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  1. Ok I'll start this off with my husband showed me this cute robot from www.anki.com that is a mix between Wall-E and Eve. It had creative input from a Wall-E animator so no wonder why. It has moods, facial recognition, roams around, plays games, sounds like wall-e and picks up cubes.  It has some pre-programmed actions, but it is customizable with python web code. My husband is a website coder as his job, but he doesn't know python. He is planning to learn it just to see what he can do with it. He also said it looked simple enough(says the website coder). My kids are too young to start programming, but he's thinking about buying two so they have one to program themselves. It's designed for ages 8+. It connects to a phone with Wi-Fi to connect with a computer, if you want to program it. It is set to be in stores in Oct '16, but the presale saves about $20 per Cozmo under market price ($160 rather than $180). The site says a later SDK release will include kid friendly programming.


    other recent robots to check out:

    Vortex- uses games to teach kids code, uses Bluetooth to connect with mobile or tablet ($69)

    Ringo- Arduino powered bug ($100)

    Meccanoid- buildable robot recommended for age 10+, programmable movements by recording how you move robot, using the camera to record your movements, or through an app on phone or tablet ($90-$210, 2 or 4 ft tall)

    Buddy- marketed as companion robot, connects to smart devices, does house patrol when house is empty, can teach you to program it ($700)

    JD humanoid- walks, dances, stands from sitting, vision recognition, controlled through mobile app ($430)


  2. I'm looking into Singapore math and many of the items available interest me. I want to be able to teach it with the text book. I was wondering if the workbook is a place to write out problems from the textbook like what you might use a "scratch" paper for, or if the two products are necessary to use together. Is it beneficial to use a practice book, or does it increase the workload significantly. I was thinking about buying the practice books instead of the textbook workbooks. Do you think it's more beneficial to actually purchase the textbook workbook?

    I also wanted to look into the Singapore math step-by-step problem solving, critical thinking, and the challenges workbooks. If you have any input on those it would be appreciated.


    *I noticed the practice book I was thinking of is a Frank schaffer publication. Have any of you used this as a supplemental practice book with Singapore math. I also noticed that the "Singapore math" books are an offshoot as well. I would still value input on those as well.

    I'll look through available posts to see if this has been covered recently.

  3. I don't formally homeschool yet, I'm just encouraging what learning that my little ones show interest in. My 21 month old focused on being verbal and speaks individual words relatively clearly for her age. She understands a bit of sign language, and signs. She starts singing parts of the alphabet, partially correctly, then says "now I know my abcs". She can almost count to 10. She can identify many letters and numbers. Around 16-18 months she told a few people "hi, you're so pretty". People are guessing her to be older by nearly a year, even people with small children of their own. I would think it's too early to say she's advanced(she is for her age), but I'm not going to stop her from learning "school" stuff just because she's not school age yet.  I almost hate telling my sister anything about my daughter's developments, because my girl is doing many of the things that her 8 month older son is just starting to do. I try to tell her that he focused more on mobility and climbing, but I notice that it does seem to bother her some.

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