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The Multilingual T-Rex

Hands up. Who knows a child who likes dinosaurs?

Next question. Who's heard the news about T-Rex?

Please don't say I'm the only person with a Radio 4 habit. I've just learned that T-Rex couldn't run very fast. Its legs wouldn't let it.

Does this mean some of your books will need updating? When exploring science with your kids, have you discussed the way in which scientists are constantly working as we speak, with theories being tested and re-evaluated, and new hypotheses being formed? Given that everybody loves dinosaurs, you've got an opportunity to do this from an early age. 

As Matthew Syed's wonderful book Black Box Thinking shows, it's a good idea to be influenced by evidence and to be flexible and ready to learn. Science is a great example of this. So can you give your pupils an example of how to work hard without being precious, and how to be ready to revise and come up with something better?

So much of what we work with at school is a finished product. We at Mantra Lingua take an enormous amount of pride in the beauty of the books we make for you. But perhaps, just sometimes, a child will benefit from the idea of fast creation and equally fast revision. To learn that sometimes, it's OK to start again.

Mantra Lingua has been playing with this idea. The viVOS Artframe gives you high production-values from the beginning. Your pupils can make their own sound-enabled work, perhaps inspired by our books. A child can record sound in a home language to go with something she's written down in English. 

It's completely wonderful. It fascinates children. But at the same time, you can work quickly. You can make something new.

So make a poster when you're next looking at dinosaurs. Mention the new finding that T-Rex ran slower than today's humans can. Add in information sourced online. Try adding spoken content in languages other than English for children who could benefit from home-language support. (That's where I got my title from).

And when new scientific research comes out... make a new one.

Just don't let your children stop learning. Or creating.