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Education methods have always aimed to ensure future generations are fully prepared to contribute to the working force as adults.  But what about preparing children to also function as social members of society?  More recent approaches to education are now focusing on developing wholesome, happy children with the ability to develop healthy relationships and persevere through the trails of life.

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January 09, 2017
Rachael Rufino

3 Easy Enrichment Methods to Start Now

Kids And Creativity, Creativity, Learning at Home, Learning Through Play, STEM, STEAM

It’s difficult thinking up new ways to keep children interested, stimulated and occupied day-to-day.  In fact, the same can be said for all cognitive beings.  Preventing boredom in children, adults and even animals can reduce stereotypic behaviors (such as nail-biting, hair-twirling and pacing) and have profoundly positive effects on their quality of life.  By introducing new stimuli, you are providing a person or pet with an interesting, and sometimes challenging distraction. 

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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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November 14, 2016
Kacey Templin

The Milestone Series: Emotions

Creativity, STEM, STEAM

In this series, we're taking a look at 3 different aspects of a child's development - emotions, literacy, and reasoning. Each article will highlight critical milestones in a child's life and how you can encourage your child to achieve these goals. 

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November 05, 2016
Kacey Templin

Fall Learning Series Part 7: Leonardo Da Vinci

Creativity, STEM, STEAM

Have you ever heard someone described as a “Renaissance man?" The term is slang for someone who has a broad range of interests and skills. This comes from a Humanist philosophy that began in Renaissance-era Italy, where the core tenet was that man was limitless in his capabilities. All knowledge was meant to be embraced, and all human capability was to be developed as fully as possible. One of the greatest examples of a true Renaissance man is Leonardo Da Vinci, an inventor, painter, architect, scientist, and writer (among other things). Da Vinci is widely considered to be the most diversely talented person that ever lived, and his works helped to shape what we understand as the Renaissance today.

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October 22, 2016
Kacey Templin

Fall Learning Series Part 5: Halloween Science

Kids And Creativity, Creativity, STEM, STEAM

It’s the spookiest time of year again, when ghosts, goblins, and ghouls come out to play! That’s right, it’s Halloween time, and it only seems fitting to dedicate a Fall Learning post to the haunted holiday. The activities below are designed to get you and your children in the Halloween spirit, while also learning a little science along the way!

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October 15, 2016
Sophie Miller

Fall Learning Series Part 4: The Five Senses

Kids And Creativity, Creativity, STEM Education / Play, Learning at Home, Learning Through Play, STEM, STEAM

Imagine that you’re baking your favorite dish.  As you’re putting the pan into the oven, you graze your arm against the edge – it’s burning hot!  Your body responds to the heat in seconds and you pull your arm away before the skin gets seriously burned.  You’re a little bummed that you hurt yourself – but it’s all worth it when your dish is done, and you smell that delicious smell coming from the oven.  Just be careful when you’re taking it out, and don’t burn your mouth!

Our fall learning series is designed to give you a chance to teach your children about something new and interesting. Each week our blog covers a new topic, and is filled with specially curated activities that let you get hands-on with each lesson. It’s a great way to spend time with family and learn all at once!

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