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A look at Music Lab: We Rock! with 3 tweens

by Daddy Mojo on May 28, 2015

Alternate headline: I’m old and today’s music is rubbish next to what I grew up with. Music Lab: We Rock! is a family guide for exploring rock music. It’s a fascinating book that is much better and informative than you think it is. I worked in radio for a number of years, know lots about most genres and still found the book a great read. It was quite the different story when I shared it with a focus group of three girls, aged 10, 12 and 14.

A look at Music Lab We Rock! with 3 tweens

Music Lab: We Rock! is all about teaching children the classics in an informative, non-condescending manner that makes them curious on many levels

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I was a kvetching, whiny mess at my first pre-school graduation. Mind you I wasn’t even the child; I was an adult attending the ceremony. I was also in my mid 20’s when my experience with children was limited to teaching them for 25 minutes at a time. At first I thought the other teachers were having a laugh at me, ‘really, a pre-school graduation, you can’t be serious’.

How I learned to stop worrying and accept pre-school graduation

Here I thought pre-K graduation was silly. Then I find out that middle school has one too.

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The Harmonica Pocket gets immediate love from the #Kindie lot

May 26, 2015

My initial impression of The Harmonica Pocket being too folksy was incorrect. Certainly their music is kindie and lots of that does involve acoustic elements. However, what they do well is mix up the instruments and the pacing of the songs. The music is fun and it really makes you smile. This is one that passes the Christmas music test with flying colors. You will find yourself listening to The Harmonica Pocket when the kids aren’t in the car and loving it.

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New all age comics for Wednesday May 27, 2015

May 26, 2015

New comic book day is every Wednesday and this week there are some really nice all age comics in the mix this week. These are the comics that are appropriate for young readers and don’t have any mature or adult themes. This week have included Transformers and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. These comics have lots […]

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What the kids are watching on Netflix #StreamTeam

May 25, 2015

We just discovered this show and are in love with it. Strange Hill High is written by Josh Weinstein who also wrote some for The Simpsons, Futurama and other shows that you would recognize. This show is done using a hybrid of techniques that mainly involves real puppets and some digital animation. It’s laugh out loud funny, strange, creative and an utter joy to watch. Think of a calmed down, less manic Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, set it in a high school and make it super kid friendly. That is Strange Hill High; find it now on Netflix and you will not regret it.

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Usagi Yojimbo #145, detail rich, indie cred and all age comic awesome

May 24, 2015

Here it’s important to point out that I love animals, all things Japan and lived over there for a number of years. Having said that, my enjoyment out of Usagi Yojimbo is solely based on the storytelling and art that make up the comic-and it’s great. This is great all age comic for lots of fans. The indie kids will like it because it’s black and white and has paper that resembles newspaper for that classic feel. Parents and all age comic fans will enjoy Usagi Yojimbo because of the action, artwork, quick story and playful tone of the comic.

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Tomorrowland starts strong, finishes weak #FandangoFamily

May 23, 2015

Here the film starts to pick up again, but don’t get used to it because it’s about to go off the rails. Once they arrive in Tomorrowland it’s an odd lesson of optimistic thinking, the flaws of humanity and proper planning. To adults, the last 30 minutes of Tomorrowland, except for the presence of Hugh Laurie will be a tired experience of things that you’ve seen dozens of times before with better results and less preaching.

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Coming Home, a mostly picture book for military families and more

May 22, 2015

The art in Coming Home is lush, detailed and very effective.
The main character is a boy who is roaming the crowd looking for his parent. Coming Home is a great example of letting the art in a children’s book breathe. In this case the illustrations have plenty of room to work with given that there are very few words in the book. Coming Home is a children’s book that will work great with military families or those parents that travel often.

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