October 2023 Newsletter

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Learn – Unlearn - Relearn


October is the month for children to settle into their new grade, manage their weekly schedule with confidence, and continue working in a time-efficient way so every day is stress-free! By now, students have become familiar with the daily classroom routines. Hidden from awareness, the puzzling process of ‘Learning, Unlearning, and Relearning’ continues to adaptively organize the student's experiences. BriteMinds’ instructors are excited to support this process. With our caring and reliable student-instructor partnerships, our students get the best out of every lesson. Children learn how to think, interpret, communicate, express themselves, and build social skills while acquiring academic skills.


  • Learn – Children LEARN all the time! Learning is organizing and reorganizing knowledge while shaping self-perception and finding meaning in experiences. BriteMinds instructors facilitate students’ self-directed discoveries, unintentional discoveries (Eureka moments), intentional memorization, learning from well-structured lectures, step-by-step procedural learning practices, absorbing and integrating new information to their knowledge base, and many more ways…



  • Unlearn – Yes! Steady development is based on reforming what no longer works and acquiring more efficient ways to solve problems. Children constantly categorize and recategorize their experiences, systematically thinking and rethinking how everything makes sense to them. BriteMinds instructors inspire students to manage higher levels of complexity and critical thinking.


  • Relearn – Yes, let’s do it more efficiently or in a new way! Encouraging children to be open-minded helps them to reevaluate concepts and transform information into knowledge. Relearning is rethinking how information connects and becomes a more complex, systematically integrated base for finding answers to questions and meaning for experiences. This results in identity formation, maturation, and growth!


Learning, Unlearning, and Relearning doesn't just happen in the classroom but in every moment of life. For example, as children develop their cultural identity, they need validating encouragement and stimulating partnerships to feel secure and appreciated. Feeling free from criticism or judgment, children build confidence through exploration and learn to respect differences of opinion when they are partners in the Learning, Unlearning, and Relearning process. Explore this process further by listening to Culture Kids Podcast!

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Multicultural Experiences

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What is Culture Kids Podcast?

Culture Kids Podcast is a Webby-nominated family show, on a mission to empower the next generation of compassionate, creative, and worldly citizens. Hosted by a Korean American mom and son duo, Kristen and Asher, they ignite young minds with the wonders of culture, geography, and travel, fostering kindness and tolerance, and inspiring them to become innovative thinkers.


What do you talk about in the Culture Kids Podcast?

Culture Kids Podcast selects uniquely cultural facts from around the world, from Frida Kahlo to Korean Thanksgiving. Kids and parents will discover engaging and fun experiences that will inspire the entire family. In a recent episode, "From All Saints to Halloween," they talk about Sardinia's unique traditions and festivity. Their commitment to inclusivity ensures that every child, regardless of their cultural background, feels like an integral part of the conversation. They emphasize that every child possesses a unique identity worthy of celebration, inspiring them to embrace differences and discover their true selves.


It's All About the Experience at Culture Kids Podcast!

Culture Kids Podcast is not merely about tolerance but celebration, encouraging kids to not just accept differences, but to revel in them. Join us on this transformative journey to cultivate globe-trotting innovators who not only respect diversity but celebrate it, making our world a more harmonious and enriched place for all. Explore the podcasts at culturekidsmedia.com or wherever you get your podcasts!

BriteMinds Culture



At BriteMinds, we advocate for educating culturally responsive students who value the lived experiences of cultural differences. We strive to create an inclusive environment in which curiosity is practiced, diverse perspectives are appreciated, and different cultures of the world are explored. Culture goes beyond traditions of the past because a child's lived experience is an active creation of the child's identity in the family and community. We believe that cultural education should be accessible to everyone, regardless of their background, and strive to make it available to all. We want to foster greater understanding and appreciation of different cultures and create a more open-minded and morally sound society. By doing so, we help children learn to value and practice culturally informed human-kind-ness.

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History of Halloween


Halloween is celebrated on October 31 in many parts of the world. It has origins in the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, which marked the end of summer and the harvest season and when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming spirits. In the centuries that followed, the festival began to take on a more secular form, with people dressing up in costumes and going door-to-door asking for treats, in what is now known as “trick-or-treating.”


Learning about the history of Halloween can be a fun and an interesting way to explore the cultural roots of this holiday. It can also provide an opportunity to discuss the history of customs and traditions, and how they have evolved over time. The tradition of carving jack-o-lanterns from pumpkins is thought to have originated in Ireland, where large turnips were originally used. Halloween also became a way for people to express their creativity and connect with their heritage. It has also become an opportunity for children to practice their social skills, as they interact with their peers and neighbors while collecting candy. So, whether you’re looking to learn a bit more about the history of Halloween or just want to have some spooky fun, BriteMinds Learning Center is a great place to start!

Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Halloween Costumes


DIY Halloween costumes are a great way to help with cognitive development. Not only are they fun and creative, but they can also help kids develop imagination and critical thinking skills. From coming up with costume ideas, to actually making the costumes, children will solve problems, socialize, use creative imagination, and practice thinking outside the box.


Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Costumes Support

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and Cognitive Development


Do-It-Yourself costumes require planning and organization in addition to strengthening a child’s motor skills. When they need to sew, glue, or cut pieces of fabric, they are improving their fine motor skills, which can have a positive impact on their overall development. Whether it is creating a costume from scratch or repurposing household items, children will enhance their skills while having fun. Encouraging children to proudly wear their own do-it-yourself costumes reveals their playful spirit and brave hearts! 

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Educational Baking

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread


  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking time: 60 minutes


Baking with children is a great way to build cognitive functions. Not only does it help them learn basic kitchen skills, but it also helps them develop problem-solving and motor skills. By following recipes and measuring ingredients, children are learning basic math, reading comprehension, and decision-making skills. Working together to create a delicious treat is an excellent way to teach children about working in teams and cooperation. It also allows parents to teach their children how to be independent by allowing them to complete tasks from start to finish. Children feel proud when parents observe and compliment them engaging in creative and practical activities. Baking with children helps to develop their organizational skills as they learn to follow directions and keep track of ingredients and tools. As they get older, baking allows them to practice their science skills as they learn about the chemical reactions that take place during the baking process. Baking with your children is an enjoyable and educational activity that can build your child’s cognitive functions in addition to the delicious treats!

Method:

1.    Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit

2.    Rub or spray butter on a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan

3.    Mix dry ingredients

4.    Add wet ingredients

5.    Transfer batter into pan

6.    Bake for 60 minutes

Ingredients

3/4 cup chocolate chips

2 cups flour

2 ¼ teaspoon baking powder

¾ salt

¾ teaspoon cinnamon (optional)

1 cup pumpkin puree

2 eggs

½ cup sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

½ cup of milk

½ cup of melted butter

Toothpick test: At 50 minutes insert a toothpick into the center of the loaf, and if the toothpick comes out clean, the loaf is ready to be taken out of the oven to cool for 20 minutes.


Enjoy the delicious benefits of baking and learning!



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