Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Pre-K Reading at The Academy of 21st Century Learning

It's never too early to teach a child to read. The Academy of 21st Century Learning offers a class for pre-K students that will ensure their confidence in Kindergarten. They will learn letters and the sounds through an award-winning program called "Zoophonics." The program is thorough, effective, and fun!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

How playing an instrument benefits your brain - Anita Collins

When you listen to music, multiple areas of your brain become engaged and active. But when you actually play an instrument, that activity becomes more like a full-body brain workout. What's going on? Anita Collins explains the fireworks that go off in musicians' brains when they play, and examines some of the long-term positive effects of this mental workout.

Lesson by Anita Collins, animation by Sharon Colman Graham.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Reasons You Really Should Get An SAT Tutor

Ever thought about getting an SAT tutor to help you achieve better scores and improve your chances at getting into the school of your choice? A few people have asked themselves that question, have realized that the answer is yes, and took action to meet their goal. Unfortunately, very few people take the necessary time to think it through. Many have no idea of just where to start, so they never do. Others are put off simply by the work they think it may well take. Others are simply lacking in the proper motivation. Perhaps this situation really needs a little more thought... you should take into account five main reasons why you may want to get an SAT tutor for yourself or your child.

First of all, an SAT tutor will be able to show you exactly how to take this type of test. Right, I fully understand that you already take tests at school and get great grades on them so you already know how to take tests and be successful. That is most certainly a valid observation. However, consider this, the SAT is a specialized test that requires a specialized way of taking it because it is different than any other test you will ever take. Even more, consider that in recent years the SAT has added essay questions to the test that have completely changed its nature.

Second, your SAT scores are without a doubt the single most important factor that a college or university takes into consideration when looking at your application for admission. That is because they don't know you. You are just a number to them at this point. That is really why, as many have noted, the higher your SAT test scores, the more likely you are to make the cut. Most schools set an arbitrary baseline number that may change from year to year when it comes to admissions. If your score falls below that number they won't even consider your application.

Third, your SAT score is going to have a major impact on the rest of your life. It may very well determine whether or not you can follow that dream that you have had since you were a child.. Additionally, it can determine if you will be able to get into your favorite college or the university that has the best program for your chosen field of study. A bad score may crush your dreams entirely and no one wants that to happen!

Fourth, you have a number of options when it comes to hiring an SAT tutor that is going to help you the most. You can find a private, one on one tutor, find a tutor that works with small groups, or find one that conducts the tutoring in more of a classroom type setting.

And last but not least, an SAT tutor will be able to provide you with real practice tests so that nothing will surprise you when it comes time to go take the real thing. You will have actual real life experience with the process rather than just theory.

So just have a look at those points and examine your own situation. They suggest that you should seriously think about getting yourself or your child an SAT tutor. These factors have convinced many others, and should convince you as well to get an SAT tutor.

Anton Lebedev is the director of Plus Plus Tutoring, a private K-12 in-home tutoring service that offers SAT tutoring services.
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Monday, July 21, 2014

How Quantum Mechanics Explains Global Warming - Lieven Scheire

You've probably heard that carbon dioxide is warming the Earth. But how exactly is it doing it? Lieven Scheire uses a rainbow, a light bulb and a bit of quantum physics to describe the science behind global warming.

Lesson by Lieven Scheire, animation by STK Films.

Friday, July 18, 2014

A Math Tutor Can Provide a Good Head Start

A math tutor can be very beneficial to your child, especially if they are struggling to keep up with their class and having trouble understanding the material being taught in class. Math class provides more unique challenges than his other classes and just because he is doing very well in all of his other subjects doesn't mean that the problems he is having with math aren't real. A math tutor will be able to provide help and support that can give your child a good head start in a tough area of study. A math tutor will be able to work at your child's pace, focus his attention on particular problem areas, provide your child with opportunities for success, and speed up the learning process for your child.

When being taught in a classroom environment, the material is going to be presented at the same speed for every student in the class. Teachers have a certain amount of information that must be presented in a certain amount of time and cannot always give special attention to an individual student. This can present a problem for a student that needs a little bit of extra time to understand the concepts that are being taught. A math tutor can adjust the speed at which the material is covered, slowing down when your child is having some difficulty and speeding up at other times when your child is quickly grasping the subject matter.

Math is a subject that presents difficulties that other classes do not. There are no facts in math, just concepts. And each of those concepts are an important building block in the one that comes after it. If your child fails to understand even a small part then his struggles are just going to be magnified as time goes on. A math tutor will be able to focus on the individual aspects that your child is having trouble with. Your child may not even be aware just exactly where the problem lies and what it is he doesn't understand. His tutor will be able to discover these areas and help him focus on them correctly.

Success isn't something that just happens, it is something that is learned. Small successes build confidence and lead to bigger successes. Without the pressure of his friends and classmates watching him in school, your child's math tutor can guide him along and provide him with opportunities to succeed without the fear of failure. In the long run, this will not only benefit your child in his math class but in other aspects of his life as well.

One on one attention just is not possible in today's educational system. A math tutor can provide that personal aid and instruction in a way that will allow your child to learn in the manner that suits him best. The learning process will be sped up as the skills the tutor teaches him make the concepts he is trying to learn seem easier and easier.

If your child seems to be stumbling a little in his math studies, then a tutor may be the solution. Math is a very important field of study but unfortunately many schools simply cannot afford to give a struggling student all of the help that he needs. A math tutor can provide your child with that help and give him a good head start in math.

Anton Lebedev is the director of Plus Plus Tutoring, a tutoring service that has math tutors available in many locations.
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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

How Heavy Is Air? - Dan Quinn

Too often we think of air as empty space — but compared to a vacuum, air is actually pretty heavy. So, just how heavy is it? And if it's so heavy, why doesn't it crush us? Dan Quinn describes the fundamentals of air pressure and explains how it affects our bodies, the weather and the universe at large.

Lesson by Dan Quinn, animation by Sandro Katamashvili.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

A Reading Tutor For A Solid Foundation

Reading is without a doubt the single most important skill when it comes to learning. It is the most basic foundational element upon which all other learning is based. In the distant past an oral tradition existed, all knowledge was passed on through word of mouth because very few people knew how to read and write, and learning took place for the most part by listening. Today it is just the opposite, almost everyone knows how to read and write and the written word has become the normal method of passing on knowledge and learning. A reading tutor can help provide this solid foundation upon which a lifetime of learning can be built.

A firm grasp on being able to read and to comprehend what is read is at the heart of learning. The introduction of the internet and of electronic forms of books has many educators worried that writing may become a thing of the past and that instead of learning to write when you start school you will be taught how to type, but the need to know how to read well will not be going the same way anytime soon and reading will remain the most important tool in learning. A reading tutor can help a student to improve this tool and learn to use it in better ways to improve the learning process.

Comprehending what you read and being able to retain that information is almost as important as being able to read the information in the first place. Learning is in essence nothing more that consuming information, understanding what that information means, and being able to remember that information and correctly apply it when the situation arises that requires that information. It takes the total package in order to successfully learn. Without all three steps taking place there is no learning, leaving any one of them out will cause a short circuit leading to confusion rather than to learning. A reading tutor can teach your child methods for increasing his reading comprehension.

Reading, however, can be about more than just learning. Reading can be a wonderfully relaxing leisure time activity where a person can become immersed in other worlds and other people's lives and explore subjects that they find fascinating. Imaginations can be stimulated and the thirst for adventure slaked without ever having to leave your house. All of the collected knowledge of mankind can be found and experienced in a book somewhere.

Unfortunately, the older a person gets the less likely it is that he will reach out and seek help for any difficulties that he may have with reading. As a person ages the fear of ridicule for a problem that should have been corrected when they were a child increases and that fear keeps many people who could benefit from a reading tutor from seeking assistance. As soon as you suspect that your child may be having problems with reading it is important for you to get him the help that he needs to overcome those problems. A reading tutor should be a consideration for every child.

Do you need a reading tutor? Anton Lebedev is the director of Plus Plus Tutoring, a private home tutoring service that has reading tutors available.
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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Inside the Ant Colony - Deborah M. Gordon

Ants have one of the most complex social organizations in the animal kingdom; they live in structured colonies that contain different types of members who perform specific roles. Sound familiar? Deborah M. Gordon explains the way these incredible creatures mate, communicate and source food, shedding light on how their actions can mimic and inform our own behavior.

Lesson by Deborah M. Gordon, animation by Steve Belfer Creative Inc.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Lego Labrinyth Day

2 of our youngest campers built their own Lego Labyrinth, using obstacles, paths, tunnels...and so much more!

Check out the video to see what happens!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

What You Might Not Know About The Declaration of Independence - Kenneth C. Davis

In June 1776, a little over a year after the start of the American Revolutionary War, the US Continental Congress huddled together in a hot room in Philadelphia to talk independence. Kenneth C. Davis dives into some of the lesser known facts about the process of writing the Declaration of Independence and questions one very controversial omission.

Lesson by Kenneth C. Davis, animation by Karrot Animation.