Do you ever wonder about the value of a home security system versus a sign that says you have a home security system?
I do think that math apps for the iPhone/iPad/iPod are a really fun way to learn and practice math. In some ways, very specific apps like the ones from iDevMath can serve as a private tutor for your child, teaching a concept step by step and provide problems for practice. Other math apps are meant to be really fun and are a way to use gaming to practice math facts. Still others provide an overview, like a Cliff Notes for a math subject. Algebra Boot Camp is not meant to be sexy, but it’s like reading someone’s very good notes for a refresher review. I believe in all of these concepts so I rounded up what I think are the best educational iPad and iPhone apps for kids. Now when your kids use your iPhone, you can feel good about making them math games!
Thank you to PaperTigers Blog for posting on this virtual rally promoting literacy for girls all over the world! I stand alongside in solidarity and hope that you will too! Here’s a simple way to participate:
Stand Up. At noon your time on September 22, take ten seconds to physically stand up wherever you are (wear the Stand Up for Girls Badge!) to give recognition and awareness to the movement.
If you want to go the distance: Take a photo of yourself standing up for girls and post it on LitWorld’s Facebook wall.
I am going to make a point of reading these banned and challenged books, if only to understand where on the continuum they belong in my children’s hands. How about you? How do you feel about banned or challenged books? Please comment!
I remember how difficult it was to find great books for kids once they’ve moved to chapter books but are not quite ready for Newbery books.
Here’s a follow up article to the New York Times article, Forget What You Know About Good Study Habits, by Sandhya Nankani and Holly Epstein Ojalvo. Here’s an excerpt of how to apply the strategies at home or in the classroom:
What do I mean by reluctant reader? A reluctant reader is a child who has reached 10 or 12 years old, who can read, but doesn’t enjoy reading on their own, a child who almost never picks up a book to read for pleasure. And yes, avid readers can produce reluctant readers; two of four of my children fell into this category.Here are a few tips drawn from my experience.
This post is from KidLitosphere. I believe so strongly in RIF which puts books in the hands of children who can’t afford books. They have done such great work for decades that their recent budget cuts are horrifying! Please give … even if it’s only $5. By putting books into the hands of children who truly need them, you are opening doors and worlds for these children. I am going to donate right now!
How to we, as parents, teach our kids the importance of having fun while playing sports versus winning when it’s more fun to win?