Friday, April 9, 2010
Home Spun comic strip #468
It is always exciting to come across a book, magazine or film that you know your children will like, especially when it teaches a concept that you yourself had difficulty with. Math and science were never friends of mine in school, but since teaching my children, I have found a wealth of books that I only wish were available when I was a kid. The Sir Cumference series by Cindy Neuschwander was useful for teaching geometry. Algebra Unplugged by Kenn Amdahl explained algebra to Marina when she had lost all confidence in her math ability. The book The Physics of Superheroes by James Kakalios was just sitting on a shelf in Borders in plain view, waiting for me to snatch it up. We happened to be in a physics year of the trivium, so I could immediately hand it over to my eager comic-loving children. (I see now there is a second edition of the book. I might have to pick up a new copy...) If only everything were as easy to wish for. I'm still waiting for my million dollar lottery ticket.
PS- If you go to The Physics of Superheroes website, do take a look at the videos. They are hilarious!