My son got invited to a birthday party for a fellow geekling. Birthday invites are a good thing, right?
Except the birthday girl is one of my wonderful Little Leafers nature study students, as well as the daughter of a friend and fellow geeky homeschooling mom… so the gift should be somewhat personal.
And I had no clue what to get her!
Cue mild panic attack.
Then, Geek Dad shared a link to a fully awesome bowtruckle tutorial on their Facebook page.
(If you don’t know what a bowtruckle is, they are teeny tiny little magical creatures, that look like twigs and leaves, who guard the trees whose wood is used to make magical wands.)
I checked it out and I already had everything I needed in my craft supply stash. Score!
LittleMan and I were at the shop recently and looking at his options for the upcoming homeschool Valentine exchange when it dawned upon us that it had all been done before. Ninja turtles, Star Wars, all of it. And while he loves his fandoms, LittleMan really wanted something to reflect his love of science. So I offered to help him make some that showcased his interests.
And so, with LittleMan’s help, today we’re kicking off a 14 day series of Free Printable Valentines for Science Geeks. Today’s Valentine is all about human hearts!
When I first hosted the ABCs of Raising Well-Rounded Geeklings in March of 2014, I felt saddened at the end of the series. I had written about 26 different topics of geeky interest but that was barely even the tip of the iceburg! I knew I wanted to continue to talk about geeky parenting and so I created the On Beyond Zombie series, a weekly linky party dedicated to all things geek-parenting related.
I love comic books. They’ve been a wonderful asset when encouraging LittleMan to read. But before he could handle the complex sentences and longer words, he had to start with the very basics. Here’s one activity that was most useful for our reluctant reader.
Last Easter I picked up a few dozen of Darth Vader Easter eggs and we’ve since found all sorts of fun uses for them. We’ve used them in sensory bins and to make weight Montessori-inspired weight cylinders. Most recently we used them to talk about density and buoyancy.
There is this stereotype of geeks that we are all pale faced, pasty white shut-ins who sit around inside doing things that require minimal physical effort. In truth many of us are outdoorsy. We like to read our comic books under the shade of a tree and play live action role playing games in the park with our friends.
Many super heroes and villians can be excellent role models for healthy exercise.
A lot of geeks are really into Disney. So much so that Disney mash-ups are one of the most popular areas of focus in geek art. But even without the mash-ups, Disney is a strong stand-alone fandom.
I’m not against Disney, there are a lot of Disney movies that I love. (Like Alice in Wonderland and Winnie the Pooh.)
And a lot that I just didn’t enjoy nor appreciate my children watching. (Like Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty.)
To be honest, I never really could get into some of the stories, mostly the princess stories.
For those not in the know, Odd Squad is a fairly new tv show on PBS. The premise of the show is simple enough: an organization run by children which investigates odd occurrences. I didn’t expect it to be very good based on the previews but when I sat down and watched it with LittleMan, I was floored by awesomeness.
The show is essentially a sci-fi for children which also talks about basic math concepts. Very geeky, very cool. Bonus: the main character is a strong, intelligent girl yet the show isn’t inherently “girly.” The characters are divided pretty evenly between boys and girls, with both genders having a silly character as well as several examples of brilliant characters. The online games for the show are a based off specific episodes and are a great way for children to practice the math concepts they learn about from watching the show.
I recently sat down and played each of the four Odd Squad games available to play for free on pbs.org. Below you can find my detailed reviews of each of these games including math concepts covered and age recommendations.