Sunday, August 19, 2007

MathMovesU Scholarship

I am proud to report that my younger son is one of the MathMovesU scholarship winners. He would not show me his application essay, but he told me that it is about applying video games and fun into math learnings. I am glad that he creatively combines things he loves together.

The $1000 scholarship is sponsored by Raytheon and given out 3 times a year for middle school and high school students. His school will also receive a matching award.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Fun Things for Kids

I recently became a fan of the CNBC TV Show, The Big Idea by Donny Deutsch. In the show, Deutsch interviews entrepreneurs who successfully achieved their American dreams by running their own businesses. I learned about two products for kids from today's show.

The first one is a music series called KIDZ BOP, started by two former lawyers who are also daddies. The series is designed for kids who are too old for Barney but too young for Britney Spear. The music videos feature tweens and teens singing clean popular pop songs that the whole family can enjoy together.

The second one is called Graffeeti -- shoes which can be written, painted and drawn on. The idea promotes individualism, imagination and creativity. Too bad my kids are too old now, otherwise, I can see myself writing on their shoes :).

I think both products are very cool. Welcome to check them out!

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

"Baby Einstein" No More!

Yesterday, I learned about a new research findings claiming that "Baby Einstein" videos may actually impede babies' language development. It is important to discuss the findings. They are done by the researchers at University of Washington and Seattle's Children's Hospital. Both are highly reputable research institutes.

They found that every hour infants 8-16 months old spent watching such programs, they understood an average of 6 to 8 fewer words than other infants who were not exposed to the videos. The videos had no positive or negative effect on the vocabularies of toddlers 17 to 24 months of age.

I wrote in this blog back in September 2005 that people can rent "Baby Einstein" series from Netflix. Now I think parents should just rent movies for themselves :)