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10 fun ways to celebrate Lunar New Year with kids

— Recommendations are independently chosen by Reviewed’s editors. Purchases you make through our links may earn us a commission.The Lunar New Year is upon us! This special holiday celebration marks the first new moon of the lunisolar calendars traditional to many East Asian countries, including China, South Korea, and Vietnam. Whether it’s called Chinese New Year, Losar, Seollal, or Tết, Lunar New Year is celebrated by more than 1.5 billion people across the globe. In China, the festival lasts 15 days, starting with a large feast on the night of its New Year’s Eve (this year it’s Tuesday, February 1) and ending with the Spring Lantern Festival (Feb. 15). Vietnam's Tết Nguyên Đán is celebrated for a week, and South...

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The science of sugar + Canada’s discriminatory First Nations child welfare system – The Conversation Weekly podcast transcript

Anastasia Kamysheva/ShutterstockThis is a transcript of The Conversation Weekly podcast episode The science of sugar: why we’re hardwired to love it and what eating too much does to your brain, published on January 20, 2022. NOTE: Transcripts may contain errors. Please check the corresponding audio before quoting in print. Gemma: Hello, and welcome to The Conversation Weekly. Dan: This week, we are talking about the science of sugar. What makes it so sweet, and also addictive, and what does eating too much of it do to the brain? Stephen Wooding: We have this deep-seated attraction to sugar that throughout evolutionary history, was a really important advantage. Lina Begdache: Anything that may be impacting the function of the brain may be...

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Polar Bear Yoga

They are cute, fluffy, and super wintery, although you may not want to try to cuddle one! What are they? Polar bears, of course. Kids love learning about animals, especially these unique bears. A polar bear themed yoga class is the perfect opportunity to blend academic learning and fun activities. Start the adventure by greeting students as they enter the frigid arctic. You could decorate the space with icicles, snow mounds, pictures of Arctic animals, and streamers of green, pink, purple, and blue to mimic the Northern Lights. Make sure you still include a meditation, like Peace Begins with Me. For a fun pranayama (or breathing) exercise, have the kids pretend they are cold and “warm-up” their hands with their...

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Top Ten Digital Resources for Distance Learning

Happy January! It has been COLD this week! It is so hard right now with kids out sick, quarantining, and trying to keep up with who is home distance learning or eLearning. This week I wanted to highlight some things that are super easy for distance learning. Are these all the resources I have? NO. Are all of them going to be right for you? OF COURSE NOT! Everyone is at a different place right now and what works for me, may not work for you or your classroom. I am always trying to make things easier, so hopefully some of these may be what you need!Here's my Top 10 (at least for this month) for Digital Learning:10. Minecraft Creative Writing ...

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Supporting and Rewarding Teachers with Time

If it’s true that life is a test, then the COVID-19 pandemic represents the most challenging one education and everyone in the field has ever faced.  The impacts are far and wide.  Not a single person is unaffected, and everyone needs help in some form or another.  However, one group, in particular, stands out as they are on the front lines every day working with kids – our teachers.  I don’t have to go into specifics as they are well known, but many of the issues include quarantined students, skeleton classes, concurrent teaching, covering classes, abrupt shifts to remote or hybrid learning, increasing demands, and personal exposure to the virus.  As a result, the workload and stress just keep piling...

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