Monday, September 18, 2017

What Are Gravitational Waves? - Amber L. Stuver


In September 2015, scientists witnessed something never seen before: two black holes colliding. Both about 30 times as big as our Sun, they had been orbiting each other for millions of years. A fraction of a second before the crash, they sent a vibration across the universe at the speed of light that was picked up by the LIGO detector. So what are these ripples in space? Amber L. Stuver explains.

Lesson by Amber L. Stuver, animation by Eoin Duffy.

Friday, September 15, 2017

When to Hire a Tutor For Your Child


More parents today see tutoring as a natural add-on to their child's classroom learning. They realize even top schools can't focus individually on their child. And with private lessons in athletics and music so common, a private tutor for math, science or other subjects often makes good sense. Here are common times when hiring a tutor for your child is smart.

Your child is struggling in a subject or two.

If algebra class is 50 minutes but your son needs 60 minutes to learn the concept, he's going to fall behind in algebra and get discouraged. A math tutor will help the child who needs a little extra time. Tutors also re-teach past concepts and answer questions that kids are reluctant to ask in class. Tutors are expert in helping kids regain the motivation and confidence to succeed in math, science, writing, Spanish, or other classes.

Your child would benefit from homework and organization help.

Parents often seek a tutor for their child who isn't naturally organized. Some kids just need more supervision to get all their homework done to a high level. A 60-minute nightly tutoring session will nudge apathetic or scattered kids to work to their potential. Tutors will help kids manage due dates, get kids un-stuck by clarifying ideas or answering questions, and quality-check homework assignments.

Your child wants to achieve a goal or fulfill a hope.

Some families have a specific goal in mind when they start with a tutor. They want to raise a C to an A in calculus, or boost an SAT score 150 points. Other families have more abstract goals. They wish their child liked school more, or sympathize with a child who is trying hard but seeing only mediocre results. A tutor will listen to your hopes, and create a plan to help your child succeed.

You feel your child can improve study skills and test taking.

Many kids study the same way each year. But what works in 5th grade isn't enough in 7th grade. And the big leap from junior high to high school demands an upgrade in study skills. Kids with lagging study skills benefit immediately from a tutor who helps them increase homework time, pay attention to details, prepare for tests, and read more thoughtfully. A tutor can also ease test anxiety by teaching test-taking skills.

You hope to side-step a bad family dynamic, or provide stability.

By the teenage years, kids often will listen to any adult other than their parents. If that's the case, it's better for the child's grades (and family happiness) to bring in a tutor and remove the parent-child dynamic from the picture. Tutors understand teens and how to motivate them. And with younger children, parents can be too involved - doing all the homework themselves. A tutor gently returns responsibility to the child, while still providing consistency and support.

You have discovered your child likes to be tutored.

Parents often hire a tutor for a quick fix - usually to help their child bring up a grade in a tough class. But they'll continue with tutoring for years because their child really likes it. The one-on-one sessions help kids master even the hardest material, and signal that the family prioritizes their school success. Kids look forward to bringing home great test results, and to having undivided attention as they work on school assignments.

With today's school cutbacks, it's likely that more parents will try a private tutor and discover the benefits. Tutors are a smart way to ensure your children get the top education they need and deserve for later success in college and life.

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

How Many Ways Are There to Prove the Pythagorean Theorem? - Betty Fei


What do Euclid, 12-year-old Einstein, and American President James Garfield have in common? They all came up with elegant proofs for the famous Pythagorean theorem, one of the most fundamental rules of geometry and the basis for practical applications like constructing stable buildings and triangulating GPS coordinates. Betty Fei details these three famous proofs.

Lesson by Betty Fei, animation by Nick Hilditch.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Super 5: Back-to-School Power Moves to Start the Year Strong


Today we welcome Windy Lopez-Aflitto from Learning Heroes to the blog! Below, Windy shares "power moves" that parents can use to make back-to-school a success.

When it comes to getting your child off to a new school year, parents can be learning heroes. In addition to getting backpacks and school gear ready, this is a great time to get a clear sense of how to support learning at home throughout the year. Knowing your child’s interests, habits, and personality means that you have a head start and can help make learning fun and enjoyable throughout the year.

Yet, for parents to successfully support their child, they also need an accurate picture of their child’s achievement level.

Learning Heroes’ newly released national survey Parents 2017: Unleashing Their Power and Potential shows that nine in ten K-8 parents report their child as at or above grade level in both reading and math, two in three consider their child “above average,” and three in five are confident their child will be prepared for success in college. But national data tell a different story. For example, 2015 National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) data demonstrates that barely one-third of students perform at grade level.

To help parents get a full picture of how their child is progressing and start the school year strong, Learning Heroes created the Super 5: Back-to-School Power Moves, which includes the below 5 tips as well as free, easy-to-use resources and videos from National PTA, Scholastic, and many other trusted organizations.

Start Strong. As part of your back-to-school routine, find out how prepared your child is for his or her new grade. Pay attention to how easy or hard it is for your child to perform grade-level tasks, and review the annual state test results from last year. If you haven’t received the results yet, ask your child’s teacher. Compare this information to see where your child is doing well and where more support is needed.

Partner Up. You need your child’s teachers and they need you. At your first teacher meeting, bring your child’s state test results and ask what they mean for the year ahead. Find out what’s expected of your child this year and what you can do at home to help. Ask your child what he or she is most excited and
nervous about for the new
school year and why, and let the teacher know.

Make it fun! You are the expert on your child and can help make learning cool! Read together to discover topics that interest your child. Find math problems in everyday life and turn it into a game. Practice subtraction, measuring, and division when cooking together or while grocery shopping. These small learning moments add up to a lot!

Celebrate hard work. Our attitudes about learning–called “mindsets”–impact how our children learn, how they feel about making mistakes, and their self-confidence. Promote a “growth mindset” at home to help your child see that hard work is what leads to success. For example, focus on the specific effort and what your child is learning. This will help your child feel less nervous about new tasks or subjects.

Encourage life skills along the way. When it comes to your child’s potential and happiness, focus on the whole picture! Strengths like being able to communicate, problem-solve, show patience, and act independently will help your child in school and life. Talk openly with your child about how he or she is feeling and reacting to situations at school, on the playground, and at home.

For more back-to-school resources and activities (in English and Spanish) to help your child succeed this year, visit bealearninghero.org. You can also get and share tips with other parents using #bealearninghero.

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

The Science of Smog - Kim Preshoff


On July 26, 1943, Los Angeles was blanketed by a thick gas that stung people’s eyes and blocked out the Sun. Panicked residents believed their city had been attacked using chemical warfare. But the cloud wasn’t an act of war. It was smog. So what is this thick gray haze actually made of? And why does it affect some cities and not others? Kim Preshoff details the science behind smog.

Lesson by Kim Preshoff, animation by Juan M. Urbina Studios.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Advantages of Getting a Math Tutor for Your Child


A math tutor is a teacher or expert who specifically teaches an individual about mathematical solutions and subjects. There are many different levels in tutoring. Some children in elementary and high school need tutorials in this subject because the lessons taught are becoming more and more complex. On the other hand, there are quite a number of students who do not fully understand what their teacher is teaching them in the classroom.

Due to the pace that some teachers teach, not all students are able to easily grasp the concepts that are taught in each mathematical lesson. While the teacher can entertain questions from the students about the aspects of the subject that may confuse them, there is a limited amount of time allotted for this particular topic every day.

Benefits

There are several benefits to getting a math tutor for a child, no matter the age or grade level. Elementary students and high school students benefit from tutorials because they can keep up with the pace that their teacher has set for the entire class. It is a good way to keep your child up-to-date with what is being taught in school. Another advantage in hiring a tutor is the confidence that the child develops when he or she understands what is being taught.

It can not only undermine a kid's confidence when he or she has trouble grasping the concept being taught, but it can also make him or her shy with the other kids who actually understood the lesson. Once the child loses the confusion that they have experienced initially, the awareness that they have finally understood it can be so heartwarming and enlightening to the child.

Another advantage that comes with hiring a math tutor is the one-on-one attention that the teacher can dedicate to the individual. Educators in schools make an effort to help their students understand the lessons they teach, but there is a lack of time and attention that they can dedicate to each student due to time constraints and the number of individuals in the class. Tutorial sessions are very advantageous because they are individualized and the specific needs of the student are addressed.

Another benefit that is gained from the presence of a math tutor is the specialization that the teacher has for the subject. In order to be successful, tutors need to see the curriculum that the child will be taught and they also need to see the homework and lessons that the school teacher has given the child for the day or for the week. Mathematics is a highly specialized subject that needs understanding and expertise. Professors or tutors on this subject are usually those who have particular knowledge of this subject while they were in school.

Hiring a math tutor has many different advantages, other than those listed above. Parents will be able to see the additional benefits after their child manifests positive results from the lessons received from these study aids.

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Helping Your Kids Succeed in School



Watch and learn about the top four things parents can do to help their kids succeed in school.

Monday, August 28, 2017

The Amazing Ways Plants Defend Themselves - Valentin Hammoudi


Plants are constantly under attack. They face threats ranging from microscopic fungi to small herbivores like caterpillars, up to large herbivores like elephants. But plants are ready, with a whole series of internal and external defenses that make them a less appealing meal — or even a deadly one. Valentin Hammoudi explains some of the fascinating ways that plants defend themselves.

Lesson by Valentin Hammoudi, animation by Juan M. Urbina Studios.

Friday, August 25, 2017

4 Helpful Habits for Back-to-School Season

The new school year is a great time to implement daily practices to further your child's literacy skills.


Very soon we'll be trading in the sound of the ice cream truck bell for the sound of the school bell. The start of a new school year is right around the corner. With the season comes the opportunity to put in place some back-to-school habits that can help your children build their literacy skills.

Here are four practical ideas to help your family kick-off the school year.

1. Keep Up With a Reading Log

Many schools request children to read at home several times a week. Even if the school does not require daily reading, it's still one of the best habits to put in place at home.

Keeping a reading log will help your kids track the books they read. When your kids can look back and see how many books they read each month, it provides a sense of accomplishment.

Writing down the titles or minutes read each day will also give your child a little extra handwriting practice. They might even give each book a star rating system and critique each book that is read.

A weekly or bi-weekly trip to the public library will ensure that you have plenty of reading material on hand. The 6th Edition Scholastic Kids & Family Reading Report shows a majority of kids agree “it is very important for their future to be a good reader,” but only one in three is a frequent reader. So, don't forget to let your kids choose their own books for reading at home.

2. Create a Nightly Reading Routine

In our house, we follow a "triple B" nighttime routine: bath, books, and bed.

Right before their bath time, my kids pick out two or three books that they want to have read aloud that night. They lay their chosen books on the bed where they'll be ready to read right after they take their baths and put on pajamas. Each night, my husband and I alternate reading to the kids. Then, once the books are done, it's time for bed. (You can also choose books before dinner, if your kids don't bathe before bed.)

Need some read-aloud ideas? Check out these books parents love to read to their kids.

3. Have Dinnertime Discussions

Take advantage of your captive audience at the dinner table each night. Implement a 'no screens policy' so that distractions will be limited, which in turn will encourage conversation. Here are a couple of prompts to connect as a family:

  • Tell us something you learned today.
  • Share something that you were proud of today.
  • What is something that you wished didn't happen today?
  • What are you most looking forward to tomorrow?


Using the prompts above will help you learn about what successes and struggles your kids experienced during the day. The last prompt will help your child think ahead to a new day.

For more activities to help build literacy skills at the table, see how to practice storytelling with kids at dinnertime and three ways to build vocabulary at dinner.

4. Plan Ahead

If you know that Wednesday nights are soccer practice and Thursday nights are piano lessons, plan ahead to squeeze in literacy learning.

Your kids can listen to audiobooks in the car on the way to practice. Start with these five awesome audiobooks.

Or, you can quiz your kids on their spelling words while you drive. If you still have a few minutes, ask your kids to tell you about the last book they read.

Putting a few habits in place now will have you feeling prepared and confident when the school bell rings.

To learn more helpful tips for success, get great book recommendations, and find out what to expect for each grade, check out the Start Smart: Back-to-School Guide.

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Cell Membranes are Way More Complicated Than You Think - Nazzy Pakpour


Cell membranes are structures of contradictions. These oily films are hundreds of times thinner than a strand of spider silk, yet strong enough to protect the delicate contents of life: the cell’s watery cytoplasm, genetic material, organelles, and all the molecules it needs to survive. How does the membrane work, and where does that strength come from? Nazzy Pakpour investigates.

Lesson by Nazzy Pakpour, animation by Zedem Media.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

This Guy Explains Why the Solar Eclipse Will Blow Your Mind | Short Film Showcase


On August 21st, 2017, millions of people in the United States will watch as the sun, moon, and earth align for a rare and extraordinary event—a total solar eclipse.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Getting Better Grades With Tutoring


There is nothing harder on a parent than to see their child suffer in any way. We all want our children to succeed and achieve their dreams. We don't want our children to be ridiculed by their peers. If your child is struggling to succeed in school there is a great opportunity for getting better grades with tutoring. Have you considered that the reason your child uses homework excuses is because he/she can't handle the stress of working on something he doesn't understand? If your child is not goofing off in school and has a genuine need and agrees, hiring a tutor is one way to help him/her out.

Finding a tutor for your child should be a decision based on what is best for your child, input from you and your child as well as consultation with your child's teacher to discuss your child's learning strengths, weaknesses and style. A tutor can not only teach the material, but can also give your child suggested ways to do homework more efficiently, approaches or tricks to test taking, motivation and an assessment of the child's learning style.

Tutoring Pay Rates

The rates paid to tutors for their services are not regulated, so there is no way to judge what you will have to pay. If the tutor has a high degree of education, they may charge more than a college tutor might charge. Setting yourself a budget and deciding where you can cut corners may be necessary to ensure that you can pay for the tutoring. A professional tutor, because of their experience, will likely be more able to adapt to your child's learning style/difficulties than a tutor that you hire from a college.

How to Find a Tutor Online

If you search online, you'll find many sites with a list of tutors in your town or city. These sites will have the tutor's contact information available for you to use. The site will have somewhat of a biography of the tutor, listing the tutor's education, grade levels they want to teach, etc.

Another option would be to check your local college or university website to see if they have students available that offer tutoring services. The rates charged by college students may be lower than those charged by professional tutors and there may be an agreement in place between your child's school and the university or college. Some schools may assist with the payment to the tutor.

There are also companies that specialize in tutoring. They have a big online presence and their sites are full of information on the types of tutoring being offered at their location.

All of the choices above are great to use as a tutor finder and have a lot of information to enable you to make the right decision for you and your child. Imagine your child getting better grades with tutoring because the tutor was able to get through to your child using a different style of teaching.

How will that positively impact your child's and your life?


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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Will the Ocean Ever Run Out of Fish? - Ayana Elizabeth Johnson and Jennifer Jacquet


When most people think of fishing, we imagine relaxing in a boat and patiently reeling in the day’s catch. But modern industrial fishing -- the kind that stocks our grocery shelves -- looks more like warfare. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson and Jennifer Jacquet explain overfishing and its effects on ecosystems, food security, jobs, economies, and coastal cultures.

Lesson by Ayana Elizabeth Johnson and Jennifer Jacquet, animation by Anton Bogaty.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Tips to Get Your Kids Back on a School Routine


Did late-night sleepovers and extra free time throw off your kid’s schedule? Make a smooth transition into the new school year with these tips.

Monday, August 7, 2017

What Happens When You Have a Concussion? - Clifford Robbins


Each year in the United States, players of sports and recreational activities receive between 2.5 and 4 million concussions. How dangerous are all those concussions? The answer is complicated and lies in how the brain responds when something strikes it. Clifford Robbins explains the science behind concussions.

Lesson by Clifford Robbins, animation by Boniato Studio.

Friday, August 4, 2017

How to Prepare for Back to School


Ease your children back into their school schedule with these parent-tested tips.

Step 1: Reset their body clock
If your children have been staying up late and sleeping in all summer, reset their body clocks: Starting two weeks before school, send them to bed a little bit earlier every night -- and get them up a little earlier every morning -- until they're back on a school-day schedule.

Tip
Get them used to the impending morning rush by planning early-morning activities they'll want to jump out of bed for.

Step 2: Take them shopping
Take them shopping for school supplies and, if your budget permits, a few new back-to-school clothes. Let them have a say in the selection process to get them excited about the return to the classroom.

Step 3: Prepare their work area
Help them prepare the area where they'll be doing their homework, especially if they seem anxious about the upcoming year. Having a clean, organized space with some new supplies may help ease their nerves -- and might even get them excited about a fresh start.

Tip
Surprise them with a new electronic gadget that can be used to do homework. Check out websites like eBay and Craigslist for bargains.

Step 4: Set up playdates
Set up playdates with school friends they haven't seen all summer to remind them that the school year has its fun side.

Tip
If you're child is starting at a new school, see if it's possible to have them meet their new teacher before the school year starts.

Step 5: Cook ahead
Make double batches of meals now so you can quickly defrost dinner during those first hectic days.

Step 6: Tamp down your own fears
Keep any of your own anxieties about the upcoming school year to yourself. Children take their lead from you; if you seem composed, it may alleviate their own fears.

Did You Know?
Up to 18 percent of children display anxiety over returning to school in the fall that can lead them to be disruptive in class, according to one study.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

The Power of Reading Aloud


It’s never too early to start reading aloud to your kids – and keep reading – even as your little ones get older. Scholastic Librarian Deimosa Webber-Bey and a group of young readers, aged 7-12, share their tips on making the most out of family read-alouds.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

The Left Brain vs. Right Brain Myth - Elizabeth Waters


The human brain is visibly split into a left and right side. This structure has inspired one of the most pervasive ideas about the brain: that the left side controls logic and the right side controls creativity. And yet, this is a myth, unsupported by scientific evidence. So how did this idea come about, and what does it get wrong? Elizabeth Waters looks into this long held misconception.

Lesson by Elizabeth Waters, animation by Daniel Gray.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

How to Find the Ideal Tutor for Your Child


Finding the right tutor for your child can be a difficult and time-consuming task. There are a number of factors you must consider during the selection process and it can be difficult to evaluate some of these factors without your child actually receiving some tutoring from the tutor. This article will outline the steps you should follow when searching for a tutor for your child. I hope these steps will speed up your search process and help you find the ideal tutor for your child.

1. Determining the needs of your child

The first step in finding the ideal tutor for your child is to determine what type of help your child needs. If your child is weak in certain subject areas then you will likely benefit from finding tutors that specialize in those subjects. If your child has a learning disability then finding tutors specializing in learning methods for students with your child's learning disability will likely produce better results. It's also possible that you just want to help your child perform better in subjects across a wide range of subjects. Specifying the specific needs or combinations of needs for your child will help you narrow your focus when searching for qualified tutors.

2. Finding Qualified Tutors

You'll want to find several tutors that meet your requirements as established in the first step. At this stage you're just looking to build a list of companies to research further. There are several places you can look to find potential tutors. School guidance counselors are good resources - they are likely to know several tutoring companies in your area and can help you find tutors that meet your child's needs. Asking other parents with children is another good source for finding tutoring services. They may have experience with tutoring companies and can vouch for the quality of different tutoring services. Online tutoring directories are also an excellent resource. Tutoring directories tend to have a large selection of tutors, reviews and they allow you to search by city or subject.

3. Evaluating Tutors

You should now have a list of tutoring companies that meet your basic requirements (subjects, teaching methods, etc.). The next step is to go through the list and evaluate each tutoring service in more detail. Search online to see if the company has a website with more information. Search for reviews. In addition to your basic requirements there are other variables that you should consider such as the experience of the tutor, education, and their performance track record for past students. You can create a list of questions you want answered and call the tutoring company or tutor to find out the answers. Before you commit to anything you and your child should have a preliminary meeting with the tutor who would be teaching your child. This will help you evaluate how the tutor and your child interact, which can have a big impact on how well your child responds to the tutoring. After you have met with a few tutors weigh their strengths and weaknesses and make your final decision.

4. Agreeing on goals and measures

It's important to have established methods for evaluating performance. Many tutoring companies have their own systems in place for establishing a baseline and evaluating performance over time. If the company you select does not have a system like this in place you should bring this up and create a list of goals and how you will measure improvement. This might include increasing test scores by at least one grade, advancing to a higher reading grade, etc. Once the goals and measures have been established make sure you regularly check the performance of your student against the goals. Keep in mind that improvement isn't instant, but if your child still hasn't improved over a month or two you should probably meet with the tutor to discuss a different approach that will get results or you should begin searching for a different tutor.

Finding the ideal tutor for your child can be a time-consuming process, and it can be frustrating if you don't find a good tutor; however, by following the steps listed above you can greatly improve your odds of finding a good tutor on the first try.


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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Can You Find the Next Number in this Sequence? - Alex Gendler


1, 11, 21, 1211, 111221. These are the first five elements of a number sequence. Can you figure out what comes next? Alex Gendler reveals the answer and explains how beyond just being a neat puzzle, this type of sequence has practical applications as well.

Lesson by Alex Gendler, animation by Artrake Studio.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

How Journaling Benefits Your Child


Journal writing can help your children process feelings, build writing skills, and communicate their ideas.

Journaing encourages your child to grow while discovering open-ended writing. Instead of writing one assignment and being done, journal writing allows your child to write daily (or more!).

Not only can it be enjoyable and reflective, journaling also has multiple benefits related to literacy and social growth. Plus, you might just spark a fire in your budding writer!

Here are three great benefits of journaling, including tips for your child's further development.

1. Help Your Child Deal With Big Feelings

Remember that journal you had when you were a tween? The padded one with a kitten on the front that came with a lock? It also had a special key that you hid under your mattress.

The tween years can be filled with lots of emotions and new experiences. A private journal can be a safe place to record those new and brewing feelings. Many kids feel better when they can express their ideas and thoughts in a safe non-judgmental place. A private journal can help your child process her feelings.

Tip: Let your child pick out her very own journal. Plan a special outing to a bookstore that carries journals. Have your child select a journal that feels special to her. Explain that it will be a place for her to record her thoughts and also keep them private.

2. Improve Your Child's Writing Skills

Journaling builds writing skills. Just like basketball players, painters, and guitarists, the more we practice the better we get. Spelling, sentence structure, vocabulary, and grammar can all be enhanced through a regular writing habit.

Writing in journals allows your child to feel in control of the content he chooses to write about and the length of his writing pieces. This control and choice make writing more appealing to your child.

Tip: A curiosity journal is an interesting place for kids to record their observations and wonderings. The journal can be a simple notebook or a journal with blank pages. You child can keep his journal with him when setting out on an adventure — whether it's the backyard or a trip to a museum.

Have your child jot down things that interest him, or questions he has about his experiences. He can also fill the journal with drawings and sketches. Encourage him to label his drawings too.

3. Enhance Your Child's Communication Skills

Journaling helps communicate ideas through writing. Sometimes kids find it easier to express themselves through writing versus oral communication. And, developing written communication skills will be an asset as your child moves forward.

Children have to draw from their vocabulary bank to select precise words to communicate their thinking. Plus, they practice handwriting skills.

Tip: Try a dialogue journal. Have your child decorate a blank notebook with stickers or pictures from magazines. Take turns writing back and forth in the journal notebook with her. (Note: For those of you with crafty children, find out how to create a homemade journal from recycled materials.)

Begin by jotting a note to your child and ask her a question. These can be as simple as, “What do you want to do tomorrow?” or more personal such as, “When was a time you felt scared?” Then allow her to respond in writing. She can respond to your question, share her thoughts, or ask you a question. Have her leave the journal on the counter and tell her you'll respond the next day.

Journaling is full of academic and emotional growth opportunities for your children. So, grab a journal and introduce them to this new tool. Soon enough, they'll be writing volumes!

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Monday, July 17, 2017

The Benefits of Tutoring Services For Students


When it comes to learning, every student will be different in terms of what they excel in, what they struggle with and the ways in which they best learn new things. In the event that any child struggles with a specific subject or area of their curriculum, it is beneficial for them to utilize a tutoring service which can not only help benefit them academically, but can also help with their confidence which can benefit all aspects of their education.

One of the main reasons why a student may struggle in class can stem from the often fast-paced nature of classroom teaching. As teachers have only a set period of time in which to teach a curriculum and a vast number of students to focus on, some students may not receive the level of attention and help they require, or may be too embarrassed to speak up at times when they are struggling. This in turn can lead them to shy away and struggle in silence which can dramatically damage their confidence.

By looking to a tutoring service, your child will be provide with the one-on-one interaction they require so that they can be given the time and patience they need in order to understand their specified subject. Being able to learn at their own pace will not only help to ease their anxiety, but will also make it possible for them to understand and feel free to ask questions. One of the main issues that arise in classroom teaching is that a teacher will be unable to devote the same amount of time on every student. This means that even in the case that the child is excelling, they may not receive the praise and acknowledgment they need in order to remain focused and motivated. When visiting a tutorial centre, the child will be able to receive the praise and encouragement they desire, and will also be provided with thorough individual feedback. This is also beneficial for the parent as they will be given more insight as to which areas their child is struggling within which can therefore help them understand how to help in their child's education.

As we are all aware, we each learn in different ways meaning that while some may struggle to grasp some aspects of a subject, others will excel and speed ahead of us. By turning to the help of a tutoring service, students can develop a complete understanding of the basics of a subject. This can not only help them in learning their subject as a whole, but as mandatory testing processes can cause teachers to advance their teaching in order to prepare students for tests and examinations; it will mean that the student in question is not feeling too stretched, therefore their test results will not be affected. Should a student feel unprepared before a test, the help of a tutoring service can help them catch up with any lost areas, rehash areas they are unsure of and generally help them prepare for a test scenario.

The benefits of utilizing a tutorial service are multiple, but it is important that you as the parent complete thorough research to ensure that not only will your child get the best from their tutoring, but so that you are also offered a fair and competitive price. If your budget does not allow for a large fee, it is advantageous to use the web and community services to search for a voluntary tutorial service which will allow your child to benefit from additional help, without the worry of large fees.

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Friday, July 14, 2017

The Power of Creative Constraints - Brandon Rodriguez


Imagine you were asked to invent something new. It could be whatever you want, made from anything you choose, in any shape or size. That kind of creative freedom sounds so liberating, doesn’t it? Or ... does it? if you're like most people you’d probably be paralyzed by this task. Why? Brandon Rodriguez explains how creative constraints actually help drive discovery and innovation.

Lesson by Brandon Rodriguez, animation by CUB Animation.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Tips To Beat The Summer Learning Slide


Education expert Ann Dolin discusses how to prevent students from losing their reading and writing skills during Summer break.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

5 Read-Aloud Tips Inspired by "Where the Wild Things Are"


Make story time even more fun with these creative ideas inspired by Maurice Sendak’s classic title.

Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are is a celebration of childhood, the wonder of imagination, and unfaltering parental love. And while children the world over connect with this story of a rebellious child feeling more than a little wild, I think it includes wonderful lessons for parents too. Some of them might make story time at your house (and mine) more fun than a wild rumpus!

1. Read With Enjoyment

When you read with enjoyment your child learns that reading is fun and pleasurable. This helps your child develop positive associations with a book, and a greater connection with you. A book like Where the Wild Things Are is easy to read with enjoyment thanks to both its relatable topic and simple prose.

However, keeping the enjoyment alive in your voice can be tricky when you are reading it (or any other favorite book) for the 447th time! It’s good to know then that re-reading a book is valuable — it boosts vocabulary development, phonemic awareness, and story comprehension.

2. Add a Little Drama to Story Time

You can add a little drama to story time with these three techniques: 1) use interesting character voices, 2) adjust the volume of your voice as you read, and 3) use a dramatic pause or two to good effect. When reading Where the Wild Things Are, my family loves growling with the wild things, “Oh, please don’t go — we’ll eat you up — we love you so!”

Creating a sense of drama as you read together helps your child associate books and reading with pleasure and good, old-fashioned fun.

3. Explore the Feelings and Emotions Evoked in the Story

Books provide easy openings for talking to your child about emotions and feelings in various contexts, helping your child in developing emotional intelligence.

Explore the emotions of Where the Wild Things Are together by making the faces you would make if you felt like Max — mad, out of control, lonely, loved or relieved. Or, ask your child when was the last time he felt each of the emotions from the story.

4. Ask Questions About What You’ve Read

Talking with your child about the story and asking questions about what you’ve read provides a simple way to gauge his level of comprehension of the story. You might include questions like:

  • How do you think Max feels when his mother sends him to his room?
  • Do you think a forest really grew in Max’s room? If not, what do you think really happened?
  • Max wanted to be where “someone loved him best of all." Why is it important to feel loved "best of all"?
  • Do you think the Wild Things are real? What's the difference between things that are real and things you dream about or imagine? What sort of things do you dream about?
  • What do you think was the most exciting part of the story?
  • Do you have a favorite illustration?

5. Respond Creatively to the Story

Books can provide a wonderful springboard for creativity. Your child's creative response can be as simple as a drawing or a painting inspired by the story. For Where the Wild Things Are you could also try:

  • Re-reading the story and, as you read, taking turns to act out the parts of Max and a Wild Thing.
  • Creating a Wild Thing mask from a paper plate and scraps of paper or fabric.
  • Making crowns and hosting your very own wild rumpus by dancing together to your favorite music.
  • Making a Max and some Wild Things figurines by decorating toilet rolls and taking turns re-telling the story.

The great thing about all these tips is that they will work just as well for almost any picture book you choose for your child's read aloud time. Choose one, two, or try all five, and add some fun, book-inspired learning to your next story time.

Article Source: http://www.scholastic.com/parents/blogs/scholastic-parents-raise-reader/5-read-aloud-tips-inspired-where-wild-things-are

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

How to Squeeze Electricity Out of Crystals - Ashwini Bharathula


It might sound like science fiction, but if you press on a crystal of sugar, it will actually generate its own electricity. This simple crystal can act like a tiny power source because sugar happens to be piezoelectric. Ashwini Bharathula explains how piezoelectric materials turn mechanical stress, like pressure, sound waves and other vibrations into electricity, and vice versa.

Lesson by Ashwini Bharathula, animation by Karrot Animation.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Our Second Session of Summer Camp Begins July 10 - Register Today!


Academy of 21st Century Learning's Summer Camps 
Session 1: July 10 - August 4, 2017
4 weeks, 5 days a week, 3 hours per day
Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 12:00pm 
$650/month

1671 East Monte Vista, Suite N-106 
Vacaville, CA 95688 
707-474-4710 


Acadmey Kids - Preschool (2.5 years - 4 years)

Overview
Calling all kids! Come and explore the FUN of school as we study our letters, colors, shapes, and numbers. Children will explore the worlds of animals and plants. They will do fun experiments as they are introduced to functional numerical skills and the wonders of science. They will develop new vocabulary as they learn about community helpers and family members and will be encouraged to use simple reasoning to express everyday occurrences. They will build on their vocabulary skills by discussing stories being read and will begin to understand and follow simple directions. Our daily activities always reinforce age-appropriate social development. The students’ multiple skills will be enhanced by singing songs and playing relative games while incorporating routine structure into their activities and daily schedules. Our teachers encourage both independence, as your child learns to verbalize wants and needs and, very importantly, the role of inter-dependence as children are introduced to taking turns. This class with its educational experiences is the perfect way to introduce your child to the wonders of learning!

Acadmey Kindergarten (Gr K - Gr 1)

Overview
Sparkle your child’s imagination! It’s time to jump on the STEAM bandwagon for a sizzling Summer Kindergarten through Second Grade at The Academy! We will study rocks, plants, mixtures and solutions. In our final week, we will have an amazing and deliciously-fun Build-It Festival. The Festival will include a wide assortment of classroom learning-station activities which focus on mathematics relating to construction, geometric challenges, and spatial visualization. Activities will connect to the real world and even potential careers. Free exploration sets the stage for such mathematical challenges as Create-A-Shape, Bridge Design, Symmetry, Tangrams, and lots of amazing structures! Background on geometry is provided. Special materials include Lego’s, boxes, pattern blocks, more boxes, and more boxes. This program sounds like great fun, doesn’t it? We will also work on: Reading: letters, sight-words, fluency, and comprehension Math: writing numbers through 20, measurement, greater than & less than, and geometrical shapes & patterns Art: color mixing, water and oil painting outside in the park, create mosaics, and decorating T-shirts Music: dancing, singing Yoga: stretch and learn balance and focus Fieldtrips: The trips may not be far-away and exotic, but they will be fun and educational. Summers are very popular at The Academy. Whether your child has just finished or will start Kindergarten in the fall, this program will inspire them to do their best, because doing your best is fun!!

Summer STEM Mornings (2nd grade - 8th grade)

Overview
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 2ndd thru 8th grader* landed, our Summer STEM Mornings program 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: through Algebra Academic Reading Science: STEM projects & EXPERIMENTS!! For three hours a morning, Monday – Friday, 9AM – 12PM, your kids will laugh, learn, experiment, and challenge themselves. (No summer learning loss for your kids, but don’t tell them!) PLUS, over your family dinner table, you will hear about dissected cow eyes, frogs that dance,and a myriad of other scientific topics that will have them excited about learning. We know many of you were with us the last couple of years so … Welcome Back!!! *Unless special placement is approved by teacher

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Can You Solve the Fish Riddle? - Steve Wyborney


As the cargo director on the maiden voyage of the S.S. Buoyant, you’ve agreed to transport several tanks containing the last specimens of an endangered fish species to their new aquarium. Unfortunately, the boat is battered by a fierce storm, throwing your precious cargo overboard. Can you get the fish to safety and save the day? Steve Wyborney shows how.

Lesson by Steve Wyborney, animation by Artrake Studio.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Dissection of a Pig - The Lung


What we saw today at The Academy of 21st Century Learning was epic! Students from Kindergarten through 10th grade were immersed in the discovery of the majesty of life.

Having learned the different systems of the pig's body, students now experienced firsthand the complexities of life. Armed with scalpels, scissors, and tweezers, students dissected their fetal pigs.

At the end of the day, a different kind of student walked out of our doors: a student filled with self-confidence, pride of accomplishment, and humility. They knew they had been a part of something extraordinary.

Summer STEM Mornings, Session II starts July 10 - just 2 weeks away!

It will also feature hands-on learning through dissection and discovery.

There are VERY limited seats available!

To register your child, please call (707) 474-4710 or register online by visiting our website (click on the following): www.Academy21Learning.com, the click on "Camps"!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Make a Math Journal for Summer Learning

Inspire your kids to keep up their math skills this summer by creating an original math journal.


Editor's note: This post was originally published June 10, 2014.

During the summertime, it's essential for your child to practice math facts and keep up with her math skills. It's the best way to prevent the summer slide and ensure that she doesn't forget everything learned the previous school year during summer break.

A great way to get your child to incorporate math into her summer learning is to create a math journal. Here's how to create one with your child and encourage her to use it all summer long.

1. Create the journal. Together, you can buy or construct a math journal that your child will be proud of and want to write in each week. She can use a blank journal and decorate it, or a 3-ring binder with loose-leaf paper. However her journal is created, it's important that she make it her own.

2. Come up with journal questions or prompts. You can find math journal questions for your child online, or you can create your own. Questions can be simple and open-ended — allow your child to be creative in how she sees mathematics. Having a special place to explore ideas and write about math thinking is an excellent way to develop a strong math student.

You can also find problem-solving questions online or from a workbook that can be solved in the journal. These encourage precision and perseverance; it's important for her to realize that math isn't always fast.

Here are some sample journal prompts:

  • Today I saw math when I did…
  • Create a list of how I used math today.
  • What I know about ________ (ex: subtraction) is…
  • Write a poem about _________ (ex: fractions).
  • Research a mathematician and write a report about him/her.
  • My best day with math was…
  • My worst day with math was…
  • One math activity I enjoyed was ________ because…
  • My goal in math next year is…
  • Pretend I am a shape. What shape would I be and why?
  • Design a math bumper sticker.

3. Set a schedule. It's important to set a schedule during the summer for how long and how often your child will be working in her math journal. It can be daily or weekly, for 20 or 30 minutes — whatever you decide is best for your child. In no way should this feel like a chore! Setting up your guidelines ahead of time will help alleviate any resistance.

4. Have a journal party or sharing ceremony. To keep the math journal fun and exciting, consider having a journal party or ceremony where your child shares her work and journal responses. Children feel a great sense of pride and accomplishment when their time and efforts are validated. So remember to make it fun!

Article Source: http://www.scholastic.com/parents/blogs/scholastic-parents-learning-toolkit/make-math-journal-summer-learning

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The Ferocious Predatory Dinosaurs of Cretaceous Sahara - Nizar Ibrahim


In Cretaceous times (around 100 million years ago), North Africa was home to a huge river system and a bizarre menagerie of giant prehistoric predators -- including the Spinosaurus, a dinosaur even more fearsome than the Tyrannosaurus rex. Nizar Ibrahim uses paleontological and geological data to reconstruct this “River of Giants” in surprising detail.

Lesson by Nizar Ibrahim, animation by Silvia Prietov.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Considering Summer Tutoring?


Are you considering summer tutoring for your child? The end of the school year is approaching and many parents are thinking about preparing for a child's summer plans. If tutoring has crossed your mind here are a few things to consider about whether or not it's a good idea.

Summer tutoring can help a child with advancement or enrichment of subjects, preparation for standardized tests such as the SAT or ACT, review of foundations or concepts, and development of good study skills and habits. On the flip side, a child can view lessons as an unwanted activity that interferes with a carefree and fun summer.

If you decide that tutoring is necessary or preferred for your child there are ways to arrange lessons so that they don't prevent your child from having a great summer. It's important to incorporate fun and cool activities such as going to the pool, playing sports, creating art, and taking trips so that your child will have things to look forward to. Additionally, carefully select your tutor. Look for someone who has a good background and great personality. The chemistry and rapport between a tutor and your child will influence how your child will feel about lessons. In my own teaching experience, I try to make my lessons as fun and interesting as possible and a parent has told me that his daughter never complains about coming to our lessons together (he let me know that she complains about having to attend other activities).

Set aside a stable structure for lessons. Families often take a vacation or time off and this is fine but continuity of lessons is critical for progress. Don't cancel on lessons often or take them less seriously because it is summer. However, don't take them too seriously. If you take time off and reschedule a lesson don't apply extra pressure for the makeup. Slow and steady growth is ideal.

If you can't find the right tutor or your child revolts at the idea think about letting lessons slide. In my opinion, it is usually unproductive to force a child to do something when he or she is rebelling against it. This could also cause a negative feeling overall towards academics.

Summer lessons don't have to be viewed by your child as a nuisance. Learning should be seen as a positive experience.


Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/expert/Soumonie_Heng/603153

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

6 Ways to Prevent Summer Learning Loss


Did you know that many kids experience a phenomena called Summer Learning Loss every year? Essentially, they forget the information they learned in the previous school year over the summer months. In fact, studies have shown that kids lose an average of over 2.6 months worth of math skills in the summertime. For kids that were already struggling in a subject like math, this means that they will start off the next school year even further behind.

During the summer months, kids are less likely to practice any time of mathematical computations. Most will not practice math skills outside any formal classroom setting. Other subjects such as reading, also show a learning loss as well. In reading, students will lose an average of 1 month of learning.

Think of your favorite sport. Pick your favorite basketball, football, or soccer player. What would happen if they did not continue to train and exercise during off-season? They would then return to their sport and experience a lag in their performance. The brain is no different. It too, needs to be exercised.

So how can you keep your kids learning over the summer? Here are a few simple ideas:

1. Purchase educational workbooks. These are available at most bookstores and many cities also have special teacher supply stores that carry great learning material. These products are geared towards different grades so you can customize to your children's level. It is recommended that your children do at least an hour a day.

2. Visit your local library. Find some books with topics that interest your child so that they are really engaged in reading. The library is a great place to promote the love of reading! Reading comprehension is highly important and most states have standardized testing based off of reading scores. Your librarian can suggest grade-level appropriate books that will keep your child's attention with the text.

3. Visit museums, zoos and other historical sites. Help your child learn about history by living it as a hand-on experience. Don't forget summer learning opportunities locally, in addition to your library. Check out museums, the zoo, aquariums, concerts and parks that you don't usually get to attend during the school year. Have them keep a journal (writing skills!) of their activities, and perhaps e-mail friends and relatives about what they are doing (again, stealth writing practice!)

4. The Internet can be your friend! Check out safe, parent-approved Internet sites. Many will offer crafts, worksheets, and even power-busters to keep the brain moving! Many lessons are broken down by grade level making it simple to cater to your child's needs. There are also websites that allow the child to 'play' when in reality, they are learning! This is also a great opportunity to bring in new material that will prepare them for the next grade level!

5. Check out your local newspaper and community! Most communities will hold writing camps, editor-in-training seminars, art and dancing classes and more. Log on to your city website and see what is being offered within your community.

6. Enroll into a summer tutoring or teaching program. For children that are struggling academically, summer can be the perfect time to address it with a customized tutoring program. The summer months are an excellent time for your child to fill in learning gaps or zoom ahead with enrichment activities at supplemental learning centers, or via tutors or last year's teacher. Your child's teacher is an excellent resource to give you ideas for summer books to read and math workbooks to complete in between play and television watching.

These ideas will help your child build up more confidence, and prepare them to start the new school with a bang! This is the opportunity to both stabilize and advance your child, what are you waiting for?

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Nicole_Allwein

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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Why Don't Perpetual Motion Machines Ever Work? - Netta Schramm


Perpetual motion machines — devices that can do work indefinitely without any external energy source — have captured many inventors’ imaginations because they could totally transform our relationship with energy. There’s just one problem: they don’t work. Why not? Netta Schramm describes the pitfalls of perpetual motion machines.

Lesson by Netta Schramm, animation by TED-Ed.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Monday, June 5, 2017

Our First Session of Summer Camp Begins June 12 - Register Today!


Academy of 21st Century Learning's Summer Camps 
Session 1: June 12 - July 7, 2017
4 weeks, 5 days a week, 3 hours per day
Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 12:00pm 
$650/month

1671 East Monte Vista, Suite N-106 
Vacaville, CA 95688 
707-474-4710 


Acadmey Kids - Preschool (2.5 years - 4 years)

Overview
Calling all kids! Come and explore the FUN of school as we study our letters, colors, shapes, and numbers. Children will explore the worlds of animals and plants. They will do fun experiments as they are introduced to functional numerical skills and the wonders of science. They will develop new vocabulary as they learn about community helpers and family members and will be encouraged to use simple reasoning to express everyday occurrences. They will build on their vocabulary skills by discussing stories being read and will begin to understand and follow simple directions. Our daily activities always reinforce age-appropriate social development. The students’ multiple skills will be enhanced by singing songs and playing relative games while incorporating routine structure into their activities and daily schedules. Our teachers encourage both independence, as your child learns to verbalize wants and needs and, very importantly, the role of inter-dependence as children are introduced to taking turns. This class with its educational experiences is the perfect way to introduce your child to the wonders of learning!

Acadmey Kindergarten (Gr K - Gr 1)

Overview
Sparkle your child’s imagination! It’s time to jump on the STEAM bandwagon for a sizzling Summer Kindergarten through Second Grade at The Academy! We will study rocks, plants, mixtures and solutions. In our final week, we will have an amazing and deliciously-fun Build-It Festival. The Festival will include a wide assortment of classroom learning-station activities which focus on mathematics relating to construction, geometric challenges, and spatial visualization. Activities will connect to the real world and even potential careers. Free exploration sets the stage for such mathematical challenges as Create-A-Shape, Bridge Design, Symmetry, Tangrams, and lots of amazing structures! Background on geometry is provided. Special materials include Lego’s, boxes, pattern blocks, more boxes, and more boxes. This program sounds like great fun, doesn’t it? We will also work on: Reading: letters, sight-words, fluency, and comprehension Math: writing numbers through 20, measurement, greater than & less than, and geometrical shapes & patterns Art: color mixing, water and oil painting outside in the park, create mosaics, and decorating T-shirts Music: dancing, singing Yoga: stretch and learn balance and focus Fieldtrips: The trips may not be far-away and exotic, but they will be fun and educational. Summers are very popular at The Academy. Whether your child has just finished or will start Kindergarten in the fall, this program will inspire them to do their best, because doing your best is fun!!

Summer STEM Mornings (2nd grade - 8th grade)

Overview
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 2ndd thru 8th grader* landed, our Summer STEM Mornings program 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: through Algebra Academic Reading Science: STEM projects & EXPERIMENTS!! For three hours a morning, Monday – Friday, 9AM – 12PM, your kids will laugh, learn, experiment, and challenge themselves. (No summer learning loss for your kids, but don’t tell them!) PLUS, over your family dinner table, you will hear about dissected cow eyes, frogs that dance,and a myriad of other scientific topics that will have them excited about learning. We know many of you were with us the last couple of years so … Welcome Back!!! *Unless special placement is approved by teacher

Friday, June 2, 2017

The World’s Most Mysterious Book - Stephen Bax


Deep inside Yale's Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library lies a 240 page tome. Recently carbon dated to around 1420, its pages feature looping handwriting and hand drawn images seemingly stolen from a dream. It is called the Voynich manuscript, and it’s one of history’s biggest unsolved mysteries. The reason why? No one can figure out what it says. Stephen Bax investigates this cryptic work. 

Lesson by Stephen Bax, animation by TED-Ed.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Summer of Reading


Find 9 parent-tested tips for encouraging your child to read all summer long.

As school ends, the push for summer reading begins. We asked parents how they encourage their kids to read when the sun is hot and the days are long. Read on for their advice on motivating reluctant readers and fostering a love of reading in every child.

Make Reading a Ritual
Instill a love of reading early on by making it part of everyday fun.

1. “My daughter's interests are very physical, but she does enjoy going to the library. So, we'll make a field trip out of it — pick up a couple books, and then head to the park with a picnic lunch.” — Lisa C., North Haven, Connecticut

2. “We go on many more road trips and are in the car much more over the summer, so we borrow books on tape from the library.” — Barb G., Omaha, Nebraska

3. “I taught my children (all eight) that reading was a lifelong skill. After discussing the importance of reading we made a family rule: the kids have to read something of their choice for about 30 minutes every day before leaving home or having friends over.” — Sherry M., Shelley, Idaho

Find Motivation That Works
Parents recommend library programs and other cool incentives — and don't forget good old-fashioned praise.

4. “When my children were younger I took them to the library weekly. They had to read a book and then write a report or do a skit. They loved showing off what they learned.” — Michelle G., Foley, Alabama

5. “The kids' school requires them to read a book a week during the summer if they want to go to the ‘book fair’ in the fall. The event features games and other fun activities. We go to the bookstore as a treat, and they ‘get to pick out books’ instead of ‘having to read.’” — Jane A., Crownsville, Maryland

6. “I love to encourage my children to read every chance I get during the summer. We take trips to bookstores and let the kids pick out something of interest. I allow my 9-year-old daughter to read the human-interest story in my People magazine. Being a tween, she thinks that she is so grown-up reading People, and it is something we can share. When school returns, she has not missed a beat.” — Kim D., Braithwaite, Louisiana

Allow Unconventional Choices
Let your child read what interests him — even if it isn't on most teachers' reading lists.

7. “My son is 9, and he has remained an avid Pokémon fan. We have all the Pokémon books. He also likes Star Wars and Yu-Gi-Oh. We have encouraged reading anything! I don't care what he reads as long as he reads.” — Nita C., Florence, New Jersey

8. “My 8-year-old son Trey loves to read during school months but once summer vacation hits he gets lazy! He has joined a fantasy baseball league with his dad. He spends a lot of time reading about the players and the games. He reads online, in the newspaper, in magazines, and even the news blurbs scroll along the bottom of ESPN. He's practicing without even knowing!” — Sarah S., Somerville, Massachusetts

9. “We homeschool, and I let my son choose whatever he wants to read outside our regular curriculum. He reads Bionicle, Pokémon and Yu-Gi-Oh! books, comic books, nature magazines, whatever he wants. I figure if he's reading, he's reading, no matter what it is!” — Leslie D., Cleveland, Tennessee

Article Source: http://www.scholastic.com/parents/resources/article/developing-reading-skills/summer-reading

Saturday, May 27, 2017

How Does Asthma Work? - Christopher E. Gaw


More than 300 million people around the world suffer from asthma, and around 250,000 people die from it each year. But why do people get asthma, and how can this disease be deadly? Christopher E. Gaw describes the main symptoms and treatments of asthma.

Lesson by Christopher E. Gaw, animation by Zedem Media.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Register Your Child for Summer Camp - Begins June 12th!


Summer is almost here! Check out our camp schedule and sign up your camper by clicking HERE.

We talk a lot about what our kids are learning in school, but did you know we also know a lot about what happens when they’re not in school during the summer vacation?

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.

The Academy to the rescue!
Yes, it’s time to plan ahead and secure a spot for your child in a program that will support growth and learning during the summer months. Don’t worry, you don’t have to tell the kids they are avoiding summer learning-loss. If they are having fun with engaging, well-run pro-grams, trust me, they will be learning.

The Specialty Classes are taught by credentialed teachers or University graduating student-teachers. Small groups and classes keep your child focused and challenged. There will be days when The Academy is transformed into Mars, a rain forest, or an ocean scene.

Questions? Give us a call. (707) 474-4710 or email info@academy21learning.com.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Capture Your Child's Super Strengths


Turn a talented reader into a math-lover (or vice versa) with these kid-friendly reframing strategies.

Very few people — no matter their age — are good at everything. Some have a knack for numbers, while others struggle with the simplest calculations. Some have a way with words (writers), understand people (psychologists, social workers, teachers), or see the world as a series of lines, colors, and spaces (artists, architects). As adults, we have the option to ignore our weaknesses (or circumvent them, by, say, hiring an accountant).

In school, however, kids don't get to pick and choose their subjects. There's no option to take two art classes and no math (or, for that matter, recess all day). But what they can do is make the most of their strengths, to use their strong skills to improve upon their weak areas. Here's how to help your child be the best student he can be:

If this sounds familiar . . .
My daughter loves to sing. She knows the lyrics to dozens of songs by heart, but when it comes to learning the times tables, she's a mess!
Try this strategy: Auditory learners — children who love to talk and sing, and can't wait for story time — will probably feel overwhelmed by visual cues, such as multiplication charts and tables. Don't despair: using music to teach multiplication is a fairly common and successful technique. There are a slew of multiplication songs available, from simple ditties to rap tracks. Find a CD your child likes, and play the songs often. Reinforce the music by quizzing your child verbally.

If this sounds familiar . . .
My son has always been a strong reader, but he struggles with math.
Try this strategy: The best way to get a good reader more interested in math is to make math seem more like reading. The solution? Word problems. You can find them in your child's textbook, but they're also incredibly easy to make up on your own. Look to whatever book your child is reading for inspiration — Harry Potter, for example: if each goal in Quidditch is worth 10 points, but catching the snitch is worth 150, how many goals is the equivalent of catching the snitch?

If this sounds familiar . . .
My daughter is a whiz at jigsaw puzzles, but she just doesn't get fractions.
Try this strategy: Kids who have strong visual and spatial skills respond well to colors, images, and other visual cues. Try using M&Ms (or dried kidney beans, if you find the chocolates disappear too quickly), pizza pies, or other such props to teach mathematical principles such as addition and subtraction, the times tables, and fractions.

If this sounds familiar . . .
My son is great at math, but his vocabulary needs serious help!
Try this strategy: Get your mathematically inclined child interested in reading with word problems, word search puzzles, and other word games. For example, give your son a list of words (ideally culled from vocabulary lists he gets at school) and ask him to classify them into various categories. The logical part of your son's brain will love the very scientific act of classification, but he'll be expanding his vocabulary at the same time.

If this sounds familiar . . .
My son loves to make up stories, but he's just not interested in science class.
Try this strategy: Creative thinkers do well with "what if . . . " or "imagine that . . . " assignments. Thankfully, this strategy can be applied to almost all subjects. For a science project on recycling, you might suggest to your son, "Imagine that you are an aluminum can. What is your journey like from the time I throw you in the bin until you are something new?" Or, if your son is studying solids, liquids, and gases, ask, "What would you feel like if you were a gas? A liquid? A solid? How would you feel different from one phase to the next?" These questions will get his brain thinking about science topics, but in a manner that he's comfortable with.

Article Source: Scholastic.com

Thursday, May 18, 2017

How Does Your Body Process Medicine? - Céline Valéry


Have you ever wondered what happens to a painkiller, like ibuprofen, after you swallow it? Medicine that slides down your throat can help treat a headache, a sore back, or a throbbing sprained ankle. But how does it get where it needs to go in the first place? Céline Valéry explains how your body processes medicine. 

Lesson by Céline Valéry, animation by Daniel Gray.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Summer School - Ways to Prevent the Summertime Backslide


Worried that your children will forget everything they learned over the course of the summer months away from school? You may have more reason than you think to fear the summer brain drain according to a study by Duke University's Dr. Harris Cooper, a leading expert on summer learning loss. He writes that long summer vacations "break the rhythm of instruction, lead to forgetting, and require a significant amount of review when students return to school in the fall."

According to Cooper's study, students' overall achievement test scores drop by about one month, on average, over summer vacation. Skills in mathematics and spelling usually take the biggest hits, with math skills suffering almost a 2.6 month loss in achievement.

Suffering the most are children from lower socioeconomic backgrounds, who are presented with less opportunities to practice math and reading skills over the summer months than their more privileged peers. Their reading comprehension skills suffer the greatest, and their losses add up to a 2 year achievement gap by the time they enter their middle school years.

There are steps that parents can take to help their children learn and even get ahead over the summer months. Some "Summer Educational Tips" will help transform the break from structured learning into an opportunity for students to sharpen their skills through fun and interactive ways. Follow these tips and send your children back to school smarter and more confident than when they left!

1. Take frequent trips to the library and register your child with a library card. University of Florida's Richard Allington notes that the best predictor of summer reading loss is a lack of books at home and limited access to library books, so keep a good selection of high interest, level appropriate books around the house. Schedule a consistent "reading time" daily for your child.

2. Attend thematic programs at the library. Libraries often host a great variety of summer programs for kids that celebrate reading.

3. Talk to your child's teachers and ask them what your child will be learning next year at school. This way you can tie in family trips with next year's curriculum to create a more meaningful hands-on experience. For example, if your child will be studying a unit on the civil war, plan a visit to Gettysburg.

4. Give your child a gift card to a bookstore, or give books as gifts.

5. Check out audio books from the library for your child to listen to stories in the car.

6. Consider Summer Tutoring: Tutoring services, such as in-home tutoring, can help children catch up or get ahead with one-on-one tutoring in the home. Take advantage of the summer months to remediate or accelerate your child in areas like reading comprehension, mathematics, writing or SAT/ACT test prep.

7. Research has revealed a direct connection between learning to play a musical instrument and an increased aptitude in mathematics. Consider introducing your child to music lessons over the summer.

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Check Your Intuition: The Birthday Problem - David Knuffke


Imagine a group of people. How big do you think the group would have to be before there’s more than a 50% chance that two people in the group have the same birthday? The answer is … probably lower than you think. David Knuffke explains how the birthday problem exposes our often-poor intuition when it comes to probability.

Lesson by David Knuffke, animation by TED-Ed.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Summer Camp Schedule Available - Register Today!


Summer is almost here! Check out our camp schedule and sign up your camper by clicking HERE.

I know you’re thinking, “But it’s only spring!” I’m a mom, too, and I know how fast summer can creep up on all of us. It’s never too early to start planning for summer learning activities. We talk a lot about what our kids are learning in school, but did you know we also know a lot about what happens when they’re not in school during the summer vacation?

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.

The Academy to the rescue!
Yes, it’s time to plan ahead and secure a spot for your child in a program that will support growth and learning during the summer months. Don’t worry, you don’t have to tell the kids they are avoiding summer learning-loss. If they are having fun with engaging, well-run pro-grams, trust me, they will be learning.

The Specialty Classes are taught by credentialed teachers or University graduating student-teachers. Small groups and classes keep your child focused and challenged. There will be days when The Academy is transformed into Mars, a rain forest, or an ocean scene.

Questions? Give us a call. (707) 474-4710 or email info@academy21learning.com.