Mind Maps: A Different Way to Take Notes

Have you ever seen a mind map? Mind maps may look disorganized, but they actually mimic how our brains store information. That is why you might also know a mind map as a thought web or a concept map. A mind map is a helpful tool for displaying your understanding of a topic. When you make a mind map, you should know that you’re converting information into knowledge. The good thing is, you can use mind maps for almost anything. Also, they’re fun to do! Continue reading “Mind Maps: A Different Way to Take Notes”

Super Memory

By Erika (age 12,  @KNEstemGirls)

If I asked you to memorize a list of 10 random things in order, such as pig, couch, vase, chicken, pillow, hill, knife, book, ribbon, and lamp, would you be able to do it? You might be able to remember it today, but what about later? What about a week from now? Or maybe two? Would you still be able to remember those objects? Luck for you, Harry Lorayne wrote a book, Super Memory Super Student, with many memorization techniques to memorize license plates, US presidents, math formulas, and other things that you can never quite grasp.
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Time to Stand Up

After a summer of swimming, traveling, and other fun-filled activities, sitting quietly at their desks for a long school day is a challenge for our daughters. Even when they actually sat, they rarely sat “normally”. We often found them moving around, curling their legs up underneath them, and even “sitting” upside down on the sofa. Continue reading “Time to Stand Up”

The Percy Jackson & the Olympians Art Adventure at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Theseus Drinking CupMy husband and 11-year-old daughter excitedly exclaimed, “Over here! We found it!” Our 8-year-old daughter and I rushed over to the glass case they were examining. Inside was an ornately decorated ancient Greek drinking cup (which was more like the size of a bowl) of Theseus saying goodbye to his father, Poseidon, as he sailed off to Crete to slay the Minotaur. We also found the surprise secret painting on the inside of Theseus also saying goodbye to his stepmother, Amphitrite. This was just part of the fun we had doing the The Percy Jackson & the Olympians Art Adventure at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Continue reading “The Percy Jackson & the Olympians Art Adventure at the Metropolitan Museum of Art”

The Long Island Fair at Old Bethpage Restoration Village

Cross-cut SawingI could see the focus and determination on my daughter’s face as she and my husband alternated pulling the 2-person saw back and forth. Shrush! Shrush! Shrush! Success! They cut through their log in just under 44 seconds to win their heat of the cross-cut saw contest at the Long Island Fair!

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Sculpture Exploration Backpack at the Hofstra University Museum

HUM Scultpture Exploration BackpackThe 5 children made a few wrong turns as they interpreted the map and raced across the college campus in pursuit of the statues. Finally, they spotted something hiding among the shrubs – 2 smiling lions were staring at them! The kids had found Kate and Willie Pride, the mascots of Hofstra University!

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Indoor Archery League

bullseyeThere were more than 40 kids between the ages of 7 and 17 assembled. All of them had a hungry, gleam in their eyes as they got ready to shoot with bows and arrows. This has become a regular sight for us on Sunday mornings as we go with our daughters to Junior League Archery at C&B Archery (C&B) in Hicksville, NY.

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Indoor Archery

Shooting at C&B ArcheryMy 10-year-old daughter carefully nocked her arrow, pulled back the string of her bow, aimed at her target, and released. Whoosh! Her arrow went flying through the air. She felt like Robin Hood, Katniss Everdeen, Hawkeye, and a demigod in Percy Jackson’s world all rolled into one. Even though the books she had read and movies she had seen depicted people shooting arrows at far away targets, I could see the twinkle in her eye as she hit the target 5 yards away.

Our family was inspired to try archery after reading books and watching movies with characters that shot with a bow and arrow as well as seeing it on the Olympics. After searching the internet, we found C&B Archery, a relatively local archery range and store in Hicksville, NY.  Continue reading “Indoor Archery”