Big Learning News 5-11-04
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More Paper Model Making
Wondering where to find cool paper-model patterns for your more accomplished model makers? Where else but on a motorcycle company's web site? There are models of Yamaha Motor products, but you'll also find rare animals of Japan and from around the world, plus odds and ends like a little Halloween scene with pumpkins and a witch. The instructions are complex but detailed, with photographs at each step that show what the model should look like so far.
Einstein Never Used Flash Cards: How Our Children REALLY Learn - And Why They Need to Play More and Memorize Less by Kathy Hirsch-Pasek and Roberta Michnick Golinkoff with Diane Eyer (Rodale, 2003). Adult.
Wow, that's a title I can get behind. Many parents instinctively like to see their kids play, but wonder if they can afford the "luxury." Einstein Never Used Flash Cards debunks a lot of overblown scientific reports that have been used to sell "educational" programs and toys. See if any of these revelations surprise you.
There now, don't you feel better? The authors go on to explain why, and how we know that:
These are powerful ideas that you can use to support your kids' development without making them into nervous wrecks. The authors give you the intellectual ammo you need to feel good about letting your children play dress-up games instead of going to soccer-for-tots, or for that matter letting them lie on the couch appearing to do nothing at all.
Einstein Never Used Flash Cards is less successful in its "Bringing the Lessons Home" sections that try to tell you how to use a particular idea or finding to support your child's development. They ring a little false; after spending so much time telling us how complex and wondrous learning is, we're supposed to try asking our child to imagine what an ant sees in the grass?
Although much of the book addresses early childhood learning, most of the ideas extrapolate well to later learning. You'll even find yourself thinking differently about your own learning.
Helen Keller Kids' Museum Online
Helen Keller's book, The Story of My Life
The book has the entire text of Keller's autobiography, complete with photos. The account she gives is riveting - I was especially surprised by her memories of the time before she learned to communicate.
If you don't like reading online, you'll be happy to hear that The Story of My Life is not very long, making online reading or printing quite doable.