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Jolie checks out Prodigy Math Game

Mar 12, 2015   //   by Jolie   //   Age 4-8, Kids' Panel  //  Comments Off on Jolie checks out Prodigy Math Game

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Prodigy Math Game

Prodigy Math Game

A friend recently introduced me to the Prodigy Math Game, which is an online game. You can sign up for the free version, or pay a monthly membership fee to get extras. We use the free version. When you create your account you can choose what grade you are in. That way is starts at the proper level.

In the game, you are a wizard and you have to scare away the monsters or bad guys. The game asks you a math question when you are in a battle. When you get the question right, you’re one step closer to scaring the monsters away. If you get it wrong, you lose a turn or you may get to try again. You can customize your wizard and your wizard’s name. My wizard’s name is Madison Frostsinger. You can also get pets – if you are in a battle and you want the animal which you are battling, you can catch them. Ponies are the rarest pets. You can also learn different spells if you successfully complete quests!

At the end of each battle, you get one step closer to the next level. As you move up levels, the questions get harder and harder.

Check it out at prodigygame.com.

Is it entertaining, educational or a little of both?

It’s both fun and educational because you get to play a game and practice math!

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Frank checks out Street to Studio: The Art of Jean-Michel Basquiat

Mar 5, 2015   //   by Frank   //   Age 4-8, Kids' Panel  //  Comments Off on Frank checks out Street to Studio: The Art of Jean-Michel Basquiat
A portrait of Jean-Michel Basquiat by artist Rebeb.

A portrait of Jean-Michel Basquiat by artist Rebeb. Photo used under Creative Commons licence (CC BY 2.0).

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Street to Studio: the Art of Jean-Michel Basquiat

This is a website called Street to Studio: The Art of Jean-Michel Basquiat. He is a graffiti artist, he does African street art. Basquiat has an exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario running from February 10th – May 7th. My mom went to see it.

Why it’s cool

Because it has web page called create an artwork you can make a paintings with spray paint and pencils.
You can click on his paintings and it tells you what he and others think about his art. You can zoom in and get a close up of his paintings.

Is it entertaining, education or both?

It is entertaining because kids can create graffiti artwork, like mine:

Frank's graffiti art.

Frank’s graffiti art.

Also it is educational, I learnt that Basquiat likes to paint body parts, music, monsters and about black history.

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Jolie checks out The Amazing Race

Feb 4, 2015   //   by Jolie   //   Age 4-8, Kids' Panel  //  Comments Off on Jolie checks out The Amazing Race

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I like to watch appropriate reality shows on television with my family. I wrote before about MasterChef but this time I’m writing about The Amazing Race.

The Amazing Race has a bunch of two-person teams who race around the world. Every episode, one team gets eliminated, unless it is a non-elimination round!

The teams are made up of two people who work together through various challenges. Sometimes there are “detours” where only one of the team members has to do a challenge! There are also “road blocks” where the teams have to work together on a challenge which they have chosen.

In the last episode, there are usually 3 teams who race to the finish line and the winning team is the first team to arrive. They get prizes like money and a new car.

There are a few different versions of The Amazing Race – like The Amazing Race Canada, where they mostly race in Canada. Last year Mickey and Pete won The Amazing Race Canada, and Amy and Maya won The Amazing Race. I was happy both won because they were really nice!

I am looking forward to the next season!

Check them out at cbs.com/shows/amazing_race and ctv.ca/TheAmazingRaceCanada.aspx.

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Arion checks out nursery song ‘Rock-a-Bye Baby’

Jan 26, 2015   //   by Arion   //   Age 4-8, Kids' Panel  //  Comments Off on Arion checks out nursery song ‘Rock-a-Bye Baby’

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‘Rock-a-Bye Baby,’ a nursery song

Why it’s cool
This is one of my favourite lullabies. Lullabies are a great way of learning words and also telling simple stories. This lullaby, ‘Rock-a-Bye Baby,’ which we sometimes call ‘Cradle Will Rock,’ is one I sing when I put my dolls and teddy bears to sleep. I hold them in my arms and sing to them: I love it!

Sometimes, my babies fall down as well… It’s a good thing they’re made of cloth 😉

Here are the words if you want to sing to your baby dolls:

Rock-a-bye baby, in the treetop
When the wind blows, the cradle will rock
When the bough breaks, the cradle will fall
And down will come baby, cradle and all

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Yasmin checks out Calvin and Hobbes

Jan 15, 2015   //   by Yasmin   //   Age 4-8, Kids' Panel  //  Comments Off on Yasmin checks out Calvin and Hobbes
Calvin and Hobbes comic strip

Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson

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Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson

Why it’s cool:

In grade 3, I was in the school library when I saw my friend Jesin reading Calvin and Hobbes and I asked what book it was and he said it was Calvin and Hobbes. I went to the bin that was labelled Calvin and Hobbes and I saw a BIG bin full of Calvin and Hobbes books!

So far, I’m almost through ALL of the books and this week I am reading There’s Treasure Everywhere and Calvin and Hobbes Sunday Pages. I still need Something is Drooling Under the Bed.

Calvin is not your average 6-year-old and Hobbes is not your average stuffed tiger. For one thing, Hobbes can ACTUALLY TALK and Calvin can understand him, though Calvin’s parents don’t realize that Hobbes can talk. Those two are SO creative and such good friends…..they really seem to understand each other.

Calvin is also really funny along with his best friend Hobbes and they have fun together playing outside and inside.

Is it entertaining, educational or a little bit of both?

I can guarantee you that it’s entertaining because…well he acts pretty funny and makes me laugh. I also think it’s educational because – look at me – I can’t stop reading!! I also learn how NOT to behave by reading this comic 😉

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Frank checks out Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot

Dec 31, 2014   //   by Frank   //   Age 4-8, Kids' Panel  //  2 Comments
Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot

Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot

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Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot
Story by Dav Pilkey – Art by Dan Santat

Once I saw the cover at the book fair, I thought it might be good because the author – Dav Pilkey – wrote Captain Underpants and I like that series.

Why it’s Cool

Ricky is a mouse who wants some friends. He gets bullied and he wishes something big would happen. One day something big does happen. An evil doctor, Stinky McNasty, wants to take over Ricky’s town. The doctor makes an evil robot but it turns good and makes friends with Ricky.

Ricky brought the robot home one day and asked if he could have a pet. “OK,” said his mom and dad. “Come and look,” Ricky said and they could not believe it. There on their lawn was a huge robot. The robot helped them with their chores. The robot protected Ricky from the bullies. In the middle of the book, the evil doctor grew a lizard to fight the now good robot. The lizard got bigger and bigger and meaner and meaner. In the end, t he mean lizard and the good robot battle, with an awesome flip-o-rama ending!!

Is it entertaining, educational or a little of both?

This book is entertaining and educational and inspired me to read more books by Dav Pilkey. I like how it is a chapter book mixed with a picture book. I like adventurous books so I liked this a lot!!!!!

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Yasmin checks out How to Train Your Dragon

Dec 10, 2014   //   by Yasmin   //   Age 4-8, Kids' Panel  //  1 Comment
How to Train Your Dragon

How to Train Your Dragon

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How to Train Your Dragon, the movie

Why it’s cool:

On weekends I go to so many places. The last week of school (on a Saturday) I had a chance to go to Cineplex to watch How to Train Your Dragon.

It was about a Viking boy named Hiccup who lived in a village and he thought he was destined to kill dragons. According to his father, Stoick, one day he does catch a dragon and he told his dad, “Dad, I caught a night fury!” and Stoick said, “Oh that’s impossible.” Then after actually finding it he calls him Toothless on account of him being able to hide his teeth.

Then a huuuuuuuuuuuuuuge dragon attacks a nearby island. Together, Hiccup and Toothless defeat the dragon but Hiccup leaves with a broken leg.

I like it because it was sort of like a learn-your-lesson type of movie. It taught me that even if you like your ways, people will not always do it. People might not see that but I did. It’s so cool you won’t even realize it.

You can check it out on Netflix or Cineplex.

Is it entertaining, educational or a little bit of both?

I think it is entertaining because it has funny Viking accents and Toothless’s cute funny face and also nervexiting (nervous & exiting).

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Jolie checks out Owly – The Book Series by Andy Runton

Dec 3, 2014   //   by Jolie   //   Age 4-8, Kids' Panel  //  Comments Off on Jolie checks out Owly – The Book Series by Andy Runton

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Owly, by Andy Runton

Owly, by Andy Runton

The Owly book series is written by Andy Runton. There are eight books, which star Owly, Wormy and many other characters.

The books are like a comic book. I like how they don’t use words in the books… They only use letters when they spell a sound like ‘SNAP’, or ‘CRACK’. I also like how they use symbols. If there is something that a character doesn’t understand they do a ‘?’ and if they mean good luck they use a ‘horseshoe’. So you need to pay attention to the symbols and facial expressions to tell the story.

The first one I ever read was Friends All Aflutter. I like this one because it’s about Owly trying to find a flower that would be good to attract butterflies. When he finally finds one he brings it home and plants it in his yard, but no butterflies come. So he makes signs with pictures of butterflies on them to direct the butterflies to the flower.

Later he realizes there were bites in the flower and caterpillars had been eating it! Owly and Wormy didn’t want the caterpillars there but the caterpillars wanted to stay because that was their home. Owly and Wormy decided to let them live there.

Owly - The Book Series by Andy Runton

Owly – The Book Series by Andy Runton

They all had so much fun together.

But then the caterpillars realized that they had to leave. Owly and Wormy decided to give the caterpillars a ‘We Will Miss You’ celebration but when they got there the caterpillars were already gone.

Days went by and there were still no caterpillars. They took down the signs for the butterflies and put up signs for caterpillars. Later they saw two cocoons on the flower and soon they hatched. They were the same caterpillars turned into butterflies. They were so happy to be together again.

I’ve read five Owly books so far and hope to read the rest soon.

Check it out at andyrunton.com/owly.

Is it entertaining, educational or a little of both?

Both. It’s fun and you learn how to read the signs in the pictures and it’s really entertaining.

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Jolie checks out MasterChef

Oct 15, 2014   //   by Jolie   //   Age 4-8, Kids' Panel  //  1 Comment
MasterChef

MasterChef

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MasterChef

Sometimes my family and I get to watch reality television shows. This year we watched MasterChef.

MasterChef has a number of contestants which are home cooks and they battle it out over many weeks to see who the best chef is.

We watched every episode as a family and learned lots of cool cooking techniques. I liked the desserts the best!

My favourite contestants were Lesley, Big Willie and Jamie. In the end Courtney beat Elizabeth in the finals. She won a trophy, she gets to star in her own cook book and she gets a quarter of a million dollars.

MasterChef also has MasterChef Canada and MasterChef Junior!  Check it out at ctv.ca/Masterchef.aspx.

Is it entertaining, educational or a little of both?

Definitely entertaining and educational! It may be for adults but it is great for kids too!

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Arion checks out The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch

Oct 7, 2014   //   by Arion   //   Age 4-8, Kids' Panel  //  Comments Off on Arion checks out The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch

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The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch

Why it’s cool
I like this book. I like to read it with my mummy. Watch my video and you can see me reading.

I like saying at the end of the book how Ronald is a ‘bum’. I like seeing Elizabeth dance off into the sunset on her own.

I like to say “she’s dancing, she’s dancing!”

Who needs a Prince these days, anyways?

Is it entertaining, educational or a little of both?
We think readers should decide. The Paper Bag Princess is not your average princess. The last page is one of the best last page’s of a book that you’ll ever read:

There was Prince Ronald. He looked at her and said, “Elizabeth, you are a mess! You smell like ashes, your hair is all tangled and you are wearing a dirty old paper bag. Come back when you are dressed like a real princess.”

“Ronald,” said Elizabeth, “your clothes are really pretty and your hair is very neat. You look like a real prince, but you are a bum.”

They didn’t get married after all.

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