Mini Scientist In the Garden

Lisa Burke’s book is a very good way to keep the kids entertained and learning at the same time, if you have a garden. Maybe not great for winter, but it’s only 2 months to Spring! YEAY!!!!

It features great experiments with seeds, compost, rain, paper. It combines crafts with gardening. Ideal for the little ones that like the outdoor life.
I would say is for 4 years-old onwards.

You can find it in here

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Leap Reader – LeapFrog

I can’t recommend enough the Leap Reader from LeapFrog. I love books and I think the feel of paper is amazing but this object it is fantastic (I still can’t figure it out how it works). I combines perfectly the idea of books and technology. My son, who is 4, spends hours listening and reading.
Basically the pen reads the words and letter for you and they can practising writing as well the letter in the books. There are books in English and Spanish which is great, you download the software in the pen, depending the book you bought, and that’s it. Ready to enjoy.
If you kids love reading, this is a great gift. You can find it on Amazon, or Ebay or Early Centre UK.

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Potty training books

Potty training is really hard. It took a long time for my son to really “click”. I bought these 2 books that really helped. One is called Pirate Pete’s Potty, and it features a button that triggers an applause sound to encourage the child to use the potty. Another book I used was “Boys Potty Time”, that came with stickers which you can give your child for effort, successful or otherwise! Every kid is different and for some its easier than for others but these tools definitely helped with my son’s learning. What method was useful for you?

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Emilio in Meme Tales

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We have excellent news!
You can read Emilio for free this week in the app MemeTales, Children’s Stories and Picture Books for Children.
The app is free and you can download it from the Apple Store
The app has a lot of books for children in different languages, and they feature free books every week. The main feature of MemeTales is that, as you scroll through the pages, you have the option of hearing an audio version of the text. So your children can enjoy the books themselves.

We are so pleased to be part of this amazing library. You can find Emilio in English and Emilio in Spanish

You can create your own library and there is a lot of stuff for parents and children in the websit including activities, craft and learning materials.

The Science Museum – London

The winter is coming very soon, and again we have the question of what to do with the children in wet, cold weather in England. Well, the Science Museum is a great option. First of all, its free, which is very important these days. They have a basement which has lovely activities for children from aged from 3 to 6 years, where they can play with water, sound and lights – its fantastic. On the 3rd floor you have an area known as the Launchpad, which also has a lot of activities for little ones and older kids. They are educational and help kids learn about maths, physics, chemistry and materials.
I really love this museum, my son is 3 and he loves it too. It has all the facilties for families and small children, so you can as well buy lunch there or bring your own lunch and eat it in the basement.

For more info http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk

Documentary about education- “La educación prohibida” documental sobre educación

I saw an Argentinian documentary 3 days ago which made me think. Is the school system really working? Why, if people and children and families are changing, don’t they do anything with the educational system in Latin America? How is it possible that we still use the same regime as in 1930? This documentary covers all the questions and tries to answer them.
It’s currently available only in Spanish, but I’m sure they will add subtitles very soon. In the meantime if you know Spanish, take the time to see this and think about what kind of education we want to give our children today.
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Este documental está dando vueltas desde la semana pasada, me tomé 2 horas y media para mirarlo y creo que realmente me dejó pensando cosas fundamentales. ¿El sistema educativo latinoamericano funciona? ¿cómo puede ser que si las familias, y los niños cambiaron, no hacen nada para cambiar el sistema educativo? ¿cómo es posible que tengamos el mismo sistema y programa que en 1930?
Este documental cubre todas estas preguntas y más. Está en español y aún no le han puesto subtítulos a otros idiomas, pero están en proceso. Si sos padre, o maestro o ambos o solo estás interesado, recomiendo se tomen el tiempo para reflexionar sobre lo que plantea este documental para poder repensar de que forma queremos educar a nuestros hijos hoy.