STEM for Kids: 5 Ways to Make Science and Math Fun During Home Learning

If you’ve got your kids home for the foreseeable future and want to enhance their STEM education, but are unsure of how to do it in a way that retains all of the fun and the educational value, look no further. Read on to know five different ways to engage your children in STEM while home learning!

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Simple Craft Ideas Using Household Items (Part II)

Thanks for returning for some more fun budget friendly crafts that can be created using materials right in your home! (You can find part I here.)

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Simple Craft Ideas Using Household Items (Part I)

Teaching and doing therapy from my kitchen table has been a huge adjustment for both myself and the families I work with. With the lack of materials and resources, I have been finding different ways to incorporate items/materials from my house into sessions.

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Fall Family Fun: 3 Ideas for Game Night!

Summer is fading away, and leaves will begin to change colors as fall approaches. One of my favorite memories from childhood is crunching the acorns as they fell to the ground. The days will begin to feel crisp and cool as the blazing hot temperatures fade away. Homework is probably becoming a part of a steady routine as school resumes, whether your school is distance learning or learning on site.

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4 Simple but Effective Ideas to Spark Kids’ Interest in Numbers

For many parents, even the prospect of helping kids with math homework fills them with dread. Because at the opposite end of math competitions and Mensa clubs lies mathematical anxiety, a very real phenomenon.

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Practice Stereognosis with Mystery Boxes

Stereognosis is a term used to describe a person’s ability to identify and recognize an object just by touch/feel, in the absence of visual identification. A simple example would be sticking your hand into a purse and pulling out the car keys after feeling around for them.

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Prepping Your Home For Distance Learning

“Learn from home” has become the new “work from home” and many parents have been left wondering how to establish an effective home workspace for their child during distance learning. One quick internet search can lead you down a rabbit hole of picture-perfect modernized mini-desks with no dust bunnies or wayward materials in sight. But unless your child is a robot, this is not only impractical; it’s also likely to induce a pressure cooker of anxiety at hot-pot speed.

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Some Examples of Chemistry in Everyday Life

Though we might not realize it, chemistry is a huge part of everyday life. You can find chemistry in the air, in the foods we eat, in cleaning chemicals, in emotions, and in every single object that we see or touch over the course of a day.

To get a better understanding, here are more than a few examples of chemistry in our everyday lives that we may not have even considered.

Our Bodies

Our entire body is made up of a number of different chemical compounds, which are actually combinations of elements. We are made up largely of water, which is a mixture of oxygen and hydrogen. But the fact is that there is a litany of other elements in the chemical makeup of our bodies as well.

Why Ice Floats

It might not seem like a big thing, but have you stopped to consider why ice floats? Think about it: if this weren’t the case, lakes would freeze from the bottom. Chemistry holds the answer as to why ice floats while other substances sink when they freeze.

Chemistry in Love

Believe it or not, the emotions that you feel have a basis in chemistry. This is because our brain uses chemical messengers, mostly neurotransmitters. Jealousy, love, infatuation, and envy all share the exact same basis in chemistry.

How Sunscreen Works

We all know that sunscreen helps to protect us from the damaging ultraviolet rays that come from the sun. But how is this achieved? Sunscreen uses chemistry to block or filter those harmful rays from the sun to protect you from things like skin cancer, sunburn, or both.

Can Bottled Water Go Bad?

Food goes bad because of the chemical reactions that occur between food molecules. Fats become rancid, bacteria can grow and cause you to become sick. But what about items that don’t contain fat? Chemistry can tell you whether or not things like bottled water can go bad if enough time has passed. Chemistry can answer all.

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