How to Help Children Develop Spatial Reasoning Skills

Spatial reasoning skills are important. Sure. We know that. They also help children do better in maths. In a recent study, researchers found that babies’ spatial reasoning predicts later math skills: Spatial reasoning measured in infancy predicts how children do at math at four years of age, finds a new study. It provides the earliest documented […]

Innovating Education: The Large-Scale Enquiry Program

There is an annual event at school called The Large-Scale Enquiry Program. In previous years, I had given it almost no mind because it did not involve my kids directly. This is the first year that G1 has participated in the main large-scale enquiry (years 3 and 4 have their own “mini” large-scale enquiry – if […]

Figur8 Highlights: Best Articles from Figur8

Before we move into 2017, let’s take a look some Figur8 highlights from 2016… Figur8 Highlights We Launched a Book! On Friday 3 June 2016, I launched my book Brainchild at Garden International School. More about the Book Launch. Top 10 Articles from 2016 Self-Regulation and the Zones of Regulation Self–regulation is the ability to manage […]

Tech Discussions: Bad Digital Behaviour

Technology can be a powerful teaching tool for our children: We have seen the power of Minecraft to teach complex subjects like Quantum Mechanics, Organic Chemistry, Electronics, and Rube Goldberg Machines. We can use technology to tailor education to the individual student using programs like Khan Academy. We can use technology to flip classrooms to improve student […]

The Benefits of Playing Board Games

Why Play Board Games? They are a great way to spend family time together by: strengthening the emotional bonds between parents and children improving communication between family members helping children do better at school reducing behavioural problems with teenagers They provide screen-free time for the kids. They support the development of younger children by teaching them to follow […]

GoldieBlox Apps

I know… I have boys so GoldieBlox doesn’t really apply to us. Then I remember the girl that I was who was interested in engineering but not encouraged to develop my interests and I think of my god daughters and my niece and how I don’t want them to be crushed the way I was. So even though […]

Massive Educents Back-to-School Giveaway!

Have you checked out the Educents Back-to-School Giveaways yet? Now through August, don’t miss your chance to enter to win over $15,000 in prizes like talking stuffed animals, full-year curricula for all ages, a $250 shopping spree and MORE! Here are some cool items you could win! The mCookie 101 Basic Kit from Microduino ($99 value!)  […]

101 Amazing Educational Apps and Sites for Home Learning

There has been a lot of controversy over children, technology, and “screen time”. We cannot deny the benefits of technology in education – of which there are many: Khan academy tailors education for the individual Technology allows us to flip classrooms Tablets help children to learn on their own The educational benefits of Minecraft Minecraft education in the […]

Coding with Youth Digital

“Coding is the new literacy. To thrive in tomorrow’s society, young people must learn to design, create and express themselves with digital technologies.” – Mitchel Resnick, professor of Learning Research at the MIT Media Lab and director of the Lifelong Kindergarten research group. When G1 discovered the joys of playing Minecraft, it was as I predicted […]

Super Supplements for Home Learning Fun

Here are 6 Super Supplements from Educents to add some educational fun to your day! Architecture eCourse This is an online e-course of Beginning Architecture. Watch, learn,and then build! 25+ architecture online lessons provide the early fundamentals of structures, home design, and zoo design. Kids (and families!) love the self-guided courses! Use things like paper, […]