Stuck Inside This Summer or Winter? Check Out These Fun Learning Activities for Your Kids

fun-learning-activities-kidsChildren can get bored and restless when they are stuck inside because of cold, rainy weather or a hot summer’s day. But there’s a world of colorful images and activities on the internet and also in your child’s imagination.

Cold weather is a good time to kick off your family’s shoes and discover the world of learning that is available right at your computer or right in the toy chest.

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The best kind of learning is the kind that doesn’t feel like work. Fortunately for children and their parents, children learn from almost any new activity. Creating art, in particular, is a good way to learn spatial relationships, color, textures, eye-hand coordination, relationships between materials, etc.

The good people at EarthScienceJr.com have assembled a list of great projects you can do to educate your children while also keeping them amused. These products enable your children to do a variety of visual activities, like assembling building blocks, doing glitter art, establishing color patterns, and putting together magnetized tiles.

Dog-themed lesson plans

 If your children love dogs (and what child doesn’t?), you can organize wholistic learning around canines. Use Google to research the many things that service dogs can do, from finding criminals to identifying rooms with bed bugs. Learn how dogs can tell if a child is having a diabetic attack and how they predict seizures. Rover.com offers some great dog-themed lesson plans for kids of all ages.

Then do some research on the anatomy of the dog’s nose and its ability to detect things the human nose can never detect. Some experts, like Alexandra Horowitz, think that dogs can teach humans how to reconnect with their sense of smell.

Look into real life hero dogs like Shana, the half wolf, half dog who dug an elderly couple out of a snowstorm that had trapped them. And Moti, the German Shepherd who diverted an armed home intruder and took a bullet for his family.

Finally, you can research the evolution of dogs from wolves to working animals to pets. By making dogs the fun focus of your day’s learning, you can fit in social science, history, biology, and zoology.

See it and do it with online tutorials

 Online tutorials are a great way for you and your children to learn new things. If you and the kids have been sitting still too long, get them up and moving with a Youtube guided exercise video. There are plenty of options that are targeted to children. And you can find exercise sets for specific age groups. That way, you’re not asking your child to do an exercise that is too hard or too easy.

Or get your children drawing with an online drawing tutorial. Drawingcoach.com promises to teach your youngster everything from drawing his own cartoon animal to drawing designs for tattoos. If your child is new to drawing, get him or her started on a cartoon fish.

There are a number of ways to learn music without leaving the comfort and warmth of your home. With Live Music Tutor, you can look up a teacher who has exactly the skill set you want to learn and then learn from that musician remotely.

Alternatively, you can watch pre-recorded Youtube videos that show you how to get started with almost any instrument. Youtube is particularly useful for people who want to learn to read music and those who are beginners on an instrument.

In conclusion, it’s not your father’s winter anymore. The world of learning on the internet is vast and ever expanding. It’s just a matter of deciding what you want to learn today. Then go for it.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Written by: Jenny Wise

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Variety has partnered with the Clark County School District’s School

“Variety has partnered with the Clark County School District’s School-Community Partnership Program to bring an exclusive sneak preview of the new animated movie “Sgt. Stubby an American Hero” to our local school kids.”

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Oscar Viewing Party – March 4th 2018

 

 

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The Oscar Viewing Party – Variety’s Ninth Annual Salute to Hollywood proceeds will fund our various programs:

  • Park Fund Project
  • Compassion Care Fund
  • Kids at Play
  • Yoga for Life
  • Kids in Need
  • Learning for Kids

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Christmas Bash 2017

Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas by sharing the smiles of the students during our annual Christmas Bash Shows at the Variety Special School, John F Miller School and the Early Learning Center. A special shout out to Lance Burton and his team for another terrific performance, Santa for taking the time to stop by and Tom of the Four Winds HOA for their generous donations of 2 adaptive bicycles and hundreds of backpacks for the children.

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Asher’s Story

  • Ash is 4 years old, began unexpected emergency treatment here in Las Vegas second week of November.
  • Within days was transferred via helicopter to UCLA and received a liver transplant
  • A chip was implanted in his brain following brain swelling and a brain bleed in order to monitor and drain fluid as needed.
  • The breathing tube that has been assisting his oxygen supply during the process, while under a coma, and undergoing all the testing, the stress on his body caused him to clench down so hard on his breathing tube it crushed some of his teeth, leaving his mouth bloody, which now requires the extraction of teeth.
  • After the transplant his toxin levels were increasing, the issue could be corrected with a stint to drain these toxins.
  • Most recently Asher has awakened from a coma on his own which is amazing news. He is not yet able to respond to commands with hand squeezes, but everyone is confident he will soon.
  • Most recently the brain team informed them after an MRI some brain damage was evident, but due to a lack of research, they could not pinpoint how he would be affected.
  • The doctors let his parents Anna and Adam know Asher would be there a while, with no clarification of how many months that really is.

 

Anna and Adam (Asher’s Parents)

  • Their residence is in Las Vegas, and are currently unable to leave their son and come back to work.
  • No timeline was given from doctors of when it would be possible to return to their home in Las Vegas.
  • The room they stay in with Asher has a curtain and a bed for Asher. It is set up like an operating room, ready for any emergency that may arise.
  • Anna and Adam share a chair for resting, walk down the hall to use the restroom and shower, and purchase food every day.
  • Finical support will be used to pay basic costs of living such as necessary bills for their home while they are away and unable to come back to Las Vegas, and hospital bills not covered by their insurance.

Asher’s Full Story …

During the second week of November 2017 Anna took her son Asher to his pediatrician with mild concerns due to his lack of energy and yellowing of eyes. During
the visit the doctor suggested a blood panel could be ran, and let her know he would write the order if she choose to investigate his symptoms further. At this point the doctor had no sense of urgency leading Anna to not feel it was incredibly necessary. A couple days later, Asher did not improve and began to have hindering pain in his stomach. Anna
followed up with the blood panel, twenty four hours later received a call that her soon needed to go the emergency room immediately due to exceptionally high bilirubin levels.

After many tests, ultrasounds, biopsy’s, and a plasma transfusion, four year old Asher was transferred by plane from St. Rose Sienna Campus in Henderson, NV to the pediatric ICU at UCLA in Los Angeles, California. Upon arrival their lives changed forever. Immediately following Asher’s arrival to UCLA, the liver team took his case on to treat
his acute liver failure. To date, the team of doctors working to keep Asher alive have not been able to determine the cause of his liver failure, but knew it was life threatening.
Asher required a liver transplant to survive. Fortunately a liver did become available and Asher undertook two back to back surgeries to receive his new liver. Sadly, that has not yet been enough. During Asher’s medical assisted a coma the failing liver affected more of his body. A chip was implanted in his brain following brain swelling and a brain bleed in order to monitor and drain fluid as needed. The breathing tube that has been assisting his oxygen supply during the process has also created yet another complication for this sweet young boy. While under a coma, and undergoing all the testing, the stress on his body caused him to clench down so hard on his breathing tube it crushed some of his teeth, leaving his mouth bloody, which now requires the extraction of teeth. After the transplant his toxin levels were increasing yet again, raising concerns of his body rejecting the new liver. After a biopsy it turned out that the issue could be corrected with a stint to drain these toxins.

Most recently Asher has awakened from a coma on his own which is amazing news. He is not yet able to respond to commands with hand squeezes, but everyone is confident he will soon. Most recently the brain team informed them after an MRI some brain damage was evident, but due to a lack of research they could not pinpoint how he would be affected. Everyone is hopeful the damage will be incredibly minimal or better yet, non existent. The brain team informed Anna and her husband brains heal slowly, so they are patiently waiting for their sweet son to hold their hand again.

Anna and her husband Adam, have been bedside with their son and never left his side since they first walked in the doors of the St. Rose Emergency Room in early November.
With that being said, aside from being emotionally unprepared for such a life changing and threatening crisis to their only child, they certainly were not financially prepared to
both be out of work for already a month. The doctors let them know Asher would be there a while, with no clarification of how many months that really is. It goes without
saying their incomes have come to an abrupt stop, yet bills continue to flow. During crisis such as what they are coping with they are unsure as to what they will medically be
responsible for. The room they stay in with Asher, has simply a curtain and a bed for Asher. It is set up like an operating room, ready for any emergency that may arise. Anna
and Adam share a chair for resting, walk down a hall to use the restroom and shower, and purchase food everyday.

Anna and Adam are amazing parents, strong, hard working, and sitting next to their healing four year old son waiting for him to be able to go home. What was once an energetic sweet little boy is now fighting for his life. He loves Mario Brothers, making videos of himself opening tiny toys and describing them, he would recite the alphabet backwards, his favorite song is “Yellow Submarine” and he even sang to the nurses at St. Rose before he was transferred.
This little boy is selfless, sharing, and kind. He showed me his collection of Trolls one day, I pointed out my two favorite, which were the hardest to find in stores. Later that day in the bottom of my purse I found those two tiny Trolls I mentioned I liked. As a mother myself I was shocked how a child as young as Asher paid attention to my personal likes and then made a point to give me something of his, without any expectation of anything in return.
There truly are not enough words or personal stories I could share with you to accurately depict the type of people Asher, Anna, and Adam are.

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Rt 91 Shooting Rylie Golgart

This is Rylie Golgart, a survivor of the Rt 91 shooting. Rylie was struck in the back by a bullet and working daily with extensive therapy to walk again unassisted. Variety is proud to have granted funds to assist Rylie in her fight. #RylieStrong #VegasStong

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Miracle League Las Vegas 2017

Another great day of baseball at the Miracle League Las Vegas field. It was a tough battle to the end. Go Athletics!!

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Annual Tommy’s Ride fundraiser

Our annual Tommy’s Ride on Saturday September 30th 2017 . Thank you again to Henderson Harley-Davidson, the Pioneer Saloon (OFFICIAL), Mountain Springs Saloon, Count’s Vamp’d and Saddle N Spurs Saloon for your partnership in making this another successful outing!

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Adaptive bike giveaway

Awarded three adaptive bikes to students at John F Miller School. Why we do what we do-just look at those faces!!

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Boxoffice Magazine for Mondays Dark

What a week! Our tent was highlighted in the October issue of Boxoffice Magazine for our event at MONDAYS DARK. Thanks again to Mondays Dark for the opportunity and a fantastic event!!

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