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Typhoon is coming! Let’s talk about it …

Want some “Learning Opportunities” to share with the kids as Nida approaches?

Umbrellas are ready!

Umbrellas are ready!

  • What is a Typhoon? A short (2:30) video from TIME FOR KIDS HERE  or a longer (6:26) video from the MET in The UK below:
  • Also for kids with LOTS of questions, the Hong Kong Observatory covers a lot for you to read HERE.
  • What happened to Typhoon Signals no. 2, no. 4, no. 5, no. 6, & no. 7?       It turns out those signals used to describe the direction (for example northeast or southwest) from which the typhoon approached.  It was deemed too confusing and in 1973 we adopted the system we have today.  Another cool fact: Typhoon warnings used to be signaled by firing a large gun starting in 1884.  Then “Typhoon bombs” were set off, for a louder noise to warn the public until 1937.  Also, large mast symbols were hoisted physically to warn people within viewing distance.  Read more about the Typhoon Warning Signal History HERE.  When you’re in Macau next take a trek up to the Guia Fortress to see their old Typhoon Signals on display:


This photo of Guia Fortress is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Storm Surges:

  • The HKO Observatory is warning about Storm Surges as the High Tide is scheduled to occur at 7:53 am Tuesday, Aug 2nd morning.  This is predicted to coincide with a period of time when Typhoon Nida is still very close to the territory.
  • Keep watch on Nida with Satellite & Radar images HERE FROM HKO.
  • Learn about storm surges HERE FROM HKO.

For these links substituting the word “hurricane” for ‘typhoon” will make them relevant:

Image via "Vassal" MOC creator http://www.eurobricks.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=60006

Image via “Vassal” MOC creator http://www.eurobricks.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=60006

  • Hong Kong weathers its typhoons extremely well these days!  The deadliest on record was in 1935 where an estimated 11,000 people died.  Read more about Hong Kong’s Typhoon history in these 2 wonderful links:  In The Eye of the Storm FROM SCMP (little kids may just look at the old photos, newspapers & maps on this link) & Hong Kong Typhoons FROM HKOUTDOORS

LEGO did you know factsNearly 4.8 million LEGO parts fell overboard from the Tokio Express container ship in a storm and a rogue wave off the coast of Land’s End in Cornwall, England on 13 February 1997.  Ever since then LEGO pieces have been washing up on beaches all over the place!  Florida & Texas in the United States of America, Wales, Ireland & of course Cornwall in England are all places in which pieces washed up.  Beachcombers in Cornwall have begun collecting photos and cataloging where & when the LEGO pieces are found.  With that information, some teachers are using the story to teach students about marine pollution & the dangers of plastics in the ocean.   

Washed up LEGO from an accident in 1997. Photo via Facebook, Lost at Seahttps://goo.gl/rUcDmJ

Washed up LEGO from an accident in 1997. Photo via Facebook, Lost at Sea https://goo.gl/rUcDmJ

Read more from the BBC HERE.

Like the Facebook Page of Cornwall LEGO beachcombers  “Lego Lost At Sea” HERE.

Make summer math stick with fun active learning activities

Your child thinks summer is a break from education. And while summer can be a break from the classroom, you know it shouldn’t be a break from learning. To keep skills sharp, many parents purchase flashcards and summer math worksheets. While there’s nothing wrong with these traditional educational tools, active learning activities are what will really help tough math concepts stick.

Traditional learning includes lectures, reading, worksheets and tests. Active learning puts the child in an activity that deeply engages the brain on many levels. Hands-on activities, practice by doing and critical discussion fall into this category. When you want to commit math skills to long-term memory, active learning is incredibly effective.

Math with LEGO Kong Kong Bricks 4 Kidz

What’s more, many active-learning summer math activities are a lot of fun. Rather than requiring kids to complete a certain number of workbook pages each week, these projects don’t necessarily feel like learning. That means kids are more likely to want to do them again and again. Translation: no more complaining or fighting with mom and dad!

Bricks 4 Kidz summer camps provide one example of active learning opportunities where hands-on model building allows for math and engineering practice. Select the camp theme of interest to your child — from pirates and dinosaurs to robotics and space adventures. Boys and girls come ready to play and they leave with valuable experience practicing some aspects of STEM.

This type of hands-on learning engages a child’s brain and brings difficult STEM concepts to life. If you invest in your child’s sports teams or music hobbies, this is another fantastic investment that will pay dividends throughout his or her life. STEM skills will be retained in a child’s long-term memory so they are ready in the fall when they head back to the classroom — and beyond.

In addition to Bricks 4 Kidz summer camps, you can do some active-learning activities at home with a little creativity and ingenuity. Cooking, for example, is a great hands-on learning activity. Select a recipe with your child and then tackle it together. Practice measurements and fractions to demonstrate applied mathematics. Explain how ingredients react to show chemistry in real life. Calculate temperatures and cooking times, and then enjoy the tasty results.

Gardening is another wonderful hands-on project kids love. Whether you have space for a full garden or just a few containers on a patio, let kids select a regionally appropriate vegetable or flower and get their hands dirty. This creates a dialogue about biology and plant photosynthesis while broadening a respect for nature. Tracking the temperature, watering schedule and growth chart boosts math and science skills. Plus, because tending to plants is a daily activity, it helps your child learn responsibility.

When it comes to summer learning, make sure you go beyond the worksheet to explore some active-learning opportunities. Whether it’s building an incredible LEGO® project or growing a row of crunchy carrots, there’s plenty of hands-on learning at your child’s fingertips.

Why LEGO is SOOO painful to step on

LEGO did you know facts

Did you know … stepping on a LEGO® brick hurts because of 2 main factors?

The reason for the pain comes down to:
1. LEGO® Bricks are STRONG!  A classic 2×2 brick has been tested & found to withstand 432 kilograms (953 pounds) before breaking.  So that pointy corner will not bend to your weight!
(The LEGO® chairs are the only piece we have found that regularly break when stepped on.)

2. People have 100 to 200 thousand exteroceptors, or basically nerves, that connect directly to your brain on the bottom of our feet.   So when our weight is concentrated on that tiny brick – we feel it!

Read more from our source here

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