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Are you celebrating Endangered Species Day on May 17?

May 10, 2013 in Naturistic Intelligence

natureDon’t forget to celebrate Endangered Species Day with your youngsters next week! The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is encouraging everyone to join them on May 17th by participating in the eighth annual Endangered Species Day. This day will recognize the national conservation effort to celebrate and protect the nation’s rarest species in the plant and animal kingdoms.

Kidzmet Founder Jen Lilienstein’s latest piece for Lesson Planet gives several ideas and suggestions that you can implement at home or in the classroom. Read more here »

10 Tips When Helping Your Children to Choose Their Science Fair Projects

January 8, 2013 in Logical/Mathematical Intelligence, Naturistic Intelligence, Uncategorized, Visual/Spatial Intelligence

A guest post by Madeline Sunshine.

Science fair season has become increasingly more competitive. This is because the stakes at these events are no longer limited to ribbons and plaques. There are big money rewards to be won and chances to impress college entrance boards as well. All of these factors make it necessary for students to gain every advantage that they can. One way to gain an advantage is to utilize a science fair kit as the raw materials for a project.

Find A Science Kit with Parts and Tools

The first tip to use when choosing kids science fair kits is to select a kit that comes with parts and tools, as opposed to a completely assembled project. This option will give students the chance to both complete the experiments that are outlined in the kit and to create their own projects and experiments using the parts. These are the only kits that will be acceptable at science fairs.

Select Age Appropriate Kits

It is important to select a kid’s science fair kit that is age appropriate for your young scientist. Young kids will need project kits that do not have small parts that could pose a choking hazard, and older students will need kits that will challenge their minds. Also age appropriateness is important for providing students with the raw materials needed to complete a project that will do well at a science fair.

One That Follows the Scientific Method

If your student will be using the kids’ science fair kits in their science fair project then you will need to select one that follows the scientific method. This will help your child to learn how to complete the scientific method as well as ensure that their final project will be appropriate for a science fair.

Multiple Projects Possible

To give your student the most options for their own science fair projects you will want to select a science fair kit that is designed for the completion of several different experiments. This will ensure that there are enough raw materials left over after the student completes the sample project to complete their own experiments.

Safety Issues

Safety is an issue that you need to think about when purchasing a science fair kit. This is why it is important to look at who manufactured the kit and where it was manufactured.

Safety Supplies

One sign that a science kit is a quality product is that it comes with safety equipment. Safety equipment like goggles, gloves and face masks are common safety equipment.

Topics Impact Science Fair Score

If your student wants to win a science fair, then they will need to create a project that is interesting and that is focused on a topic that is important to today’s scientists. This means that you will need to select a science kit that has a topic that fits these criteria.

Shelf Life

When shopping for a science fair kit you will want to look at when the kit was packaged. Some ingredients will have a shelf life. If a package looks faded or tampered with select another box or kit.

Ordering Extra Supplies

Selecting a science kit that has been manufactured by a reputable company is a good idea. Usually these companies will allow parents to place order for refill kits or to purchase extra tools and supplies directly from the company.

Fun Project Kits

The final tip is to select a science kit that looks like it is going to be fun. If the kit looks dull then your scientist is not going to want to play with the kit and if they do use the kit to develop a science fair project then their project will most likely also be boring.

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When helping your child to choose a science fair kit what is most important is that the child chooses what is of interest to him/her.

Animal Loving Kid?
There are a bevy of ways he or she can turn this passion into an income…some even before high school.

November 15, 2011 in Interpersonal Intelligence, Naturistic Intelligence, Personal Mission Statement, Uncategorized

Whether your child has had close attachments to childhood pets or an obsession with Animal Planet, there is a career for every kind of animal lover. Below are the top 11 careers for animal lovers.


  • Pet Sitter: If you are looking to start your career working with animals, consider becoming a pet sitter. Caring for a wide variety of pets can help you gauge how comfortable you are with different animals. Plus, many pet owners would rather pay someone to take care of their pets in their own homes as opposed to taking their dog or cat to a kennel.
  • Animal Trainer: Everyone wants a well-behaved pet, so consider entering the field of animal training. Animal trainers can work with individual families to train dogs, work with police forces to train drug detection dogs or enter the big leagues of training animals for television and movies. Lassie didn’t learn those commands by herself!
  • Kennel Manager: When families go on vacation or individuals go on business trips, someone needs to take care of their pets. Often you can’t wrangle a friend of family member to check up on your dog or cat. If you want to care for animals while their owners are away, consider working or opening a kennel.
  • Dog Walker: As Americans continue to balance ever-increasing work hours with spending time with loved ones, walking the family dog is never a top priority. If you love exercising and fresh air, consider pursuing work as a dog walker.
  • Pet Groomer: As the hairstylists and manicurists to man’s best friend, pet groomers help maintain a pet’s coat, nails and teeth. Some pet groomers at high end salons can earn as much as $100,000 a year.
  • Wildlife Rehabilitator: A wildlife rehabilitator takes in and cares for injured or sick wild animals. The animals are then released into the wild or taken to long-term facilities. If you are nurturing, consider a career as a wildlife rehabilitator.
  • Nonprofit/Advocacy Work: Maybe you aren’t interested in taking care of someone’s pet. Maybe you want to work at an animal shelter. Or make sure your state is cracking down on puppy mills. Or make sure all the pets in your area are spayed or neutered. Research what local nonprofits are in your area. Also reach out to national organizations like the ASPCA or the Humane Society. For more advice on how kids can get involved in or even be instrumental in beginning this kind of advocacy in your community, be sure to check out our Make it Your Mission series for kids.
  • Lobbyist: If you are interested in fighting for animal rights on the state or federal level, consider becoming a lobbyist. Most lobbyists are lawyers, so if you are interested in fighting for individual animals or animal rights groups research going to law school.
  • Veterinarian: If you want to be a doctor for animals, consider becoming a veterinarian. To become a veterinarian, you must go through four years of pre-med classes and then four years of veterinarian school. For certain specialties in veterinary medicine, a one-year internship or two to three year residency program is required.
  • Veterinary Technician: If you are interested in caring for animals in a veterinary office, consider becoming a veterinary technician—the nurse of the animal world. To become a veterinary technician, you must graduate from a two year associates degree veterinary technician program.

Jessica Reedy is a journalism student currently working as an intern for National Public Radio in Washington, D.C.

Fall Recipes Your Kids will “Gobble Gobble” Up

November 6, 2011 in Bodily/Kinesthetic Intelligence, Interpersonal Intelligence, Linguistic (Verbal) Intelligence, Logical/Mathematical Intelligence, Naturistic Intelligence

Cooking with Kids...Fall StyleFew things are close to cooking for at-home learning activities that don’t feel like learning. There’s math involved in measuring and adjusting recipes; linguistic smarts involved in recipes & reviews; kinesthetic work involved in chopping/kneading/stirring/etc; interpersonal & communication skills involved since a parent needs to be in the kitchen monitoring the cook time; you can even include some naturalist skills by chatting about why “in season” is important.

Check out our Pinterest board of some of the Fall family favorites in our house.

We’ll be adding to the board all month… we hope you like them, too! We recommend trying some of these pre-Thanksgiving and, if the family likes one or more recipes, let your child(ren) make their own contribution(s) to your Thanksgiving table.

by kidzmet

Autobiographical Cube

August 31, 2011 in Bodily/Kinesthetic Intelligence, Interpersonal Intelligence, Intrapersonal Intelligence, Linguistic (Verbal) Intelligence, Logical/Mathematical Intelligence, Musical Intelligence, Naturistic Intelligence, Visual/Spatial Intelligence

Inspired by an activity in Multiple Intelligences in the Elementary Classroom: A Teachers Toolkit by Susan Baum, Julie Viens and Barbara Slatin.

Take a square box (or die) and put 4 of your child’s FAVORITE multiple intelligences on the sides and two of your child’s LEAST favorite MIs.

Have your child roll the “dice”. Whatever side they land on, they have to talk about one of the ways they MOST enjoy flexing that mind muscle.

Next, you roll the dice. Now talk about the way YOU most enjoy flexing that mind muscle.

Invite other family members to join the game.

Do you find similarities? Differences? Based on your child’s responses, can you think of new activities or pursuits to which you’d like to introduce them?

Have each participant roll the dice at least 10 times. At the end, each participant should have revealed at least 10 ways they feel they are SMART. Note them on a piece of paper you keep handy. If discouragement crops up at any time during the school year for your child, remind them of all the ways you randomly discovered they were smart during this exercise…and how the other participants’ “smarts” differed from theirs.

Remind him or her to not ask IF they are smart…but HOW they are smart.

Extra Credit: Make TWO autobiographical die. Roll them simultaneously. How does your child like to use these intelligences in concert? (E.g. logical & linguistic intelligence together in whodunit puzzles…creating new lyrics for music blends linguistic & musical intelligences…creating art from natural elements…etc.)

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