Armchair Travel With Lonely Planet Kids’ ‘Adventures Around the Globe’

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Exposure to other cultures, languages, geography, and ways of life is vital for our kids to learn that they aren’t alone in this world. They inhabit our planet along with billions of others, most of whom don’t share a common language, diet, or sense of fashion. Lonely Planet Kids continues to put out enjoyable books for kids to broaden their horizons. Continue reading

Insight, Energy, Crickets, And the Science of the Snooze Button

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Are the offsprings’ brains better off setting the alarm for 6:00am and hitting snooze for a blissful half an hour, or setting the alarm for 6:34am and sledding to breakfast on a piece of greased cardboard? The answer has to do with crickets… and brain waves… and insight. Continue reading

Follow the Quest for Nefertiti’s Tomb

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Which boy has not dreamed about discovering a pharaoh’s burial chamber, the mummy encased in a richly decorated sarcophagus and surrounded by unimaginable treasure, untouched by grave robbers? So far, the dream has only come true once. A recent discovery suggests that we can start dreaming again. Continue reading

‘Storm Hollow': A Storytelling Game for the Whole Family

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‘Storm Hollow’ is clever in a child-appealing way, without being adult-alienating. In other words, it’s a great game for parents who enjoy roleplaying games to enjoy with their children. Continue reading

The Science of Becoming a Math Person

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What caught my ear wasn’t the fact that a young, hipsterish guy struggled with subtraction Captchas; it was the fact that he excused it, saying, “Hey, I’m not a numbers person…” Continue reading

A.I. Research Mines ‘Minecraft’ to Mimic Human Learning

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“The whole of ‘Minecraft’ is what we refer to as ‘A.I. complete.’ If you can do all of ‘Minecraft’ you could solve anything,” says Brown University researcher. Continue reading

Maps, Time, Geography: 2 Books to Delight the Mind

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For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved to look at maps. Maps of all kinds. Road maps, house floor plans, diagrams, graphs, and more. I love to know how things work and how they are laid out. I adore any well-done visual representation. I often explain my feelings as graphs. So when I saw these two books, they caught my attention right away. Continue reading

Help Your Kids Love Learning With LoveMath

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Over the past several weeks I’ve spoken extensively about the LoveMath online learning system from GeekDad’s latest sponsor, GPA Learn. I’ve explored its robust progress tracker as well as its integrated reward system, but something I’ve only touched on is the effectiveness of the tutorials themselves. Continue reading

‘Who Was…?’ Biography Series Excellent Reading for Your Kids

Covers of three books: Who Was Amelia Earhart, showing Amelia in flying gear in front of a plane, Who Is Stan Lee, with Stand Lee surrounded by comic-book style Bam! and Pow! callouts, and Who Was Marie Curie, showing Marie Curie in her lab holding a glowing green vial.

The ‘Who Was…?’ book series provides informative and engaging biographies for your 8- to 12-year-old child, including challenging information that you can use as a jumping-off-point for discussions throughout the summer. With over 100 books in the series, your child should readily find someone with a story that inspires them. Continue reading

Follow Your Child’s Progress With LoveMath™

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Just like you, I’m a busy parent. I make it a point to try and keep my kids motivated to learn throughout the summer, but I don’t exactly have the time (or the skillset) to develop full lesson plans. Thankfully LoveMath™ from GPA Learn, GeekDad’s latest sponsor, does this heavy lifting for me. Continue reading

Hard Truths: A Parental Responsibility to Address Tragedy

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Recent events in Charleston, South Carolina, have me dwelling on one of the great parenting struggles: the challenge of maintaining a child’s innocence while living in a world wrought with so many unconscionable acts. Using Jon Stewart’s already notorious ‘Daily Show’ monologue as a jumping off point, I explore the hard questions of what to share and how to share the truth of tragedy with children. Continue reading