Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Saturday, June 30, 2012
What is the point of having a nice big tablet screen if that can't Pin some of those great pictures you find? Pinterest doesn`t have an Android app yet and none of browsers will let you install a pin it bookmarklet.
If, l like me, you don't mind a bit of hacking to get the functionality you like, just follow these directions:
1. Select all of all of the following text and then copy it:
2. Go browse, wander, and click through links to your heart`s content until you find some pin worthy content.
3. Reveal the browser`s address bar. Select all of the characters in the address bar and just paste the code you selected above.
4. Press 'go.'*
It's a bit of a pain in the ass and you can`t use the copy & paste clipboard while your`re browsing, but it does allow me to pin while using my Android tablet and it will suffice until something better comes along.
*This works for me using an Asus TF300T with Android ice cream sandwich installed from the factory with the Google chrome browser. Does it work with your system?
Monday, June 18, 2012
Saturday, February 18, 2012
- Learning can happen in all aspects of your life. Kids should not think of it as something that should only, or can only, happen in school.
- What are the chances your child will find their passion or career in the classes taught in school? Even though math is needed for great technology careers, they figure out their favorite thing to do is program a computer or phone in math class.
- People teach differently and from different perspectives. Sometimes a kid needs to see material presented in more than one way in order to understand it.
- We prioritize what we value. If we actively make time for work, eating properly, hobbies, and learning it's because we actively want to accomplish those things.
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
- School is boring and they spend waaaay too much time learning the same thing (she's pretty bright, so catches on quickly).
- She wants to be finished her work early and have more time to spend on her own projects (like writing short stories).
- She is sick of the moody and pervy (her word--but not in a gross way, more like mischevious) boys
- She doesn't feel like she can really talk with her favorite friends at school because they can be boring, are too much of followers, don't often get her sense of humor, and can be slow to catch on.
- The school rules are very much about obedience and don't make sense to her. Examples: even though her math teach has the current textbook page projected on the smart board for everyone to see, she still insists that each student turn to the same page in the book on their desk. The aids are very gruff and commanding in their rule enforcement and she doesn't understand the need for some of the rules or why they enforce rules arbitrarily.
Monday, January 23, 2012
From the Math is Fun event listing:
You can register at this link
Sunday, January 22, 2012
The snow on Saturday was pretty easy for me, a work-at-home mom who didn't have to go out until the late afternoon. Our new plow guy rules. Not only did he plow and sand, his son shoveled the snow from behind our cars and even moved our trash cans out of the giant snow pile. Very impressive!
My four year old can put on his own gloves (mostly) and even put on his own snow pants (mostly).
Accomplishments he notices but that I celebrate silently. He is getting bigger and bigger.
When my first child was little, I adored every new skill she demonstrated and mourned at the same time. I felt like I was always going to miss the gurgling smiles or baby talk words. Every advance was tinged with the loss of the adorable baby-ness that I so loved. Then it was the loss of the adorable toddler-ness, and on and on.
I remember speaking with a friend whose child was already a teenager. I was telling her how much I will miss all of the cuteness. "I just love how wonderful this age is," I said.
She replied, "All of it is wonderful. Every age brings something amazing."
And it is right. Now that my oldest daughter is 12, I can say that seeing her come into her own skin as a young lady is just as gratifying as cuddling her when she was just learning to speak. And as my son learns to be self-sufficient, I celebrate his independence and look forward to fully enjoying, with no sadness, each of his phases of development.
Friday, January 20, 2012
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Bouyancy and Forces Science Demonstration: Floating Corn Kernels with Kitchen Basics (Optional Experiment Included in the End)
- A clear, tall container—I used a 1 quart Mason jar
- 3 cups of water
- ¼ to 1/3 cup of baking soda
- 1/8 to ¼ cup of unpopped popcorn kernels
- ½ to 1 cup of white vinegar
- Mix baking soda and vinegar in the clear container
- Add corn kernels
- Pour in vinegar (Over or near a sink! It may foam over the top.)—it may need a little stir
For those who just can't get enough, ask why the bubbles appear on the kernel (and wall of the container) at all. (Bubbles like to form on tiny, sharper places, nucleation sites.) They can try to estimate how many bubbles it takes to get the kernel to move up.
Monday, January 16, 2012
Wednesday, January 04, 2012
I don't know what he was thinking. Although I am with my 12 year old, 10 year old and four year old all of the time, I am sure it must be intense for someone not used to it.
Yet he did take them and they had a great weekend. They spent a good deal of time playing outside because of the unseasonal warmth. The four year old, who is notoriously difficult to get to sleep, went to bed well all weekend--as long as he was sleeping with both of his sisters.
Now all of the kids are back home and we are resuming our usual routines with a little extra oomph because of my New Year's resolution to keep the house cleaner.
And that resolution has already hit a huge snag. I was prepared for my 12 year old to be truculent and derail our efforts.
The lovely, relaxing weekend I enjoyed while the kids were at my father's house has left me with a potty training regression.
Instead of just reminding the kids to pick up after themselves and establishing new chore charts, I'm cleaning furniture and giving baths four times a day. It is difficult to embark on new routines when I have to clean up emergencies frequently.
So I am back to setting timers every