3D Augmented Reality Smart Book Review

Children are naturally curious about the world. They love learning about bugs and animals. Now, how about using the latest technology to enrich their learning experience?

Using Augmented Reality technology, the 3D Augmented Reality Smart Book offers a rich experience for our kids as they study about different topics in Science. Use the books alongside the free app available for Android Phone and Tablet, iPhone and iPad. One can see the animals come to life through high-quality 3D illustrations! Additional features include motion control, feeding functions, interactive puzzles, photograph-taking, animated video clips, and more.

My children are ages 13 and 10, and they love learning about everything. When they saw the high quality hard bound books from Kidoozi, they immediately asked me to download the app on my iPhone.  They browsed through the books while waiting…

When the app was finally installed, they used the phone’s camera and focused on the middle image of the book and poof! A 3D image appeared! They were able to navigate the the animal and make it move as if the animal was actually moving all around the room.

It was interesting and even I was excited to try it! There were several other options to click on – You can see the natural habitat of the animal, where can the animal be found in the world, how the animal sounds and even capture photos with the animal.



What is that on Charlie’s head? 

We got to review Evo Dino, Evo Bird, Evo Farm Animals and Evo Animals.

The products are available at Kidoozi fror 700 pesos each. Kidoozi is an online store which features premium, well-curated, and extraordinary brands that support our incredible journey as a parent. They offer shipping nationwide.

For more information, please contact Kidoozi at  hello@kidoozi.com or  +632.725.0368 and +639199944060  Follow them in https://www.facebook.com/kidoozi/

 

4 Life Lessons from Wonder Woman


A few weeks ago, we went to the movie theater as a family to watch Wonder Woman. It was a movie we have been waiting to see – and truly, we came out entertained and inspired. I personally loved the movie because growing up, I knew Wonder Woman’s story and I was glad that the movie didn’t change much from the original story and that the movie wasn’t just entertaining but it was able to make us appreciative of Diana’s journey and truly root for her as a character.

Gal Gadot and Chris Pine were also very good choices for the lead characters. They truly owned the characters.

There were also a couple of quotes and lessons that I picked up from the movie:

  • Love is what can change the world. -As Diana said, “It’s about what you believe. And I believe in love. Only love will truly save the world.”
  • The one you love the most can hurt you the most. – As Queen Hippolyta said, “You have been my greatest love. Today you become my greatest sorrow.”
  • Don’t let our schedules or trivial matters take control of how we live our lives. Let us be intentional in how we live our lives. As Diana said as she looks at the watch – “That tiny thing tells you what to do?”
  • We always have a choice. – We can do nothing, just stand and watch the world or we can do something about what we see. As Steve Trevor said”My Father told me once, ‘If you see something wrong happening in the world, you can either do nothing, or you can do something.’ And I already tried nothing.”

I am hoping to watch the movie again. How about you? What did you think of the movie?

Tuttle Publishing’s A History of Japan Review


A History of Japan by Tuttle Publishing is a concise and complete history book about the nation of Japan. It starts with Archaic Japan and Ancient Japan. It also has stories on Medieval Japan. The half of the book focuses on Early Modern Japan to Modern Japan. Japanese culture and arts is also discussed all through the different time periods.

I was quite excited to read this book as a supplement for my daughter’s homeschooling since she is studying about Asian History this school year.  This book is easy to read and helped me understand the Japanese people and their culture immensely. As I was reading through the book, I felt like I was actually traveling through time and witnessing the different time periods. I liked the different photos and illustrations that can be found all throughout the book. Though only printed in black and white, the illustrations give the readers a visual idea of the various topics discussed.

The most interesting part for me is the chapters under Modern Japan. I wanted to understand how the Japanese took power during World War II and how they recovered after they lost. I now have a better understanding of The War in China and the Pacific War and how it affected Japan as a nation as well.

The authors of this book is Richard Mason and John Caiger. This is  the revised edition which is published in 1997.

This book is a soft-cover book with 407 pages including bibliography and index. It is available from Tuttle Publishing at the price of $18.95

 Photo courtesy of Tuttle Publishing. 

Jeepneed Circuit Lab-in-a-Box

I mentioned Jeepneed briefly when I posted about the Philippine Homeschool Conference 2016. We bought the Pocket Microscope then and it has  truly helped us in our Science discoveries at home. A few days ago, I was once again able to come across Jeepneed and get to know the company a little better. Not only that, I was able to try out their Lab-in-a-Box kit.

Jeepneed makes adventures in Science more accessible for homeschooling parents like me. For the past years that we’ve been learning about Science in our homeschool, one of the major challenges is collecting all materials needed to perform experiments at home. Since my daughter was learning about electricity, I opted to buy the Circuit Lab box for her.

Inside the box, there are batteries, LED lights, copper tape, electrical tape and instructions for 5 expeditions or activities your child can accomplish.

(photo courtesy of jeepneed.com)

At the beginning, she tried to light up the LED using 1.5V of batteries.

Then she tried to make a simple circuit.

Watch the video on how she put the simple circuit together.

It took her less than 20 minutes to finish the expedition and she enjoyed the whole process.
Along with the materials, a simple instruction manual came with the expedition and there were some concept lessons being taught as well. It was simple and easy to understand.

Currently, Jeepneed has 6 labs that you can purchase individually or through subscription:


(photo courtesy of jeepneed.com)

 

 – Outdoors Lab

 – Circuit Lab

 – Space Lab

 – Health Lab

 – Kitchen Chem Lab

– Soap Mixtures Lab

Jeepneed is such a great tool for homeschool parents as they make adventures in Science more accessible to everyone! Aside from that, Jeepneed also helps out in public schools by letting them experience Science in a fun way. As they reach 100 subscriptions, it means 1000 students served. What a great way to help build our nation, isn’t it?

How much does the subscriptions cost?

1 month is 750 pesos

3 months is 2100 pesos

6 months is 3780 pesos

12 months is 6000 pesos

Be sure to check out their website or their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/jeepneed/  for more information about their subscription packages and other products.

 

 

 

Cetaphil Restoraderm Skin Restoring Body Moisturiser

Last year, my daughter started having rough and dry skin all over her hands. I have her checked by pedia to be sure that it isn’t something else but skin eczema. When we were sure, he gave us a sample of Cetaphil Restoraderm Skin Restoring Body Moisturiser and she applied it 2-3 times  a day. She only uses a pinch of the lotion and apply it on the dry skin.  After less than a week of use, we have seen a big improvement and eventually, her hand healed.

When the sample pouch ran out, I researched online where I can buy Cetaphil Restoraderm. I saw that it was sold through Lazada. But I wanted to get it personally and I was really glad to have found it in Rustans Fresh Supermarket inside Ayala Alabang Village. Though a bit pricey than our usual lotion, we are truly glad to have found something that works for my daughter’s dry and itchy skin.