Cool New Educational App! The LeapFrog MyRobot Friend iOS App (Sponsored Post)


 

My son testing out the new Leap Frog MyRobot iOS app

My son testing out the new LeapFrog MyRobot iOS app

 

The LeapFrog MyRobot Friend iOS app is a fun, fast moving educational strategy game that requires kids to utilize basic programming skills to guide a robot through a maze to find a chest of gold.

 

My 9 year-old son loves math, numbers, games and computer apps. So, I figured this app would be perfectly suited to his age and interests. I was right! He was captivated by it from the minute I downloaded it to his iPad.

 

Sitting at our dining room table, he quickly became engaged in the game for more than an hour. My 12 year-old daughter burst into the room and asked him what he thought of it, since both my kids have used many Leap Frog products over the years.

 

“It’s really cool!” he answered before shouting “Yeah!” after completing a level and moving onto the next one.

 

The LeapFrog MyRobot Friend iOS has 80 levels, increasing in difficulty from basic to increasingly advanced math, reasoning and directional calculations the user must program for the robot to successfully conclude a level and advance to a higher level. Along the way, animals and other obstacles are encountered and must be dealt with for the robot to capture the chest of gold.

 

Detail of Leap Frog MyRobot iOS app

Detail of LeapFrog MyRobot iOS app

 

The MyRobot Friend iOS is basically an introduction to robotics, currently one of the most popular elementary and middle school programs right now. Similar to robotics, this app requires the user to program a robot through various obstacles, each with an increasing level of difficulty.

 

Source: LeapFrog

Source: LeapFrog

 

As he explained it, my son was able to program the robot using numbers, addition, subtraction, directions (North, South, East, West) and other instructions before setting the robot off on its course. If the user makes a mistake, “undo” is available. The higher the level, the more complex the user instructions must be. I gave it a try at one of the lower levels and with my son’s help, was able to get to the chest of gold.

 

With names like “Drone Target” and “Boom Boom” this app totally intrigued and challenged my son. He progressed to level 13 before we stopped for dinner and he’s excited to continue with the higher levels tomorrow! Determined to advance to level 80, this clever app promises to be a regular part of his iPad use.

 

The LeapFrog MyRobot Friend iOS app, with its colorful, 3-D animated touch screen graphics and the potential for a challenging degree of difficulty is perfect for my son.

 

I like the fact that this app requires a kid to think through a short or very long sequence of navigational steps and actions the robot will make before hitting the button to allow the robot to move. If the kid’s strategy is correct he or she has successfully programmed the robot to capture the chest of gold!

 

Available for $3.99 for iPad and iPhone. Ages 7+.  To purchase the LeapFrog MyRobot Friend iOS, click on the link HERE 

 

 

I was selected for this opportunity by Clever Girls Collective but content and opinions expressed here are my own. To take the LeapFrog Reading Month pledge, please visit their Facebook page. #LFReadingMonth #spon

Style: What’d I’d Wear To A Parent Coffee or Admissions Event

Recently, we’ve received several reader emails asking what they should wear to parent coffees and other private school admissions events.  A few moms said they were very nervous about what to wear (in addition to being anxious about the events!). I was also stressed about what I should wear for our daughter’s kindergarten admissions events so I know the feeling!

Here are a few tips:

  • Wear an outfit that makes you feel confident and comfortable
  • Avoid flip flops, sweatpants and very casual yoga wear
  • Don’t wear anything too low cut or too tight
  • If you could wear it to a night club, it probably isn’t right for these events
  • Your outfit doesn’t have to be expensive and you shouldn’t feel compelled to buy anything new if your current wardrobe will suffice. But, if it makes you feel good, purchase something new to update an outfit!

I’m no fashion expert (or fashionista) by any means, but I have learned a few things after going through the admissions process twice. You will see every type of outfit imaginable at these events, from head to toe Chanel to grunge rocker. When I attended admissions events, I usually chose a blazer, trench coat or casual jacket, black or dark wash jeans and silk tops, with accessories, for my events. The look that’s best for me is effort at “Mom On The Go”. I’m tall (5’10) so I usually wear flats.  See photos below for what I’d wear!

 

Trench: Prada, Top: J. Crew,  Skinny Jeans: The Gap, Flats: J. Crew, Earrings: Fred Segal, Bracelets, Alexis Bittar, Noni Boutique, Watch: Rolex

Trenchcoat: Prada, Top: J. Crew, Skinny Jeans: The Gap, Flats: J. Crew, Earrings: Bettina Duncan at Fred Segal, Necklace: Lulu Frost, Bracelet: J. Crew, Handbag: Prada, Watch: Rolex

Outfit 3

 

Jacket: J. Crew, Top: Diane Von Furstenberg, Earrings: J. Crew, Necklace: Kyler Designs

Jacket: J. Crew, Top: Diane Von Furstenberg, Earrings: J. Crew, Necklace: Kyler Designs

 

L to R: Gold necklace: Kyler Designs, Diamond Earrings: Bettina Duncan at Fred Segal, Bangles: Noni Boutique, Bracelet: Alexis Bittar, Gold Earrings: J. Crew, Pave Bracelet: J. Crew, Necklace (bottom) Lulu Frost

L to R: Gold Circle necklace: Kyler Designs, platinum diamond earrings: Bettina Duncan at Fred Segal, Bangles: Noni Boutique, Bracelet: Alexis Bittar, Gold earrings: J. Crew, Pave gold Bracelet: J. Crew, Necklace (bottom) Lulu Frost

 

Jacket: Elie Tahari, Tank Top: Prabal Gurung for Target, Jeans: Loft, Booties: Piperline, Handbag: Reed Krakoff

Jacket: Elie Tahari, Tank Top: Prabal Gurung for Target, Jeans: Loft Skinny Jeans, Booties: Piperline, Handbag: Reed Krakoff, Necklace: J. Crew, Earrings, Kyler Design, Cuff: Anthropologie

With our pitbull rescue, Cocoa!

Outtake photo: With our pitbull rescue, Cocoa!

 

Jewelry: Bracelet: Alexis Bittar, Earrings: Kyler Design, Cuff Bracelet: Anthropologie

Jewelry: Bracelet: Alexis Bittar, Earrings: Kyler Designs, Cuff Bracelet: Anthropologie

 

Fund(rais)ing L.A.’s Private Elementary Schools on The Daily Truffle and Huffington Post*

I’m so thrilled to be guest blogging over at The Daily Truffle, one of my favorite sites. The site is written by private school graduates from L.A. (Harvard-Westlake, John Thomas Dye and others) and calls itself A Los Angeles Social Diary. – Christina Simon

 

Here’s an excerpt of my piece :

Springtime in L.A. is the season when private grade schools host auctions, gala events, and swank soirees at fancy hotels, studio lots, and LA country clubs designed to raise additional funds to pad the $25,000 base fee of sending kids to ‘John Dye’, Buckley, Curtis, the ‘Center’ and all the other early educational top LA tickets.

 

That might sound high but the $25k tuition doesn’t even cap the operating budget of any private elementary school and additional money is always needed for teacher salaries, employee benefits, school supplies, and financial aid.

To continue reading, click on the The Daily Truffle

*This piece is also featured on The Huffington Post today (Feb. 25).

 

Hear KOST 103.5 FM “Getting Into Private School” Interview and Photos, Summer Camp Links!

KOST 103.5 FM Interview

I was so excited to be invited by Kristen Cruz, the awesome morning co-host on KOST 103.5 FM to talk about getting into private elementary schools. Kristen is a mom of two and also writes a mom blog. The interview link is up and you can listen to the interview HERE.

 

Co-hosting a lunch at my home for some of L.A.’s most fabulous and inspiring mom bloggers was one of the highlights of my week!

My favorite mom bloggers!

I had some of my favorite mom bloggers over for lunch! My co-host was Matt Steiner of Launch Education Group (pictured next to me)!

 

My family and I were in San Diego for my son’s soccer tournament last weekend. Lots of fun!

A rare chance to play goalie and loving it! FCLA Club Team in San Diego

A rare chance to play goalie and loving it! FCLA Club Team in San Diego

 

Momangeles and I put together a fantastic list of summer camps for kids ages 4 and up. These include camps at private schools like Willows, Brentwood, Curtis and more! Click on Momangeles. 

 

Have a great weekend- Christina

 

 

Name That Private Elementary School Part 6 (pics and hints included)

This traditional Valley school is undergoing a new building program that includes a completed Arts building and this Math and Science Building. Known for its celebrity graduates, the campus sits on a secluded 19 acres for the K-12 school.

This popular, high-profile, traditional Valley school is undergoing a new building program that includes a completed Arts building and this under-construction Math and Science Building. Known for its celebrity graduates, the campus sits on a secluded 19 acres for the K-12 school.

Catholic K-6, in the Palisades. Photo Credit: Alan Fogelquist

Strongly religious Catholic K-8, located in the Palisades. Photo Credit: Alan Fogelquist

Westside Jewish Day School. Known for its strong academics and conservative religious program. The preschool is considered "fancy" by some moms.

A Preschool-6th grade Westside Jewish Day School. Known for its strong academics and a self-described Reform Congregation. The preschool is considered “fancy” by some moms but the elementary school is considered more down-to-earth.

Progressive K-6, includes world culture and the arts in its program. Just started an edible garden. Located in the Palisades. Photo: Palisades Patch

Progressive K-6, includes world culture and the arts in its program. This school just started an edible garden. Located in the Palisades. Photo: Palisades Patch

 

If you can name that school, leave a comment! Check back in a few days for the answers.

 

 

Radio Interview “How To Get Into Private Elementary School” on KOST 103.5 FM-Sunday Morning!

Kristen Cruz, KOST 103.5 co-host and mommy blogger with Christina Simon

Kristen Cruz, KOST 103.5 co-host and mommy blogger with Christina Simon

I’m so incredibly excited to be interviewed by the fabulous, friendly Kristen Cruz, co-host of Sunday Journal on KOST 103.5. The topic is “How To Get Your Child Into Private Elementary School”. The interview will air on Sunday morning, Feb. 10 at 6:30 a.m. (I know its very early!). But if you miss it, I will post the link on this blog.

Here’s the link to the information you’ll need (updated 2/13/2013)

http://www.kost1035.com/player/?mid=22878971

 

 

 

 

 

Reader Question: What Should I Expect From Parent Coffees?

 

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One of our wonderful readers emailed us to ask what to expect at the parent coffee events held by private schools during the admissions process.

 

Porcha Dodson, Beyond The Brochure co-author says:

“Parent coffees can be in the morning or evening. It is usually a great opportunity to get information on the school, see the facility/campus, meet the important folks and check out the vibe of the school. Its very casual and informative. However, its also not a time to ask a million individual questions at that time. No stress. I definitely recommend attending for sure!”

 

Christina Simon says:

“I’ve been to several of these parent coffees. They are informal, but everyone is watching everyone else! At some events, the admissions director will make remarks. Its a chance for prospective parents to see the school, meet the administrators and even other parents. Attending these events can be stressful. But, just remember you’re there to show your interest in the school. They are hosting this event because they want you to attend. If you can, introduce yourself to the admissions director and let her know how much you like the school. Don’t worry about what other parents are doing or saying! You’ll see and hear a lot of posturing that you need to ignore.”

 

Featured With My Kids On Elizabeth Street As A ‘Style Mom’

Every so often something really fun happens and you have to read it twice to make sure its true. This is one of those instances. I’m thrilled to be featured as one of Los Angeles’ style moms on the very chic international lifestyle site, Elizabeth Street. My husband, Barry, took the photo on our driveway. My daughter is wearing a Burberry trench coat. My son is wearing Nike and Target, as he’ll only wear athletic wear (shhh!). I also list some of my family’s favorite things to do with kids in L.A.

Check it out!

http://www.elizabethstreet.com/mom/christina-simon

- Christina