Archive for March, 2014

Pi Day, How Pi tells stories, Navigating Early

How Pi Tells Stories: Happy Pi Day!

Happy Pi Day! To celebrate, we are going to explore the idea of Pi and story telling. Can the infinite sequence of the number Pi tell a story? Am I nuts to even think this?

pi

noun: the sixteenth letter of the Greek alphabet ( Ππ ), transliterated as ‘p.’

symbol: the numerical value of pi.

pi =3.14159265359…

Newbery award winner Clare Vanderpool’s Navigating Early tells a story with Pi. And Vi Hart has a take on Pi and Shakespeare. So It Can Be Done! Let’s explore the stories that Pi tells.

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how to teach 3rd grade boys to program in Scratch

How to Teach 3rd Grade Boys to Program in Scratch

Scratch is a free programming language and online community where you can create your own interactive stories, games, and animations. It’s created by MIT. I had heard of it years ago from the founder of the company who created my first PragmaticMom blog template. His young son was using it to create games. My son was just a toddler then, so I filed it away in the back of my head for later.

Fast forward to now. My 9-year-old son is a serious gamer and in on screens from the minute he wakes up until I yell at him at night to get off screens. It’s very tough to keep him off screens because he floats from the computer to the iPad to his DSi to the TV and back again. Sometimes he even multi-tasks watching TV WHILE eating WHILE playing a game on the computer. Don’t even get me started about the keyboard to that computer. It’s covered in crumbs and barely works; it’s so gunked up.

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10 Multicultural picture books to sing

10 Multicultural Picture Books to Sing from Jbrary

I am delighted to have Lindsey and Dana, the two Children’s Librarians behind Jbrary, guest posting today!!  They have a wonderful YouTube channel that  is all about storytime songs, and today they have a list of picture books you can sing before, during or after reading! Not only is singing fun, but it  is one of the five early literacy skills parents can strengthen with children.

Without further ado, here they are:

One of the best parts about being a Children’s Librarian is all the singing we get to do! But singing certainly shouldn’t end at storytime. This list features 10 of our favourite multicultural picture books you can use to encourage singing anytime. Read more…

Skype author visit with 2nd graders Jarrett Krosoczka

Skype Author Visit with Jarrett Krosoczka and GIVEAWAY

What’s a school author visit via Skype like? I just experienced two successful ones so I thought I’d share my experience in the hopes that you will be able to get authors to your kids’ school too! Skype is really very easy and kids are surprisingly unperturbed when there are minor technical issues which can pop up.

I’d first like to preface Jarrett’s Skype presentation by saying that he is a total rock star. Have you seen his TEDTalk which has garnered over 650k views? His talk moved me to tears. Read more…

APALA best asian american books for kids 2013

2014 Asian American Children’s Book Awards & Kid Lit Blog Hop

Have you heard of the APALA children’s book awards? Of course not. I blogged for three years on children’s books seeking out the best Asian American KidLit and I didn’t know about it. That’s a shame because Asian American children’s books are slowly coming into their own, well on the heels perhaps of the Asian American novel trend started by Amy Tan. Still, I am thrilled to see this genre flourishing.

The first point of confusion:

APALA = Asian Pacific American Librarians Association

The second point of confusion:

The APALA Literature Awards are called the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature. Read more…

3rd grade boy first fencing lesson Boston

My Son’s First Fencing Lesson

My son and his third grade buddies have been taking tennis lessons since school started. Now that it’s too cold to play outdoors, they decided to switch to fencing. There is something about little boys and swordplay — my son  has been wielding a stick as a sword since he was old enough to toddle.

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Social Media Sunday

I’m Co-Hosting Social Media Sunday!

I’m excited to be co-hosting Social Media Sunday! Please join us to link up and make new friends!

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