Sunday, November 28, 2010
I wrote the text on the cards and she drew pictures on them. She decided to draw "bad things on bad cards" (dragons and angry dogs) and "nice things on nice cards" (rainbows). The two cards with pictures I show in this post have pictures drawn jointly by me and her: the first card has a dog and two-headed dragon (I did the dragon and she added six eyes on his body); on the second card, I drew the kite on the right and Avril added everything else. At the end I added a balloon showing that the girl is thinking about a heart.
We played the game twice and really loved it.
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed by Mo Willems is one of my 4 year-old daughter's favorite books. I also really like it and I picked it as the book to read to children in her classroom as "community reader" last week. The book is witty and smart and a joy to read both by children and adults.
But I would also like to point out that naked mole rats are fascinating animals. If, like me, you haven't heard of them, check out one of many articles about them on the web (e.g., this one on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
This will be a great change for students in California. California's cutoff dates are very late. You can see cutoffs dates for all states do here: http://users.stargate.net/~
There is also an interesting paper available here: http://www.ppic.org/main/
This topic is related to issues of Kindergarten readiness but goes well beyond them. I hope that this legislation will pass.
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
This article in NY Times is fascinating. I agree that children who grow up with today's technology will have a different understanding of the world and a different set of expectations than their parents and indeed than people just 10 years older then them.
But the exact effects are very hard to predict. And there's enough research to prove contradicting things. For instance I read a Newsweek article (http://www.newsweek.com/id/
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Since recently Avril has been interested in cheese, our game is about making cheese. Read my earlier post to learn how to actually make cheese at home with a child (the board game includes the recipe followed by us).
Avril has played a few board games (Candyland, Chutes and Ladders, The Ladybug Game and others), so she was quite familiar with the idea. We started with a simple sheet of paper to sketch the game. After 15 minutes or so, we ended up with this sketch:
Going from the sketch to a somewhat nicer version that can be downloaded here was somewhat tedious (it took me over 4 hours), so I did it myself but next time I will try to involve Avril in that part too. There are a lot of sources of public domain images online (for instance PDClipart and WPClipart). And you shouldn't have problems finding computer software for editing images (you should pick software you're already familiar with).