Free online curriculum featuring Pixar from Khan Academy

Pixar in a Box

Having a hard time getting your child involved in school work, but have no trouble with them enjoying their favorite animated shows for hours at a time? Or maybe like our household the kids want to know how the things they are learning applies to the real world, and how they can use it in the future? Either way, the new Pixar in a Box can help kids learn more about the academic academic concepts behind Pixar Animation Studios’ creative process.

“For years, we’ve heard from teachers at every grade level interested in creating animation-based curricula,” said Elyse Klaidman, Director, Pixar University and Archives.  “We’ve wanted to provide free online resources for them, and Pixar in a Box makes that dream a reality. We hope that it not only gives students a behind-the-scenes look at how our movies are made but also gets them excited about STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) concepts.”

I decided to take a look at Pixar in a Box myself.  It is a free online curriculum with video lessons, interactive exercises, and hands-on activities. I was impressed at how well it was laid out and how easy it was to navigate and use. Nothing really special or expensive was needed and I could immediately get started with lessons which build upon each other. Lessons take about 1 hour.  I would definitely incorporate it into homeschooling or even just fun, learning activities after school or weekends.

Activities are limited right now, but I look forward to seeing some more of them in November! Khan Academy

“Our mission at Khan Academy is a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere,” said Sal Khan, Founder and CEO of the not-for-profit Khan Academy. “Sparking student interest in math and other academic fields is a key part of that, and we’re delighted to collaborate with Pixar to achieve this goal. Pixar in a Box gives students a new way to engage with key academic concepts and see how creative these concepts can be.”

About Khan Academy

 Khan Academy is a 501(c)3 nonprofit with a mission to change education for the better by providing a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere. We believe that students of all ages should have free, unlimited access to the best educational content, and that they should be able to consume and master this content at their own pace. In addition, we believe that there are incredible opportunities to use intelligent software development, deep data analytics, and intuitive user interfaces to more effectively surface and present these educational resources to students and teachers around the world. Our library of content covers kindergarten to early college math, science topics such as biology, chemistry, and physics, and reaches into humanities with tutorials on economics, finance, music, philosophy, and art history. We have over 26 million registered students and to date, we have delivered over 580 million lessons and 3.8 billion exercise problems. For further information, visit KhanAcademy.org. (Boilerplate, used by permission). 

 

 

Free printable coloring pages from #Dinotrux

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We recently introduced you the new original series Dinotrux, which starts TOMORROW, August 14, 2015 on Netflix. Dinotrux is a new animated series only available on Netflix and features a world of giant creatures that are half dinosaur, half truck and all awesome! The series is based on the award-winning children’s books by Chris Gall, Dinotrux is the first exciting “action show” tailor-made for younger kids with strong messages about independence and cooperation to go along with its unique blend of action, comedy, adventure.

Related content: Free printable Dinotrux trading cards

The cast of characters includes Ty Rux, a massive Tyrannosaurus Trux, and his best friend Revvit, a razor-sharp Reptool. Along with friends like Skya the Craneosaur and Garby the Stegarbasaurus, the Dinotrux and Reptools join forces for the first time ever to build a bigger, better world and battle back against the biggest and baddest Dinotrux of all: D-Structs, who threatens to wreck everything they’ve built. Enjoy this sneak peek and have fun coloring with your kids with these free printable coloring pages from Dinotrux!

Free printable Dinotrux trading cards #Dinotrux

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Coming to a television, iPad, or tablet near you The Netflix Original Series Dinotrux premiers August 14!

If you haven’t heard of Dinotrux here’s more about it, including a fun filled clip from the series.

Official synopsis used by permission.
Welcome to a world of giant creatures that are half dinosaur, half truck and all awesome in the new Netflix original series DreamWorks Animation’s Dinotrux! Based on the award-winning children’s books by Chris Gall, Dinotrux is the first exciting “action show” tailor-made for younger kids with strong messages about independence and cooperation to go along with its unique blend of action, comedy, adventure.

Dinotrux joins an award winning roster of DWA TV shows bringing movie quality to children’s series airing only on Netflix.  In the two short  years since DreamWorks entered the children’s TV arena, they’ve garnered total of five nominations for  and one for VeggieTales In the House as Outstanding Pre-School Children’s Animated Program and their original All Hail King Julien series was just honored with three Emmy awards this spring, including Outstanding Children’s Animated Program.

 

 

 

Free printable activities to celebrate! Turbo FAST now available on Netflix

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Do you remember Turbo the Snail’s improbable win at the Indianapolis 500? Did you wonder what happened to Turbo and his friends after? All your questions are answered as you join Turbo and the super snails on Netflix with Turbo Fast. Thanks to their human friends efforts Starlite City is born. Starlite City is the biggest small city, with it’s one elaborate race track for Turbo and his friends to race in. Too bad Turbo can’t rest on his win, as there are many wanting to challenge him for the title.

The world’s coolest snails take a turn off the track and set off on a wild ride filled with hilarious hijinks at every turn.  You’ll laugh out loud when they launch into outer space, battle an apocalyptic robot, clash with a ninja stinkbug and escape a booby-trapped treasure hunt.  Guest stars include Sarah Hyland, Kevin Conroy and more!

Turbo Fast is now available on Netflix, so your family can enjoy the mis-adventures of Turbo and his crew! Get the fun started with these fun and free printable activities!

 

Descendants: Make your magical story free printables #Descendants

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Our family has already enjoyed the brand new original Disney channel movie “Descendants” several times! Thanks to Disney Channel App on the iPad and the joys of DVR I have now see the movie a grand total of 5 times! It wasn’t all weekend, one of the advantages of the Disney Channel app is that we also were able to view it before the premiere!

The kids loved it so much they quickly made their way through the free printable activities posted last week and I know your kids will love them too. After all it’s a great way to beat the heat, with it hitting 100 here in our hometown of Houston.

And to make sure you have plenty for them to do here’s even more fun free printables from Descendants. These make your own story features bookmarks, family tree and tourney triumphs and prom perfection.

About Descendants: 

In a present day idyllic kingdom, the benevolent teenaged son of the King and Queen (Beast and Belle from Disney’s iconic “Beauty and the Beast”) is poised to take the throne.  His first proclamation:  offer a chance at redemption to the trouble-making offspring of Cruella de Vil, Maleficent the Evil Queen and Jafar who have been imprisoned on a forbidden island with all the other villains, sidekicks, evil step-mothers and step-sisters.  These villainous descendants (Carlos, Mal, Evie and Jay, respectively) are allowed into the kingdom to attend prep school alongside the offspring of iconic Disney heroes, including Fairy Godmother, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel and Mulan.  However, the evil teens face a dilemma.  Should they follow in their nefarious parents’ footsteps and help all the villains regain power or embrace their innate goodness and save the kingdom?

 

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Free printable activities featuring Disney Channel Movie Descendants #free

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Thanks to Watch Disney Channel and the handy dandy iPad my girls have stopped reminding me that “we just have to watch Descendants!”  Now they want even more Descendants fun, so I was thrilled that even though they have already seen it three times and are already singing the songs from it I have some fun filled activity sheets for them to do to before, during and after the premiere. I have a feeling this is going to be one of those “Mom please get us the DVD” movies.

Official description: 

In a present day idyllic kingdom, the benevolent teenaged son of the King and Queen (Beast and Belle from Disney’s iconic “Beauty and the Beast”) is poised to take the throne.  His first proclamation:  offer a chance at redemption to the trouble-making offspring of Cruella de Vil, Maleficent the Evil Queen and Jafar who have been imprisoned on a forbidden island with all the other villains, sidekicks, evil step-mothers and step-sisters.  These villainous descendants (Carlos, Mal, Evie and Jay, respectively) are allowed into the kingdom to attend prep school alongside the offspring of iconic Disney heroes, including Fairy Godmother, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel and Mulan.  However, the evil teens face a dilemma.  Should they follow in their nefarious parents’ footsteps and help all the villains regain power or embrace their innate goodness and save the kingdom?

The DVD is set, and my set of activity sheets are printed. Are yours?

 

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21 fun filled free printable activities featuring Antman

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AntMan is now in theaters! If you have seen it you and the kids may enjoy sitting down together each of you with your own 21 pages of free printable activities featuring Antman. If not, it’s a great way to spend some time getting to know him as you make you way through the mazes, coloring pages, memory matching games and more!


Fun Facts about AntMan

Marvel did a lot of research into ant behaviors and what the different species of ants could bring to the movie in terms of what filmmakers needed for the heist. For instance, the Paraponera clavata or bullet ants have a very painful sting and resemble dinosaurs in the movie; the Solenopsis or fire ants are like architects as they can link together and form bridges and rafts to help Ant-Man; and the male Camponotus carpenter ants can fly, providing Ant-Man with a helpful mode of transportation.

Summer boredom buster:

  1. Create an Ant farm at home.
  2. Read up on ants and their habits and habitat.
  3. Create ant crafts. Recycled egg cartons and pipe cleaners are a great place to start.

Director Peyton Reed also got into ant research and was helped out by his mother who sent him a book he had as a kid titled “World of Insects,” which featured an ant on the cover. Reed enjoyed catching up with his inner child as he leafed through the old book.

Summer boredom buster:

Read the “World of Insects” or other books about insects and bugs and capture your inner child while learning about ants with your child.

The Ant-Man suit is made of leather and resembles a vintage motorcycle suit. It has a worn look and is battle-scarred to harken back to when Hank Pym was AntMan and wore the suit on missions.

Summer boredom buster: 

Think ahead to Halloween or make your own Antman costume now just for fun.

Free Printable Activities Featuring AntMan

Curious George 3 on DVD! Celebrate with these free printable snack #recipes

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Curious George 3: Back to the Jungle  has landed on DVD and Digital HD!

Let’s celebrate with some yummy banana themed recipes that surely would be on George’s must have desserts over this summer.

Official Synopis:


Launch into the adventure of a lifetime with everyone’s favorite monkey in this all-new movie, Curious George 3: Back to the Jungle! When Curious George is asked to take part in a very important space mission, a little monkeying around forces him to crash-land in Africa. While a worried Man with the Yellow Hat searches for him, Curious George bravely explores the jungle and makes new animal friends along the way. Reunited at last, the two best pals have an unforgettable adventure shared with their new friends! Featuring the voice talents of Angela Bassett & John Goodman, with music by the Plain White T’s, join Curious George on his fun-filled journey that the whole family will enjoy!

The Curious George 3 soundtrack is also now available on Back Lot Music, featuring the new original song “Welcome to Paradise” performed by Plain White T’s and score by composer Heitor Pereira (DESPICABLE ME, MINIONS).

Let Curious George join your selfie! Use the Brand-New Free Photo App: www.PhotoWithGeorge.com

 Create some yummy snacks with these free printable snack recipes and then settle in to watch the movie. 

My godson loved it! He was bipping and bopping to the music and fascinated by George’s adventures.  I loved seeing Curious George back in action, it’s been a long time since my little ones let me enjoy his fun filled, imaginative adventures. Your kids will be “WILD” about Curious George 3 Back to the Jungle.

 

 

 

 

Best summer snacks ever from Teen Beach 2 #TeenBeach2

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The non-stop beach party continues on this summer in Disney’s Teen Beach 2, which is now available on DVD! For those ongoing luaus, swimming and staycation parties, we have these fun crafts and snacks for you to enjoy with your loved ones.

 

 

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Teach My learning fun kit for kids and giveaway!

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I’m so excited to share this company and giveaway with you! Here at AtoZLearningTree we are all about doing things with our kids that are fun and that they learn from and Teach My is making it easier for parents to do just that with your toddlers and preschoolers!

Teach My is a Women Owned company all about helping parents spend quality time with their children through educational play. Started by Christy Cook when her son was a toddler, she realized the need for an all-inclusive educational kit that parents could work on with their children. These products teach babies, toddlers and preschoolers the basic skills, things like; the alphabet, colors, shapes, numbers, reading and even math!

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Teach My sells a variety of educational toys spanning a wide range of ages. Their products are appropriate for children ages 6 months+. Though they have product teaching fun things such as animals, continents, space and time, their most popular products are the Teach My Learning kits with kits tailored to babies, toddlers and preschoolers. These products can be found in nationwide retailers including Walmart, Toys R Us, Target and online on Amazon.

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Teach My is excited to be sponsoring a giveaway open to US and Canada. They are giving one lucky winner their choice of Learning kits: Baby, Toddler or Preschooler valued at $39.99. This giveaway will run from July 1 though July 22. Winner will be verified, emailed and have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. Participating blogs are not responsible for prize fulfillment. Good luck!

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