Follow the seasons and an immigrant family in “This is our house”

This is our house

This Is Our House

Hyewon Yum

Follows a family through seasons and generations as the house to which their immigrant grandparents came is transformed into a home. => http://bit.ly/11HieIB

Again, again! That is the best way to learn to read

Pushy parents who spend a small fortune lavishing books on their young children in the hope of giving them a head start before primary school may be wasting their time and money, according to experts.

In reality, as every child knows, the business of helping pre-school children learn their first words is surprisingly simple – repetition and familiarity. A favourite book read over and over again trumps the mini-library of children’s books found in some British households. As the saying goes, less is more. => http://ind.pn/ZCbyYh

This blog is moving

Yes this blog is moving … to be closer to the web pages of Pivotal Kids.

It will probably take about a month to transfer completely.

In the meantime, you are very welcome to visit at http://bit.ly/Y3Hbhl

Sere you there.

Exploring the Food Group: Grains and starches

Besides the wonderful aromas, flavors, and textures that food has, each food group provides varying amounts of diverse nutrients. Each one of the five food groups supplies some, but not all, of the nutrients you need for good health. For this reason, it’s key that you eat from each food group every day.

Bread, Cereal, Rice, and Pasta Group
The base of the Food Guide Pyramid includes all foods made from grains. These foods should form the base of a nutritious diet. Foods in the bread, cereal, rice, and pasta group–or the starch group–are rich in complex carbohydrates (or starches). Complex carbohydrates are an excellent source of energy. They are low in fat and cholesterol and are your body’s main source of energy.

=> http://bit.ly/c1iHEA

“Peter Rabbit” for iPad Delivers Interactive Twist to Classic Tale

Thanks to rapid developments in consumer technology — namely, large-format touchscreen devices like the iPad, and soon, Android, BlackBerry 6 and Windows 7-based tablets — the definition of the e-book is quickly evolving. Soon, the word “e-book” will no longer connote dull, text-only transcriptions of popular print books on clunky e-readers, but richly colored, animated and interactive multimedia experiences that will leave their print counterparts looking lifeless in comparison.

The e-book medium broke new ground late last week when a little-known team of former video game developers in Vancouver, known as Loud Crow Interactive, released their first book for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, PopOut! The Tale of Peter Rabbit.

What makes Loud Crow’s version of Peter Rabbit so remarkable is the care and ingenuity with which the company has adapted the classic Beatrix Potter tale to the touchscreen medium.

http://on.mash.to/b1vgSK

Shaun Tan’s “Lost thing” now on DVD

In a world of rivets and drabness, a boy befriends a fantastical red creature that appears to be totally lost: based on the writer-director Tan’s prize-winning children’s book.

Here is a trailer to tempt you …

Directed by Shaun Tan. This film is part of the Sydney Film Festival. June 2-14 2010. www.sff.org.au

About the DVD

The Lost Thing
A boy discovers a bizarre looking creature while out collecting bottle tops at the beach. Having guessed it is lost, he tries to find its owner or where it belongs, but is met with mute indifference from everyone else, who barely notice its presence, each unwilling to entertain this interruption to their daily lives. For reasons he does not explain, the boy empathises with the creature, and sets out to find a ‘place’ for it.

DVD Extras include: Deleted scenes, pre-production artwork, notes and commentaries, mini-features on animation development, plus an extensive interview. The package also includes a 48-page field guide, ‘What Miscellaneous Abnormality Is That?’, a rare publication from the mysterious Federal Department of Odds. At last you will be able to correctly identify a lost thing when you see one. Check here for more details.

Remember the book?

A kid finds a lost ‘thing’ on the beach where he’s scavenging for his bottle top collection. The thing is a large, freakish creature but no one except the kid really notices it, it’s simply not part of their familiar day-to-day reality.

Buy the book here => http://bit.ly/aDgXuY

You can download
Teachers Notes
Resource Sheet: Imagination: The Lost Thing
Discussion module
Language Stimulation Guide

Do school libraries need books?

Annie Kidder, Paul Kay and Diane Maliszewski discuss the evolution of the school library and whether or not computers are slowly replacing books.

Are teens just a bunch of selfish slackers?

Teens are no more egotistical than previous generations, new research shows, despite previous studies that described today’s youth as self-centered and antisocial.

In a scientific analysis of nearly a half-million high-school seniors spread over three decades, Michigan State University psychology Brent Donnellan and Kali Trzesniewski of the University of Western Ontario argue teens today are just as happy and satisfied as their parents’ generation. The study appears in the journal Perspectives on Psychological Science.

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