The Popcorn Song is all about fun and being silly! We've included the words to our new kids video so you can sing along and maybe even get up and start dancing like a dancing! DJC Kids features nursery rhymes, children songs, and animated stories perfect for kids! Watch our videos and read our books for fun education, music, and activities for ...
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▶ The Popcorn Song - to use as a transition song to invite children for a popcorn snack
Dance and Movement: The Popcorn Song is all about fun and being silly! We've included the words to our new kids video so you can sing along and maybe even get up and start dancing like a dancing! DJC Kids features nursery rhymes, children songs, and animated stories perfect for kids! Watch our videos and read our books for fun education, music, and activities for ...
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The Long & Short Vowels Song ♫♪♫ (+playlist) very cute song!!
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Long and short vowel song
How do you know a tornado is coming? A lesson on the most violent storms on Earth.
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Informative Video: How Tornadoes Form - Earth and Environmental Science, Meteorology. Important to remember that teachers can incorporate videos, interviews, etc. as informational texts in order to engage students and accomodate different learning styles.
(Earth Science) How do you know a tornado is coming? A lesson on the most violent storms on Earth.
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Exam Situation by Talking Tom cat - WHATCH THE VIDEO HERE: - http://FUNNY-CATS-AND-DOGS-VIDEOS.COM/exam-situation-by-talking-tom-cat/ - very funny video ..must watch! ;)
KIDS JOKES #2
ONCE I CAUGHT A FISH ALIVE children's song
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Singing in the Rain - FREE Music Video and Printable Lyrics: This song invites children to participate with silly movements and dance. It is part of brain breaks programs spanning the globe and a hit with preschool, kindergarten and lower elementary children. This video is a great addition to your theme on spring and is ideal for morning meeting, circle time, brain breaks, indoor recess and group activities. It's a popular song performed at family nights, preschool and kindergarten graduations!
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SINGING IN THE RAIN by The Learning Station, via YouTube. Brain Break Song
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Cause and Effect video. It will give the students a good laugh :)
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Lots of good tips for brain breaks. Brain research shows how activity increases oxygen flow and energy to the brain.
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8 Reasons Why You Should Definitely Take That Lunch Break then go for a walk. Check out how the brain reacts to a short 20 minute walk during your day. OPC Inc
Exercise more – 7 minutes might be enough You might have seen some talk recently about the scientific 7 minute workout mentioned in The New York Times. So if you thought exercise was something you didn't have time for, maybe you can fit it in after all. Exercise has such a profound effect on our happiness and well-being that it's actually been proven to be an effective strategy for overcoming depression. In a study cited in Shawn Achor's book, The Happiness Advantage, three groups of patients treated their depression with either medication, exercise, or a combination of the two. The results of this study really surprised me. Although all three groups experienced similar improvements in their happiness levels to begin with, the follow up assessments proved to be radically different: The groups were then tested six months later to assess their relapse rate. Of those who had taken the medication alone, 38 percent had slipped back into depression. Those in the combination group were doing only slightly better, with a 31 percent relapse rate. The biggest shock, though, came from the exercise group: Their relapse rate was only 9 percent! You don't have to be depressed to gain benefit from exercise, though. It can help you to relax, increase your brain power and even improve your body image, even if you don't lose any weight. A study in the Journal of Health Psychology found that people who exercised felt better about their bodies, even when they saw no physical changes: Body weight, shape and body image were assessed in 16 males and 18 females before and after both 6 × 40 mins exercise and 6 × 40 mins reading. Over both conditions, body weight and shape did not change. Various aspects of body image, however, improved after exercise compared to before. We've explored exercise in depth before, and looked at what it does to our brains, such as releasing proteins and endorphins that make us feel happier, as you can see in the image below. 2. Sleep more – you'll be less sensitive to negative emotions We know that sleep helps our bodies to recover from the day and repair themselves, and that it helps us focus and be more productive. It turns out, it's also important for our happiness. In NutureShock, Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman explain how sleep affects our positivity: Negative stimuli get processed by the amygdala; positive or neutral memories gets processed by the hippocampus. Sleep deprivation hits the hippocampus harder than the amygdala. The result is that sleep-deprived people fail to recall pleasant memories, yet recall gloomy memories just fine. In one experiment by Walker, sleep-deprived college students tried to memorize a list of words. They could remember 81% of the words with a negative connotation, like “cancer.” But they could remember only 31% of the words with a positive or neutral connotation, like “sunshine” or “basket.” The BPS Research Digest explores another study that proves sleep affects our sensitivity to negative emotions. Using a facial recognition task over the course of a day, the researchers studied how sensitive participants were to positive and negative emotions. Those who worked through the afternoon without taking a nap became more sensitive late in the day to negative emotions like fear and anger. Using a face recognition task, here we demonstrate an amplified reactivity to anger and fear emotions across the day, without sleep. However, an intervening nap blocked and even reversed this negative emotional reactivity to anger and fear while conversely enhancing ratings of positive (happy) expressions. Of course, how well (and how long) you sleep will probably affect how you feel when you wake up, which can make a difference to your whole day. Especially this graph showing how your brain activity decreases is a great insight about how important enough sleep is for productivity and happiness: Another study tested how employees' moods when they started work in the morning affected their work day. Researchers found that employees' moods when they clocked in tended to affect how they felt the rest of the day. Early mood was linked to their perceptions of customers and to how they reacted to customers' moods. And most importantly to managers, employee mood had a clear impact on performance, including both how much work employees did and how well they did it. Sleep is another topic we've looked into before, exploring how much sleep we really need to be productive. 3. Move closer to work – a short commute is worth more than a big house Our commute to the office can have a surprisingly powerful impact on our happiness. The fact that we tend to do this twice a day, five days a week, makes it unsurprising that its effect would build up over time and make us less and less happy. According to The Art of Manliness, having a long commute is something we often fail to realize will affect us so dramatically: … while many voluntary conditions don't affect our happiness in the long term because we acclimate to them, people never get accustomed to their daily slog to work because sometimes the traffic is awful and sometimes it's not. Or as Harvard psychologist Daniel Gilbert put it, “Driving in traffic is a different kind of hell every day.” We tend to try to compensate for this by having a bigger house or a better job, but these compensations just don't work: Two Swiss economists who studied the effect of commuting on happiness found that such factors could not make up for the misery created by a long commute. 4. Spend time with friends and family – don't regret it on your deathbed Staying in touch with friends and family is one of the top five regrets of the dying. If you want more evidence that it's beneficial for you, I've found some research that proves it can make you happier right now. Social time is highly valuable when it comes to improving our happiness, even for introverts. Several studies have found that time spent with friends and family makes a big difference to how happy we feel, generally. I love the way Harvard happiness expert Daniel Gilbert explains it: We are happy when we have family, we are happy when we have friends and almost all the other things we think make us happy are actually just ways of getting more family and friends. George Vaillant is the director of a 72-year study of the lives of 268 men. In an interview in the March 2008 newsletter to the Grant Study subjects, Vaillant was asked, “What have you learned from the Grant Study men?” Vaillant's response: “That the only thing that really matters in life are your relationships to other people.” He shared insights of the study with Joshua Wolf Shenk at The Atlantic on how the men's social connections made a difference to their overall happiness: The men's relationships at age 47, he found, predicted late-life adjustment better than any other variable, except defenses. Good sibling relationships seem especially powerful: 93 percent of the men who were thriving at age 65 had been close to a brother or sister when younger. In fact, a study published in the Journal of Socio-Economics states than your relationships are worth more than $100,000: Using the British Household Panel Survey, I find that an increase in the level of social involvements is worth up to an extra £85,000 a year in terms of life satisfaction. Actual changes in income, on the other hand, buy very little happiness. I think that last line is especially fascinating: Actual changes in income, on the other hand, buy very little happiness. So we could increase our annual income by hundreds of thousands of dollars and still not be as happy as if we increased the strength of our social relationships. The Terman study, which is covered in The Longevity Project, found that relationships and how we help others were important factors in living long, happy lives: We figured that if a Terman participant sincerely felt that he or she had friends and relatives to count on when having a hard time then that person would be healthier. Those who felt very loved and cared for, we predicted, would live the longest. Surprise: our prediction was wrong… Beyond social network size, the clearest benefit of social relationships came from helping others. Those who helped their friends and neighbors, advising and caring for others, tended to live to old age. 5. Go outside – happiness is maximized at 13.9°C In The Happiness Advantage, Shawn Achor recommends spending time in the fresh air to improve your happiness: Making time to go outside on a nice day also delivers a huge advantage; one study found that spending 20 minutes outside in good weather not only boosted positive mood, but broadened thinking and improved working memory… This is pretty good news for those of us who are worried about fitting new habits into our already-busy schedules. Twenty minutes is a short enough time to spend outside that you could fit it into your commute or even your lunch break. A UK study from the University of Sussex also found that being outdoors made people happier: Being outdoors, near the sea, on a warm, sunny weekend afternoon is the perfect spot for most. In fact, participants were found to be substantially happier outdoors in all natural environments than they were in urban environments. The American Meteorological Society published research in 2011 that found current temperature has a bigger effect on our happiness than variables like wind speed and humidity, or even the average temperature over the course of a day. It also found that happiness is maximized at 13.9°C, so keep an eye on the weather forecast before heading outside for your 20 minutes of fresh air. 6. Help others – 100 hours a year is the magical number One of the most counterintuitive pieces of advice I found is that to make yourself feel happier, you should help others. In fact, 100 hours per year (or two hours per week) is the optimal time we should dedicate to helping others in order to enrich our lives. If we go back to Shawn Achor's book again, he says this about helping others: …when researchers interviewed more than 150 people about their recent purchases, they found that money spent on activities—such as concerts and group dinners out—brought far more pleasure than material purchases like shoes, televisions, or expensive watches. Spending money on other people, called “prosocial spending,” also boosts happiness. The Journal of Happiness Studies published a study that explored this very topic: Participants recalled a previous purchase made for either themselves or someone else and then reported their happiness. Afterward, participants chose whether to spend a monetary windfall on themselves or someone else. Participants assigned to recall a purchase made for someone else reported feeling significantly happier immediately after this recollection; most importantly, the happier participants felt, the more likely they were to choose to spend a windfall on someone else in the near future. So spending money on other people makes us happier than buying stuff for ourselves. What about spending our time on other people? A study of volunteering in Germany explored how volunteers were affected when their opportunities to help others were taken away: Shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall but before the German reunion, the first wave of data of the GSOEP was collected in East Germany. Volunteering was still widespread. Due to the shock of the reunion, a large portion of the infrastructure of volunteering (e.g. sports clubs associated with firms) collapsed and people randomly lost their opportunities for volunteering. Based on a comparison of the change in subjective well-being of these people and of people from the control group who had no change in their volunteer status, the hypothesis is supported that volunteering is rewarding in terms of higher life satisfaction. In his book Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-being, University of Pennsylvania professor Martin Seligman explains that helping others can improve our own lives: …we scientists have found that doing a kindness produces the single most reliable momentary increase in well-being of any exercise we have tested. 7. Practice smiling – it can alleviate pain Smiling itself can make us feel better, but it's more effective when we back it up with positive thoughts, according to this study: A new study led by a Michigan State University business scholar suggests customer-service workers who fake smile throughout the day worsen their mood and withdraw from work, affecting productivity. But workers who smile as a result of cultivating positive thoughts – such as a tropical vacation or a child's recital – improve their mood and withdraw less. Of course it's important to practice “real smiles” where you use your eye sockets. It's very easy to spot the difference: According to PsyBlog, smiling can improve our attention and help us perform better on cognitive tasks: Smiling makes us feel good which also increases our attentional flexibility and our ability to think holistically. When this idea was tested by Johnson et al. (2010), the results showed that participants who smiled performed better on attentional tasks which required seeing the whole forest rather than just the trees. A smile is also a good way to alleviate some of the pain we feel in troubling circumstances: Smiling is one way to reduce the distress caused by an upsetting situation. Psychologists call this the facial feedback hypothesis. Even forcing a smile when we don't feel like it is enough to lift our mood slightly (this is one example of embodied cognition). One of our previous posts goes into even more detail about the science of smiling. 8. Plan a trip – but don't take one As opposed to actually taking a holiday, it seems that planning a vacation or just a break from work can improve our happiness. A study published in the journal, Applied Research in Quality of Life showed that the highest spike in happiness came during the planning stage of a vacation as employees enjoyed the sense of anticipation: In the study, the effect of vacation anticipation boosted happiness for eight weeks. After the vacation, happiness quickly dropped back to baseline levels for most people. Shawn Achor has some info for us on this point, as well: One study found that people who just thought about watching their favorite movie actually raised their endorphin levels by 27 percent. If you can't take the time for a vacation right now, or even a night out with friends, put something on the calendar—even if it's a month or a year down the road. Then whenever you need a boost of happiness, remind yourself about it. 9. Meditate – rewire your brain for happiness Meditation is often touted as an important habit for improving focus, clarity and attention span, as well as helping to keep you calm. It turns out it's also useful for improving your happiness: In one study, a research team from Massachusetts General Hospital looked at the brain scans of 16 people before and after they participated in an eight-week course in mindfulness meditation. The study, published in the January issue of Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, concluded that after completing the course, parts of the participants' brains associated with compassion and self-awareness grew, and parts associated with stress shrank. Meditation literally clears your mind and calms you down, it's been often proven to be the single most effective way to live a happier live. I believe that this graphic explains it the best: According to Shawn Achor, meditation can actually make you happier long-term: Studies show that in the minutes right after meditating, we experience feelings of calm and contentment, as well as heightened awareness and empathy. And, research even shows that regular meditation can permanently rewire the brain to raise levels of happiness. The fact that we can actually alter our brain structure through mediation is most surprising to me and somewhat reassuring that however we feel and think today isn't permanent. 10. Practice gratitude – increase both happiness and life satisfaction Read more at: http://www.social-consciousness.com/2013/10/ten-simple-things-you-can-do-today-that-will-make-you-happier-backed-by-science.html Follow us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SocialConsciousness
COOL! Backed By Science | >> Daily quiet time spent in prayer conversation with God incorporates a lot of these simple things :) "But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night." Psalm 1:2 See also http://www.openbible.info/topics/meditation
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Short breaks of physical activity can do wonders for the human body. Check out this scan of a human brain after 20 minutes of walking! #teachers #fitness
SPORTS FREEZE DANCE AND CREATIVE MOVEMENT- Perfect for brain breaks, creative movement or just for fun!
National Geographic: Meet the Polar Bear - YouTube
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Benedict Cumberbatch "Little Red Hen" - YouTube
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Benedict reading Little Red Hen! Please, my geek followers, watch this! Even if you are not a Sherlockian you MUST see this and witness the glory that IS Benedict Cumberbatch.
Read me a bedtime story. :) Benedict Cumberbatch reads "The Little Red Hen." Is it weird that I can't fall asleep without listening to this?
Benedict Cumberbatch reading "Little Red Hen" He said "Reading is one of the joys of life. Once you start, you can't stop" GAH! THIS MAN
Benedict Cumberbatch reading children's book. Would someone please get this man some children.
This is a great video: Martin Luther King Jr. Story Read by LeVar Burton - Reading Rainbow Story Time - YouTube 8:49
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Martin Luther King Jr. Story read by LeVar Burton- Reading Rainbow Story Time. Great way to teach kids about the meaning of MLK day! About 9 minutes long. Youtube video.
: Martin Luther King Jr. Story Read by LeVar Burton - Reading Rainbow -YouTube 8:49
Sesame Street: Pentatonix Counts (& Sings) to Five - YouTube
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Pentatonix counting song!
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Pentatonix Sesame Street count to five.. awesomeness!!
10 Sesame Street music videos to watch with your kids
▶ Minions Merry Christmas - YouTube
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Happy holiday from minions
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Minions Merry Christmas
Children's Music Doesn't Have To Hurt: A 12 Song Playlist You Can Agree On You Should Be Dancing - The Bee Gees (Despicable Me)
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the kids will love this
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Jingle Bells with sheep
My favorite Christmas commercial EVER. Merry Christmas from Brooks Brothers!
Brooks Brothers 'a holiday miracle' by Moxie Pictures
friendship! teaching the word "include"
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Sesame Street: Mila Kunis: Include Try this out with my kindergartens
▶ OK Go - "Primary Colors" | A Stop-Motion Music Video for Sesame Street - YouTube
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OK Go - "Primary Colors" Music Video w/ DP color corrections
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Watch Elmo Demonstrate The Right Way To Point Out Someone's Skin Color
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#Adorable video of Lupita Nyong'o & Elmo talking about loving the skin they're in on #SesameStreet!
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Sesame Street: Lupita Nyong'o Loves Her Skin - Elmo is with his good friend, Lupita. They are talking about all the great things about their skin. For example, Elmo's skin just happens to be very ticklish. Lupita's skin happens to be a beautiful brown color. Skin can come in all different shades and colors. Isn't skin just the best? However, ticklish or smooth or black or brown or white or tan, be sure to love the skin you are in.
Lupita Nyong'o Visited Elmo On "Sesame Street" To Talk About Loving Your Skin... Race, skin color, senses, organ ideas...
Lupita Nyong’o’s Sesame Street Turn Helped My Daughter Discover Her Brown Skin | MyBrownBaby
Usher takes some time out of his busy schedule to teach the ABCs with "Sesame Street"
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Sesame Street: Usher's ABC Song Seriously adorable! Who knew the muppets could harmonize so well?!
Sesame Street: Usher's ABC Song....probably my fave alphabet song ;)
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Sesame Street: Usher's ABC Song LOVE THIS! Such a fun brain break song/dance! Can't wait to use it!!
Sesame Street: Seth Rogen: Embarrassed
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Describes Embarrassed - great opener for feelings activity
Watch Zac Efron and Elmo talk about the word "patience". Perfect something for wee girl and something for me :)
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Benedict Cumberbatch faced with a difficult challenge on Sesame Street... better call back up Love this ♥
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Benedict Cumberbatch faced with a difficult challenge on Sesame Street... better call back up Love this. The Muppets and Benedict, the cutest combination ever!!
Benedict Cumberbatch Meets His Arch Nemesis Murray-Arty on Sesame Street
Henry Cavill Hangs Out On Sesame Street (even more in love with my future ex-husband lol)