Monthly Archives: October 2015

SKIDOS teacher image

15 Best Halloween Movies for Kids – Part II

By | Parenthood | No Comments

Skidos team has selected our favorites movies to enjoy this Halloween in family. We promise tons of terrific fun with this movies!

beetlejuice-posterBeetlejuice (1988)

A newly-dead husband and wife discover that a family of the living has moved into their house, so they hire a crude “bio-exorcist” to scare them off. The friendship between the deceased couple and Lydia—the epitome of a neglected and gloomy teenager—is heart-warming and the rockin’ 80’s styling will give you a good chuckle. But really…Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! Do we need to say more?

Recommended Age: 9 and Up

Coraline (2009)

Based on Neil Gaiman’s popular “children’s horror” novel, Coraline is in many ways similar to Alice in Wonderland—only creepier. Unhappy about relocating to a new house and leaving all her friends behind, the gutsy heroine discovers a door to an alternative world. There she finds attentive, doting versions of her real parents and other exciting wonders. But this new world is more dangerous than it seems and Coraline must find a way to rescue her family and herself.

Recommended Age: 9 and Up

 

Gremlins (1984)

Gremlins (or, okay, Mogwai) are the original Furbies. Thankfully, Furby never multiplied after getting wet or turned into a trouble-causing reptile. While the film doesn’t revolve around Halloween, watching these little monsters cause chaos is totally in the spirit of this trick-or-treating holiday.

Recommended Age: 9 and Up

 

Corpse Bride (2005)

This is another gem from Tim Burton’s twisted imagination. Victor, a nervous and clumsy young man, accidentally marries a dead bride. He is taken to the Land of the Dead and must somehow escape in order to be reunited with his true fiancée in time for their wedding.

Recommended Age: 10 and Up

 

Young Frankenstein (1974)

Mel Brooks directed this wacky comedy about Doctor Frankenstein’s grandson who follows in his mad scientist footsteps. The slapstick comedy and juvenile gags will draw kids in. The film is a fun parody of classic horror movies, so if your children are always begging to stay up and watch the scarier stuff with you—this is a good compromise.

Recommended Age: 10 and Up

 

Hocus Pocus (1993)

A boy who is charged with keeping an eye on his nosy little sister on Halloween night accidentally unleashes the Sanderson Sisters—three witches from the Salem witch trials that suck the youth from little girls. Best part of the movie? The Sisters performing “I put a spell on you” at a Halloween party, hands down!

Recommended Age: 11 and Up

 

Harry PotterHarry Potter

While you should watch Harry Potter at any time of the year (can you tell we’re fans?), Halloween seems especially appropriate. There is something about Harry boarding the Hogwarts Express that really evokes that start-of-the-school-year, fall feeling. Oh…and there’s magic and witches, too! The first few movies are aimed at younger children while the later ones are better suited to their older, tween siblings.

Recommended Age: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, 7 and Up; Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, 8 and Up; Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, 10 and Up; all movies after Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, 12 and Up

Do you already have a favorite film to enjoy on Halloween?

Tell us your plans!

By Ángela R.
 *Source: Parenting
SKIDOS kangaroo icon

15 Best Halloween Movies for Kids – Part I

By | Parenthood | No Comments

Skidos team has selected our favorites movies to enjoy this Halloween in family. We promise tons of terrific fun with this movies!

The_nightmare_before_christmas_posterNightmare Before Christmas (1993)

Dreamed up by Tim Burton, The Nightmare Before Christmas tells the story of Jack Skellington—the “King of Halloween”—who, tired with staging Halloween festivities year after year, finds a door to Christmas Town and decides to try his hand at that holiday, instead. We dare you not to have the songs from this musical flick stuck in your head for days after watching. “This is Halloween” should be the unofficial theme song of October! Best of all, it also makes a great Christmas movie.

Recommended Age: 7 and Up

Casper (1995)

The iconic cartoon character stars in this sweet film. Poor Casper has always struggled with being lonely and when he finally finds a friend, he tries to bring himself back to life. But things do not go according to plan. At its heart, this is a tender ghost-meets-girl story. And Casper whispering “can I keep you” never fails to make us tear up!

Recommended Age: 6 and Up

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1949)

Talk about an oldie that’s definitely a goodie! This short classic tells the story of a stuffy schoolteacher who tries to win the love of the prettiest girl in town with his act of bravery. Whereas many films based on the Headless Horseman story are quite gruesome, this one is mild enough for a kindergartener.

Recommended Age: 6 and Up

The Worst Witch (1986)

Before Harry Potter got his scar, there was Mildred Hubble. And while fame and fortune come easily to Harry, Mildred struggles with being the worst student at Miss Cackle’s Academy for Witches. This sweet movie about a triumphant underdog will entertain kiddos who may be too young for Hogwarts adventures. Plus, Tim Curry makes a campy (and musical) appearance as the hunkiest warlock around!

Recommended Age: 6 and up

Halloweentown (1998)

Marnie Piper has always been obsessed with Halloween, much to her mother’s despair. But it turns out there is something her mom is keeping from her—she’s a witch! When grandmother Aggie arrives for her annual Halloween visit, Marnie follows her to a strange place called Halloweentown. This installment is the first of a magical trilogy—the two sequels will be better appreciated by kids 8 and up.

Recommended Age: 7 and Up

Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)

This Disney classic is what Mary Poppins would be if it had witches, wizards and magic bedknobs that make your bed fly. The theme involves World War II and Nazi invasions, but is handled with kid gloves. Bonus points if your kiddo starts using “bedknobs” in regular conversation!

Recommended Age: 7 and Up

 

Labyrinth (1986)

Dealing with sibling rivalry? Labyrinth is a must-watch for anyone who has ever felt fed-up with a younger sib. When Sarah wishes that Goblins would take her baby brother, the King of the Goblins comes and whisks the boy away to a Labyrinth. Sarah must venture inside and solve it within thirteen hours to get her little brother back. Filled with fantastical Jim Henson puppets, this movie has magic enough to enchant the kiddos. Plus, David Bowie is perfect as the brooding, discontent Jareth.

Recommended Age: 8 and Up

The Witches (1990)

While visiting the seaside with his grandmother, Luke stumbles upon a convention of witches who are hatching a plan to exterminate children. He must find a way to stop them—a task that seems infinitely harder once he is turned into a mouse. The witches are scary enough to give us a fright—especially when they peel off their human costumes.

Recommended Age: 8 and Up

 

Do you already have a favorite film to enjoy on Halloween?

Tell us your plans!

By Ángela R.
 *Source: Parenting
SKIDOS Family Time

Today is kids & family movie night: Up!

By | Parenthood | No Comments

up-postFamily time

It’s Friday! Is there a better plan to do than watch a family movie with your kids? At Skidos, we want to recommend the best kids & family movies to enjoy together.

In nowadays it turns out to be very important to spend quality time in family. Not just to create strong links but also to learn valuable lessons for life.

There are movies that you see with your children and you’ll love they remember them for the rest of their lives. Because they are special, they teach us valuable lessons! Timeless movies that parents and kids can enjoy together and feel the joy of sharing those moments with your loved ones.

Our recommendation for this weekend is…

Now, grab the popcorn and settle in for a magical movie night with the family.

Share with us your impressions about UP!

 

By Ángela R.

Source: IMDb

SKIDOS Learning

Game-based learning is the new black at schools

By | Gamification | No Comments

Play

Game-based learning has the potential to drastically improve the way children are taught. Games have peculiar qualities that let them engage hard-to-reach students in a way lessons cannot, that’s why gamification is a must into the classrooms.

A good game is a powerful motivator for learning. It engages the mind and the passions simultaneously, with obvious results. 

Who play video games? 

  • 99% of boys 
  • 94% of girls
  • 62% of teachers 

Here you have 5 reasons why it does work:

1. Games foster ideal conditions for learning

Catch the term zone of proximal development (Lev Vygotsky); in this zone the lesson is neither so easy that the student is bored, nor so difficult that he gives up. There is a sweet spot for learning that lies between what a person can do without help, and what they can only accomplish with help.

Teachers create lessons that fall into their students’ zone of proximal development, as well successful games tend to aim toward this same zone. The tantalizing opportunity provided by games is a lesson that measures player skill, and then delivers an appropriate response automatically.

But! Game designers “need to be mindful of the cognitive load imposed on players” to learn to play.

2. Games encourage growth

The growth mindset paradigm is the idea is that individuals who see themselves as evolving through hard work and dedication will grow their abilities, while those who see their talents as fixed traits will not (Carol Dweck).

Games that support a growth mindset allow for “graceful failure” by embedding low-stakes failure into the game mechanics. These games encourage balanced risk-taking and exploration. A player who fails at a well-made game immediately tries again, and when the player eventually succeeds, the idea of growth through practice is reinforced. 

3. Games improve spatial skills

Games improve visual processing, visual-spatial manipulation of images, and auditory processing. Much of the improvement to video games demanding that players interpret, mentally transform, manipulate, and relate dynamic changing images.

Games have significant value for education because the skills cultivated by games are widely applicable outside of games. 

Specifically, action games, often called First Person Shooter (FPS) games, improve attention, mental rotation, task switching, speed of processing, sensitivity to inputs from the environment, resistance to distraction, and flexibility in allocating cognitive as well as perceptual resources. Not only did people learn these skills from video games, there was a significant ability to transfer that learning to other activities.

4. Games are linked to STEM achievement and greater creativity

Spatial skills “can be trained with video games (primarily action games) in a relatively brief period” and that these skills “last over an extended period of time.” More excitingly, the improvement in visual-spatial skills is related to other, more scholarly, improvements.  The learning of these skills from video games show increased efficiency of neural processing. Improvements in spatial skills predict achievement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

5. Games foster engagement

One of the most important factors related to learning is time on task. It is highly related to proficiency. Yet, students are found to be thinking about topics entirely unrelated to academics a full 40% of the time while in classrooms. In fact, on average, high school students are less engaged while in classrooms than anywhere else.

Enjoyment and interest during high school classes are significant predictors of student success in college, and that this engagement is a rarity in US schools.

The relationship between time spent and skill applies to video games as well. The more time spent playing educational games, the greater the gain in skills and knowledge. The average gamer spends 13 hours a week playing games.

 

It is not clear whether the positive effects of game-based learning stem from greater time spent learning, or increased efficiency in learning, or both. It is clear, however, that more time is spent learning when educational games are used than when they are not. Tobias et al report that those who learn using games, “tend to spend more time on them than do comparison groups.”

 

Do you use game-based learning in your classroom?

What positive effects you see in you students?

By Ángela R.

Source: The edvocate

 

SKIDOS teacher image

Time to laugh: Teachers telling their experiences

By | Curiosities | No Comments

True terror!Teachers

“True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country.” 

A lot of teachers can relate to Kurt Vonnegut’s quote. From kindergarten 
to senior year, they’ve seen it all. So here you have some stories about the hilarious, sweet, droll, 
and occasionally clueless things the students of this heroic professionals do or say:

Teacher experience 1 Teacher experience 2

Teacher experience 3 

Teacher experience 4

Teacher experience 5

Do you have a funny joke, quote, or story? 

Just share it!

By Ángela R.

*Source: Rd

SKIDOS kangaroo icon

Kids & family movie night: The Princess Bride!

By | Parenthood | No Comments

PopCorn Time

It’s Friday! Fall is already here, so why not to go for  walk in the park or the forest to see the change of colors in the trees and the whole nature?

It’s also a great time to make plans in family at home: take the blanket and feel the coming fall on the couch. For that, is there a better plan to do than watch a family movie with your kids?

There are movies that you see with your children and you’ll love they remember them for the rest of their lives. You know why? Because they are that special, they teach us valuable lessons!

Timeless movies that parents and kids can enjoy together and feel the nostalgic of the gone childhood and the joy of sharing those moments with your loved ones.

Our recommendation for this weekend is…

The Princess Bride 1987

 
The Princess Bride

PG

Rate: 8,2/10 (IMDb)

 

What will tell to your kids: While home sick in bed, a young boy’s grandfather reads him a story called The Princess Bride: A fairy tale adventure about a beautiful young woman and her one true love. He must find her after a long separation and save her. They must battle the evils of the mythical kingdom of Florin to be reunited with each other.

Why we like it ~ Lesson: Many of us have seen this movie during our childhood so we can translate the messages we’ve received. No matter how insane a problem may seem, there is always a way to tackle it. Know when to focus on the group and when to focus on the one: it’s good to trust in the force of many but also to be confident about your own strengths. Be yourself always. Just because no one has, doesn’t mean you can’t.

Curiosities: All of the main characters are introduced in the first seven minutes of the film. There really was a “Dread Pirate Roberts” (Bartholomew Roberts, also known as Black Bart) who operated in the Caribbean in the early 18th century. He is reckoned by many to have been the most successful pirate of all time. Iocaine powder is a fictional poison.

Now, grab the popcorn and settle in for a magical movie night with the family.

Share with us your impressions about the Princess Mononoke movie!

 

Source: IMBdRotten tomatoesNifty.