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2017 Educational New Year’s Resolutions

As kids get back to school in January, it’s the perfect time to reflect on the first half of the school year and to make some educational resolutions.

In the new year, we usually start off with the best of intentions, but don’t always follow through with the resolutions we make. That’s why our team of tutors recommends continuing to engage your child and track their progress.

Here are some subject and skill specific ideas to help start 2017 off on the right foot.

Math:

  • Practice makes perfect – Math homework can be an opportunity for students to reinforce the concepts they learned.   Schedule a regular time and location to develop a routine
  • Play Math Games to make learning fun.  Here are some of our favourites
  • Use these helpful Math apps for enrichment or support learning in more challenging areas
  • Introduce Math into real life settings. For example: on the next drive learn about distance and time.  Or during cooking time – learn about measurement.

Reading:

  • Read with your child frequently and engage them by asking them to explain the story
  • Use flash cards to learn important words.  Once your child gets comfortable, combine the flash cards to create common sentences
  • Label items around the house and practice reading them with your child
  • Reading apps can help engage your child and leverage technology.  Some of our favourites include: Dr. Seuss’s ABCReading RavenQuestion BuilderWord MagicGraceabc PocketPhonics

French:

  • Cook in French – think about all the great food you can cook and eat (ie. Crepes, Croissant)
  • TFO – Games:  Wonderful games to help improve French vocab, math, reading and science
  • French TV: expand vocabulary by watching age appropriate shows
  • Leverage technology with these helpful French Apps
  • Sign up for a French enrichment March Break or Summer Camp
  • Watch online videos to sing songs and learn new vocabulary

Science:

  • Use sports make science fun and connect it with real life.  Ie. hockey can be used to learn the Physics of friction and momentum or athletes’ nutrition can be used to learn Biology and the science of proteins, sugars and fats
  • Explore the world of science with these helpful apps for children of all ages
  • NBC Learn has wonderful videos to explain the science of everything

Organization, Time Management and Study Skills:

  • Use an agenda / planner
  • Make a consistent schedule
  • Provide a place to study with limited distractions and good lighting
  • Develop a system to track important papers / materials
  • Communicate with your child’s teacher on an ongoing basis

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Science and The Winter Olympics

The Winter Olympics are an amazing time to step away from our day to day routine and support your country and favourite athletes.     Whether it is bobsled, skating, skiing or hockey, every sport provides a ton of excitement to watch the top athletes in the world compete.

But behind the scenes what math, physics, biology and chemistry goes into to the athlete’s success in training and excelling at their sports?

Fortunately, the Canadian and US Olympic broadcasters, CBC and NBC through their Science Says and NBC Learn programs have developed some fun and interesting videos to learn about the science of the Olympics.   We have noted our favourites below including the science topics they cover.

1) The Science of Stretching and Warming Up (Aerobic Capacity, Muscle memory, Energy)

2) Can Music Improve Athletic Performance? (Psychology, Brain functioning)

3) The Science of Skates (Friction, Heat)

4) Downhill Skiing and Gravity (Gravity, Force, Acceleration, Friction)

5) How do Competition Suits Work? (Aerodynamics, Friction, Wind resistance)

6) Science Friction: Curling (Friction, Momentum exchange)

7) Math and Sports (Motion, Velocity, Calculus, Arithmetic)

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10 Apps to Make Science Fun for Kids

Educational Technology is a fantastic way for kids to learn about any subject on their Smartphone or tablet.   Today we are covering Apps to make science fun for kids.  Whether your child is interested in physics, astronomy, chemistry or biology, these apps cover all topics for kids of all ages.

Here are some of our favourites to help your child explore the world of science in a fun and engaging way:

 

Sid the Science Kid – Sid’s Slide to the Side:  Teaches your child about friction and sliding in two stories with two games. Your child will start by learning about friction and how and why it can stop her from sliding.

 

The Elements: A Visual Exploration: A rich and engaging love story of the periodic table, told in words and pictures, and allowing you to experience the beauty and fascination of the building blocks of our universe in a way you’ve never seen before.

 

Science Glossary:  A glossary of scientific terms and short biographies to help high school students understand and learn more about science.

 

Anatomy 3D: Organs:  Expand your knowledge of the body’s organs with this app that combines 3D models, video, audio lectures and quizzes.

 

SkySafari:  One of the most comprehensive apps for astronomy – it shows 46,000 stars, plus 220 of the best-known star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies in the sky. It also displays the Solar System’s major planets and moons using NASA spacecraft imagery, and includes the best-known 150 (or so) asteroids, comets, and satellites.

 

The Ultimate Dinopedia: This dinosaur app lets kids indulge their fascination by providing vividly colored illustrations and fascinating facts on more than 1,000 dinosaurs including stats, a fun fact, information on the picture and the dinosaur’s evolution.

 

Sea Life:  This app takes you on a virtual underwater ride by introducing you to marine animals through interactive images and sounds.

 

Rocket Science 101: Select your favorite NASA mission and build a rocket to send the spacecraft into orbit. As you take the apps challenge, you can learn more about thrilling missions and the various components of the launch vehicles, how they are configured and how they work together to successfully launch a NASA spacecraft.

 

Kid Weather: Teaches children real time weather conditions, forecasts, science and fun facts about the weather, plus it is interactive making it fun for the kids.

 

Pocket Physics:  Excellent app to help high school students in the following physics topics: linear motion, force, gravity, waves, elasticity and magnetic fields, among others.

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