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January 04, 2017
Rachael Rufino

Make Learning Fun: Brainteasers

Hello puzzle lovers!  This week we're thrilled to bring you 3 more brainteasers, along with the answers to last week's brainteasers! 

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December 28, 2016
Rachael Rufino

Make Learning Fun: Brainteasers from Visual Brainstorms

Hello puzzle lovers!  This week we're thrilled to bring you 3 more brainteasers from our very own Visual Brainstorms set, along with the answers to last week's brainteasers! 

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December 21, 2016
Rachael Rufino

Make Learning Fun: Brainteasers

Hello puzzle lovers!  This week we're thrilled to bring you 3 more brainteasers, along with the answers to last week's brainteasers! 

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December 19, 2016
Sophie Miller

Homeschoolers in the Spotlight, Part 3

Learning at Home

Although she didn’t know it yet, Kari began her journey with homeschooling years ago, when she and her husband David began leading international trips with kids of all ages. On these expeditions, David and Kari taught the kids about the history of the countries they were in and the plants and animals that they encountered there. They also led service projects that educated the kids on the trips about the culture and conditions in the countries that they explored. Although she had taught English as a Second Language more formally during her time at college, Kari cites these international trips as a starting point in her journey as an educator, because she learned the benefits of learning outside of a formal classroom setting.

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December 17, 2016
Rachael Rufino

Do These Optical Illusions Have You Fooled?

Creativity, Learning Through Play, STEM, Brainteasers, STEAM

 

Can you see the hidden 3D image in the stereogram above?  Continue reading and the answer will be revealed…

Optical illusions help us understand how we perceive the world around us and why.  Sometimes what we believe we are seeing, isn’t reality.  Why does this happen?  Our brain works to interpret everything we see, and sometimes shadows, lighting, shapes and other factors mislead that interpretation.

Stereograms

Our depth perception is challenged with stereograms.  Finding 3D shapes within a 2-demensional image isn’t easy, but by staring at a repeating pattern in wallpaper, the brain is tricked into matching pairs of them to perceive a virtual plane behind it.  This virtual plane is where the hidden image lies.  This was discovered by Dr. Bela Julesz in 1959, which helped change the belief by most vision scientists at the time that depth perception solely occurs in the eye.  It is now known that depth perception is a neurological process that occurs in the brain. 

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December 14, 2016
Rachael Rufino

Make Learning Fun: Brainteasers from Visual Brainstorms

Hello puzzle lovers!  This week we're thrilled to bring you 3 more brainteasers from our very own Visual Brainstorms set, along with the answers to last week's brainteasers! 

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December 12, 2016
Kacey Templin

Milestone Series: Cognitive Development

STEM, STEAM

Every day, we as humans must reason, problem solve, conceptualize ideas, and make decisions, both minor and major. We don’t think about how we think, we just do it. As an adult, you know that when you place a cup in the cupboard and close the door, it hasn’t disappeared from existence. You know how to articulate complex ideas, such as driving directions or recipe instructions. You weren’t born knowing how to do these things, but over time, your brain developed to accommodate higher levels of cognition. Cognitive development is a complex and lifelong process. It encompasses everything from concrete knowledge about the world around us, to more abstract knowledge that includes a person’s temperament and personality. Today’s milestone post focuses on how your child’s thought process develops, and how you can help to encourage healthy development.  

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