Have you heard about GoNoodle? My wife has been raving about it for years as a great tool for brain breaks and as an in-class fitness tool.
Well, it’s been a little chilly in our neck of the woods during the last few days and our kids needed exercise, so I found GoNoodle on our TV’s YouTube app. (GoNoodle has it’s own channel.) The kids asked me to do it with them, and let me tell you that within three minutes I was sweating. Is this due in part because of my poor fitness? Sure, but it’s also a fun way to really get the heart pumping. It’s got the kids running in place, jumping, stretching–it honestly mirrors what you would do in an aerobics class. But, because it’s so entertaining, you don’t even realize how much exercise you’re actually doing.
GoNoodle is currently offering a free family service because of the outbreak. You can find it HERE, or you can locate their channel on YouTube.
Have fun, and keep moving!
Though not particularly full of machismo, I am not prone to cry, but this book made the old eyes water just a bit.
Based on a true story during Taliban-occupied Afghanistan, Nasreen is a little girl whose parents are taken by Taliban troops. She retreats within herself, no longer smiling or talking. Desperate, her grandmother takes her to a secret school—a place forbidden for young girls by the Taliban. There Nasreen is given a glimpse of the outside world, a place where artistry, intelligence, and learning is valued.
Aimed at children, I picked this book up for my own daughter. I wanted her to have a worldly view. However, I think I learned just as much from Nasreen’s Secret School as she will. It reaffirmed my faith in the power of education and the importance of allowing children all over the world to learn. It reminded me that through academics, a child can realize self-worth and overcome isolation. It made me proud to be an educator myself.
The art is magnificent as well. And though delivered in a simple fashion, it only serves to bolster the emotional impact of an already powerful narrative. They are stunning not just for their colors and style, but for the passion they convey.
I completely recommend Nasreen’s Secret School not just for children, but also for adults who may have forgotten the significance of a child’s education.