There are so many resources for assisting parents in the education of their children available today that it’s hard to choose the best ones. Keep in mind that children are different and select them accordingly. Here is a list of books I bought and I use to play/teach my son.
I do not plan a specific time for these activities. Instead, I try as much as I can to address them on-the-go; Sometimes I am initiating such learning moments but generally, I wait for the best time to start a science experiment or to connect math with something we encounter in the daily life.
Observe your child’s mood and approach him naturally otherwise you risk to provoke an unwanted rejection. The main goal is to ignite his curiosity and to make him understand that all things are connected and, more important, the knowledge he is getting at school will help him dealing with the world around.
In the right column you can see some of the books I am using in my sons education.As a general rule,I have purchased and used all the books and software programs I am recommending in this LINKS page.
The following programs are not directly related with aviation. However,I have decided to link them here because they are highly educative and they fit in the concept of project based education and interdisciplinary learning.Also these educational games and simulators are a great tool for you,as a parent,to assist your child in the discovery of new field of knowledge and to approach them in a nonformal way .This can be an excellent complement to the standard academical curriculum followed in schools.
I strongly recommend you to download the free book (pdf format) “The Great Logo Adventure” written by Jim Muller. The author has had a lifelong interest in translating high technology into understandable, practical, and enjoyable applications — especially for young people. He began working with Logo in 1979 while public relations manager for Texas Instruments Incorporated. The book is written in a very “kids friendly” format and it might spark your children interest for programming and math.
MSWLogo is based on the Turtle Geometry that was added to Logo by Seymour Papert in the late 1960s.Using a small turtle (actually a triangle on the screen) the students are introduced to different mathematical notions in a very intuitive and exciting way. Papert has been widely known for focusing on the impact of new technologies on learning in general and in schools as learning organizations in particular.Whilst working at MIT he used Jean Piaget work to create Logo as a tool to improve the way that children and solve the problems. For more information about Seymour Paper work I will recommend his book” Mindstorms: Children, Computers and Powerful Ideas”.
Logo programming language was initially used by Lego Company in the development of their Lego Mindstorm robotic kit.
The springs are then connected to a muscle wave that makes the springs expand and contract rhythmically. With careful design of the springs you can make your structure move across the screen.
There is a Soda Constructor zoo, where users can share the creatures they have made.
To successfully build a structure, builders must understand the concepts of centre of gravity and cross-bracing. These concepts can be discovered by trial and error.
Students can experiment with existing creatures from the zoo or built in library and explore the effects of adjusting gravity, friction and spring strength.
In addition to the SodaZoo, there is a SodaRace competition, which consists of an online olympics competition.
To use this program just follow the link.You do not have to download anything.
The intersections between origami, mathematics, and science occur at many levels and include many fields of the latter. I have discovered that origami can be a very useful tool in showing kids how math is connected with real life. You can start by folding paper planes and learn about symmetry, center of gravity, kinetic energy and forces of the wind on the airplane. If you want to go further, you can create complex shapes.
Check Robert Lang’s web page for some amazing projects and information about the applications of origami in life and technology.You will also find here some links to other sites where the mathematical aspects of origamy is explained in detail.
Most of the science projects presented in this site have short videos.I have a lot of fun with my son during their production and I too the chance to introduce some basic notions about editing a movie.
Links to Web Sites
This is the credo of the FutureLab,an extraordinary non-profit organization based in Great Britain.You will find in their web site many projects,links and ideas regarding a new approach in children education.
WARNING! This site creates addiction! I just could not stop reading the information provided there and trying different programs form their PROJECTS page.Get a large cup of coffee and take your time to explore this amazing resource.I guarantee you won't regretted!
Helping Your Child Learn Math is for parents of children in kindergarten through fifth grade. It has been revised to include a variety of activities that will help children learn and apply mathematical concepts such as geometry, algebra, measurement, statistics, and probability in a useful and fun way. All of the activities relate math to everyday life and complement many of the math lessons that children are learning in school. These fun activities use materials that are easy to find. They can be done in the home, at the grocery store, while traveling, or just for the fun of it.
Bob Web started at the age of nineteen, during the Korean War, as a machinist in the Marine Corps. Later, he worked to the Panama Canal Zone where he learned five computer languages and became supervisor of the computer department.
Here is one excerpt from his My Story web page: “Unknowingly, I was learning the art of learning how-to-learn — self-education — a technique that would follow me the rest of my life, a technique that would bring me success and make my wildest dreams come true.”
RC Airplanes Simplified - Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned professional in the world of RC airplanes, this site is what you are looking for!
Moore Homeschooling - Preparing Parents for Successful Children Practical homeschooling books and informative articles that cover every aspect of raising happy, healthy children. These books prepare both parent's and teacher's for successful children.
As the title of this web site says, this is a "view from the trenches".A mother of three girls shares with you her experience in homeschooling:how to get started,curriculum info and socialization aspects in this form of education.