Tuesday, September 23, 2014

imageMy Incredible Body – Guide to Learn About the Human Body for Children
By Visible Body

About the App

Wouldn’t it be mind-boggling to look inside the human body and see how the heart, lungs, muscles, and bones work? Wouldn’t it be astonishing to see what swallowing, breathing, and digesting look like from the inside? With My Incredible Body, both children and adults can learn all the pieces and parts of human anatomy in an incredibly fascinating human body guide.  Learning the parts of the human body becomes visually engaging with this uniquely precise virtual guide.

* Zoom inside the skeleton, muscles, organs, nerves, and blood vessels to learn where everything is and how all the parts of your body function!
* Take rocket rides through the human body to experience how blood flows, what lungs look like when breathing, and how the body does its swallowing and digesting. You can even stop and look around!
* Learn how the skull bones fit together, what the busiest muscle in your body is, and other cool science facts like how the iris got its name!
* Watch short movies that show you how your brain works, how your muscles work together, and how your heart functions!
* New in-app purchase features fun quiz questions so kids can test themselves on what they’ve learned!
* Hey parents and teachers: Need help starting the puberty conversation? We've added the Reproductive System as an in-app purchase. It shows basic male and female anatomy and introduces the concepts of puberty and human reproduction at just the right level.

Parents, here’s what you need to know:
My Incredible Body is designed to be both engaging and educational, appealing to the natural curiosity of kids. It’s designed for experimentation, experience, learning, and discovery. And best of all, it’s really fun to use! Medically accurate 3D models and animations of anatomical structures are the hallmark of My Incredible Body. Content includes coverage of the following:  brain and nerves, digestion, lungs and air, bones of the skeleton, kidneys and urine, seeing, swallowing, digesting, breathing, and smelling, muscles, circulation and the heart, puberty and human reproduction

Content is served in a variety of ways to help kids learn about the human body.
* Immersive 3D models allow kids to see inside the body, identify organs and other anatomical structures, and learn amazing anatomy facts about how the body works.
* Children can use their fingertips on their iPad or iPhone to virtually “dissect” 3D models. They can rotate and zoom in and out to see what their insides look like and how the structures work together.
* Children can read and hear fun science facts about each anatomical structure—either with or without a virtual guide for exploration.
* Children can virtually fly through the different body systems.
* Short animations provide educational explanations of the body’s functions.

You’ll be well on your way to becoming an anatomy rock star!

My Thoughts

I learned about My Incredible Body app this week.   Someone mentioned it to me because we will be studying the human body as part of our homeschool coop.    After checking it out, I was very impressed with the quality of it and decided to see if I could review it.    Visible Body agreed and within a day the app was installed on my iPad.

Right from the first time we looked at it, I knew this app was a gem.   Seriously, the kids kept looking at it, learning from the various systems inside our bodies and watching the videos included in it.   The 3D view as well as the videos as simply stunning and permitted them to visualize the various part of the body.   And the use of colors within the app help to better understand the way our body works.

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The kids enjoy using the app to learn more about the human body – which is the theme for our next session for our homeschool coop in October.   In the meantime, they will have this app to explore as well as our weekly lessons on the human body which is part of our science curriculum this year.   I have mentioned that the app also uses videos as part of the learning process.   Well these videos are more like simulation on how the body works.  Let’s take the digestive system for example, the simulation will present you how a slice of pizza will travel through the digestive system.   You might think that it will a bit gross but not really.  Seeing the slice of pizza travel through the digestive system is a great way visualizing how food is digested.    

I am very impressed with the quality attached with this app.  If you are planning to study the human body with your child, this is definitively an app that you should consider purchasing on your device.   It is incredibly well done, contains precise information without going in too much details and will allow your child to visualize how his/her body works.   I am particularly please with the fact that when a specific part of a system is presented to the child, the part as well as its name is highlighted in blue. 

Two purchases can be made within the app itself.   The first one, would be the quizzes which will test the knowledge learn after watching the videos, learning how a specific system work and so on.  The second one is about the reproductive system – not all parents would like to have this included in the app without their knowledge so you have the option of adding it if you desire.   I have watched the information of the reproductive system.   The information contained in it is pretty clear.  Two videos explain the puberty for each boy and girl.  Another video also indicates how a baby is conceived (without going through too much details.   Both can be purchased for the price of 99 cents each.

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My Incredible Body app is available for purchase on iTunes for the prices of 4.99$.   The app is also available for Android and Windows Touch.

If you have a child who studies in university and would need an anatomy app on his/her device, check out the other apps for college/university students that Visible Body offers.  They are stunning!   With a child who would like to become a doctor in the future, I will know where to look when comes the time for him to get a special app to learn more about the human physiology during his studies.

Disclaimer: Thanks to Visible Body for sending me the above mentioned product for review purposes . I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way. All opinions expressed here are only my own.

Recently I have received new products from K*Nex to present to my readers.    I am always eager to see what’s new on the market and this time around there is a few surprises for kids who enjoy specific video games like Super Mario 3D World and Plants VS Zombies.    Though I am not familiar with the video games from which some of the packages come from, I think that K*Nex has shown creativity in creating these special toys.

Let me present you the products I have received.

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Go on a brand new adventure with Cat Mario as he battles a Mouse! Featuring K'NEX's all new jump disk and launcher that allow Mario to run and jump, like he does in the game. Build Cat Mario use the moveable jump launcher to enter the course. Look out for a Mouse - he could smash you! Defeat the mouse, then use the next jump launcher to reach the high platform and collect the spinning coins! Make your way though the clear warp pip, then pop-up the goal flag and you've cleared the course! Combine your Cat Mario building set with the rest of the K'NEX Super Mario™ building set line to take Mario on an even BIGGER adventure! For ages 8+.

Features:

  • Buildable course from Super Mario™ 3D World
  • Includes multiple jump panels to move Mario throughout the course
  • Buildable Cat Mario figure included
  • Mouse figure
  • Includes a clear Warp Pipe, pop-up Goal Flag and coins
  • EXCLUSIVE to this set: Cat Mario figure, Mouse figure, clear Warp Pipe
  • Ages 8+

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Build anything you can imagine for a year with the 52 Model Building Set! Includes instructions/ideas for 52 unique models - 1 for each week of the year! Loaded with over 600 K'NEX rods and connectors you can build trains, planes, animals, and tall structures. Parts can be stored in the convenient plastic storage tub. Perfect for builders ages 7+. Made in the U.S.A.

Features:

  • Includes ideas for 52 models - 1 for each week of the year!
  • 600 Pieces
  • Convenient plastic storage tub
  • Ages 7+
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Beat the zombies, save your brains...with the Football Mech Building Set from the Far Future level! This set includes 1 zombie figure plus a buildable Football Mech that walks with motorized action, just like in the game! Battery-powered motor included plus easy to follow building instructions. For ages 7+. Batteries not included.

Features:

  • Buildable Football Mech
  • Includes 1 future zombie figure
  • Battery-powered motor included (Batteries not included)
  • Walking action just like in the game
  • Easy-to-follow building instructions
  • Ages 7+

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Grow your army and establish the warzone with the K'NEX Titanfall™ IMC Pilot Strike Building Set! Use the IMC Pilot included to battle the Spectre in one-on-one combat. Includes 80+ pieces including an exploding wall to recreate the features of the Titanfall™ game. Combine with the Militia Pilo91BdqLTwBlL._SL1500_t Attack Building Set to grow your K'NEX Titanfall™ collection. For builders ages 8+.

Features:

  • Recreates the Titanfall™ game
  • Includes 2 figures - 1 IMC Pilot and 1 Spectre
  • 80+ Pieces
  • Exploding wall
  • Ages 8+

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My Thoughts

I love K*Nex because it allow my kids to develop a different site of creativity.  However, I will admit that I personally present kits that will develop that creativity over kits that are based on popular video games.   Probably because my kids don’t play much video games as we have very controlled time over this.   

So my heart is more pleased with the 52 Models Building set as it will allow my kids to use the pieces for personal models as well as models offered in the box.   However, I must admit that the Plants VS Zombies kit as well as the Super Mario Kit are very colorful and attractive in some ways.    The TitanFall kit is not as interesting as I don’t see the point of it.   Yes you can pretend fighting against an enemy but the colors of the pieces are not bright like the other kits.   I like color and having a kit that promote mostly great pieces feels a bit depressing for me.

If you are looking for a fun construction toy for a child in your life this Christmas, check out the K*Nex kits to see which one would be interesting for them.   It promotes creativity and coordination as they build the sets.    It would be money well spent.

All these toys are available at your favourite toy store, even amazon.ca and amazon.com.

  

  

  

  

9780800722883What Your Heart Needs for the Hard Days – 52 Encouraging Truths to Hold On To
Written by Holley Gerth
Published at Revell, a Baker Publishing Group Division

About the book

We all have days that make us want to pull the covers back over our heads and eat a dozen cupcakes.
Thankfully, Jesus said we don't "live on bread alone"--that includes cupcakes--"but on every word that comes from the mouth of God" (Matt. 4:4). What we really need is truth.
If you're tired, discouraged, or feel a little empty inside, my prayer is that by the end of our time together, you'll be refreshed and nourished in a way that will sustain you through whatever the future may hold.
Remember, you're not alone, my friend.

In this uplifting book, Holley Gerth invites you to be filled with the strength, peace, and joy that come from God's promises. Each of the 52 devotions based on the Psalms will help you remember that God is good and we're all in this together.

Who is Holley Gerth?

Holley Gerth is a bestselling writer, certified life coach, and speaker. She loves connecting with the hearts of women through her popular blog and books like You're Already Amazing, You're Made for a God-Sized Dream, and Opening the Door to Your God-Sized Dream. She's also cofounder of (in)courage and a partner with DaySpring. Holley lives with her husband, Mark, in the South. Hang out with her at www.holleygerth.com.

My Thoughts

As a woman, I know that there are days harder than others.   And sometimes we need to be reminded that we matter and that God cares deeply for us.  Holley Gerth has a way of bringing into writing the truth about ourselves and about God.   This time, she has gleaned precious wisdom from the book of Psalms which will remind us of God’s goodness.  This little book is a companion of Holley’s book You’re Going to Be Okay.  However, the book can easily be use without it and bring healing in your heart.

This book can be used as a weekly devotional or during the span of 52 days.   You can also opted to read one devotions every once in a while in order to slowly advance in it and be touched by God – going back on the devotion and ponder on the words of Scripture.   Slowly but surely as you progress in this book, read the Scripture associated to the devotion, take the time to respond and personalize your prayer you will go through the book of Psalms.

One particular devotion has touched me more than the other ones so far – it was about how God wants to exchange the pain for joy.  When going through a painful experience, it is important to remember that it takes time to feel joy again.  It’s a process.  Still we are not alone in the midst of the pain.  God is there – always.

This book could be a great little gift to someone you know who is going through a difficult time or simply to bless someone in their stocking at Christmas.    What Your Heart Needs for the Hard Days is available for purchase at your favourite bookstore, even amazon.ca and amazon.com.

  

It is also available for Kindle.

  

Disclaimer: The book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. for review purposes. I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way. All opinions expressed here are only my own.

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