Monday, April 26, 2010

Flash games for young kids based on books by Mo Willems

For Mo Willems fans (like my 4 year-old daughter), these games are great. She especially liked the "Hot Dog Dress Up" but we also spent some time playing "Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed" and "Elephant and Piggie Dance".

in reference to: Pigeon Presents (view on Google Sidewiki)

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed

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/Naked_mole_rat). As a teaser, let me say that this one of only two species of mammals that are eusocial, i.e., their society is organized similar to ants and other social insects.

in reference to: Amazon.com: Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed (9781423114376): Mo Willems: Books (view on Google Sidewiki)

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Bill to change California's minimum school age

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/~cokids/kindergarten_cut-off_dates.htm
There is also an interesting paper available here: http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=825
This topic is related to issues of Kindergarten readiness but goes well beyond them. I hope that this legislation will pass.

in reference to: California Chronicle | Simitian Introduces Kindergarten Readiness Bill (view on Google Sidewiki)