# ‘Parent Blog’

##### So You Wanna Be a…Percussive Dance Instructor

December 4, 2014 9:00 am

It’s a classic conundrum for creative kids: should you dance or play the drums? Well, why not do both at once? Percussive dancers use their feet to beat...

##### Building Bridges Among Generations

November 26, 2014 8:00 am

School may be out, but math doesn’t have to take a break for the Thanksgiving holidays! Measurement, estimation, patterns, and geometry come in handy when decorating your home for the holidays. I like to keep guests entertained with a friendly competition while the turkey is roasting in the oven.

##### Fly Your Way Across the USA (Without Leaving Home)

November 24, 2014 8:00 am

My husband and I make a point to raising our daughter with a passion for learning about other countries and cultures. At eight-years-old, she’s already a seasoned traveler, even though she doesn’t enjoy flying. Still, she braves the planes every year for her favorite route – from San Francisco to New York, so we can visit my parents in New Jersey. In honor of Geography Awareness Week, we flew that route in our backyard. I’m going to show how we flew across the country in our own backyard, so you can do the same in your yard or at a local park with this fun map scale activity.

##### Fibonacci Day LEGO Garden

November 20, 2014 8:00 am

Did you know that November 23 is a Fibonacci Day? Why? Because 11-23* (1, 1, 2, 3) are the first numbers in the famous Fibonacci sequence. Fibonacci sequence starts with 0 and 1, and then every next number is the sum of two previous numbers (0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13…). We celebrated by making a Fibonacci LEGO Build together.

##### Thanksgiving Dinner with a Side of Math

November 18, 2014 8:00 am

Invite math to the table this Thanksgiving with these five easy Thanksgiving centerpieces made with pumpkins. After all, October may be over, but pumpkin season is still going strong! These ideas are simple enough to do with your kids, and they’re a great way to introduce your children to important concepts in geometry and math.

##### So You Wanna Be A…Geographer!

November 14, 2014 8:00 am

Lots of people think that geography means memorizing state capitals, but it’s so much more exciting than that (no offense to Bismarck or Carson City). Emily White leads the South Dakota Geographic Alliance as part of National Geographic’s efforts to help kids have fun with geography, and she spoke with us about all the cool places she’s been, and what she’s found there.

##### Best of Bedtime Math: H-2-Whoa

November 12, 2014 8:00 am

We know that it can be hard to commit to doing something every day, no matter how much you love it. That doesn’t mean you should miss out...

November 10, 2014 8:00 am

When you give someone directions to your house, you might tell them your relative location first, such as, “We live southwest of the post office.” After that, you’d...

##### So You Wanna Be An…Expert Animator

November 7, 2014 8:00 am

When we watch our favorite animated movies, we’re usually too busy laughing to think about how the movie was made. But animation takes an enormous amount of work, and some serious math skills too. Andy Hendrickson is the Chief Technical Officer at Walt Disney Animation Studios, which means he works to create the wonderful worlds we enjoy on the big screen. Andy sat down to tell us about all the fun he had building Sanfransokyo, the setting of Disney’s new movie Big Hero 6.

##### Crazy for Cup Stacking

November 5, 2014 8:00 am

5.280 seconds is the time to beat! William Orrell holds the world record in cycle cup stacking. If you’ve never tried this before, you’re missing out on a fun, popular sport for kids of all ages. Cup stacking incorporates hand and eye coordination with architecture basics in two and three dimensions. Cup stackers create specific cup stacks and artfully collapse them down in seconds.