Saturday, March 31, 2018

Can You Solve the Buried Treasure Riddle? - Daniel Griller

After a massive storm tears through the Hex Archipelago, you find five grizzled survivors in the water. As an act of gratitude for saving them, they reveal a secret – the island they were just on holds some buried treasure. But when the sailors try to describe the island, something seems off. Can you find the booty despite their strange instructions? Daniel Griller shows how.

Lesson by Daniel Griller, animation by Patrick Smith.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

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.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Volcanoes 101 | National Geographic

Volcanoes are as dangerous as they are majestic. Over 50 eruptions rock our planet every year. This video helps you understand what causes volcanoes to form and erupt—and shows where they are most likely to be found.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Summer 2018 STEAM Camp Registration is Now Open!

With the rain outside, who isn't ready for the summer sun?

We are ... and we want to show you why!

It is time to release our Summer 2018 Schedule for our month-long STEAM camps.

Session I: June 18 - July 13
Session II: July 16 - August 10

9 AM - 12 PM
Monday - Friday

We have a camp to fit all of our geeks from 4 years through 8th grade.

At midnight tonight, you can pick your camp ... plus we will release the dates on our week-long camps shortly.

Don't forget there is limited space in our camps ... sign up now!

Our week-long camps include, but are not limited to:
Math Mysteries
Checkmate - Chess for Smarties!
Robotics ... and more!

Monday, March 19, 2018

The Weird and Wonderful Metamorphosis of the Butterfly - Franziska Bauer

In order to become a butterfly, a caterpillar’s body dissolves almost completely and is rebuilt from its own juices. Butterflies are just a few of the 800,000 insect species that transition from larvae to adults through complete metamorphosis. But how exactly does this process work? Franziska Bauer explains how these squishy larvae emerge as armored, aerodynamic, and nimble adults.

Lesson by Franziska Bauer, animation by Avi Ofer.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Solar System 101 | National Geographic

How many planets are in the solar system? How did it form in the Milky Way galaxy? Learn facts about the solar system’s genesis, plus its planets, moons, and asteroids.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

How Do Birds Learn to Sing? - Partha P. Mitra

A brown thrasher knows a thousand songs. A wood thrush can sing two pitches at once. A mockingbird can match the sounds around it — including car alarms. These are just a few of the 4,000 species of songbirds. How do these birds learn songs? How do they know to mimic the songs of their own species? Are they born knowing how to sing? Partha P. Mitra illuminates the beautiful world of birdsong.

Lesson by Partha P. Mitra, animation by TED-Ed.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

9 Fun Ways for Your Kids to Unplug (and Encourage Literacy)

Put down that tablet or smartphone! Use these creative ideas to help your kids connect with family, while boosting skills.

Technology is wonderful in so many ways, but it's also very addictive. Sometimes, we just need to pull the plug and do something together with our families instead. Here are ten indoor and outdoor ideas to encourage your kids – and all family members – to put down your electronic devices. Bonus: All of these activities also boost literacy skills.

Indoor Ideas

1. Schedule Family Game Time

Hold a family game night that includes board, card, or dice games. If you need some ideas for games that boost skills, check out these literacy-boosting board games.

Word games are another screen-free activity that can be done together. Try doing Mad Libs, word searches, or crossword puzzles together.

2. Take a Reading Challenge

Working as a family to complete a challenge develops teamwork, determination, and goal setting. When you make it a reading challenge, you have the added benefit of encouraging your kids to become stronger readers.

Commit to a reading goal and set a deadline. Track your progress and celebrate your success. Try a bookshelf scavenger hunt challenge or reading bingo.

3. Bring a Book to Life

Bringing books to life is a neat way to connect with stories. Let a book inspire your family to create a piece of art, do an act of kindness, make a recipe, or try a new activity.

4. Read About Your Favorite Digital Show or Game

Just because your family has unplugged from video games or television shows, doesn't mean you can't read about them.

There are oodles of books available about Minecraft, Pokemon, and Paw Patrol waiting for young readers.

5. Creative Project Subscription Kits

We all love to receive packages in the mail. More and more subscription kits have entered the market that provide books and activities for your family to enjoy. Little Passports, Kiwi Crates, and KidArtLit are just a few ideas to pursue.

Outdoor Ideas

6. Walk Through a Story

StoryWalk® exhibits are popping up in many communities. Your family literally walks through a story. The pages of a book have been deconstructed and hung along a trail. They are typically found in parks or other outdoor spaces. Contact your local library to find an exhibit near you.

7. Visit Little Free Libraries

Chances are there is at least one Little Free Library near you. These small libraries house free books for you to read. The premise is simple. You take a book and leave a book. You can visit the Little Free Library website to find a list of registered libraries in your community.

8. Go on a Scavenger Hunt

Get some exercise, practice reading, and have fun on a scavenger hunt together. You and your family can create your own or use our outdoor literacy walk or zoo scavenger hunt printables on your adventure.

9. Campfire Stories (Fire Optional!)

Storytelling is a wonderful way to spend time together without electronic devices — and it teaches kids about the elements of a story. Build a bonfire, create a fire in your grill, or just pretend you are sitting around a campfire. Take turns telling true or make-believe stories to each other. Here are more great games to play around a campfire.

Try these nine ideas that encourage your family to ditch the devices and dive into some activities while also growing your kids' literacy skills!

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Thursday, March 1, 2018

Can You Solve the Seven Planets Riddle? - Edwin F. Meyer

Your interstellar police squad has tracked a group of criminals to a cluster of seven planets. Now you must apprehend them before their reinforcements arrive. Of course, the fugitives won’t just stay put – they’ll try to dodge you by moving from planet to planet. Can you devise a sequence for searching the planets that’s guaranteed to catch them in ten warps or less? Edwin F. Meyer shows how.

Lesson by Edwin F. Meyer, animation by TED-Ed.