Archives for the month of: July, 2014

Jefferson Desk and Hutch

Designing Study Spaces for Scholarly Success

Summer has barely begun here in Minnesota. It is hard to believe that in some places around the country, school will be back in session in just a few weeks.

It is never too early to begin thinking about designing an effective study space for your kids. Parents play a key role in helping their children learn the organizational skills necessary for successful study.

Here are a few tips from Legacy Kids.

Routines are key. Pick a time of day to tackle homework (right after school, after dinner, right before bed) and stick with it. Plan on some breaks (for example young children don’t focus well for more than 20 minutes) as needed. End the routine with bags packed ready for the next day.

Make a work zone. Designate an area for homework and studying. The kitchen table might work, but not if traffic and distractions are high. A child’s bedroom is a great choice, as long as they have room to spread out materials and can concentrate. A table or desk to write on, place to stash supplies, and a memo board to post notes and a calendar are helpful. Good lighting, room for a laptop computer, and a comfortable chair are also considerations.

Post the goal. Setting a goal is easy. Remembering it as you work towards it is harder. Ask your student to make a sign about the goal. It could be a huge letter A or a drawing of your student doing something fun as a reward. Then post it where he will see it as he works.

Encourage organization. Give everything a place. Encouraging your student to pick supplies and get their study spot organized may help them keep it that way and put stuff back.

Be tough. No TV, email, devices (iPad or iPod) or calls during study time.

Consider Music. Don’t automatically ban music. Light background music may help your student work. Others may find music or radio commercials distracting. Earphones may help.

Handy resources for Homework Help:

http://www.math.com/homeworkhelp/EverydayMath.html

http://www.factmonster.com/

http://www.infoplease.com/homework/hwscience.htm

http://www.homeworkspot.com

White Study Desk

Totally Kids fun furniture & toys has functional desks from almost every furniture collection. Take a look then give us a call at 952-881-2425.

Booth Team Totally

Yesterday evening Team Totally squishes into the photo booth with our bride Shauna, now the Mrs. V.  It was a grand old time as we celebrated with Shauna at her wedding.

Best wishes Mike and Shauna for a long and happy life together.

 

Gifts for Children

Moon in My Room with boy

What’s better than a “supermoon”? Three supermoons!

The full moons of summer this year; July 12, August 10 and September 9 all will be supermoons, as NASA calls them.

Tonight the full moon will be extra large due to it proximity to the Earth, according to NASA.  The so-called “supermoon” we have in tonight’s sky is a result of the moon being as close to the Earth as it ever gets, while also being at full moon. This closest pass is called Perigee, and it happens more frequently than you might think. In fact, the supermoon has already happened twice in 2014; however, both occurrences earlier this year were during a new moon

Last summer’s supermoon was about 30% brighter and about 15% larger than a “normal” full Moon and will be the closest it had been to Earth in 17 years.

So, try to get outside and enjoy the supermoon’s bright awesomeness tonight!

Space.com is encouraging people to share “super moon” stories and photos by contacting Managing Editor Tariq Malik: tmalik@space.com.

To learn more about Earth’s moon, see NASA’s kids page on the subject here.

Will this be a special night for Werewolves?

With the Moon In My Room, pictured above, the moon will be close to you in your room every night. The moon is the perfect foray into astronomy. Its phases teach us about the forces of our universe, its features tell us about the origin of our planet, and it’s just plain cool to look at. Moon in My Room brings the beauty and wonder of this celestial body right into your child’s bedroom. This remote controlled, glow-in-the-dark “mini moon” is contoured and textured to feature an authentically detailed lunar moonscape. A built in light-sensor illuminates a room when it gets dark and shows 12 phases of the moon. The phases can be controlled manually or set to rotate on an automatic function to change every five second, so that kids can follow the moon in the sky with the moon in their room. In order to save on batteries, the light shuts off after an hour.