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review 2018-02-14 20:03
This isn't what I came here for
The Little Virtues - Dick Davis,Natalia Ginzburg

I had hoped to be absolutely knocked out of my socks by the essays in this volume but it fell quite a bit short of the mark. The Little Virtues by Natalia Ginzburg was listed in a footnote of a book that I read last year (I think it was Wild Things but I'm honestly not sure) and it piqued my interest because it was listed as a resource for children's education. Ginzburg writes about her childhood in Italy (this is a translation) and the lessons which she learned from the ups and downs of her life there. It was a tumultuous life too. Organized in a series of short essays, different points in the author's life are described and used to illumine various life lessons. She covers just about everything from family dynamics, adolescent friendships, first love, and (what I was there for) the education of children. One of the major issues I had with this book was that education seemed almost like an afterthought even though the title was crafted from this section. I found the overall collection mediocre at best and not at all mindbogglingly profound as the footnote of the other book (and the online reviews) had led me to believe . In fact, only some of the points were even remotely accessible while the majority were nearly indecipherable. It read more as a series of diary entries than anything approaching academic. 5/10 from a severely disappointed nerd.


What's Up Next: The World of Lore: Monstrous Creatures by Aaron Mahnke


What I'm Currently Reading: I've Got This Round: More Tales of Debauchery by Mamrie Hart


Source: readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
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text 2018-02-10 09:49
How Educational Robotics Can Improve Child Development

Education robots give teachers a fun, hands-on way of introducing scientific, technological and social concepts to young children. By designing, assembling and experimenting with their own small machines, kids can strengthen their ability to follow detailed instructions and solve problems. They can also learn the value of patience and gain the confidence to tackle new subjects and challenges.


Educational robots and robotic kits can help young students:

• Develop Teamwork Skills: When kids work on a robotics-related task in their classroom, they get the opportunity to work in teams. They learn not only how to communicate and act on their ideas but to receive input from others as well. These abilities will serve them well when they enter the adult world.

• Get a Solid Grounding in Science and Technology: Robot kits provide young kids with an easy, rewarding introduction to engineering, physics and other science-related fields. Educators do not need to worry about losing certain segments of their classes: It is easy to find kits which are designed to appeal to both boys and girls.

• Get Valuable, Hands-On Experience: Connecting sensors, LED lights and other components allow kids to see the practical results of their hard work. When they put something together that can move on its own, they can begin to realize their potential.

• Discover and Pursue Their Passions: It can do wonders for a child to tap into their own creativity. If a girl or boy is more technically inclined, working with robot toys for young children will help bring that out. At the same time, artistically-minded kids will enjoy the opportunity to let their imaginations run wild. Educational robots can give children their first glimpse of what could become a life-defining passion.

Educators can use robot kits to help children develop a wide range of technical and interpersonal capabilities. Kids can create robots that respond to lights and sounds and can move without any input. When they see their work pay off in such a way, they can be encouraged to pursue and achieve greater accomplishments as adults.

KinderLab Robotics provides pre-K, Kindergarten and primary school teachers with sophisticated but fun educational robots. The company’s chief scientist and co-founder, Dr. Marina UmaschiBers, has spent the past two decades researching how technology can improve youth development.

Dr. Bers’s extensive experience led to the creation of the KIBO, a robot kit designed for 4-7-year-old kids. The KIBO won a Parents’ Choice Award and was a finalist for a Tech Edvocate Award in 2017.

About KinderLab Robotics

KinderLab Robotics offers top-quality, educational robot kits for kids. Its flagship product, the KIBO, was honored by the Tutora Educational Awards and the Tech Edvocate Awards and won a 2017 Parents’ Choice Award in the Toy category.

To purchase or learn more about KIBO kits or other exciting products, visit Kinderlabrobotics.com

Original Source: https://goo.gl/52Dzo9

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review 2018-01-19 21:13
Odd Name, but Good Facts and Trivia
Toiletrivia - General Trivia Sampler (History Trivia, Movie Trivia, Sports Trivia, Geography Trivia, and More): The Only Trivia Book That Caters To Your Everyday Bathroom Needs (Volume 6) - Jeremy Klaff,Harry Klaff

I found many of these Toiletrivia books on Amazon for free some time ago and I bought them. I didn't have time to go through them all at the time but thought they might be fun for trivia night (Trivial Pursuit questions can be dated) and I thought they might also spark the girls to find out more on something they see in these questions. I know that I marked this as read in 2017, but I again revisited the book and made the girls open it and start working on the questions today. It was really fun to watch them with their facts. 

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review 2018-01-19 20:13
Poet, Son of Slaves, From Ohio
The Complete Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar - Paul Laurence Dunbar

I had not heard of this author, ever, in my college or high school time. I only discovered him while visiting Wright Brother monuments and museums located in Dayton, OH. I decided that I needed to learn about this man. I was amazed at his work. Not that he could do this work, but that his work, while it is poetry, it is a great quantity and it covers so many different things in his life. It covers love, laughter, death, work, slavery. It is in a dialect and plain English. He shows such emotion in his work. I read a little every day and just thoroughly enjoyed this work. 

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url 2018-01-18 09:20
Conscious Parenting Free this weekend
Conscious Parenting: Mindful Living Course for Parents - Nataša Pantović Nuit
Conscious Parenting - Nataša Pantović Nuit

Conscious Parenting Book Quote about Kids and Truth

A child has a deep longing to discover that the World is based on Truth. Respect that longing.  In our attempt to help children grow into Inspired Adults, we wish them to carry the Youthfulness of their Souls, and the Wonders of Childhood into their old age.'

Conscious Parenting FREE to download this weekend! Explore the Mindfulness Exercises designed for the family and do let us know what you think! We would love to read your review!



Source: www.amazon.com/Conscious-Parenting-Mindful-Mindfulness-Training-ebook/dp/B00U8V75SQ
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