Holy Smokes!

This post has a lot of links! Alright I just wrote close to a 4500 word post without even realizing it. I don’t even want to try reading that right now. I have a pile of laundry and a mess of a house that I am escaping from, but I must go face…later :-) Instead of posting my long winded rant I will post this one. Everyone needs to see my musical pirate sock monkey anyway. I discovered an awesome interactive book app for the iPad that the kids love and I wanted to share it. I always plug new creative ways to add to our school curriculum. I watched this Shilo Shiv Suleman: Using tech to enable dreaming on TED the other day and thought it was great. We bought the app the next day. Here is the trailer for the app Khoya. The kids got so excited. They love the story even Daniel will sit through it and ask questions. He has hard time sitting and listening to stories unless they are short and to the point. It really gets their imaginations going. As I read it I connected other stories we have read, and movies to the tale. There are parallels between myths, the Bible stories they know, Lord of The Rings, and Star Wars.

Personally I love the story too.

The first chapter unfolds a creation story and I used that to talk about how different cultures have their own creation stories. I also reminded them of the Greek and Roman myths we had been reading. As well as talking about the Big Bang and what they thought about science, God, and myths. They have such awesome ways of thinking about the world and connecting all of these things together. They are really into Through the Wormhole  on the Science Channel and Wonders of The Universe  . They thought that the illustrations in Khoya looked as cool as space! Hee hee Fabulous. The story so far reminds me of a mix between myths, Anthem (Ayn Rand) and paralleling themes as in The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand) Gattaca, and Lord of the Rings. It is just a mixed bag of fun and fantasy. We are only on Chapter 4. The illustrations are beautiful.

I love having all of this for school!!!

Now that I think of it the book may have similar themes as Harry Potter and other fantasy books like that, but I have not read them so I do not know. Oh, I just read in the description of the app it says that it has a Harry Potter feel. Ha ha Since I am on the topic of books I thought I would share some of them that I am in the process of reading, still reading, rereading, and getting ready to read. I am still reading Daniel Tammet’s book Embracing the Wide Sky I wrote about that here. (Video links included) I had to put it down several times because it just gets me thinking too much. I want to go off on tangents and research a whole bunch of things. So I have to read it in small doses. I am rereading this one Introducing Fractals: A Graphic Guide. Love, love, love. I just started reading The Curiosity Cycle by Jonathan Mugan Very Interesting.


Here is an article that was pretty cool about it. Want to Prepare Your Kids for the Singularity? Read Jonathan Mugan’s The Curiosity Cycle (Singularity Hub is cool too.)

Welcome to Your Child’s Brain: How the Mind Grows from Conception to College

by Sandra, Ph.D. Aamodt, Sam, Ph.D. Wang and Ellen Galinsky

I am all about brains! Lol!

Little Big Minds by Marietta McCarty

And minds! Ha ha ha

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender

And sometimes cake when I get the sweet tooth, but I am always in the mood to bake one!

I love Aimee Bender’s writing and her website.

Asperger Syndrome in the Family Redefining Normal: Redefining Normal by Liane Holliday Willey

YES!! I skim through this book I have to pick chapters to read when I am in the right frame of mind otherwise it makes me want to write a whole bunch.


Ok, that is all I am up to. I have some photos I will share. Pirate Sock Monkey, Pikachu Invasion, Lego Mess Before/After, Clouds Division, Hex Bugs Yea!, I can’t remember the rest. :-)

P.S. I love March! It’s my favorite month. (My second favorite is April it always has been. I like the way the letters look together.)

Which reminds me of April March – Mon Petit Ami


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4 thoughts on “Holy Smokes!

  1. Alienhippy

    Hello my lovely Angel,
    You have had a fun day today haven’t you!?
    I love all the stuff you find, you make school so much fun.
    I haven’t clicked on all the links, just a few.
    April March – Mon Petit Ami…it made me giggle.
    Love the photos, especially the clouds.
    I love you so much.
    Lees. xxx :) xxx

  2. Angel Post author

    Hi Leesy!

    I am a hyper mess today! I got the giggles too. I have no idea what that song is about all I know is that the title translates to “My Boyfriend.” I like the way it sounds, and her voice and sound together reflects the feeling of my giddiness right now. doopy-doo!

    I have so much with school I am pretty sure I have more fun than the kids do. Lol!

    I love you too!!

  3. Lori Degtiarev

    Cool! I love books! It’s wonderful to have personal reccomendations. I will probably pick up Liane’s book right away. I’ve had it on my wishlist forever! :)

    Happy,hyper day!

  4. Angel Post author

    Yea! Another book lover! Liane’s book is very good and packed with such great and helpful information. Her book “Pretending to be Normal” was one of the first ones I read that gave me some clarity into my brain.

    Happy Sunday!! :-)

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