All posts tagged: education

Digital Ocean Playground in Times Square

  Image credit: National Geographic Encounter The National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey has opened in Times Square.  You will walk-through a 60,000-square-foot space, and experience virtual interactions with sea lions, rays, dolphins and see virtual humpback whales, great white sharks and Humboldt squids. The experience lasts about 90minutes. You’ll be guided through awesome animation, huge projection screens, immersive sound and an interactive technology room with touch screens, holograms and games. Tickets go on sale July 11, and all tickets are attached to time-slots. The experience opens to the public in October 2017. National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey experience at 226 44th St (natgeoencounter.com). $39.50, seniors $36.50, children 12 and under $32.50.

Philosophy Education for Kids

Via Teaching kids philosophy makes them smarter in math and English Schools face relentless pressure to up their offerings in the STEM fields—science, technology, engineering, and math. Few are making the case for philosophy. Maybe they should. Nine- and 10-year-old children in England who participated in a philosophy class once a week over the course of a year significantly boosted their math and literacy skills, with disadvantaged students showing the most significant gains, according to a large and well-designed study (pdf). More than 3,000 kids in 48 schools across England participated in weekly discussions about concepts such as truth, justice, friendship, and knowledge, with time carved out for silent reflection, question making, question airing, and building on one another’s thoughts and ideas. Kids who took the course increased math and reading scores by the equivalent of two extra months of teaching, even though the course was not designed to improve literacy or numeracy. Children from disadvantaged backgrounds saw an even bigger leap in performance: reading skills increased by four months, math by three months, and …

Book Review: Admissions

Admissions by Nancy Lieberman 355 pp., hardcover Warner Books, 2004 by Marissa Guijarro Admissions is the wise-cracking story of the competitive world of private school admissions in New York City. Helen Drager, art curator and advisor, loses her sense of reality when it is time for her daughter, Zoe, to apply to private high schools. In the meantime, Helen’s friend, Sara, director of admissions at The School, negotiates the kindergarten admissions process for the first time in her career under the negligent and hostile supervision of a dallying supervisor, Pamela Rothschild, headmaster of the School. Helen’s focus becomes intolerable to both her virtuous daughter and faithful husband, Michael, a cooking show producer, and her most lucid moments surface while flirting with a prospective lover. Sara clings to her Midwestern sensibilities in a maelstrom of chaos and corruption at The School. Michael, in an effort to please Helen, mixes business with parenting while trying to secure a place for Zoe at the Fancy Pants School. The character we love to hate, Pamela, becomes further ensnared in …

Public School Admissions Tips and Timeline

by Marissa Guijarro, Editor The New York City school system serves 1.1 million students in the five boroughs (Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, and Staten Island) and employs over 80,000 teachers. As a prospective parent/guardian of a NYC public school student, you should become familiar with the website New York City Department of Education. It offers comprehensive information on the available programs, thorough descriptions of curriculum, and suggestions for families. Reflecting the multi-lingual nature of New York, you can access information in several languages, including Spanish, Haitian-Creole, and Chinese. The most important section of the site includes starting and ending dates for filing an application to schools. By starting your search early, you will minimize any stress that sometimes accompanies this process. Registering and Enrolling Your Child for the 2010-11 school year Click on the tab on the left-hand side, “Choices and Enrollment” to get started. If you are registering your child for the first time, click on “Pre-Kindergarten Admissions.” This area provides information about how to find out your zone’s school, where you can register …

Teaching Kids About Money

The Great Piggy Bank Adventure  is a virtual board game that educates kids (and adults) on the importance of wise financial planning (like paying for college or saving for a family vacation). Kids will learn about important financial concepts and use these lessons to complete the game and achieve their dream goals. While The Great Piggy Bank Adventure is designed for kids from ages 8 to 14, adults are encouraged to play with kids and get involved in their financial education.   

Build Your Child’s First Library

Here’s a great start to building out your child’s first library. Click on the book to purchase. Green Eggs and Ham (I Can Read It All by Myself Beginner Books) by Dr. Seuss As one of the most memorable children’s book of all time, this story teaches a lesson that every child needs to learn: If you’ve never tried it, you can’t say you don’t like it! Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown and Clement HurdAs a favorite bedtime story, this book is about a child’s nightly ritual of saying goodnight to everything he sees.   The Going-To-Bed Book by Sandra Boynton In this book, animals watch the sun go down and then prepare for bed. Boynton’s simple rhymes, goofy animals in goofy settings, and comforting stories make her books so appealing.   Moo Baa La La La by Sandra Boynton In this seriously silly book, Boynton’s famous animal characters are sure to educate and entertain young readers.   The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle This is a wonderful story with vibrant illustrations about a caterpillar’s …

Coding for Kids: Hopscotch

Hopscotch , is a cool new iPad app for kids. It offers a fun, interactive way to teach kids to code. This app is geared to kids 8-12, and teaches how to program and code in a visual way. It’s available as a free app on iTunes. It joins Tynker , a great website to learn the basics of coding, and Hello Ruby, a picture book to get girls excited about programming.