Saturday, December 31, 2016

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

How High Can You Count on Your Fingers? (Spoiler: much higher than 10) - James Tanton

How high can you count on your fingers? It seems like a question with an obvious answer. After all, most of us have ten fingers -- or to be more precise, eight fingers and two thumbs. This gives us a total of ten digits on our two hands, which we use to count to ten. But is that really as high as we can go? James Tanton investigates.

Lesson by James Tanton, animation by TED-Ed.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Happy Holidays!

Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly, Wishing You a Holiday So Jolly!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Making Snow

Use this fun and easy recipe to make snow with your kids! For cold snow, put the ingredients in the refrigerator right before.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Why Do We Feel Nostalgia? - Clay Routledge

Nostalgia was once considered an illness confined to specific groups of people. Today, people all over the world report experiencing and enjoying nostalgia. But how does nostalgia work? And is it healthy? Clay Routledge details the way our understanding of nostalgia has changed since the term was first coined in the late 17th century.

Lesson by Clay Routledge, animation by Anton Bogaty.

Friday, December 16, 2016

5 Tricks to Get Your Kids to (Finally) Listen | Parents

Having a hard time getting your children to follow directions? Me too. So my friends and I decided to try our own group therapy. Don't laugh -- it works!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Creative Tips for Kids and Family Fun During Winter Break

Texas Children's Author, Melissa Williams, shares with FOX 26 Houston creative and educational tips for kids and family during the winter break.your students learning and having a good time during their long winter break.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Can You Solve the Airplane Riddle? - Judd A. Schorr

Professor Fukanō, the famous scientist, has embarked on a new challenge – piloting around the world in a plane of his own design. There’s just one problem: there's not enough fuel to complete the journey. Luckily, there are two other planes to help. Can you help the professor fly for the whole trip and achieve his dream, without anyone running out of fuel and crashing? Judd A. Schorr shows how.

Lesson by Judd A. Schorr, animation by Artrake Studio.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Time for a Tutor?

Use this guide to determine whether your child needs extra help.

If your child is struggling, don't panic at the first bad report card or note from the teacher. Do some homework. Find out why he's falling behind — and what you can do to make a difference.

While there are some normal developmental tasks a child should master at each age, the operative word is "normal" — and it has a very wide range. After reviewing the lists below, if you're concerned, check with your child's teacher, the school psychologist, or a reading specialist. Most likely, you'll get all the reassurance that you need. If not, you'll know how to proceed.

Grades 3–5
Though a child who struggles with reading may have been able to get by up until now, he'll face a high hurdle in these grades. As homework increases, and the curriculum focuses on reading and writing for comprehension, good decoding and writing skills are critical. So, too, are study and organizational skills.

Consider help if your child:

  • your child consistently avoids reading activities or complains that reading is too difficult;
  • you have an older child who was diagnosed with a learning problem (these difficulties tend to run in families; the earlier problems are diagnosed, the quicker you can find the help your child deserves);
  • she does well in small groups but feels lost in larger ones;
  • your instincts tell you that she's having a harder time than her classmates;
  • is chronically disorganized, forgets homework sheets, misses quiz or test dates;
  • can't manage homework time well;
  • fails to take responsibility for doing her homework;
  • does well in some subjects but poorly in others;
  • never reads for pleasure.

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Sunday, December 4, 2016

Why Should You Listen to Vivaldi's "Four Seasons"? - Betsy Schwarm

Light, bright, and cheerful, "The Four Seasons" by Antonio Vivaldi is some of the most familiar of all early 18th century music, featured in numerous films and television commercials. But what is its significance, and why does it sound that way? Betsy Schwarm uncovers the underlying narrative of this musical masterpiece. 

Lesson by Betsy Schwarm, animation by Compote Collective.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Monday, November 28, 2016

Vote for The Academy of 21st Century Learning to Win "Best Tutoring Center" in Solano County - Voting Ends at 5pm Today!

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Friday, November 25, 2016

The Secrets of Mozart’s “Magic Flute” - Joshua Borths

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte” (“The Magic Flute”) is widely regarded as one of the most influential operas in history. And while it may seem like a childish fairytale at first glance, it’s actually full of subversive symbolism. Joshua Borths explains how many elements of "The Magic Flute" were inspired by Mozart’s somewhat controversial involvement with Freemasonry.

Lesson by Joshua Borths, animation by TED-Ed.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Why Do Whales Sing? - Stephanie Sardelis

Communicating underwater is challenging. Light and odors don’t travel well, but sound moves about four times faster in water than in air — which means marine mammals often use sounds to communicate. The most famous of these underwater vocalizations is undoubtedly the whale song. Stephanie Sardelis decodes the evocative melodies composed by the world’s largest mammals.

Lesson by Stephanie Sardelis, animation by Boniato Studio.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Our Special Introductory Offer Ends November 15th - Sign Your Child Up Today!

Call The Acadmey of 21st Century Learning in Vacaville at (707) 474-4710 for more information or to schedule a Welcome Conference to learn more about who we are. 

Don't wait, this introductory offer ends November 15!

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Why We Should All Be Reading Aloud to Children | Rebecca Bellingham | TEDxYouth@BeaconStreet

Why should we keep reading aloud to kids even when they can already "read on their own?" This talk demonstrates the magic of read aloud and reminds us all why reading aloud is so essential- at school and at home. This talk is for parents and teachers who want to teach comprehension and connect with kids in powerful ways.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Why Are Sharks So Awesome? - Tierney Thys

Sharks have been celebrated as powerful gods by some native cultures. And today, sharks are recognized as apex predators of the world’s ocean. What is it that makes these fish worthy of our ancient legends and so successful in the seas? Tierney Thys takes us into the ocean to find out.

Lesson by Tierney Thys, animation by TED-Ed.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Are Your Kids' Grades Stressing You Out - Call Us and Take Advantage of Our Amazing Introductory Offer!

Call The Acadmey of 21st Century Learning in Vacaville at (707) 474-4710 for more information or to schedule a Welcome Conference to learn more about who we are.

Don't wait, this introductory offer ends November 15!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Can You Solve the River Crossing Riddle? - Lisa Winer

As a wildfire rages through the grasslands, three lions and three wildebeest flee for their lives. To escape the inferno, they must cross over to the left bank of a crocodile-infested river. Can you help them figure out how to get across on the one raft available without losing any lives? Lisa Winer shows how.

Lesson by Lisa Winer, animation by Artrake Studio.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

How Much of Human History is on the Bottom of the Ocean? - Peter Campbell

Sunken relics, ghostly shipwrecks, and lost cities aren’t just wonders found in fictional adventures. Beneath the ocean’s surface, there are ruins where people once roamed and shipwrecks loaded with artifacts from another time. Peter Campbell takes us into the huge underwater museum that is our ocean to see what these artifacts can tell us about humanity.

Lesson by Peter Campbell, animation by Blind Pig.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

What Parents Can Do to Help Their Children Succeed in School

Kathleen Wynne, Minister of Education in Ontario, imparts her best advice to help parents help their children succeed in school.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Monday, October 17, 2016

What Causes Cavities? - Mel Rosenberg

When a team of archeologists recently came across some 15,000-year-old human remains, they made an interesting discovery: the teeth of those ancient humans were riddled with holes. So what causes cavities, and how can we avoid them? Mel Rosenberg takes us inside our teeth to find out.

Lesson by Mel Rosenberg, animation by Andrew Foerster.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Top Tips For Reading to Children

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

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

How Does the Nobel Peace Prize work? - Adeline Cuvelier and Toril Rokseth

Among the top prestigious awards in the world, the Nobel Peace Prize has honored some of the most celebrated and revered international figures and organizations in history. But how does the nomination process work? And who exactly is eligible? Adeline Cuvelier and Toril Rokseth detail the specifics of the Nobel Peace Prize.

Lesson by Toril Rokseth and Adeline Cuvelier (of Nobel Peace Center), animation by Zedem Media.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

How Can Parents Help Kids With Homework?

Psychologist & Life Coach, Dr. Suzanne Gelb, chats with KHON2 TV Morning News anchor, Olena Hue, about how to avoid homework battles.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Can You Solve the Prisoner Boxes Riddle? - Yossi Elran

Your favorite band is great at playing music...but not so great at being organized. They keep misplacing their instruments on tour, and it’s driving their manager mad. Can you solve the brain-numbing riddle their manager assigns them and make sure the band stays on their label? Yossi Elran shows how.

Lesson by Yossi Elran, animation by Artrake Studio.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

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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Thursday, September 29, 2016

7 Ways to Fix Bad Behavior | Parents

Fix bad behavior with these seven steps. Stay positive and stick to consequences to end your child's tantrums.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Why Are There So Many Types of Apples? - Theresa Doud

Have you ever walked into a grocery store and wondered where all the varieties of apples came from? You might find SnapDragon, Pixie Crunch, Cosmic Crisp, Jazz, or Ambrosia next to the more familiar Red Delicious and Granny Smith. So why are there so many types? Theresa Doud describes the ins and outs of breeding apples.

Lesson by Theresa Doud, animation by Adriatic Animation.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Helping Your Kids Succeed in School

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

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Mom Brain: Kid Food Moms Secretly Love | Parents

Admit it- there are kid foods you secretly love to eat. From chicken nuggets to boxed mac 'n' cheese, our editors weigh in.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

How Smart Are Orangutans? - Lu Gao

Along with humans, orangutans belong to the Hominidae family tree, which stretches back 14 million years. But it’s not just their striking red hair that makes orangutans unique among our great ape cousins. Lu Gao shares some amazing facts about these incredibly intelligent great apes from Asia.

Lesson by Lu Gao, animation by Anton Bogaty.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

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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Sunday, September 11, 2016

How Do Animals See in the Dark? - Anna Stöckl

To human eyes, the world at night is a formless canvas of grey. Many nocturnal animals, on the other hand, experience a rich and varied world, bursting with details, shapes, and colors. What is it, then, that separates moths from men? Anna Stöckl uncovers the science behind night vision.

Lesson by Anna Stöckl, animation by TED-Ed.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

How To Know When To Get A Tutor

Education expert Ann Dolin discusses how to know when your student needs the help of a tutor.

Friday, September 2, 2016

5 Reasons to Choose a Tutoring Company Over an Independent Tutor

When trying to find a tutor for your student, you are bombarded by an astonishing number of choices. Evaluating some of the value a tutoring company provides over an individual.will illustrate that a tutoring company offers many advantages.

1.) Fit with the Student: A tutoring company has a variety of tutors. This allows them to match your student to a tutor who has the necessary subject knowledge, tutoring experience, and a complementary personality to the student. A personal connection is a very important, often overlooked key to a successful tutor/student relationship. Having many different tutors allows a company to provide your student with tutors in different subjects and to be flexible with your scheduled sessions.

2.) Quality: A tutor has to go through a number of steps to gain employment with a good tutoring company. At The Way to A, tutors submit resumes. We interview the most promising of these candidates; then we call personal and professional references of the best tutors we interviewed. If they are highly recommended, we perform criminal background checks on each prospective tutor. If the background check is clear, we bring in the tutor for an orientation and example tutoring session. Each tutor must demonstrate the ability to tutor effectively at the interview level and the orientation level before they will actually be placed with a student. When you hire an individual tutor, you have 2 options: you can do all of that yourself, or you can risk it.

3.) Professionalism: A tutoring company has established methods of doing business. Companies have systems of invoicing their customers and paying their tutors. This allows the tutor to focus on what they do best: teaching. Additionally, tutoring companies have a code of conduct and a level of professional behavior they expect from their tutors.

4.) Reliability: Unexpected things happen to people. People move, retire, get sick, etc. If you are working with a tutoring company, they have another tutor that they can pair with your student to make sure that the test is still studied for, even though the regular tutor is sick. If a tutor moves away, the company can provide a new tutor and already be familiar with the situation, as opposed to you trying to find a new individual on your own.

5.) Accountability: Tutoring companies have invested in their reputation. Their tutors work with multiple students, not just yours. They are known entities in the community. A tutoring company has more to lose and consequently more motivation to make you happy by going above and beyond to give you and your student a great experience.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

How Playing Sports Benefits Your Body ... and Your Brain - Leah Lagos and Jaspal Ricky Singh

The victory of the underdog. The last minute penalty shot that wins the tournament. The training montage. Many people love to glorify victory on the field, cheer for teams, and play sports. But should we be obsessed with sports? Are sports as good for us as we make them out to be, or are they just a fun and entertaining pastime? Leah Lagos and Jaspal Ricky Singh show what science has to say on the matter. 

Lesson by Leah Lagos and Jaspal Ricky Singh, animation by Kozmonot Animation Studio.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Thoughts Every Parent Has on the First Morning of the School Year | Parents

After a leisurely summer, getting your kids out the door on the first day of school is no small feat. It's chaotic and stressful, but still emotional despite it all. Here are just some of the thoughts whirling through every parent's mind during the morning rush.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Why the Metric System Matters - Matt Anticole

For the majority of recorded human history, units like the weight of a grain or the length of a hand weren’t exact and varied from place to place. Now, consistent measurements are such an integral part of our daily lives that it’s hard to appreciate what a major accomplishment for humanity they’ve been. Matt Anticole traces the wild history of the metric system.

Lesson by Matt Anticole, animation by Globizco.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Three Tips for Improving Learning For Kids

Help your child shine at school with three easy tips you can do as a parent to raise a successful student! Although it might feel like ages ago to you (and hundreds of years to your little one), sharing your own encouraging school experiences can help put your kids at ease about any issues they may be encountering on a day-to-day basis. Find out two more tricks to put in your positive parent tool belt to help improve different learning tools for kids with this Parents video!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Should We Be Looking for Life Elsewhere in the Universe? - Aomawa Shields

As the number of “potentially habitable” planets that astronomers find continues to rise, we seem ever closer to answering the question, “Are we alone in the universe?” But should we be looking for life elsewhere? If we were to find life in one of these worlds, should we try to contact any beings who may live there? Is that wise? Aomawa Shields navigates the murky waters of pursuing curiosity.

Lesson by Aomawa Shields, animation by Boniato Studio.

Friday, August 12, 2016

3 Simple Strategies to Help Your Child With the Transition Back to School

It's almost back to school time. It is so interesting to see how the school year impacts children and families. I find in my practice that during summer time there are fewer power struggles between parents and children. Perhaps because there is not such a rigid schedule to adhere to? Could it be there is no (or little) homework? Maybe everyone is in a different mood because it's summer and there's just less pressure on everyone? Whatever the reason, wouldn't it be nice to have a school year that is less stressful and more positive?
Here are some creative tips to achieve a balanced positive school year:
1. Develop a schedule. Create a white board of activities and schedule so your child knows what to expect during the week. Why? Because it creates a sense of safety and consistency, so you child will know what happens when. So take 15 minutes before the start of the school year and sit down with your child and create a schedule together. What time they wake up, what things they need to do in the morning, what extra curricular activities they have in the evening, what time they can relax and have free-time, dinner time, when they will do chores, when they will do their homework, when they have TV- computer time.
A schedule provides an outline for how to plan the day, and of course it is flexible (you don't want to create rigid schedule dependent children). Why do schedules work? Because they provide a map of when things happen, so the things that tend to be a power struggle, such as homework time and TV-computer time, are clearly defined. Creating a schedule prior to the school year allows you to be proactive and helps your child learn how to take responsibility for their time. You're no longer nagging to get them to turn off the TV and do homework, rather it's part of the agreed upon schedule and if they don't follow through the consequence is clear (no TV for the night, etc). Schedules work- if you follow though!
2. Ask for support. It bewilders me to see parents and children get into power struggles over homework. It's a terrible cycle of the parent nagging and trying to get the child to do the work, and the child resisting the more the parent demands. This cycle never works and it only leaves the parties involved frustrated, angry, and stressed out. I highly recommend that parents seek out help for homework struggles. Hire a tutor, or even a high school or college student, if you are on a budget. This is an example of needing and seeking support. If homework is a problem at a young age start seeking outside help ASAP. The longer homework is an issue between you and your child the less likely he/she will want to receive outside help.
So do your child a favor and start giving them support at a young age. If your child is anxious or nervous about school offer them the same support, find resources where they can practice feeling more comfortable and confident and where they can learn new skills to deal with school stressors. If you provide them with a safe opportunity to explore their strengths and resources you will see a remarkable shift in how they manage the problems that arise during the school year.
3. Play together! I see many families who have a jammed packed schedule of taking their child to sports, or lessons, or other after school programs. They are chauffeuring them from school, to activities, to play dates, and to appointments leaving little time for families just to be together and have fun. When families do land back home it's time to get dinner together, do homework, and other household tasks. When everyone does finally end up in the same room are you all focused on what's on TV? Adding play to your schedule is essential. You model to your child that play is valuable and it's restorative.
You are also teaching them self-soothing skills they can use later in life when they encounter problems. Play comes in all different forms, from going places, to doing fun activities together, to taking a walk or bike ride, to getting a pedicure, to reading together, or baking something for fun. When you play together you are building your relationship in positive ways, you are connecting from a positive place, rather than a place of being a reactive parent. You are also sharing a life lesson with your child- that life is not all about work and "doing", it's about taking care of yourself, about connecting with others, and about honoring your needs. What a beautiful gift to share with your child!

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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Real Life Sunken Cities - Peter Campbell

Though people are most familiar with Plato’s fictional Atlantis, many real underwater cities actually exist. Peter Campbell explains how sunken cities are studied by scientists to help us understand the lives of our ancestors, the dynamic nature of our planet, and the impact of each on the other.

Lesson by Peter Campbell, animation by TED-Ed.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Back to School: Quick Tip on How to Make Friends | Parents

Watch as Parents gives your child a quick tip on how to make friends when going back to school!

Being apprehensive about making new friends at the start of the school year is a valid worry for your little one, so put her mind at ease with this helpful tip.

Before going back to school, tell your child that somewhere in her new classroom is a boy or girl just waiting to be her friend.

Of course, this will lead to questions along the lines of "What's her name?" or "What does he look like?" Since you don't know the answer to these questions, discuss some clues she can look for when learning how to make friends. Someone giving her a friendly smile or sitting next to her at lunch are signs that he or she wants to be friends with your child.

Encourage her to look for other students who share her interests, as this could be the person who could be her first good friend!

This quick back to school tip is a great way to set the stage for your child to find a friend and get excited about the upcoming school year!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Which Sunscreen Should You Choose? - Mary Poffenroth

Sunscreen comes in many forms, each with its own impacts on your body and the environment. With so many options, how do you choose which sunscreen is best for you? To answer that question, Mary Poffenroth explains how sunscreens work and compares different application methods, SPFs, and active ingredients to help you make the best choice.

Lesson by Mary Poffenroth, animation by Rob Kohr and Travis Spangler.

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 
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 
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 
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)

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! or call (707) 474-4710!

Monday, June 27, 2016

Robotics Camp is Coming Up - Register Your Child Today!

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 11th - 14th, 2016:

Gr K - 3
Gr 4 - 11
Long the stuff of dreams for science fiction writers and their readers, functioning robots have finally become a reality! Utilizing basic computer programming skills, students will be challenged to design and build robots that will be able to perform such tasks as running an obstacle course, following road courses, and picking up objects. As their proficiency with coding increases, students will be able to create more and more complex robot activities.

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 
or call (707) 474-4710.

We look forward to Learning Academy Style together!

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Why Do Our Bodies Age? - Monica Menesini

Human bodies aren’t built for extreme aging: our capacity is set at about 90 years. But what does aging really mean, and how does it counteract the body’s efforts to stay alive? Monica Menesini details the nine physiological traits that play a central role in aging.

Lesson by Monica Menesini, animation by Cinematic.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Register Your Child for Summer Camp - Junior Architects and Puppetry Camps June 27th - 30th!

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 June 27th - 30th, 2016:

Junior Architects
Gr K - 3
Lego • Math • Building
Join us in this hands-on class and, together with your fellow Lego lovers, design and build various machines, catapults, pyramids, derby cars, and other amazing contraptions using your cherished LEGOS and building talents. In addition to practice with concepts in physics and engineering, students will develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills in collaboration with other students as they strive to assemble increasingly complex and interesting structures.

 Gr 4 - 9
Drama/Theater • Creative Writing • Public Speaking 
Calling all Puppeteers! Unleash your imagination and story-telling skills and enjoy a unique experience in personal expression. Explore and develop characters and stories connecting with various themes expressed through theatrical and dramatic exercises. Create puppet characters and scenery and make them come to life in your own original story. And then comes the really fun part: perform on stage for the enjoyment of one and all and upload it to YouTube to share with your friends!

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 
or call (707) 474-4710.

We look forward to Learning Academy Style together!

Sunday, June 19, 2016

The Evolution of the Book - Julie Dreyfuss

What makes a book a book? Is it just anything that stores and communicates information? Or does it have to do with paper, binding, font, ink, its weight in your hands, the smell of the pages? To answer these questions, Julie Dreyfuss goes back to the start of the book as we know it to show how these elements came together to make something more than the sum of their parts.

Lesson by Julie Dreyfuss, animation by Patrick Smith.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

The Argument for Summertime Tutoring

When the school year ends, many students also stop receiving tutoring. While this may be fine for some students, for students that are receiving tutoring in order to catch up with their classmates, this summer vacation from tutoring can have a negative affect on their progress. This article discusses why students should continue to receive tutoring during the summer and how tutoring companies should adjust to offer summertime tutoring.

Hermann Ebbinghaus was a German psychologist best known for his research related to memory and learning. Ebbinghaus discovered what he called the forgetting curve which shows how the rate at which information is forgotten over time. The forgetting curve shows that people quickly forget newly learned information unless they review that information within a short time-frame. After reviewing it once they can go a bit longer without forgetting it, but need to review it again in a few days to retain it. If the information is not reviewed again in several days it will be forgotten. Each time the information is reviewed, it takes longer and longer for the information to be forgotten.

How does this relate to students and summer tutoring? In order for students to remember what they have learned they must repeat the material frequently at first and less frequently over time. Summer vacation is a two month period where the student does not review any material if they aren't receiving tutoring. Much of the subject matter they were introduced to during the last month or two of school will quickly be forgotten if they don't review it during the summer months. As a result they will have to relearn this material at the start of the new school year. For many students this won't be a problem since other students have also forgotten what they learned the previous year; however, students that are already having difficulty keeping up with their classmates should take advantage of the summer to review and consolidate their knowledge so that when they start the new school year they will be at the same level or higher than their classmates.

In order for students to at least maintain the knowledge they gained during the last couple months before summer vacation, the forgetting curve suggests that they continue to review the material frequently for the first couple weeks of summer vacation and then less frequently further into the vacation.

Tutoring companies can encourage students to continue receiving tutoring during the summer by sharing the information mentioned above with parents. Most parents can quickly recognize the value of maintaining the knowledge their children have already gained and giving them a head start for the new school year. Companies can also tailor their summer schedules to match the Ebbinghaus forgetting curve with more frequent tutoring sessions at the start of the summer followed by less frequent tutoring sessions later in the summer.

Many families have irregular schedules during the summer and will be gone for vacation at various times. It's important to be flexible with your students' summer tutoring while maintaining the appropriate frequency and spacing of tutoring sessions to maintain your student's knowledge.

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Monday, June 13, 2016

The Pleasure of Poetic Pattern - David Silverstein

Humans are creatures of rhythm and repetition. From our breath to our gait: rhythm is central to our experience, and often brings us pleasure. We can find pleasure in the rhythm of a song, or even the rows of an orchard. Of course, too much repetition can also backfire. David Silverstein describes what poetic repetition is and why it works.

Lesson by David Silverstein, animation by Avi Ofer.

Friday, June 10, 2016

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?

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Summer is Almost Here - Register for Camp Today!

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

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 
or call (707) 474-4710.

We look forward to Learning Academy Style together!

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Can You Solve the Control Room Riddle? - Dennis Shasha

As your country's top spy, you must infiltrate the headquarters of the evil syndicate, find the secret control panel, and deactivate their death ray. But your reconnaissance team is spotty, and you have only limited information about the control panel's whereabouts. Can you solve the control room riddle and deactivate their weapon in time? Dennis Shasha shows you how.

Lesson by Dennis Shasha, animation by Zedem Media.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

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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Sunday, May 29, 2016

How Computer Memory Works - Kanawat Senanan

In many ways, our memories make us who we are, helping us remember our past, learn and retain skills, and plan for the future. And for the computers that often act as extensions of ourselves, memory plays much the same role. Kanawat Senanan explains how computer memory works.

Lesson by Kanawat Senanan, animation by TED-Ed.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

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.

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Why the Insect Brain is So Incredible - Anna Stöckl

The human brain is one of the most sophisticated organs in the world, a supercomputer made of billions of neurons that control all of our senses, thoughts, and actions. But there was something Charles Darwin found even more impressive: the brain of an ant, which he called “one of the most marvelous atoms of matter in the world.” Anna Stöckl takes us inside the tiny but mighty insect brain.

Lesson by Anna Stöckl, animation by Studio Gal Shkedi.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

The Surprising Reason You Feel Awful When You're Sick - Marco A. Sotomayor

It starts with a tickle in your throat that becomes a cough. Your muscles begin to ache, you grow irritable, and you lose your appetite. It’s official: you’ve got the flu. It’s logical to assume that this miserable medley of symptoms is the result of the infection coursing through your body — but is that really the case? Marco A. Sotomayor explains what’s actually making you feel sick.

Lesson by Marco A. Sotomayor, animation by Henrik Malmgren.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Summer Break is Just a Few Weeks Away - Register Your Child For Summer Camp Today!

Summer is just a few weeks away! 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.

I look forward to seeing you and your children this summer!

Questions? Give us a call. (707) 474-4710 or email