It’s love a tree day! What can we do for the guardians of our planet?

love a tree day

It’s love a tree day today and we figured it’s the perfect day to mention various tips and benefits of protecting the trees all around us.

There are many things you can do to conserve trees (including planting trees, reducing any excessive use of tree products, and being a voice for trees when they’re unnecessarily cut down), most (if not all) of these activities can be done with your children, thereby teaching them just how important trees are to our survival.

Here are a few ways you can help conserve and protect trees:

1) Recycle

Boring right? And usually used in long speeches about reducing pollution. How does recycling help save trees? Well, it depends on what you recycle. Paper, for instance, when recycled means fewer trees have to be cut down. Paper is a direct product of trees and therefore the fewer sheets of paper we use, the fewer the number of trees that need to be cut down.

Continue reading It’s love a tree day! What can we do for the guardians of our planet?

It’s thank a teacher day!

Thank a teacher

Teaching. The noblest of professions.

That’s it. Poof. Any conversation I’ve ever had about teaching started and ended with that statement.

It’s a profession we take for granted. Every one of us understands how important the job is (hence the use of that noblest of professions statement), but we couldn’t be bothered to actually think about it, it’s always a fleeting thought.

Teaching as a profession doesn’t garner a lot of attention. Teaching isn’t a particularly exciting occupation, it’s no stuntman or celebrity chef. It’s a quiet job, that’s gladly fulfilled by people that are rarely ever appreciated.

But today, let’s take a moment to really think about what teachers do for us. Let’s not beat around the bush here, except for a really tiny percentage of the population, all the rest of us have only achieved whatever we have because of a really great teacher (or a few) that came into our lives when we really needed them. An image of this teacher just flashed through your mind didn’t it?

We’ve all had these mystical teachers that just showed up when we really needed them and got us to understand what we were struggling with. They’ve literally taught us everything: from the alphabet to integration of areas to the calculation of the densities of various objects. If you really think about it you realize that you can only speak, read, and write because of your teachers, that’s how fundamental a teacher is to our achievements.

We’ve got to remember that teachers don’t really work for the money (we all know teaching isn’t a very well-paying profession). This means that all those teachers we’ve learned from did it because they really wanted to pass on their knowledge to children.

Do you remember how annoying we used to be to our teachers? And they came back day after day to try and fill our little noggins with as much knowledge as they could. It truly is a noble profession.

If you’re still in touch with your teachers or can get in touch with them, give them a call or send them a text letting them know just how much you appreciate all they’ve done for you. It’ll make their day, I assure you. If you can, send them a nice little gift basket too.

Today’s also a special day at Kidvento because more than half the people working here are teachers. We’re going to follow our own advice and go thank all our in-house teachers for all the great work they do.

Subscribe to receive blog updates

* indicates required

There’s no minimum age to be an inventor

Young inventors

When you think of inventors you’re usually thinking about scientists in spotless labs or engineers building machines in huge R&D centres but that’s not the only way to be an inventor. In fact, you don’t even have to be an adult or have a degree, you could just be someone that pursues an idea and sticks with it until it becomes successful. This article is a list of young inventors some new, some old but all very young when they became inventors.

Continue reading There’s no minimum age to be an inventor

The significance of Earth Hour.

Light bulb of the Earth

Earth hour is an annual event held every year at the end of March. It’s held at this time every year because the northern and southern hemispheres experience almost identical sunset times. Earth hour is run by the World Wide Fund for Nature-WWF (not the professional wrestling company) and is a symbolic gesture about energy conservation than an actual energy conservation step. However, it can be noted that switching off lights, gadgets, and appliances for an hour can save quite a lot of power and reduce the carbon dioxide produced.

But Earth hour is a voluntary campaign and no one has to switch off their electronics for it. Therefore, the energy saved during earth hour over the last ten years has not been a very large amount. This doesn’t mean Earth Hour was unsuccessful because the goal was never to save vast amounts of energy by turning off the lights for an hour. Earth hour is meant to spread awareness of our energy use and it does so successfully with almost every nation participating in it every year. It is a testament to how global cooperation can bring about incredible changes and improve the state of the environment.

Continue reading The significance of Earth Hour.

An infographic on how rural and urban schools can become equals

Infographic on schools

Subscribe to receive blog updates

* indicates required

An infographic on the cognitive development of children based on Jean Piaget’s theory

Cognitive development in children

Subscribe to receive blog updates

* indicates required

6 exceptional scientists and their weird minds

This is a list of weird (in every positive sense of the word) discoveries and inventions that we use today.

Odds are you know of all of these inventions. However, it’s doubtful that you know how they came to be.

That particular moment, the point of inspiration, when a person has suddenly realized a theory/discovery/invention based off something they see or test or plain stumble upon: it’s always weird.

It is, it really is.

Continue reading 6 exceptional scientists and their weird minds