Posts tagged ‘Inspire Kids’

December 23, 2013

Inspire Kids: Top Secret Drum Corps

My aunt sent the following video to my boys, and our whole family was mesmerized! She sent it to them so that they could see “what is possible with a LOT of practice!” Enjoy!

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pink columbines You can view all of our Inspire Kids videos by clicking on the Inspire Kids tag. If my seven-year-old likes it, then maybe your children will too!

September 24, 2013

Inspire Kids: You are your microbes

One of my seven-year-old’s favorite words is “microscopic.” Does your kid have favorite words like that? He’s always talking about microscopic this and that. So when I found this short video, I thought he’d like it, and he sure did! It’s really interesting too.  If you have an older child or adult in your house interested in this subject, I recently heard a good program on NPR about this subject. They are doing a series.

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pink columbines You can view all of our Inspire Kids videos by clicking on the Inspire Kids tag. If my seven-year-old likes it, then maybe your children will too!

September 1, 2013

Inspire Kids: Have you ever heard a Kookaburra sing?

My husband is reading my son the Magic Treehouse series, and they are on #20, Dingoes at Dinnertime, right now! It’s set in Australia, so they’re learning a bit about Australian animals. After reading the description of a Kookaburra’s call, my husband was intrigued and wanted to know what it really sounded like. He and my son found this video, which is quite fun to watch!

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pink columbines You can view all of our Inspire Kids videos by clicking on the Inspire Kids tag. If my seven-year-old likes it, then maybe your children will too!

May 21, 2013

Inspire Kids: Space Oddity

Okay, so I know you’ve already seen this. It’s gone viral, and it’s been in the news. But how could I not add it to my Inspire Kids series? Chris Hadfield has been a wonderful role model for children by creating all sorts of YouTube videos during his five months as commander of Expedition 35 at the International Space Station. I posted one in my Inspire Kids already that I especially like, and you can find more on YouTube.  Both of my sons loved watching this as I’m sure everyone has.

The vocals were really recorded in space! This is his version of David Bowie’s 1969 “Space Oddity.”

He just returned to Earth last week. Thanks for all your hard work, Commander Hadfield.

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pink columbines You can view all of our Inspire Kids videos by clicking on the Inspire Kids tag. If my six-year-old likes it, then maybe your children will too!

April 9, 2013

Inspire Kids: Coastal Plains Herper

Herp

My six-year-old and I are almost finished with his snake book. I’ll write about it when we’re finished, but in short, it’s a 3-ring binder “book” we started nearly two years ago because snakes are my son’s passion. At least, he tells me he wants to learn about snakes and that he’s going to study snakes when he grows up – he’s been saying that since he was four (almost five). He’s been able to learn about and touch a lot of snakes at the nature center, which is where this obsession started. So we bought him a “Snakes of Georgia” poster, and a long time ago, I suggested we make a book about those snakes in the poster. One page per snake. (Little did I know I was silently feeding his interests.)

And this is where Brandon’s Herp Adventures come in. Because our routine with making this snake book includes letting my son watch a video about each snake, and as we started looking up videos, we came across Brandon’s videos quite often.  Now I always search for one of his videos first because I know they’re good, and he’ll give good information. And I love how this young, amateur herpetologist/film maker has used the Internet to educate people. I think he’s a good role model for my son.

I wish Brandon posted an e-mail address so that I could write him and say thank you for his videos and let him know how much my six-year-old enjoys them. I also think he might enjoy viewing our own Backyard Adventure involving a black rat snake eating a squirrel!

Anyway, I can’t embed one of his videos, so I invite you to click on the above screen shot and go to his YouTube channel. If you have a budding herpetologist in your family, you won’t want to miss any of his stuff!

pink columbines Be sure to check out the other posts in this series under the tag “Inspire Kids.”  If my six-year-old likes it, then maybe your children will too!

March 25, 2013

Inspire Kids: Take advice from an astronaut…

This video is very short (2:23 minutes), and it’s probably more appropriate to show to middle schoolers or high schoolers…kids who are starting to seriously think about their futures. (But I did show it to my six-year-old, and he said he liked it.) I want to post it here because you may have older children who could benefit from his advice, and I want to have it available for the future when my boys are trying to decide what they want to do with their lives.

It’s also very inspiring for adults. I hope you enjoy it.

But this video made me think of something I’ve often thought of – how we hear these inspiring words from “successful” people who have “made it.” But what about all the people who have worked their butts off to achieve a dream, and they never made it? And what if they are still inspiring because they have found peace and happiness in their lives? I wish I could read books by and listen to videos by those people. If you know of any, please pass them along…

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pink columbines This is a new series I’ve started under the tag “Inspire Kids.”  If my six-year-old likes it, then maybe your children will too!

March 18, 2013

Inspire Kids: Sleepy Man Banjo Boys

I love bluegrass. (Not country music….bluegrass!)  I’ve had the pleasure of hearing a lot of live bluegrass music in this region I live in, and it just makes me happy. It’s upbeat, and the musicians are always happy to play it. Their talent is always amazing to me. (I have no musical talent.) So, finding this video of these kids…well, they amaze me too.  And the six-year-old loved listening too.

Enjoy!

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pink columbines This is a new series I’ve started under the tag “Inspire Kids.”  If my six-year-old likes it, then maybe your children will too!

February 26, 2013

Inspire Kids: Young student builds rocket and launches Hello Kitty 93,625 feet

A big thanks to my Twitter buddy, @NomdeB, for sending me a link to this video. We were all fascinated by it, and my six-year-old wanted to watch it twice.

Enjoy!

(If you subscribe to my blog by e-mail, you may have to view this post on the Internet to see the video.)

pink columbines This is a new series I’ve started under the tag “Inspire Kids.”  If my six-year-old likes it, then maybe your children will too!

February 11, 2013

Inspire Kids: “Strange Worlds” Photography

This inspiring video was sent to me by Coleen. Thanks, Coleen!  Unfortunately, I can’t embed it into my website, so you’ll have to follow the link below.

By day, Matthew is a professional fashion photographer. By night, for the last five years, he’s been creating large dioramas of tiny environments and photographing them. If you knew nothing about his process, you’d think his photographs were of real life places. ~ ‘Strange Worlds’ photographer aims to trick the eye

What I really love about this is that the artist talks about how discouraged he can get creating these dioramas, which can take 3-7 months to build. I stopped the video during that part and tried to emphasize it to my six-year-old because I’ve been trying to find ways of showing him that all artists and builders have to work through frustrations.

“But I found that making mistakes was the best thing for the work because I was able to discover methods and strategies to build future landscapes.” ~ Matthew Albanese

It didn’t seem like my six-year-old was really listening when I tried to emphasize that, but he did enjoy the video.  At any rate, I’m glad to have this on hand for future reference.  (After all, there have been times when I thought my son wasn’t interested in something I was trying to tell him, but at a later date, he’s brought it up again.)

Click below to go to the video and article, and Enjoy!

Strange Worlds’ photographer aims to trick the eye

pink columbines This is a new series I’ve started under the tag “Inspire Kids.”  If my six-year-old loves it, then maybe your children will too!

February 4, 2013

Inspire Kids: Elephant and Dog Become Friends (and link to free Elephant Studies Curriculum)

My husband found this heartwarming video about a dog and an elephant who are best friends. My six-year-old enjoyed it, and it made me cry.

Even better, my husband found these curriculum (unit studies) for students about elephants from The Elephant Sanctuary. All for free!  Check it out.

Enjoy!

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pink columbines This is a new series I’ve started under the tag “Inspire Kids.”  If my six-year-old likes it, then maybe your children will too!

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