It is easy to go overboard when buying for baby the first go around. Here’s the short list that Pragmatic Mom would buy.
I learned how to type the old fashioned way a million years ago: a manual typewriter with the keys all blacked out, and typing exercises on a projected screen in a blackened room. A Q A Z A Q A Z. Yep, I typed that over and over again. Then on to S W S X S W S X and so forth until it was time to type exercises and take timed tests. Not exactly fun but definitely effective. These days no one is learning to keyboard this way. I have searched out the best computer programs, iPhone /iPad apps, and free web games to learn to keyboard (i.e. touch type).
Thank you to Dad developer Kyle Tomson of Mobile Education Store, for letting me repost his great article on apps for high functioning autistic children who benefit from the language aspects of these apps. Kyle has a daughter, Caitlin, who is very high functioning on the autism spectrum so this topic is very near and dear to his heart, so much so that he just went and developed them himself!
The iPad is turning out to be a great communication tool for autistic children. At West Prairie South Elementary School, the iPad was introduced to help non verbal children communicate at the suggestion of their superintendent. The full article by Lainie Steelman is here. Here are some key paragraphs:
This is an old recipe from my first preschool. My middle daughter used to LOVE to play with playdough but she didn’t like the stinky smell of purchased playdough. Mix a batch and store in an air-tight container for hours of fun.
Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, are often prescribed powerful medications to help them stay focused in school. But adding white noise to a classroom may be just as effective as drugs at aiding learning among these pupils, suggest the surprising results of a Scandinavian study.
I would never have guessed that duct tape, foil and paper could keep a group of kids busy and quiet for hours. What was amazing was that the group had great diversity of age (from 6 years old through 15 years old) and was comprised of boys and girls. It’s true that the Duck brand duct tape has great patterns and colors which makes it very fun. I don’t even mind the weapons they constructed even though that led to hand-to-hand combat; the duct tape weapons are not very sturdy so no one gets hurt. What are your kids making with duct tape? Please share!
When my girls received the Alice’s Pawfect Tea-Party Kit, they were delirious with excitement. There is so much to love about this kit. It’s charming, delicious, and teaches manners that combat bullying behavior. There’s always room for one more is what Alice teaches and this is a lovely message. As for the kit, it’s a gift that keeps giving.
For those interested in Ancient Greek Civilization, Greek Mythology or just plain old Percy Jackson fans, check out this post from ColourLovers that depicts ancient Greek sculpture and how they really looked based on scientific research…