Posted by: whimsigal | June 7, 2007

It can happen anywhere

Last night, Iain and I read a book from the Magic Tree House series called, A Knight at Dawn. At the end of the book there was an advertisement for a website related to the book series where one can go and play games. Iain was all over it. That boy loves anything to do with games and computers! Anyway, the game on the site had the participant matching book titles with events on a time line. If you got the a match right, you were given a bonus question. I was really amazed at the answers Iain knew. One of the questions was, “what do we call a wave generated by an earthquake in Hawaii? A hurricane or a Tsunami?” Iain scoffed and said, “Duh, tsunami, of course.” I blinked at him a couple of times. Of course?? Where did he pick up that info? From the cartoon Avatar, on Nickelodeon. Connections happen all the time in all kinds of places and it’s impossible to prevent learning from happening. This is why I agree that kids should be allowed to watch TV and play video games. They are all ways to continue to help them make connections.

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  1. I absolutely agree!
    Today when invistigating Ancient Egypt and mummies, Trev informed me that he knew all about the underworld.
    I had no idea!
    He knew it from Cartoon Network – The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy.
    He also learned (though now probably forgotten) Ladies First!
    Who can complain about that?
    🙂
    I loved it where you said “Connections happen all the time in all kinds of places and it’s impossible to prevent learning from happening.”
    Wonderful.

  2. You know, we used to avoid Billy and Mandy like the plague. I thought it was “bad” but now I can appreciate what the boys get out of it.

    Ladies first…my son says that, too. It is incredibly sweet. You just never can tell where the ideas will pop up.

    Thank you for stopping by again!

  3. I’m a regular.
    🙂


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