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Sometimes teenage boys can show a reluctance to read. Well there is some help from to engage them more in reading. I thought the assignments were very useful.


This video succinctly explains what the site authors are attempting.


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September 18, 2009 at 12:49 pm

Exploratorium: the museum of science, art and human perception

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Based in San Francisco, the Exploratorium was founded by the famous physicist and educator Dr Frank Oppenheiner, who remained the director until his death in 1985.

I’ll be visiting the site again, and again and probably again; it’s got to great stuff on there.

However, today I’m interested in the After School section, which “brings hands on activities and digital library resources into afterschool play”.

There are well presented instructional videos telling you how to create the activity, how to engage children in the activity, and how to vary things and investigate the results.


Cranium Cariboo Board Game

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Cariboo is one of the board games from the Cranium stable. It is interesting and engaging for younger kids. It helps to develop colour, shape and number recognition with the basic set of cards, and numbers and letters with the advanced cards.

This video explains the game:

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July 27, 2009 at 8:37 pm