenMoon on Twitter and asked for this list which happened to be handily on her blog.  I can’t seem to remember this list at the grocery store so it’s helpful for me to have it up.  Hope it helps you as well! Read more…

Teaching Tolerance to Kids for Their Special Needs Classmates

How Do You Teach Compassion for Special Needs Classmates?

My elementary school children switch tables every month and this is always a topic at the dinner table because it’s a really big deal to them.  Each month there is either wild  elation or grave disappointment depending on the seating chart.  Over time, I realized that when my kids are most upset about their new table mates, it is not necessarily that they are not sitting near their friends, but it’s because there is someone at the table who is disruptive. Read more…

teaching kids charity, teaching kids compassion, haiti,

Haiti and Teaching My Kids About Charity

Teach Kids Compassion through Charity Work

A mom in my yoga class made a nice plea for donations yesterday.  Her cleaning lady is Haitian and her family in Haiti is, of course, personally devastated by the earthquake.  Yoga mom offered to run over and pick up any clothing and shoe donations from any of us and ship to Haiti.  She said that UPS was shipping free of charge for a while so she was rounding up donations all week. Read more…

Chinese, Mandarin Chinese, foreign languages taught at school

NY Times Article: Foreign Languages Fade EXCEPT Chinese…

Chinese Language Popular at Schools

A Mom Friend at my elementary school sent me this article and asked me to comment on it for my blog. She speaks Chinese and French and wants to start her children on both languages as well. I believe deeply that this generation of children must learn two foreign languages if they are to play a part in this new global economy and that, sadly, the United States, is and will no longer be at the epicenter of the world. Read more…