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Creative ways to keep your child learning in 2019!

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1. Play fun learning games

Let’s be honest. Nobody really likes homework or boring games that look just like homework. Kids love to play fun games. Rather than merely producing clumsily camouflaged ‘gamified’ lessons, why not put the gaming experience first and then embed the education. The result? Educational games kids actually enjoy.  Find tips to pick actually fun and creative learning games here.

For preschoolers & kindergarten kids, you can start with simple games that help them learn the basics- numbers, colours and shapes. When a child is actively engaged with the game, their mind experiences the pleasure of learning a new system. You can adapt the cool learning games by age.  Download the games on your phone or tablets.

2. Enrich their minds with Coding puzzles

coding kids creative learning

Yes, you and your kids can get inspired and interested in coding. Coding stimulates computational thinking and encourages creativity. Learning to code helps kids develop critical thinking skills as well as the ability to solve problems. Your kids can understand the coding logic behind their favourite games. The best way to start learning is by solving coding puzzles. This will help your kids foster an early interest in coding which is already a very critical 21st-century skill.

 

You can find some of the best coding games here.

3. Math Fun for Kids

Kids math games

Integrate math in their everyday activities. Start with grocery shopping, count the number of oranges your child helps you put in the grocery bag at the supermarket or the number of stairs you go up to the front door. You can start with small amounts and add a few as your child is ready for a challenge. 

In the new digital age, you can also get some cool math games in the App Store for your kids to improve their math skills.

You can find some of the cool math games here.

The future of learning in Nordic countries

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Education in Nordic countries

Scandinavia has always been an advocate for modern educational techniques. Moreover, Nordic countries are at the top of the list judged on students’ performance and quality of education.

But what makes these countries stand out from the rest?

There are no standardized tests in schools. Education is based mainly on teamwork and sharing knowledge while applying school theory to real-life experiences. These could be some of the reasons why Scandinavians excel in education. 

Local schools educate the world’s top students and most innovative and creative minds. Since they do not have many natural resources, “brainpower” is the most valued in these countries. Additionally, governments are investing millions in this direction.

In the last decade schools in Nordic countries started using iPads and laptops in classrooms for all lectures. Especially in high schools and universities. 

Recently robots and machine learning are adopted by schools and universities. The innovation is easy to achieve with implementing various interactive tools and systems. This also encourages the motivation for active participation in learning and understanding complex theories.

Education in Nordic countries is aiming to give the freedom of students to decide their own development path. Teachers implement interaction with technology and actively encouraging using and understanding it.

The focus is now on how they can use technology for educational purposes for smaller children. And whether it could allow us to create a personalized learning experience for each student.

Svenia Busson had the chance to visit 3 schools in Denmark that adopted a modern way of educating its students. And she wrote all about it in a post on her blog.

Read more about it here.

Easter Weekend – 5 Creative activities to do with your kids to make it special!

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Easter Fun for all the family!Happy Easter!! 

Well, whatever Easter means to you, we have loads of ideas to keep you and the kids entertained. From Easter egg hunts and family-friendly Sunday lunch locations to Easter themed crafts and ideas for rainy day activities, we have your Easter holidays sorted. You can always count on SKIDOS team for tonnes of suggestions for fabulous, fun activities to keep your children entertained over the holidays. Check out our ideas for free family activities, plus loads of crafts and games, both indoors and outdoors.

1. Celebrating Easter at home.

Holidays are great opportunities for us to spend time with our loved ones, enjoying the time together. Easter Sunday is no exception, and it’s a beautiful time to enjoy with your family. Make some plans with your loved ones to make your Easter together a great one. For example:

  • Invite your family and friends to share the holiday with you.
  • Ask your family and friends what they might like to do on your Easter together.

2.Making Easter Eggs

Easter-Eggs1Dyeing Easter eggs can be a fun way to spend time together with your family and make some great Easter decorations. However, before you can get started, you will need to gather a few key things. Review the following list of the necessary materials you will need to create dyed Easter eggs.

  • A cup to hold the dye.
  • A spoon or tongs for the eggs.
  • Hard-boiled eggs.
  • Liquid food colouring or egg dye.
  • Paper towels to let eggs dry on.
  • Optional decoration tools such as a clear wax crayon to draw designs on the eggs. The next following step is to prepare your eggs. Preparing your Easter eggs can make them last longer and prevent them from making a mess if they break. Before you get started doing your eggs, you will need to prepare them properly. Add water to a pot and place your eggs in the water, making sure the eggs are cover by about an inch.
    • Bring the water to a boil.
    • Remove the pot from the burner and add a cover.
    • Let the eggs sit for about 12 minutes.
    • Drain the water from your eggs and refrigerate until you are ready to decorate. Now Take the following steps to dye your eggs properly:
      • Add water and dye to a glass.
      • Place the egg in colour you want it to be dyed.
      • Remove the egg with a strainer or spoon.
      • Place the egg on a paper towel and allow to dry.
      • The longer the egg sits in the dye, the darker the colour will be.

Make use of your decorated Easter eggs. After you have enjoyed creating your designs, it’s time to show them off or think about fun ways you might want to use them. Look over some of the following examples to get an idea of how you can use your newly decorated Easter eggs.

  • Create a display that showcases your designs
  • Hide your Easter eggs to create a fun Easter egg hunt
  • Have a competition to see whose eggs are the best in categories such as most artistic, best design or brightest colours.

3. Travelling with your family. 

If you’re looking for a slightly cheaper alternative to travel abroad, a holiday park is always a good option. With so many to choose from – Haven, Butlins, Center Parcs and Forest Holidays to name but a few, plus a whole host of independent holiday parks too – you’re sure to find somewhere to suit you and your family’s needs.

4. Easter games

Spring means Easter and Easter mean eggs! But you don’t have to restrict the fun to eating eggs of the chocolate variety – you can have lots of fun with real eggs outdoors. Aside from holding your egg-and-spoon race championship, how about playing egg catch? You’ll need an apron and some eggs.

How to play: Stand about three steps away from your partner in the garden and start playing catch with the egg. After a few throws, each player should take action back and carrying on throwing. Every couple of throws each player takes a step back until they are quite a distance from each other and the game becomes increasingly difficult! The loser is the person who fails to catch the egg, and it drops and breaks.

5. Read Easter and Spring Children’s books

Gather the kids and curl up with a good book. Search for any Book Finder tool to stock up on great children’s books about Easter, bunnies, and spring.

Happy Easter!!!

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Time to laugh: Teachers telling their experiences

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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

Roman Numerals: Where Is the Zero?

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Roman numerals, the numeric system used in ancient Rome, employ combinations of letters from the Latin alphabet to signify values. The Roman numeral system is a positional numbering system. This system employs some capital letters as symbols to represent certain numbers, most numbers are written as combinations of letters.

For example, 2015 is written as MMXV, where each M represents 1000, the X stands for 10 more and V represents five units.

Roman numerals start to count from one and had no symbol to represent “0“. This happens because the Romans did not need to have a zero in their additive system. That is, in the roman numerals figures are summed and always are equal, whereas in our present system the value of the number depends on the position that is the number (it is the same value “3” in the number “13” to “3,500,000”, whereas the “L” or “D” always worth the same.

Initially Romans used “I” for the unit, but when it came to representing large amounts (IIIIII …) it became a mess. So, as the Romans were sharp (Otherwise, how would they have conquered the Roman Empire?), They decided to cross out the original “I” with a forward line (X) to represent ten. And for five? Easy, like five is half ten, we hit a cut in the middle to become X and V, and now we have five.

Roman, like other great civilizations like the Greeks, the Aztecs or the pre-Arabs used the additive system, ie, which is the transcript of what we have. Thus, the V can only be V (five or 5).

There are different number systems, and each of these has to do with the advancement of the civilisations that use them. Today, we use the positional system, in which the value of a character depends on its position. For example, the 3 has different values if the number is 325 to 453.

Today the use of Roman numerals is limited to certain fields:

  • Watches
  • Enumerate volumes, chapters and volumes of a work.
  • Names of popes, kings and emperors.
  • Acts and scenes of a play.
  • The appointment of congresses, Olympics, assemblies, competitions, etc.

 

By Ángela R.

Source: History of the historyBatanga, About History.

 

Fascinated by Animals? Take this Quiz!

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KangarooGo to the quiz!

Kangaroos have large, powerful hind legs, large feet adapted for leaping, a long muscular tail for balance, and a small head. 

The word “kangaroo” derives from the Guugu Yimithirr word gangurru. The name was first recorded as “kanguru” on 12 July 1770. There are more kangaroos than humans in Australia. 

Now it’s time to see how much you know about our favorite Milk Hunter: the kangaroo!

Are you ready to go into the kangaroo’s universe?


 


Did You Know… Google or Googol?

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googolDid you know?

When searching for the word “Googol” Wikipedia advices “Not to be confused with Google.” But, is there any relationship in between those concepts?

A googol is the large number 10100; that is, the digit 1 followed by 100 zeroes:

Googol

Edward Kasner, the proud uncle

The term was coined in 1920 by 9-year-old Milton Sirotta, nephew of American mathematician Edward Kasner. Kasner popularized the concept in his book Mathematics and the Imagination in 1940.

Didn’t you know the existence of the “googol” concept?

Maybe Googol should have been known as the actual name of the company Google. The name “Google” was an accidental misspelling of “googol” by the company’s founders, which was picked to signify that the search engine was intended to provide large quantities of information.

Google began in January 1996 as a research project by Larry Page and Sergey Brin when they were both PhD students at Stanford University in Stanford, California.
The corporation has been estimated to run more than one million servers in data centers around the world. It processes about 24 petabytes of user-generated data each day and over one billion search requests.

Did you know it?

To be naughty, one billion still a bit less than one googol…

Do you guess how big is the difference?

By Ángela R.

* Source: Wikipedia, Google.