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#58: Replay, by Ken Grimwood This novel has a simple premise: What if you died as a 40-something adult and came back to life 25 years before, as a college freshman, but retaining all the knowledge you had before you died? You have your life to "do over" -- what do you do? Can you change the future, or just make money off your knowledge of what is to come? I didn't realize the book was written in 1988 until I was most of the way through. Doesn't matter though. Great...
I don't know anything about CA standards, but there's a new-ish series on public TV called Sid the Science Kid. Sid is in a lower grade, like 1st grade maybe? and they learn about the scientific method, graphs, recording observations, etc. It's pretty cool and Muppet-y.
Hullaballoo is really fun! and it's not that noisy - at least the one we have is not. It's just the sound of a guy telling you where to step next, and some cheesy but catching music in the background. Last year I got some of my nieces and nephews these "carpet sliders" - shoes you could slide across the carpet in. They were a big hit, I guess - I never saw them because they were shipped direct.
I also say "people are different" a lot. Not just with regard to looks, but that does get some play. And we talk about how some foods give you energy and make you strong, and other foods don't do that as much. Not that some foods make you fat and others don't. The focus is on being strong and healthy and how good that makes us feel. We have ice cream in the house quite frequently and sometimes my kids have it for breakfast. With something a little more healthful...
My kids got some as a gift. As PPs have said, they love it and their parents get annoyed by having to clean up sand. It *is* fun to play with, though. Play foam didn't hold their attention, and play doh is fun but they like moon sand just as much as play doh.
It might be significant that he is an older sibling. People make a big deal out of the first few months after a new baby is born, but the consequences reverberate for at least a couple of years, I think. The older sib can have a difficult time adjusting, especially when the baby starts crawling, walking, getting into stuff, and everyone forgets that older sib is *just* 3 years old - they seem so old compared with the baby. Now that my younger DD is 3, I am amazed at how...
What do you consider "wasting the day away?" They are 4 and 2...they should not be expected to be "productive." A play kitchen (you can make one out of a cardboard box) and a box of dolls have gone a long way in this house...our kids will play with those things for a long time. Ditto watercolor paints, stringing beads on pipe cleaners, play doh, and cornstarch mixed with water (it makes this amazing goopy stuff - really fun to play with and easy to clean up).... The...
#57: 21: Bringing Down the House, by Ben Mezrich Non-fiction, about teams from MIT that go to casinos and count cards and make lots of money. Fascinating, and mostly well written - a definite page turner. However, the chapters where the author talks about himself and where he goes to get some of the interviews in the book were BAD. No self-respecting non-fiction author puts himself in the middle of the action like that. It took away from the story - the author seemed to...
Quote: Originally Posted by Jenifer76 I am aware of his stance and his past. He says as much in his book. That's why I read it. Um, okay. Sorry!
Keep the used flossers and make art out of them.
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