Wow! This one looks great! (Available in the fall)
Wow! This one looks great! (Available in the fall)
A lovely new children’s book about the similarities and differences between a typical day in seven different countries. The video ad makes me hungry! ^_^
Check out this great Disney mash-up made by Lindsay McCutcheon!
We have a family vacation to Disney World coming up soon and I wanted to blog about some the helpful hints for planning for trips like this:
I just read an interesting paper in the journal Psychological Science that shows a parent’s view of failure is more important to a child’s growth than the parent’s views on intelligence. Specifically, the paper concludes that, “Overall, parents who see failure as debilitating focus on their children’s performance and ability rather than on their children’s learning, and their children, in turn, tend to believe that intelligence is fixed rather than malleable.”
In other words, it’s important that parents don’t let kids think that their minds are fixed (i.e., they can’t do better simply because of who they are), but rather can always grow and overcome their failures if they keep trying.
If you’re visual, like me, you should click on the following image from Carol Dweck’s book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. It does a great job showing the difference between the two mind sets.
Which one are you?
JBot and I have played the long game on this one, and this week – success!
G-Man has had a burning passion for video games for almost five years now. We have done our best to help educate him while making it fun. JBot has gone above and beyond to teach him about the history of video games, by introducing him to older styles, playing with him, and even adapting modern games to his younger sensibilities.
I was visiting the bigger downtown library last week, looking for ideas and extra reading material to have around the house for March Break and found two new books about Scratch. Added them to the pile, didn’t think too much of it. I have brought other books home before, but they were sort of dense and, well, boring. Like a “For Dummies” kind of reading experience.
“Coding for Beginners Using Scratch” by Rosie Dickens, Jonathan Melmoth & Lousie Stowell
“Super Skills: How to Code in 10 Easy Lessons” by Sean McManus
These two new books really grabbed G-Man’s attention. He read them voraciously in one night. He woke up absolutely vibrating with excitement to try programming out for himself two days in a row. I mean, hey, if you would rather wake up at 6 a.m. on your holidays to make cool stuff, go for it!
G-Man had a lot of fun. Great stuff!
We got hit by the last blast of winter last night, I hope! There was enough ice that the school board declared it a “snow day.” Only the second one of the season, not bad!
We did enjoy enough Spring-like days so far this winter that a lot of our family talk has drifted to our plans for the Spring and Summer.
We also followed a suggestion from one of her St. Catharines Standard articles and tried a local restaurant – Don Wong Mexican Asian Food Mart. They make really fantastic dim sum and burritos. Really fantastic stuff. And you can stock up on Pocky!
We debated a lot about summer camps and threw around some ideas for family vacations… Man, things sure have changed since we were kids. Summer camps seem a lot like resorts now, right? G-Man isn’t really all that interested in water sports or mountain biking so we decided to go with the Brock University Summer Camps. They have great day camps that are more like an “enrichment” idea. Find one that jives with your child’s interests, be it the arts, engineering, robotics, gaming, etc.
We are also planning on building an epic fort in our backyard this summer as well. This fantastic book by David Stiles has a lot of inspiring ideas. We think we may be able to build something like this.
We are a wee bit past the 6 month mark of living in the Niagara region. I think I can safely say that everyone really likes it. The school has been a great match for the kids which, really, was the only thing that really mattered. We have found a few restaurants that we love so far, like Diner House 29 and Rise Above. The new Preforming Arts Centre just started a Film House, which is very exciting, and Mindbomb Records is well stocked, save what I bring home for my own collection!
We had a fantastic time at the National Museum of Play! We took advantage of a Canadian school holiday to cross the border and travel to Rochester, New York.
This is a fantastic place for families with lots of wonderful places for playing all day. When we visited, there was a special exhibit on the history of Nintendo! There are lots of arcade, pinball, and other retro video games as part of the main collection as well. Over the weekend there was a Star Wars theme! There were many different themed sections that happily occupied our young and older children. The effort made to address themes and controversies (violence, gender) got a kudos from JBot and myself. Seeing some of our favourite toys from when we were kids (Jem!!!) in the collection was pretty amazing.
It’s amazing how often we hear sayings like, “Kids these days…” or “When I was young…”. I can hardly go a few days without someone from my generation or later bemoaning our kids’ generation, calling them lazy for not doing all of their chores with a smile, whining that they aren’t as smart as them since they need calculators, and so forth. But is that true? Is every new generation getting progressively worse?
No, absolutely not. The below comic from XKCD shows how, for two hundred years, we’ve been complaining that some new technology or invention is destroying our ability to interact with others.