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 FukanĊ, 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