Cursive Writing: A Nod To The Past

How many people actually write letters anymore? Letter writing along with cursive script is going the way of the dinosaurs if it is not extinct already. With so many alternative and quicker ways to communicate, what is the point of writing something down with a pen on paper? Fellow GeekMom Kathy questioned teaching “script” to […]

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I Want To Be A GeekMom When I Grow Up

Last night my husband (Tim) and daughter (VIP) went to her Spring program which was the grand finale to her last day in pre-school. They brought home a huge keepsake packet to let me peruse through which included everything from a “report card”  to art projects. When I had finally reached the bottom of the never-ending stack […]

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Children: Natural Born Storytellers

Anyone who has ever watched children play knows they are not merely building with blocks, squishing clay, or coloring with crayons. They are telling themselves a story the whole time, building a world and creating characters as they “play”. Because of that natural born love of a good story, it often doesn’t take much to […]

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For New Books to Read, Go Local

One of the things I love about local bookstores, such as one of my haunts, Longfellow Books in Portland Maine, is that they highlight local work. So when an author who lives nearby comes out with a new book, I can usually find a decent interview in the local press, a signed copy of the […]

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Classroom Superheroes

Before there are caps and gowns, there are capes and tights–in a metaphorical sense. Educators are superheroes, and now there is website dedicated to them (or maybe to some of them). Classroom Superheroes is a project of the National Education Association. Parents and students are invited to nominate Classroom Superheroes, and teachers can register themselves […]

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Get Physics Now!

I didn’t get physics in high school. All I remember was Mr. Cleaves rubbing a wand and the rude comments the demonstration sparked (no pun intended). But I loved calculus and photography. Now I know why. It ‘s always the teacher. Finally, I get physics and it’s all because of Walter Lewin, Professor of Physics, […]

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Transform Your Mind Through New Eyes

Looking for something larger than life that will thrill the entire family this holiday? A tool that is a gateway for magnifying thought, an inspirational device used by poet laureates and Ivy League professors, preschoolers and Ph.D.s, not to mention geek Grinches and Whos? It fits in the palm of your hand, but has infinite […]

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Geek School: Smarter by Design

I’ve been a geek all my life, but I hated school. Until college, I learned more watching PBS and maxing out my youth library card every week than I ever did in a classroom. I’m worried that my son will have the same experience – he’s only four years old, but he already loves science […]

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Chalk Spinner

Kodo Kids is a fairly new company that has a small line of products for kids. They encourage “open-ended, playful-learning.” Translated, that means the things they sell don’t look like typical toys: the Cozy Cubby is a giant cardboard tube …

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