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“If she can see it, she can be it.” -Geena Davis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am excited we finally updated the Fire Station app this week with a video portrait of Firefighter Shelley Terrizzi.

Ever since the Fire Station app was released I’ve been eager to find a female firefighter to film and include in the app. Fire Chief Jefferson and Firefighter Terrizzi, of our hometown of Arlington, MA, quickly agreed to participate and, along with their colleagues, were very accommodating with the filming.

I knew how important it was to include a female firefighter in the app, so both boys and girls could see that anyone can grow up and work hard and be who they want to be. But I didn’t expect the video to have such an impact on our own daughter.

Before creating this video, whenever my daughter was asked what she wanted to be when she grows up, she always said a soccer player. I loved her answer. It made me laugh, not only because she kind of flaked out on her soccer team that I was assistant coaching in the fall, but because it was such a unique answer. I liked that by deciding to be a soccer player she was making her own choice based on her own interests. She doesn’t even know there are professional women’s soccer teams and she’s never seen a professional women’s game. She just loves playing soccer with her brother, so she decided she was going to be a soccer player.

When I recently went into her kindergarten classroom I saw that all the kids had written and drawn pictures of what they want to be when they grow up. There was quite a range of answers, from chef and doctor to teacher and car mechanic. I was surprised that Clio’s didn’t say soccer player, but firefighter.

Watching the video of Firefighter Terrizzi working as a firefighter clearly had an impact on our daughter. Before seeing the video she didn’t know women could be firefighters. She was able to imagine herself as a grown-up soccer player because she plays soccer now. But before seeing the video of Firefighter Terrizzi, she never imagined herself as a firefighter.

The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media has conducted some interesting research on the portrayal of women and their professions in the media. Not surprisingly fewer female characters in tv shows and movies have jobs than male characters and often their jobs are less prestigious.  As I think about the media I create and the media my kids consume I will keep their findings in mind:

Both young girls and boys should see female decision-makers, political leaders, managers, and scientists as the norm, not the exception. By increasing the number and diversity of female leaders and role models on screen, content creators may affect the ambitions and career aspirations of girls and young women domestically and internationally. As Geena Davis frequently states, “If she can see it, she can be it.”

I’m sure our daughter will change her mind about what she wants to do when she grows up dozens of times. My hope is that she can imagine just as many possibilities as our son.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Million Year Picnic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On a blustery April weekend we headed to The Million Year Picnic, a comic book store, in Harvard Square. My husband grew up frequenting the store, so he was excited to share the experience with our kids. My son was especially excited, since he feels like he has exhausted the graphic novel section at the local library.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our kids happily searched the shelves. Eli chose Moomin: the Complete Tove Jansson Comic Strip and Clio chose Walt Disney’s The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck. Both books would keep them engrossed for a while. A friend, Tony, owns the store. He’s a wealth of info about comics and graphic novels for both kids and adults.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After The Million Year Picnic we headed to Pinocchio’s, another Harvard Square institution, for slices of pizza. We had books to read and pizza to eat. What more could we want?

 

 

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Winter Weekend

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A few weeks ago we spent a weekend in Vermont visiting friends. I thought it would be our last winter weekend, but winter seems to be lingering this year. We had a great time enjoying the snow and sledding. I really appreciated how this year our 5 year old, could climb up the sledding hill unassisted for hours. We had a fun outdoor picnic where we snacked on popcorn, roasted marshmallows, and drank cocoa. We also squeezed in a trip to the stables where we visited Caspar & the other horses. Our 5 year old had been eager to go for a horseback ride, but a couple of times around the ring was enough for her. I think she forgot how big horses are.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Books!

Here are a few favorite books from our recent library visits.

My Name is Elizabeth by Annika Dunklee & Matthew Forsythe

For some reason this book about names and nicknames resonated with my kindergartener. Great illustrations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earth to Stella by Simon Puttock & illustrated by Philip Hopman

This is a sweet story about a daughter and father.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ivy & Bean by Annie Barrows & Sophie Blackall

My daughter and I are sad that we have finished reading the Ivy and Bean chapter book series. I asked my daughter why she likes these books so much and she said she loved seeing all the silly things they make up. And she loves that they make her laugh. Me too. I also love how Ivy & Bean are distinct characters and such loyal friends.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My 8-year-old son devoured these two graphic historical stories, Big Bad Ironclad & One Dead Spy, both by Nathan Hale. He learned a lot about the Civil and the Revolutionary Wars.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Street Through Time: A 12,000-year Walk Through History by Steve Noon

This is a great visual history of a street through the ages.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 3-2-3 Detective Agency: The Disappearance of Dave Warthog by Fiona Robinson

My 8-year-old son enjoyed this book so much he insisted that we read it to our 5 year old.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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February Florida Vacation

I can’t believe how quickly February disappeared. Between visiting relatives, snow days, sick kids, and a vacation week, the month just flew by. The high point of February for us was going on vacation in Florida. We skipped Disney and Legoland and headed for the Everglades and the Keys. It was wonderful.

 

We all loved spotting wildlife in the Everglades.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robert is Here is a fantastic fruit stand. Not only can you buy freshly cut mangos, which the kids devoured, they also make the best fresh fruit milk shakes and smoothies. They sell all sorts of fruit we had never seen or tried before including sapote and sapodillas. We also met Robert, which was a special treat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We never tired of playing on the beach.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Games!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Games are super popular at our house in large part because my husband loves to play games. Gamewright, a small, local game-making company makes a bunch of our favorites including Mermaid Beach, Sleeping Queens, and Rat-a-tat Cat.

Our kids’ school is having a game night with a big Bingo game that the 5th graders help run as well as board games. We’re also having Gamewright games as part of a fundraiser. This is a great low-key way to have a fun game night and raise some money for your school. Once you sign-up with Gamewright they will send you two huge boxes of demo games that kids and parents can play during your game night. They will also send you two huge boxes of games to sell. 50% of the proceeds will go to your school. You can also provide demo games to teachers and encourage them to fill out wish lists. That way parents can buy games for their kids’ classrooms. Gamewright provides you with everything you need from flyers to teacher wish lists.

In order to be able to help kids play games during Game Night my husband and kids have been trying out all the demo games. We’ve found some new favorites including Take the Cake, Too Many Monkeys and Dweebies. Most of the games are for kids 6 and up, but some like Take the Cake are for younger kids. Something that really impressed me and my kids is that some of Gamewright’s games, like Mermaid Beach, were created by kids. One other cool item they sell is a card holder. My daughter loves using this when we are playing card games like Uno where she can end up with a hand of cards too big for her little hands to hold.

 

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Do you read e-books with your kids?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I started reading Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House in the Big Woods with my kids. I never read it as a child, although I devoured the television show, so the book is new to all of us. It took us quite a while to get through the first chapter, since there are lengthy descriptions of Pa hunting, butchering, and smoking various animals, so the family has food stored up for the winter. My little vegetarians had all sorts of questions– about what Laura and her family ate, but also about what life was like more than 100 years ago– without refrigerators, electricity, or all the toys and games that we have. My daughter couldn’t believe that Laura and Mary played with a blown up pig’s bladder as if it was a balloon. I love how the kids and I are sharing this book together and how it is sparking interesting conversations that meander in various directions.

Although we’ve embraced apps in our house we haven’t embraced e-books with the same gusto. We do have a few e-books on the ipad such as the traditional Dr. Seuss books as well as the more current Astrid and Siri, but that’s about it in the book department.

Maybe we, or really I, haven’t embraced e-books because I love picture books and I can’t imagine snuggling in bed with my kids and the ipad. When I read a book with my pre-reader I feel like she really studies the illustrations and searches the text for words she recognizes. I imagine if I brought the ipad into the kids’s rooms at night they’d be trying to negotiate a few quick games rather than settling into a story.

But we may be missing out on some wonderful e-books. I’ve been exploring the app and e-book reviews from The Horn Book Reader and the School Library Journal. Do you have favorite e-books that you read with your kids?

 

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Firefighter Dress-up is Free Jan. 11th via App Friday

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

App Friday is a great source for apps that are free or on sale. Every Friday App Friday promotes more than a dozen apps for kids that are worth checking out. It’s perfect timing for weekend app fun, especially for those long car rides or winter days when you are stuck inside for hours. Our Firefighter Dress-up App is free today and featured on the App Friday download center.

Momswithapps, which promotes App Friday, is a fantastic resource for any parents interested in jumping into the world of app development. We couldn’t have done  it without them.

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Crafty Holiday

Before the holidays arrived my kids were most excited about their one big, high-tech holiday gift, the Wii. I was concerned about this gift and all the various issues it would entail– mainly how am I going to manage this new screen time and how do I make sure the games are appropriate for both kids. But after a few days of lots of Wii time they seem just as excited to play with their new Pokemon cards or their knitting spool. The low-tech toys are still popular. Yay! When I look back on this holiday it still makes me laugh to think of us trying to keep us with Wii’s Just Dance, but I’m also happy that the crafty, low-tech moments were just as fun, engaging and memorable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We used this simple recipe for the ornament dough. Thanks to a new Mom friend for the paper chain inspiration and owl ornament supplies. And thanks to Granny Rachel who found this cool knitting spool for our beginner knitters.

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Fire Station is on the App Store!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Fire Station is now available on the App Store. Watch short documentary videos about fire vehicles, firefighters, their equipment, tools, and more. Special thanks to the Arlington Fire District in Pougkeepsie, NY for participating in this project. A portion of the proceeds from the app will be donated to the American Burn Association.

**Due to the size of the videos this is a large app so you need to be on a Wi-Fi network in order to download it.**

 

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