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Back to School Online Sales for School Clothes

 Online Back to School Clothes Sales for Kids

I am scrambling as I type to crank out some Back to School Shopping online and on sale! Read more…

Tiger Mom Parenting Rejected in China

No More Tiger Mom Parenting in China!

Capability:Mom loves the Wall Street Journal, as do I, but my husband does not like right wing publications so my subscription was never renewed and actually banned from my house.  She sent me this interesting link on a phenomenon in China regarding a new parenting book that is all the rage that I would rename:  Forget Thousands of Years of Confucian Thinking That is the Back Bone of Your Society and Embrace Western Child Rearing Practices. It’s actually titled Chinese Parenting Advice Undergoes a Small Revolution by Victoria Ruan. This seemingly innocuous best seller might actually be a game-changer — imagine if the next generation of children in China (billions of them) start thinking like a Westerner?!  Democracy can’t be far behind. (And it’s a slippery slope to spoiled children who don’t listen to their elders !). Read more…

Amazing Adolescent with Cancer Young Adult Book

Books for Middle School That Teach Compassion

I am  not exactly sure why I am on a posting jag on books about children with cancer, but I have read both of these books recently. Nurse with the Red Clown Nose (an eBook picture book app for iPhone/iPad/iPod) and a Young Adult novel, Ever After Ever, by Jordan Sonnenblick seem to be a yin/yang serendipitous pairing.  There are not many people I know whose lives haven’t been touched by cancer, and these books give a perspective from a child with cancer’s point of view.  If you want to read my review of The Nurse with the Red Clown Nose, please click here. Read more…

The Nurse with the Red Clown Nose ebook to Teach Kids about Cancer

eBook for Kids Teaches Compassion for Children with Cancer

StoryBoy sent me some codes to try out some of their ebooks and this one really moved me. The Nurse with the Red Clown Nose is an ePictureBook for iPhone/iPad/iPod and it’s a really simple but moving story about a child going through chemotherapy and her wonderful nurse who sometimes dons a red clown nose when the kids least expect it to make them laugh. Read more…

iPhone/iPad/iPod app: iLiveMath Speed (word problems for ages 6-12)

iLiveMath Speed uses race cars, sail boats, jets, the Space Shuttle, and more to teach Distance = Rate x Time, ratios, km/hour, mph, knots, and speed of sound terms such as Mach, supersonic, and hypersonic in a word problem format!  I really like this app because it introduces Physics as a multiplication word problem appropriate for older elementary school students.

I don’t know about you, but I really struggled through Pre-Med college physics and had to get friends to help explain basic concepts to me (i.e.  see how we are walking at the same pace?  That’s speed.  Speed = distance X time [miles per hour or mph or km per hour].  Now we are walking faster.  Acceleration is the increase in speed.  The formula is acceleration = force / mass.  Force = mass X gravity.)  Yikes!  It gets complicated quickly that it is nice to introduce these concepts in a fun way such that it becomes intuitive rather than a memorization of formulas.  This app doesn’t actually cover acceleration but by teaching Distance = Rate x Time, it’s an appropriate and intuitive introduction to physics for an elementary school student.

The format of iLiveMath Speed is similar to iLiveMath Trains so click here to read that review which goes over some nice features in both apps such as the roll-y answer bar and the number sentence for correct answers.

Here are the levels for iLiveMath Speed with a sample problem from the app.

Level 1:  Addition and Subtraction

A lead pack of 13 Formula One cars drafted in a line and as they rounded a turn, 2 zoomed ahead.  How many are left behind?

Level 2:  Addition, Subtraction, and Multiplication (speed, rate, distance and time)

If sailboats raced at an average speed of 16 knots, how many nautical miles are traveled in 2 hours?  (1 knot = 1 nautical mile/hr).

Level 3:  Advanced Addition, Subtraction and Multiplication (with speed, rate, distance and time)

If a Maglev train journeyed at an average speed to 223 mph, how many miles are traveled in 7 hours?  (Distance = Rate x Time)

Again, like iLiveMath Trains, there are appealing photos of things that go fast as well as fun sound effects.  Here are some screen shots:

This app is appealing to boys but I would try girls out on it as well!  The app is $3.99 and can be purchased at iTunes.  You can click on the little icon above to check out at iTunes.

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Scott Schulman, The Sartorialist, http://PragmaticMom.com, best fashion blog

The Sartorialist: Fashion Blog for Inspiration

Scott Schulman, The Sartorialist, http://PragmaticMom.com, best fashion blogI must have been hiding out under a fashion rock for the past few years, but I’ve recently discovered The Sartorialist even though it’s been around since 2005 and garnering Time Magazine‘s award for Top 100 Design Influencers.  It’s a beautifully spare collection of photos — kinda reminds me of DesignTrackMind‘s gorgeous blog but this one is centered on fashion with very well dressed people on the street.  Scott Schulman has an appreciation for the little details, particularly in well dressed men, but he appreciates a quirky or striking outfit on women as well.

I had to look up the word “sartorial.”  Here is the definition:

Adjective.  Of or relating to tailoring, clothes, or style of dress: “sartorial elegance”.  Great name for a style blog, huh?

He has an interesting story.  He’s always been a fashion guy, working in sales and marketing for high-end designers, and eventually ending up with a showroom in New York City helping to launch the likes of Peter Som and others.  9/11 hits.  Showroom:   poof, gone!  No one is buying high end fashion after that.  He starts taking photos for his blog, and I might add that he’s a very talented photographer, and his blog slowly gains enough momentum to launch into a real business.  He photographs and writes for Style.com and GQ but it’s his voice — minimalist, insightful, and authentic that helps us, the reader, to understand the nuances of his gorgeous photos.

If you follow his blog, and I encourage it, you’ll find that you’ll stand in front of your closet every day pondering your outfit with a little more deliberation.  Hey, he could be around the corner with camera in hand waiting to snap you!  Especially if you hang out in NYC, Milan, Paris, or London during Fashion Week!

p.s. I am not allowed to poach any of his photos without his permission and I don’t know him so please click here to see his blog.

p.p.s.  His girl friend, Garance Dore, is also a fashion blogger and has a great blog! She’s French, so it’s no wonder!

Favorite Books for Preschool to 5th Grade

Best Books for Kids in All Genres

I found this great site, GreatSchools.org ,  with extensive reading lists specific to each grade.  If your child is finishing up their summer reading and still needs a book or two, this is a great resource.  What I really like about it is that it covers many genres of books including: Read more…

Train Themed Word Problem Math App for Kids

Best Word Problem Math App for Kids

I am a huge fan of word problems.  I love how it combines literacy with math.  I love how it’s a puzzle in words that you must solve with a number sentence.  I love how it trains the brain to decode words into numbers and vice versa.  I love that it’s difficult. — this is not a rote operation, one must think to solve a problem.  That being said, word problems are challenging! (and fun!) Read more…

Quick Brain Scan Could Screen for Autism

Brain Scan Can Screen for Autism

A 15-minute brain scan could in future be used to test for autism, helping doctors diagnose the complex condition more cheaply and accurately. Read more…