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6 Fun Science Activities For Toddlers & Up

6 Fun Science Activities For Toddlers & Up

Moms – Anupama Subramaniyam A growing child is always curious. Which is why they are constantly asking us questions. Thanks to quarantine, questions are mostly limited to things we see at home. So now with movements being limited, it’s time to bring the curious mind home. What better way to do it than with fun science experiments? If your kids think science isn’t fun, these projects are going to change their minds. So grab your kids and toddlers and choose which experiment you want to do (or you could do them all, what’s stopping you?). Read...
3 Ways to Reduce Stress and Build Connections During Distance Learning

3 Ways to Reduce Stress and Build Connections During Distance Learning

Edutopia – Sarah Gonser When people experience stress, the hormone cortisol is released in the body, producing the fight, flight, or freeze impulse. Some stress may be useful in preparing kids for challenging tasks like tests and performances. “This is the limbic system in the brain at work—attention, concentration, focus, memory, preparation,” writes Cantor. But persistently high levels of stress can become toxic, affecting attention and memory. The hormone oxytocin, however, can help protect children from these harmful effects. “Relationships that are strong and positive cause oxytocin’s release, which helps produce feelings of trust, love, attachment, and safety,” Cantor writes. “This not only helps children manage stress, but also offsets the damaging effects of cortisol and produces resilience to future stress.” As students head back to school this fall with the possibility of hybrid learning models and rolling school closures, educators and parents will play an important role in helping to “inoculate us against the intolerable stress of the scary, uncertain world we now live in,” she writes. Cantor suggests adults focus on a new take on the “Three Rs”: relationships, routines, and resilience. Read...
3 ways to teach kids storytelling, a skill that matters during coronavirus isolation and always

3 ways to teach kids storytelling, a skill that matters during coronavirus isolation and always

The Conversation – Cathy Miyata During this unprecedented era of separation and isolation due to coronavirus, all people, particularly children, urgently need to build relationships, connect with community and foster a sense of self. Parents can help restore their children’s sense of self and belonging through storytelling activities. Storytelling is a human pursuit that crosses all cultures and generations and can help restore some of the missing elements in our children’s lives today. Read...
Parents need to be ‘learning coaches’ for students staying at home this fall, Frisco ISD says

Parents need to be ‘learning coaches’ for students staying at home this fall, Frisco ISD says

The Dallas Morning News – Brandi Addison For the 2020-2021 school year, Frisco ISD has given students and their families a choice between face-to-face instruction and online learning. The latter model, a “virtual academy,” would require “parents to be heavily invested in facilitating learning,” according to the school district. Chief Academic Officer Wes Cunningham said this is because parents set the tone for students when they leave campus. If a student is learning remotely, parents must take on the role of “learning coach” and provide academic support for their children. That level of support hinges on the student’s grade level and abilities as well as their family dynamics, Cunningham said. Every student has different needs. Read...
LEGO & National Geographic Partner In “Explore The World” Campaign

LEGO & National Geographic Partner In “Explore The World” Campaign

Moms – Jennifer Hill Robenalt LEGO and National Geographic have come together for a campaign that might inspire children to help solve some of the world’s most pressing problems— from the comfort of home. In the spirit of travel, adventure, and scientific discovery, the two iconic brands have just launched the “Explore the World” initiative to encourage kids to learn more about our planet’s natural wonders and animals through playsets and online...