games

Minecraft

My son loves building Lego’s and he can’t get enough of video games. Well, he has started to play a PC game called Minecraft, which combines both of these favorite activities. Minecraft is a seemingly simple game. But the possibilities of what a player can accomplish are endless, which is why this game can be so addictive and at such a great deal.  Minecraft

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Indoor Energy Burners

It’s raining almost every afternoon here.  It’s the season. It makes it very hard to help my two children get all the physical activity they require to be happy and be able to fall sleep at a decent hour. They need to bounce, climb, jump, roll and run. Following are some fun ideas to help children burn off energy indoors. -Mini trampoline in front

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PC Game Programming

Recently my son became interested in PC game programming.  He was playing Spores on the PC with a friend and they were discussing the ways they could ‘mod’ a game. Mod is short for modify.  I began research to find a good book, software or package for him. There is a lot out there, even free. First,  I  looked at Kidcoder from http://www.homeschoolprogramming.com/. There

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Predator Proof Your Children

As he gets older my son asks for more and more freedom.  Most recently, to go riding his bike alone around the block, sleeping over a friend’s house and playing multi-player games online with virtual strangers. We have discussed stranger danger in the past, but I think it’s time for a refresher. Not just for him, but for me. I feel completely ill prepared

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Old Photos Tell the Story

When they came up with the term visual learner, they could have molded it from my son. He has to see it to believe it, know it, and understand it. All our learning has to be punctuated by something visual before we can go into the doing. Encyclopedias, the internet and old history books, all with their plethora of photos, illustrations, graphs etc, help

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Reconnect With Your Family

This month has been horribly hectic!  It feels as though I have not stopped to breathe much less connect with my family. Yesterday, as I drove home from the last errand, I caught sight of my son in the rearview mirror, looking a little lost, and a bot forlorn. I realized in the chaos of the day, week, month, I had neglected to make

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La Chivichana – New Word from a New Culture

My son was fortunate to spend a little over two weeks in Cuba with his father this summer. When he came back, darker, leaner but not thin, and much wiser, he could not suppress the joy and wonder of his experience. They traveled and enjoyed the natural springs, lakes, cliff diving, city sights and beautiful beaches.  Where they stayed, my son player street soccer

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Beyblades

My son is obsessed! Obsessed with Beyblades! I hear the spinning sound in my sleep. But, I don’t mind. This hobby has plenty of benefits, the least of which is it keeps him busy for hours. Beyblades is a Japanese manga series which focuses on these kids who battle each other using highly powerful spinning tops called “Beyblades”. The toy line incorporates the Beyblades

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Improvisation

Child’s play is creative improvisation. I watch my son play in repetitive themes-aliens versus humans, cop and robber, etc all the time. The common denominator? improvisation. Every single time, my son creates new characters, dialogue, stories for the same games, making them unique and special every time. Play then helps our children understand on a personal level ideas and concepts. For example, A child

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Being Productive

As a parent, sometimes I feel negligent of my child because I don’t enroll him in at least one activity after school. Most of my son’s friends spend every afternoon at one or two activities. Even as they are actively engaged, I have heard these children utter the words that make parents cringe: I’m bored! As parents, we are obsessed with having children that

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