Back-to-School with BrainFuse!


This school year have some fun with Brainfuse’s Flashbulb! What is Flashbulb? You can make your own games, like bug chase, hangman, crossword puzzles, scramble word or matching games.

Challenge your friends with your knowledge!

Events, Holidays & Rememberances – September


  • Labor Day—Kids Work Too!
    Source: Kids’ Turn Central
    “The first weekend in September marks the end of the summer for many people as we celebrate Labor Day. For most of you school will begin if it hasn’t already. The fun and relaxation of summer is over – time to buckle down, hit the books and settle in for winter.” (KIDS’ TURN CENTRAL) Learn about Labor Day celebrations for kids.

  • Constitution Day
    Source: National Constitution Center (NCC)
    “On Sept. 17, 1787, the U.S. Constitution was signed by thirty-nine brave men who changed the course of history. Now Constitution Day is a time for us to continue their legacy and develop habits of citizenship in a new generation of Americans.” (NCC) Find a wealth of resources to help you celebrate Constitution Day.

  • Rosh Hashanah Basics
    Source: Tracey R. Rich
    “Rosh Hashanah occurs on the first and second days of Tishri. In Hebrew, Rosh Hashanah means, literally, head of the year or first of the year. Rosh Hashanah is commonly known as the Jewish New Year.” (TRACEY R. RICH) Read about this important holiday of introspection.
  • Brain Teaser – Zodiac


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    The Zodiac is the area through which the sun apparently passes in a year, divided into 12 parts or “signs” of the Zodiac. Try to answer these questions about the Zodiac, which is often used to predict people’s fortunes. Need help? Use Credo Reference Online.

    1. In what way is this sentence connected with the Zodiac: “A tense grey cat lay very low, sneaking slowly, contemplating a pounce”?

    2. What is officially the first constellation or sign of the Zodiac?

    3. If you were born on 25 December, what sign of the Zodiac would you have been born under?

    4. Which animal represents Taurus in the Zodiac?

    5. Is the Tropic of Cancer or the Tropic of Capricorn named for the sign of the Zodiac during which the sun reached its maximum northerly declination or position?

    6. What is the only constellation of the Zodiac named after an inanimate object (not a creature or creatures)?

    7. Which sign of the Zodiac might be described as “The Man that bears the watering-pot”?

    8. The equinoxes occur as the Sun enters the signs of Aries and Libra, at which time the Sun passes directly above what?

    9. Is the word Zodiac derived from the ancient Greek word for a star, the future, or a small figure of an animal?

    10. Zodiac is used to refer to what kind of boat?

    How did you do?

    0 – 1 Mmmm, not exactly brilliant.
    2 – 5 A reasonable stab.
    6 – 8 A good showing. But there’s still room for improvement!
    9 – 10 You really know your stuff. Well done!

    Questions set by Tony Augarde (www.augardebooks.co.uk)

    Back-to-School – Stress Time


    From Health & Wellness Resource Center blog The Pulse.

    As August creeps into September, parents and kids alike will begin to plan for the return to school. For many children, getting back into study mode may cause feelings of anxiety or stress. This is particularly true for kids starting high school or junior high when the workload increases and the pressure mounts. High school students staring down SATs and college applications have stressors all their own with which to cope. Younger students may be overwhelmed by the balancing act of tackling school work and extra curricular activities. Helping your child manage stress can do wonders for their ability to thrive now and to handle stress well into adulthood.

    The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) defines stress as the uncomfortable feeling you get from worry, fear, anger or frustration—any and all of which can quickly overwhelm. The AAP has created “A Teen’s Personalized Guide to Managing Stress,” which points out that stress isn’t always a bad thing. It can, in fact, prompt us to work harder. But when stress leads to constant worry, fear or anxiety, it can hinder forward movement as well as overall physical and mental well being.

    On its web site, the AAP shares “A Parent’s Guide to Building Resilience in Children and Teens,” which walks through proactive ways parents can help their kids manage stress through healthy means. It also lists out signs that may mean a child and his or her parent need to seek help.

    The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) offers tips for parents on how they can help their child manage stress. These include listening carefully to their children and being vigilant for signs or overload. By modeling their own positive stress management skills, parents give their children an example they can follow. The AACAP website also offers suggestions to teens directly. These include exercise, avoidance of drugs including caffeine, enjoyment of outside activities and rehearsing for situations that cause stress.

    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers detailed information on coping with stress on its web site. It provides tips for parents, tips for kids and teens, and tips for school personnel.

    Brain Teaser – White


    This week’s brainteaser is about the color white. All the answers have “white” in their names or concern something called “white.” Need help? Use Credo Reference Online.

    1. What is the official name of the executive mansion of the President of the United States?

    2. What kind of shark is famous as the “villain” of the various Jaws films?

    3. As the name for something, what is a white elephant?

    4. In astronomy, what kind of thing is a white dwarf?

    5. Which band recorded the 1968 album that is generally called “The White Album”?

    6. Which 1992 movie was the first starring film role for Woody Harrelson as a basketball-player opposite Wesley Snipes?

    7. In Jack London’s 1906 novel “White Fang”, what kind of animal was White Fang?

    8. Which 1937 film was nicknamed “Disney’s Folly” by some industry insiders?

    9. What kind of thing is the Dashing White Sergeant?

    10. Who wrote the 1958 historical fantasy “The Once and Future King”?

    How did you do?

    0 – 1 Mmmm, not exactly brilliant.
    2 – 5 A reasonable stab.
    6 – 8 A good showing. But there’s still room for improvement!
    9 – 10 You really know your stuff. Well done!

    Questions set by Tony Augarde (www.augardebooks.co.uk)