New Blog Address

Since we just changed the name of the school, I am working on changing our blog address too. Today our content is shifting from the this blog address to the new one. As with anything, who knows what will happen! Hopefully all our readers and followers will be transferred too.

New address: http://www.wakeacademy.wordpress.comwake+gifted+04

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Board Game for Beginner Programmers!

robot turtles

I hope I am not losing readers by now with all my game recommendations. But I am really enjoying looking at all the games and ideas that parents have told me about the past week. I especially love that this one was on Kickstarter.  The parent reviews are high and it looks fantastic for any young child that has the mind or desire for programming or coding. Reading through some of the reviews it does seem like a game for preschool to younger elementary age gifted children.

How cool does this look?

The other day a parent (thanks Alissa) told me about this toy. I am definitely going to get it for my son for the holidays- so we haven’t officially tested it. However, it has high reviews and seems that kids as young as 5 can figure out how to build circuits.

snap circuits

Here is the definition from Amazon.com

Create Working Electronic Circuits
Snap Circuits comes with over 30 pieces to create 101 different electronic projects. The pieces, which include snap wires, slide switches, an alarm circuit, a music integrated circuit, and a speaker, snap together easily on the included plastic grid–no soldering required. Each piece is numbered and color-coded to make identifying them easy. These components combine to create working circuit boards just like the ones found inside televisions, radios, and other electronic devices.

Simple, Fun Projects Let Kids Learn While They Play
With its easy-to-follow instructions, Snap Circuits gives your child a hands-on education in how electrical circuits work to run the everyday devices that they’re familiar with. They’ll also gain valuable lessons in building and in following instructions. The project manual includes large color illustrations and simple directions for each project.

The projects include a sound-activated switch, a musical doorbell, a voice-controlled lamp, a flying saucer, and a light police siren. With these projects, children will experiment with things like electric switches, integrated circuits, digital circuits, fuses, and the transformation of circuit sounds into other sounds.

Grow as You Go
Because the projects are arranged in order of complexity, kids can build on their skills as they progress through the manual. The lessons start out with a simple electric light and switch project that demonstrates how electricity is turned on and off with a switch. Further along, kids can put together a two-speed fan, create clap-controlled sounds, and more.

Design Your Own Circuits and Upgrade Your Kit
Once children have mastered several of the techniques introduced in this kit, they can use the components to experiment and create their own customized circuits and electronic devices. The Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100 can also be upgraded to the Snap Circuits SC-300, Snap Circuits Pro, or Snap Circuits Extreme with the purchase of a UC-30, UC-40, UC-60 upgrade kits, respectively. Kids will enjoy additional parts, manuals, and projects that’ll take their kit–and their fun–to the next level.

Help me! Tablet Recommendations for Kids!

What?! It is November?! The holidays are right around the corner. I always feel a little stressed trying to balance how much money we spend and getting quality toys.  This year we are trying to decide on whether to get a tablet or not for my oldest.  I have to say I was very intrigued the other day when this popped up when I logged into Amazon:

tablet for academically gifted

Yes- I did watch the product tour and of course wanted to buy it right away. The fact that it is guaranteed for 2 years is amazing for a parent. But I wanted to do some homework comparing tablets. The difficult part of researching is determining if the website has been endorsed by specific products and is biased.

I need some help from fellow parents… any recommendations? 

Here are a few links to 2 other websites that compare tablets for kids:

http://www.tabletpccomparison.net/tablets-for-kids

Top tablets for kids: Your essential guide

It’s official: You’re buying a tablet for the kids. Since you’ve done all your homework with parts one and two of this Kids and Tablets series, you know what’s in store for you when you turn your young ones

Check out this story on USATODAY.com: http://usat.ly/1jhieVj