The Summer Brain Gain

“All young people experience learning losses when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer. Research spanning 100 years shows that students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer vacation than they do on the same tests at the beginning of the summer.” – National Summer Learning Association. YouContinue reading “The Summer Brain Gain”

Holiday Math!

The Summer Slide Research from Duke University shows that students lose an average of 2.6 months of grade level equivalency in computational ability over the summer. This holidays, beat the Math slide with these awesome Math resources… Math Planet – Play Power Labs Designed by learning scientists at Carnegie Mellon University and tested in hundredsContinue reading “Holiday Math!”

Educational Gifts for Your Holiday Shopping List

I know it seems a little early to be planning your holiday shopping but these days, the early bird really does catch the worm. If you plan early, you can get something really meaningful, and you can also save more since you have time to look out for the really special deals. Magformers Challenger Set – WithContinue reading “Educational Gifts for Your Holiday Shopping List”

Holiday Activities: The Best Online Resources for Summer Learning

We have a guest post today. With Aristotle’s summer break just around the corner, we thought it was a rather timely article. We hope you enjoy it. Rose Williams is a freelance technology writer with a focus on how the Internet improves our lives, from online education and mobile streaming to ‘stuff’ minimizing and beyond.Continue reading “Holiday Activities: The Best Online Resources for Summer Learning”

Holidays and Celebrations: Happy Easter for 2013!

Happy Easter for 2013! Aristotle recently watched Rise of the Guardians again and I saw it for the first time in its entirety. It would seem that kids these days are being taught that Easter is about the Easter bunny and an Easter egg hunt. So I corrected Aristotle’s distorted view of Easter and educated himContinue reading “Holidays and Celebrations: Happy Easter for 2013!”

Educational Holiday Experiences for Children

When it comes to activities for the boys, I like them to have a variety of experiences. Even if they are just dabbling, I find that every new experience offers a terrific learning opportunity. Early childhood development is about the formation of neuronal connections and what better way to encourage that than with first-hand experiences?Continue reading “Educational Holiday Experiences for Children”

Activities for the Holidays: Home Made Play Dough Fun

Gavin will be on school holidays until the end of the year after this week. Yes, that means 7 whole weeks of Gavin and Gareth – 24/7. As much as I have been looking forward to it, I must confess there is also some level of anxiety as I ponder how I’m going to keepContinue reading “Activities for the Holidays: Home Made Play Dough Fun”