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.