Archive for August, 2012

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The Presidential Game: Everyone Can Be President

Games for Kids About Presidential Election

My 7-year-old son likes board games so he makes me play them with him as his sisters will generally not play board games with or without him. With the upcoming presidential election, I thought it might be a good way to explain our United States slightly convoluted election process to him. Read more…

Baby Elephant Mud Bath and Other Ways to Fall in Love with Elephants

Baby Elephant Mud Bath and Books for Kids

Another email from my nearly 90-year-old mom with this video of a baby elephant taking a mud bath. That she’s on YouTube is amazing! I’m posting a bunch of her emails; the pollination video was from her. Read more…

Golden Retriever puppy,

Top 10 Reasons Why Dogs Are Easier Than Kids

Dogs versus Kids?

It was an easy week for me last week. My two older girls were at sleep away camp so we just had our rising 2nd grade son. The house was quiet and he reveled at being an only child. I still had dog walking duties and they are not insignificant. My dog, now 2 years old, needs a 3 mile off leash hike daily. Still, as I reflected on dog vs kids, I dashed off this tongue-in-cheek list of why dogs are easier –some would even say better but I certainly wouldn’t! — list of why dogs ARE easier than kids! Read more…

Week 11: Rising 2nd Grade Math Review

Rising 2nd Grade Summer Math Review

Congratulations! You are in the final stretch of departing 1st grade summer math review (a.k.a. rising second grade math). This is the last week! What did your child enjoy the most: the problems, the web sites, the books or the board games? Please share what worked or didn’t work for you. Thanks! Read more…

Beauty Everywhere: Grains of Sand are Unique Jewels

Sand Under Microscope Looks Like Jewels

My mom sent me that pollination video and I got some great feedback that everyone liked it. So here’s another post via my mom who is nearly 90-years-old! Kudos to her for being active online and sending me great stuff to post! I think she reads my blog too! Read more…

Why Kids Should Learn to Code

How to Teach Kids to Program in Code

I met Keren on Twitter and asked her to guest post because I have an inkling that my youngest might be a video game developer one day. He has all the accoutrements of an coder. He plays soccer so he should be able to do the hackysack and ultimate frisbee thing. His classical guitar teacher has declared him a rocker and he wants to learn drums next. From a user perspective, he certainly is qualified! He finished all the levels of Angry Birds a year ago and now spends hours on Minecraft among dozens of other games. M.I.T. is near us and they have a summer day camp for kids to learn Scratch. I think my youngest would love that. Read more…

Inflammatory breast cancer

Have You Heard About Inflammatory Breast Cancer?

Inflammatory Breast Cancer Alert

Key Points

  • Inflammatory breast cancer is a rare and very aggressive disease with symptoms that include redness, swelling, tenderness, and warmth in the breast.
  • Treatment for inflammatory breast cancer is usually more aggressive than treatment for most other types of breast cancer.
  • People with inflammatory breast cancer are encouraged to enroll in clinical trials that are testing new treatments. Read more…

Week 10: Summer Math for 2nd Grade

Rising 2nd Grade Summer Math Review

We’re almost done! Just over one week of summer math review to go! In doing [most] of these math problems with my son, I realized a few things:

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marble run, club invention

Club Invention: Getting Kids Interested in Inventing

STEM Camp Where Kids Invent

Club Invention is a day camp for kids, boys and girls, and my 7-old-son did it for one week with two friends. They do a two-week stint in Newton, with various stops in other towns in our area, mostly in New England. This is science that you don’t get in school. What exactly is Club Invention? I had no idea from what my son told me every day after school. Even from the extensive newsletters that I received daily, I still was pretty unclear about what they did. In my mind, it had something to do with legos. Read more…