» Pen to help children with learning disorders designed – Vanguard (Nigeria)

» Pen to help children with learning disorders designed – Vanguard (Nigeria)

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The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Test Scorer

The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Test Scorer

Long article but contains interesting insight.

Christmas Letter of the Future – Goal Setting

Here’s an interesting post about goal setting – Instead of writing a traditional end-of-year family newsletter to be included in the christmas cards, write next years letter too. Include your monthly summary of what you expect to happen. Write several years letters in advance.

The author suggests including your letter as a task (or calendar event) that is set to pop up and remind you of your letter every month on your mobile device. I look forward to trying this!

Education is a social process. Education is growth. Education is not a preparation for life; education is life itself. ~ John Dewey

Education is a social process. Education is growth. Education is not a preparation for life; education is life itself. ~ John Dewey

Timez Attack – Multiplication Video Game

Timez Attack – Multiplication Video Game

Right now I have 2 children both of whom are struggling to memorize their multiplication tables. Don’t worry though, they both understand the true meaning of multiplying and can skip count in their sleep, it’s just the instant recall of what is 8 x 8 that they need.

While I’ve tried plain old cardboard flashcards there just hasn’t been a lot of ‘engagement’ – it’s hard to get excited about flashcards. Thankfully someone from our homeschool group recommended the Big Brainz ‘Timez Attack’ application. At the time, it was an application that was downloaded – currently they also offer an online web-based version. The best thing is they offer an amazing FREE version.

We’ve been using the online version with great success. It offers a real ‘video game world’ experience, unlike math apps. While it may seem appealing initially to just boys they also offer a castle/girl world that my daughter been enjoying and progressing nicely.

They also offer paid versions which provide other worlds and experiences. Disclosure: the link above is an affiliate link.

I really highly recommend this wonderful app – the kids love it and consistently ask to use it, every day. Can’t ask for more than that!

Make: Online : LED Dice kit

Make: Online : LED Dice kit

How is it that when you’re playing a board game with a child that it’s absolutely impossible for them to ‘toss’ the dice and still keep it on the table?

Here’s a handy little digital dice kits that you and your child can put together that never needs to be tossed. With a tap a random number between 1 and 6 is generated and the corresponding LEDs light up.

Fun little project with a Very Worthwhile product in the end

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Learning New Things: What’s the best way to introduce a kid to the magic of computer programming? – Quora

Learning New Things: What’s the best way to introduce a kid to the magic of computer programming? – Quora

Lots of great answers on what people think is the best way to introduce kids to programming.

My personal favourite if Katy Levinson’s answer – it’s really more about the project – make sure they’re excited and loving it and they’ll naturally want to grow their knowledge.

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