Kalk: A Card Game That Makes Math Fun!

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GeekMom Mel talks to game designers Tommy and Jonathan, the makers of Kalk, about their Kickstarter campaign. Math really can be fun!

We Can Do It! Lessons From My Son

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Some people think homeschoolers teach their kids at home, short and simple. Well, that’s not entirely true. Sure, I might teach my son, the Chief, how to do math, or how to find out more information about his favorite planet, or we might read stories together. But truly, the learning goes both ways.

How Ecological! A Review of EcoFluxx

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EcoFluxx is one of the many games in Looney Labs’ line of Fluxx card games. GeekMom Melanie wonders, is it worth buying another Fluxx game?

Edward Snowden: Brilliant “Dropout”

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Edward Snowden’s extensive, competent knowledge of surveillance, sophisticated technology, and programming is what landed him that job, diploma or no.

Review: Python for Kids

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Python for Kids is a book from No Starch Press that aims to teach kids ages 10 and up and their parents about the Python programming language. I happen to have an 11 year old daughter for convenient review purposes, so we’ve been working through the book together.

No Long-Term Benefit Of ADHD Meds?

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Want to cause a ruckus? Criticize attention-deficit meds. Over three million U.S. kids take these drugs to help them stay calm and attentive. Parents may not be thrilled to dose their children but they are following expert advice to improve behavior and school performance.  They tend to see results. And they don’t need to be judged. But it helps to pay attention to what works

Muse of Nerds: Joy Hakim, Storyteller Extraordinaire

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I received lots of kudos for getting to interview Joy Hakim. Maybe this is because most of my friends are geeks of some sort, most homeschool their kids, and we all have read Joy’s books, amazed at how she draws us into learning so easily with her gift of storytelling. I hope you enjoy this interview: You have written A History of US, and The

Muse of Nerds: Robots and Creative Writing

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This past summer Siena College held robotics camps for children ages 7 – 12. They were a huge success, with children learning how to build and program robots, plus, understand the physics behind the movements. Working with NXT can be fun, but challenging. To keep up the interest behind the mechanics, each camp had a storyline that the kids were following. Every day of camp

Education Week: Boost Learning & Fun With Special Interest Groups

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  We like spending time with people who delight in the same things that fascinate us. That might be playing bagpipes, understanding Civil War strategy, making homemade cheese, or brewing beer. Who doesn’t love talking about a favorite topic? It’s certainly easy to build friendships that way. Shared interests also foster greater enthusiasm and motivate us to expand our knowledge. That’s why interest-based groups make

GeekMom Debate: My Kids Hated School. So We Dropped Out (Temporarily).

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Welcome to the first edition of GeekMom Debate! GeekMoms are nothing if not opinionated, so we’re giving them a chance to present different sides of the same topic. For another take on the question of dealing with kids who hate school, read Alisson Clark’s post My Kid Hates School. I’m (Mostly) OK with That. As an adult, I am a good student. I had a