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Math as it’s taught in schools in the US has become needlessly complicated.  When we were kids, we learnt very straightforward ways to do Math.  Nowadays, parents may find it hard to even help their 1st graders because the methods are so confusing.  I recently came upon a great site called Mathisfun.com while helping my...
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Día is a nationally recognized initiative that emphasizes the importance of literacy for all children from all backgrounds. The Día! Diversity in Action 2014 Celebration is fast approaching, have you registered your program yet?  Register your Día Celebration in the 2013 Día National Program Registry to build a national database that showcases all types and...
Pascal from Frenchy Bunny shared some creative language learning tips with us.  You can read them below… I’m a self-taught guy, and I’ve learnt English with colors. No one ever suggested it to me, but I invented this trick to learn faster and make things easier and more fun. For learning vocabulary, I underlined nouns in...
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Coca-Cola’s Super Bowl ad celebrates the diversity of America with people singing "America the Beautiful" in many different languages.  You can hear it below… The song was sung in English, Tagalog, Spanish, Hebrew, Hindi, Keres and Senegalese-French.
Emanuela works in a school with young kids from different countries.  She asked if anyone could help with some questions about how children are cared for and disciplined in various cultures.  Here’s her letter: I have a special request to you and I think you can help me because you know people of many cultures.  In...
This week our kids went back to school where I live.  Parents had Meet-the-Teacher Night where they meet their children’s teachers and hear about the year to come.  My daughter’s Math teacher read the following poem to us about how teachers and parents have to work together to help children learn and develop.  The poem...
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Check out the short video below… Astronaut, Chris Hadfield wrings out a washcloth on the International Space Station.  It’s so cool!  Show it to your kids and watch it.  It will make you feel like a kid again.
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Monique was here visiting from France for the past two weeks and we worked on creating Spanish and French versions of our books and apps. (They should be available soon.) Here’s a link to our current books and apps.
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Our friends at DIA asked us to post this message about their program… The Día! Diversity in Action 2013 Celebration is only a month away, have you registered your library or school’s program yet?  Register your Día Celebration in the 2013 Día National Program Registry to build a national database that showcases all types and sizes...
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All kids should watch this video below for inspiration… it’s a good answer the question, "Why should I do well in school?"
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Written by guest blogger Daria Marmaluk-Hajioannou.  Daria performs multicultural music from around the world. No one really knows what music sounded like in ancient Egypt, but we do know what some of their instruments used during that time looked like. A close look at some of the beautiful hieroglyphics found in the pyramids and in archeological...
Here’s a video with a song explaining onomatopoeias… one of the coolest types of words out there!
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This is cool… Radial symmetry is where an organism has almost identical looking parts if cut into a pie.  Only the top and bottom look different.   The sea anemones in this print display radial symmetry. The video below shows how to create radial symmetry artwork.  It helps teach kids this scientific concept. Check out how cool it is! Image...
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Here’s a video of the song Dem Bones for Halloween.  It’s a longer version to actually teach kids about dem bones… Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones, Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones, Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones… Enjoy dem bones! Mama Lisa
Here’s a 3 minute video for kids about the 8 secrets to success.  Psst… here’s what they are… Passion (do it for love, not money) Hard Work Get Good at It Push (through self doubt, etc.) Serve Others Something of Value ...
Here’s a short video about different sounds instruments make from around the world… Enjoy! Mama Lisa
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One way to teach children about both art and nature is to bring them on a trip outdoors and create Land Art.  Monique from France chaperoned a trip last year and sent these ideas and photos of land art to create with children… How to create land art: 1,  Use stones and dead wood to create...
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It can be difficult to roll your R’s when speaking in Spanish.  This video gives some great tips to get those R’s a-rolling! Enjoy! Mama Lisa
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Most kids in the US have to learn where all the 50 states are at some point in elementary school.  My daughter had to learn them for a test this week. We tried apps for the iPad and Android to help her learn them.  None of the ones we found were very helpful.  So we went...
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Happy Pi Day!  Pi is the mathematical constant π which represents the ratio of any circle to its diameter.  This number is approximately 3.14.  Today is 3/14 and that’s why it’s held today.  You can celebrate pi day  by eating some pie! Bon appetit! Mama Lisa
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