Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year!


"Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one."
-Brad Paisley

Monday, December 28, 2015

The Science of Snowflakes - Maruša Bradač



One could say that snowflakes are simply frozen water — but if you compare a snowflake to an ice cube, you’ll notice a big difference. Why are all snowflakes six-sided? Why are none of them exactly the same? And how do we ski on them? Maruša Bradač sheds light on the secret life of snowflakes.

Lesson by Maruša Bradač, animation by bottomless well films.

Friday, December 25, 2015

Happy Holidays!

 
Wishing You Peace and Joy this Holiday Season and throughout the Coming Year!

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Reasons Why Your Child May Be Struggling in School



Parents tend to get very frustrated when they find out their child is struggling in school. They try to do everything they possibly can to help, but sometimes it’s not enough. Many different factors can affect your child’s performance in school. For example:

Vision problems

Children with vision problems have frequent headaches, have a hard time reading, often sit right in front of the TV, and in school can barely see the blackboard. Vision problems can keep a child from excelling in school. Correcting vision problems can make a world of difference in your child’s academic performance.


Learning/Behavioral disabilities

If your child has a learning disability, they may have trouble remembering things, may be socially isolated, have trouble following directions, may be anxious, and sometimes violent. The most common learning disabilities are ADHD and dyslexia..

Environmental factors

Not being socially accepted in school can damage a child’s self esteem. Problems at home such as abusive parents, absent parents, a divorce, death in the family can negatively influence a child’s performance in school. Many children will keep what is bothering them to themselves. Even if they don’t say anything, they are well aware of what is happening at home. If you’re having a stressful situation at home, talk to your child about their concerns and most importantly listen.

Boredom

Highly intelligent children who are always ahead of in class assignments may have a hard time staying focused due to their boredom. Kids start to lose interest in learning if they are not being academically challenged. Seeking the help of a professional tutor will help your child become interested in learning again by introducing him to new concepts that will intellectually stimulate his mind.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Why the Octopus Brain is So Extraordinary - Cláudio L. Guerra



Octopuses have the ability to solve puzzles, learn through observation, and even use tools – just like humans. But what makes octopus intelligence so amazing is that it comes from a biological structure completely different from ours. Cláudio L. Guerra takes a look inside the amazing octopus brain.

Lesson by Cláudio L. Guerra, animation by Cinematic.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Top Tips For Reading to Children



There are many good reasons why parents should read to their children and encourage a love of books, and words, and reading from a young age. Children with literacy problems are more likely to drop out of school, commit crime and endure a life in poverty.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Why Do We Dream? - Amy Adkins



In the 3rd millennium BCE, Mesopotamian kings recorded and interpreted their dreams on wax tablets. In the years since, we haven't paused in our quest to understand why we dream. And while we still don’t have any definitive answers, we have some theories. Amy Adkins reveals the top seven reasons why we might dream.

Lesson by Amy Adkins, animation by Clamanne Studio.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Only a Few Spots Left in Our Robotics Class - Makes a Great Christmas Present for Kids and Grandkids!


Spots are filling up fast! Don't miss the chance to sign your child up for our Robotics class. 12 weeks of instruction in coding, robotics, physics, and so much more!

To enroll, call (707) 474-4710 or visit our website: http://academy21learning.com/stemafterschool.html

Monday, December 7, 2015

What to Watch When- Holidays



There are so many great holiday movies—both old and new—so choosing the right movie can be tricky, which is why we've broken it down for you!

Friday, December 4, 2015

Can You Solve "Einstein’s Riddle"? - Dan Van der Vieren



Before he turned physics upside down, a young Albert Einstein supposedly showed off his genius by devising a complex riddle involving a stolen exotic fish and a long list of suspects. Can you resist tackling a brain teaser written by one of the smartest people in history? Dan Van der Vieren shows how.

Lesson by Dan Van der Vieren, animation by Artrake Studio.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Common Core Subtraction with a Kindergartner



Watch as Barbara, our founder, teaches a Kindergarten student how to subtract 3 digit numbers using Common Core methods.

He was not only able to get the answer but he also understood the why behind the answer.

Please call The Academy at 707-474-4710 for more information on getting your child started in tutoring and enrichment classes!