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.)
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.
Which reminds me of April March – Mon Petit Ami