Saturday, December 23, 2017

'Tis de Season : Apps, books, films, music & other resources

Google Doodle Winter Solstice Northern Hemisphere

As 2017 slowly is closing, we have noticed the sun beginning to set earlier and earlier! As the seasons begin to change, so too does the earth’s allocation of daylight.

To celebrate the astronomical phenomenon of the solstices Google has created two of its famous Doodles: Northern solstice and Southern solstice.

But Google is beginning the countdown to Christmas with a festive series of Doodles, since December 18. Interactive, animated images feature penguins and parrots arranging to spend the big day together? Oh! Well!

Interactive, animated images feature penguins and parrots arranging to spend the big day together.

As we end the trimester, moving through winter solstice toward the returning light, may the Holiday Spirit of the educational community help ease December’s chill but so bright! The sun continues to shine in my country.
Here some cute digital resources that will cheer kids around the world now that they are enjoying the holiday season.

Ho Ho Ho ! Santa's fans have again this Christmas a choice between two Santa trackers: Santa Tracker (Google) and NORAD Santa Tracker (Microsoft). It's so funny to follow the interactive Santa's travel around the world.

Children and educators can explore some of the very best holiday light displays from around the world on Google Maps.

screenshot Google Santa Tracker app


And yes, following Santa Tracker Apps: Google Santa Tracker and NORAD Santa Tracker

Google Santa Trackergames with elves in jetpacks, rolling gumballs, sleighs powered by rockets and many more. 

Once the 24th arrives, follow Santa in his journey around the world. Educators have special resources: Games for the classroom.

screenshot NORAD Tracks Santa

NORAD Tracks Santa App: watching the days countdown to the start of Santa's Yuletide journey around the worl, playing games, reading stories and more!

The Man Who Invented Christmas
Bharat Nalluri,2017

Films & Books:

And now the last beautiful surprises. Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens on the theater. The Man Who Invented Christmas directed by Bharat Nalluri is based on A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.

"It was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that be truly said of us, and all of us! And so, God bless Us, Every One!"

Tiny Tim

A Christimas Carol
Charles Dickens
illustrations: P.J. Lynch

When Charles Dickens passed away in 1870, a young girl in London asked a question that demonstrated just how strongly Dickens' writings were associated with the holiday season and modern Christmas traditions. She asked, "Mr. Dickens dead? Then will Father Christmas die, too?"

The book resonates with the true spirit of Christmas, detailed and atmospheric artwork bringing Dickensian London and its inhabitants to life with breathtaking immediacy.

The movie tells the story of how Charles Dickens came to write A Christmas Carol. The journey that led to Charles Dickens' creation of A Christmas Carol, a timeless tale that would redefine the holiday. 

The movie is "very soft-centred but succeeds in casting new light on an episode in its subject’s much scrutinised life that hasn’t been quite as exhaustively examined as one might have expected."

The Man Who Invented Christmas offers the familiar pleasures you would expect in a costume drama about Dickens

A Chistmas Carol for kids:

Wonder: special kids

Stephen Chbosky, 2017

"Remarkable ... It has the power to move hearts and change minds."

The Guardian

Wonder is a lovely film based on the New York Times bestseller, WONDER. It tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time.

R.J. Palacio


The unforgettable and life-affirming story of August Pullman - a boy who's desperate to blend in, but is destined to stand out. ‘My name is August. I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse.' Auggie wants to be an ordinary ten-year-old. He does ordinary things - eating ice cream, playing on his Xbox. He feels ordinary - inside. 

But ordinary kids don't make other ordinary kids run away screaming in playgrounds. Ordinary kids aren't stared at wherever they go. Born with a terrible facial abnormality, Auggie has been home-schooled by his parents his whole life. Now, for the first time, he's being sent to a real school. All he wants is to be accepted. But can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, underneath it all?

R.J. Palacio

R.J. Palacio has called her debut novel “a meditation on kindness”. Every reader/student will come away with a greater appreciation for the simple courage of friendship. Auggie is a hero to root for, a diamond in the rough who proves that you can’t blend in when you were born to stand out. 

This special edition is complete with exclusive behind-the-scenes content.

Stephen Chbosky, 2017

It's not the real world at schools, we know it. Bullying among young people is epidemic at school. But it's a refreshing new narrative full of heart and hope that will be a must read in the classroom, if we want to help banish or decrease bullying acts among your students at school and helping 'different' kids to be accepted by the class and by the entire school. 

After the festive season go to the movies with your students before reading the book. And then, yes, explore the theme in the classroom followed by activities and a good cross-curricular project.  WONDER is a book and movie you and your students will never forget. That will change some behaviour at school among young people.

Livres & musique:

Alice et merveilles
Stéphane Michaka
musique: Didier Benetti

Alice et merveilles aux Editions Radio France et Didier Jeunesse est une réinterprétation de Stéphane Michaka d'Alice au pays des merveilles, fameux classique de Lewis Caroll

Un univers envoûtant et surprenant mis en musique par Didier Benetti, timbalier de l'Orchestre national de France

Un film sonore à dérouler en famille ou en classe après les vacances noël. Un merveilleux voyage pour les oreilles et l'imagination des enfants.

Âge: à partir de Primaire.

Histoire de la musique en bandes dessinées
 Michael SadlerDenys Lemery & Bernard Deyries 
Les éditions Vandevelde

Impossible de synthétise l'histoire de la musique depuis la préhistoire jusqu'aujourd'hui. Histoire de la musique en bandes dessinées par Michael SadlerDenys Lemery et Bernard Deyries a parfaitement réussi! Parue pour la première fois en 1984, elle est rééditée dans une version réactualisée par Les éditions Vandevelde. 

"Ici, la musique ne s'écoute pas, mais se découvre au fil des siècles et des anecdotes, à travers des dates et des personnages emblématiques, croqués avec humour et malice qui ouvrent la porte d'une époque juste assez pour éveiller la curiosité du lecteur."

A lire en famille ou au collège en faisant écouter des compositeurs et genres de musique. Ça aidera les ados à comprendre la musique et les incitera à l'étude de la musique.

Un merveilleux voyage pour les oreilles et le goût de la musique.

Âge: Adolescents/ collégiens

A lire avec vos ados/ étudiants 
en piochant dans vos discothèques pour leur ouvrir les oreilles aussi.

Un amour de tortue
Roald Dahl
musique: Isabelle Aboulker

Un amour de tortue de Roald Dahl est un des deux projets de mise en musique de cet auteur classique de la littérature jeunesse que Gallimard Jeunesse a confié à la compositrice pour enfant par excellence, Isabelle Aboulker. 

"Isabelle Aboulker signe un mini-opéra rythmé, drôle et plein de légèreté, autour du texte lu par François Morel et illustré par Quentin Blake." 

Une musique inspirée et une belle interprétation des solistes vocaux et de l'Orchestre de Chambre de Paris.

Un autre livre à lire et écouter en famille. En classe, après les vacances noël. 

Les enfants aiment beaucoup lire Roald Dahl et écouter l'histoire en mini-opéra drôle leur offrira un merveilleux voyage pour les oreilles et l'imagination.

Âge: A partir de 10 ans.

Have yourself a Very Merry Christmas Season, brightly colored with love, peace and light.

Wishing everyone a Bright Holiday Season! And a special hug to all the children in the world.

I'm off to continue celebrating Christmas at home with my family.


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