February 8, 2012

Learning materials

Filed under: awesome,documentation,fail,parenting — mhoye @ 12:41 pm

Depicted here, a comet has knocked a star out of the sky; it’s fallen on the ground, and we have to pick it up, climb a hill and put it back next to the Moon. So that everyone can make wishes.


Now, I’m not down on Dora – they’re engaging books for toddlers, accessible and participatory – but there are just so many things wrong with this that I choked a bit, trying to read it to Maya. And when I asked her what was wrong with, she was absolutely certain.

“Dad!” she said. “The monkey’s not wearing a shirt!”

Ok, then. Still some work to do here.

Still, later that night she said she was going to “climb a big ladder and bring me the moon”, which may be the nicest things anyone’s said to me. Unfortunately she’s pretty sure it’s “Swiper”, not “Sniper”, so I haven’t been able to get her to say “Sniper, stop sniping!” with any consistency.


  1. Of course, she’s right on all accounts :)

    Comment by Seth — February 8, 2012 @ 3:38 pm

  2. I complained to Karen that “Pajama Time” has the crescent moon in the wrong orientation. I’m not sure I could make it through this Dora book.

    Comment by Jamie — February 8, 2012 @ 5:07 pm

  3. Firstly, it’s “Swiper, no swiping,” not “swiper, stop swiping.”

    Secondly, might I recommend Many Moons as a follow-up to that book. A little James Thurber would do you both some good.

    Comment by Kaitlin — February 11, 2012 @ 11:27 am

  4. Maybe the next one will be more malleable…

    Comment by Lib — February 18, 2012 @ 4:17 am

  5. Just wait. Catherine took control of Mass Effect from Chris for an hour this weekend. She likes the ATV and the aliens, but killing monsters is still scary.

    Comment by Darcy — February 22, 2012 @ 3:21 pm

  6. Femshep or you’re doing it wrong.

    Comment by mhoye — February 22, 2012 @ 3:42 pm

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