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Schoolhouse Daily Weekly Roundup – April 24

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We finished another wonderful week with Schoolhouse Daily featuring great educational videos, activities and advice. We learned the chemistry behind why soap is so effective against viruses like the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 thanks to PBS Digital Studios' "Reactions”. As a bonus, we watched the interview with Arkansas PBS Marketing Director Julie Thomas and Curricula Concepts and discovered the variety of resources that are available every day to Schoolhouse Daily newsletter subscribers. This week, we made and measured blobs, made dinosaur feet, and egg carton turtles as we learned about recycling. Did you celebrate earth day on April 22 and make your earth day poster? We did! Don’t worry, if you missed any of the fun, educational videos or activities this week, just take a look, they are all listed below.

EDUCATIONAL VIDEOS:

Where Are the Ants Carrying All Those Leaves?

Ants don’t eat leaves, they use them to grow white tufts of nutritious fungus to feed their offspring. Their success as farmers has made leafcutter ants into fungus tycoons. Learn more in this video from PBS Digital Studios' "Deep Look."/p>

Arkansas PBS Resources for All Ages

Check out this Curricula Concepts interview with Arkansas PBS Director of Marketing & Engagement Julie Thomas as she shares resources for kids of all ages, parents and educators.

What Happens When You Bend a Spoon Inward

What happens to your image if you bend a spoon from concave to convex? Find out in this video from PBS Digital Studios' "Physics Girl."

I Am a Universe Photographer

With the help of high-powered telescopes around the world, scientists can observe and photograph far-flung astronomical phenomena. Find out in this video from PBS Digital Studios' "Indie Alaska."

Do You Really Have Two Brains?

Are you a left-brained person or a right-brained person? Spoiler: You’re neither. Find out in this video from PBS Digital Studios' "It's Okay To Be Smart."

Can Soap Really “Kill” the Cornonavirus?

Constantly being told to wash your hands? Dive into the chemistry behind why soap is so effective against viruses like the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Learn more in this video from PBS Digital Studios' "Reactions."

SCIENCE ACTIVITIES

Make and Measure a Blob

Follow a simple recipe with your child to make a gooey blob at home. Then divide the blob into smaller pieces and play a game of hide and seek for an equal amount of measurement and fun!

Make Dinosaur Feet

Have you ever wanted to stomp around like Buddy or tip toe like Tiny? Compare the differences between Tyrannosaurus Rex and Pteranodons while making your own prehistoric model feet out of tissue boxes!

Egg Carton Turtles

Instead of throwing away empty egg cartons, upcycle them into this easy and adorable turtle craft while discussing sea turtles’ habitats and the importance of recycling.

LITERACY AND ARTS ACTIVITIES

Books to Help You Dig Into Dinosaurs

Travel back in time to when dinosaurs ruled the Earth, and then bring them back to life with this collection of prehistoric page-turners for kids ages 0-9. Learn more in this article from PBS KIDS for Parents.

Celebrate Earth Poster Activity

Taking care of our Earth is everyone's job. Design and repurpose a poster to inspire care for our Earth.

ADVICE FOR PARENTS

Encouraging Your Child to Become a Helper

Children want to be viewed as helpers – that idea is appealing, and therefore motivating. Learn more in this article from PBS KIDS for Parents.

Choosing Chores: Everyone Can be a Helper

Children feel proud when they can be helpers. When children know their help is valuable, they feel valued, and naturally they’re likely to do helpful things for us and for others in the future.

6 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day Every Day

Research shows that our early experiences in nature form the foundation for our understanding of the way things work. When we give our kids time to be curious we help them build a meaningful relationship with nature. Learn more in this article from PBS KIDS for Parents.

Enjoying Nature With All Your Senses

How can you help your child tune in her senses to the natural wonders around her while giving her the freedom to engage in creative, unstructured outdoor play? Learn more in this article from PBS KIDS for Parents.

Why Reading Aloud to Kids Help Them Thrive

Reading aloud to kids has clear cognitive benefits and strengthens children’s social, emotional and character development. Learn more in this article from PBS KIDS for Parents.

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