Sunday, July 31, 2016

Back to School Tips for Parents



With the back-to-school season upon us, parents and kids alike are filled with excitement and anxiety. Here are a few back to school tips for parents from Mario Armstrong, to transition back to a regular schedule.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Why Do We Hiccup? - John Cameron



The longest recorded case of hiccups lasted for 68 years … and was caused by a falling hog. While that level of severity is extremely uncommon, most of us are no stranger to an occasional case of the hiccups. But what causes these ‘hics’ in the first place? John Cameron takes us into the diaphragm to find out.

Lesson by John Cameron, animation by Black Powder Design.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Register for the Last Week of Camp for the 2016 Summer - Dino Dig and Making Words Fun: Poetry August 1st - 4th

Secure your child's spot in The Academy of 21st Century Learning Summer Camps!

Register HERE Today!

Camps for the Week of August 1st - 4th


Dino Dig
Gr K - 3
History • Reading • Science
Dinosaurs: clearly the coolest life forms in the history of earth. How come they existed in so many different sizes and shapes? What was their environment like, and how did they evolve and adapt so well to the climate? Is it true that birds evolved from dinosaurs (keep it a secret—they did.) After all that successful adaptation, why did dinosaurs suddenly die out? Just what exactly do archaeologists do anyway, and how do they do it? Is all that digging really any fun? The answers to all of these questions and more will be covered in this fun class. Don’t forget to bring your shovels and pith helmets!


Making Words Fun: Poetry
Gr 4 - 11
Academics • Creative Writing • Reading 
Have you ever read limericks by Ogden Nash, or stories by Shel Silverstein and Doctor Seuss? Do Madlibs and puns make you laugh? Who doesn't like that stuff! How do they make words so interesting? Don’t you wish you could write out some of the cool ideas running through your head that you just can’t seem to get out the way you want? Well, this class is for you! Poetry comes in many forms and is the perfect way to help you express your thoughts in ways you never dreamed possible. You will discover just how much fun it is to find a particular word or rhyme to complete your thoughts; kind of like a scavenger hunt in the library. Maybe you already enjoy reading and coming up with stories and songs about things you like. In this class, you will gain the tools to take your writing skills to higher levels! Let the fun begin! 

Here are some facts:

  • Most students lose about two months of what they learned in math over the summer months.
  • Low-income students lose more than two months in reading achievement.
  • Parents consistently say that summer is the most difficult time to ensure that their children have productive things to do.
  • Our children’s’ need to learn does not end in May when the school doors close. They need to stay active and engaged, which also helps them stay on track academically when they return to school in August.

For a detailed list of camps, please visit our website at http://academy21learning.com/summercamps.html 
or call (707) 474-4710.
We look forward to Learning Academy Style together!

Friday, July 22, 2016

The Otherworldly Creatures in the Ocean's Deepest Depths - Lidia Lins



About 60 percent of the ocean is a cold, dark region that spans down to 11,000 meters. This zone is known as the deep ocean, and though it seems like an inhospitable and remote corner of the planet, it is actually one of the greatest habitats on Earth. Lidia Lins explores how so many species thrive in this mysterious underwater world.

Lesson by Lidia Lins, animation by Viviane Leezer.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Upcoming Camps: Vast Oceans and Math In The Real World - July 25th - 28th

Summer 2016 is here. It's time to secure your child's spot in The Academy of 21st Century Learning Summer Camps!

Register HERE Today!

Camps for the Week of July 25th - 28th, 2016:


Vast Oceans
Gr K - 3
Marine Science • Reading • Science
Discover the physical structure and behavior of various marine creatures that allow them to survive in the harsh ocean environment. How can whales be so gigantic? Do squids really glow in the dark and why? What in the world is a nudibranch? Students will select a marine animal and learn all about its physical attributes and behaviors through observations, research and discussion with classmates. Students will then use their findings to make many exciting projects including videos, art projects, and a special report presented to the class.


Math In The Real World
Gr 4 - 11
Academics • Reading • Science
Everywhere we look, mathematics is present. While scientists use math to describe even the most complicated concepts in nature, including the earth, space and subatomic environments, math also gives us the power to accomplish many tasks in our everyday lives such as: putting together recipes for cooking, making change, playing sports, and even getting high scores in video games. In this camp, your child will learn how math empowers them to understand the world around them and to approach challenges in new ways. They'll be seeing math everywhere and will be well on their way to joining the ranks of the chemists, architects, doctors, and others who use math to do exciting, important, and innovative things every day! Join in the fun and learn new ways to understand and explore math in all its beauty. Find out just how many magic powers math can give you!

Here are some facts:
  • Most students lose about two months of what they learned in math over the summer months.
  • Low-income students lose more than two months in reading achievement.
  • Parents consistently say that summer is the most difficult time to ensure that their children have productive things to do.
  • Our children’s’ need to learn does not end in May when the school doors close. They need to stay active and engaged, which also helps them stay on track academically when they return to school in August.

For a detailed list of camps, please visit our website at http://academy21learning.com/summercamps.html 
or call (707) 474-4710.

We look forward to Learning Academy Style together!

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Can You Solve the Passcode Riddle? - Ganesh Pai



In a dystopian world, your resistance group is humanity’s last hope. Unfortunately, you’ve all been captured by the tyrannical rulers and brought to the ancient coliseum for their deadly entertainment. Will you be able to solve the passcode riddle and get everyone out safely? Ganesh Pai shows how.

Lesson by Ganesh Pai, animation by Jun Zee Myers.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Register Your Child for Summer Camp - Think Like A Mad Scientist and Amusement Park Physics Camps Start July 18th!



Summer 2016 is here. It's time to secure your child's spot in The Academy of 21st Century Learning Summer Camps!

Register HERE Today!

Camps for the Week of July 18th - 21st, 2016:

Think Like A Mad Scientist 
Gr K - 3
Academics • Reading • Science/Technology
 Grab your lab coat and microscope, because we've got some science to do. Explore the wonderful world of science in all of its many shapes, forms, and attributes. Investigate sound and sound waves, observe and learn about chemical reactions, be transformed into junior biologists, chemists, and physicists engaged in making amazing discoveries and conducting equally amazing experiments, some of which may be earth changing. There young scientists in training will come home with many fascinating and magical experiments to share with the family. This class will be sure to nurture your child’s love of science and awe of the world and universe in which we live. Who knows, you might just send them on their way to taking over the world!

Amusement Park Physics
Gr 4 - 8
Academics • Science • Science/Technology
 Who doesn’t love amusement parks? Wouldn’t it be cool to design your own ride? If you can dream it, it can be built. How will you build it? What materials will you use? How will things like gravity, wind, heat, cold, and water affect your amazing new ride? You will discover the answers and solutions to your questions in this class as our ride-builders exchange ideas and help each other turn their rides into realities! This class will culminate in the building of an incredible Rube Goldberg machine. If you don't know what that is, look it up. After watching a few videos, your child will undoubtedly be itching to build one of their own.

Here are some facts:
  • Most students lose about two months of what they learned in math over the summer months.
  • Low-income students lose more than two months in reading achievement.
  • Parents consistently say that summer is the most difficult time to ensure that their children have productive things to do.
  • Our children’s’ need to learn does not end in May when the school doors close. They need to stay active and engaged, which also helps them stay on track academically when they return to school in August.

For a detailed list of camps, please visit our website at http://academy21learning.com/summercamps.html 
or call (707) 474-4710.

We look forward to Learning Academy Style together!

Sunday, July 10, 2016

How North America Got Its Shape - Peter J. Haproff



North America didn’t always have its familiar shape, nor its famed mountains, canyons, and plains: all of that was once contained in an unrecognizable mass, buried deep in Rodinia, a huge supercontinent that lay on the face of the Earth. Peter J. Haproff explains how it took millions of years and some incredible plate tectonics to forge the continent we know today.

Lesson by Peter J. Haproff, animation by Globizco.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Summer STEM Mornings Session 2 Starts July 11th - Only a Few Spots Left - Register Today!!


Summer STEM Mornings Session 2
Jul 11-Aug 5, 2016 
8:30 am - 11:30 am 
M Tu W Th F 

Gr 1 - Gr 3 & Gr 4 - Gr 8
$650 per session

Register Your Child HERE

Academics • Academic Writing • Creative Writing

Some elementary school children struggled this year. Some did only what was demanded of them. Some sailed through the year without even trying. The rest fell somewhere in between.

Regardless of where your 1st thru 8th grader* landed, Summer Mornings will support, encourage, challenge, and motivate them. Whoever touted the old refrain, “learning isn’t fun,” never experienced The Academy of 21st Century Learning!

Let’s take a peek at our one month program:

Math: Beginning Fact Families - Algebra
Reading/Writing: Beginning Phonics – 5 Paragraph Essay/Creative
Writing Science: STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math)
EXPERIMENTS!!

For three hours a morning, Monday – Friday, 8:30AM – 11:30AM, your kids will laugh, learn, experiment, and challenge themselves. (You can expect up to one year’s growth in reading and/or math, but don’t tell your kids!) PLUS, over your family dinner table, you will hear about dissected cow eyes, frogs that dance, building rockets and shooting them off, creating electronic circuits, coding for building apps, and a myriad of other scientific topics that will have them excited about learning.

Want more information? Call us at (707) 474-4710!

* grade just completed

Monday, July 4, 2016

Happy 4th of July!



“You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4th, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism.” 
— Erma Bombeck

Have a Safe and Happy 4th of July!

Friday, July 1, 2016

Robotic Car on Track using Color Sensor @ The Academy



Check out this robotic car, assembled and programmed with our fantastic teachers Mr. Chris & Mr. Bryan, drive the track using its code.

The countdown is on until our Robotics class starts! www.Academy21Learning.com or call (707) 474-4710!