5 Ways to Make Learning Fun This Summer

Mon. Jul. 3rd, 2017

Sam Fisher, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Summertime is a great time to help your child(ren) learn. Here are some great activities that you can do together to keep learning going throughout the entire summer.

Squeaky Cheese Curds: The Science Behind Wisconsin's Favorite Snack

Thu. May. 11th, 2017

Katie Venit, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Spring means fresh cheese curds at the farmers market. There’s nothing like picking up a fresh, warm bag and getting that first squeaky bite. That squeak comes from a special way that long protein molecules in fresh cheese curds rub against your teeth.

Family Team STEAM Challenge: Starting Seeds

Thu. May. 11th, 2017

V1 Staff

Your family will be good to GROW with this month’s Family STEAM Challenge! This activity invites families to inquire, predict, observe, and record the way in which a seed becomes a plant ...

Wisconsin Summer Trips for Families

Fri. Apr. 21st, 2017

Travel Wisconsin

Summer is coming soon, but it will all be over before you know it. Don’t let your kids waste a moment indoors, plugged into their electronics, when you can be out having fun together ...

4 Ways to Help Your Kids Cope With Failure

Fri. Mar. 24th, 2017

Jacqueline Van Hemert

Most of us are familiar with “famous failures” throughout history. Thomas Edison tried and failed more than 10,000 times before inventing the light bulb. Michael Jordan was cut from ...

Family Team STEAM Challenge: Paratroopers

Fri. Mar. 24th, 2017

V1 Staff

The gravity of this month’s Family STEAM Team Challenge is of utmost importance! This challenge invites families to inquire, predict, observe, test, and record the effects gravity has on different toy paratroopers ...

Beginning the Journey to Zero Waste at Home

Fri. Mar. 24th, 2017

Jamie & Zacharious Pappas

Zero is possible, but zero isn’t always easy. The reality is that we have only one Earth – one space to live, create, thrive. Understanding our footprint in this world is invaluable, yet it’s often a struggle ...

Help Your Kids Say 'Bonjour' to Language Learning

Fri. Mar. 17th, 2017

V1 Staff

It’s a scientific fact that there’s no better time to learn a new language than when your brain is young. UW-Eau Claire is helping Chippewa Valley kids get a head start on being bilingual ...

Travel to Prehistoric Times With One-Of-A-Kind Stage Show

Fri. Mar. 17th, 2017

V1 Staff

Millions of years ago, triceratops and tyrannosaurs roamed the Outback. Plesiosaurs ruled the coastline, and giant insects swarmed through the sky. Today, the only remnants of the countless creatures that shared ...

Fab Lab for Everyone

Thu. Feb. 23rd, 2017

Zach Schultz, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Children’s Museum’s latest gets creative with science

‘A ship in harbor is safe,” author and professor John Augustus Shedd once wrote, “but that is not what ships are made for.” Those core concepts of being willing to make attempts and risk failure have led the leadership ...

6 Ways to Make Storytime More Magical

Thu. Feb. 9th, 2017

Katie Larson

I will admit it: I am in love with the smell of my daughter’s hair. I smell it every night as I rest my chin on the side of her face while cozying up to read a book in the most uncomfortable ...

Mindfulness in the Classroom

Thu. Feb. 2nd, 2017

Kristin Schrader, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Mindfulness, one of the many forms of meditation, is gaining recognition in educational systems throughout the world. In the Chippewa Valley, there are many teachers either applying formal mindfulness skills or skills such as deep breathing to help students be more ...

Celebrating the Impact of Positive Relationships

Fri. Jan. 27th, 2017

Drew Kaiser

January 2017 marks the 15th celebration of National Mentoring Month, a campaign promoting youth mentoring. This is a chance to celebrate the impact positive relationships can have on children ...

Family Team STEAM Challenge: Marble Run

Thu. Jan. 26th, 2017

V1 Staff

The Family STEAM Challenge is all about experimenting with the ordinary to make the extraordinary! CVF challenges your family to think and play together all in the name of science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (that’s where the STEAM comes in).

Library's New Makerspace Offers Chance to Explore

Tue. Jan. 24th, 2017

Pan Thao, photos by Andrea Paulseth

If you’re looking to pick up a new skill, discover a new talent, or dust off a rusty one, then the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library’s new makerspace, the Dabble Box, has just the tools to help you find your spark and craft up your dreams ...

6 Steps for a Strong Second Semester

Fri. Jan. 20th, 2017

Sam Fisher, illustrated by Serena Wagner

With winter break in the rearview mirror, a new semester is about to begin. It’s now time to coast until summer vacation, right? As nice as that sounds, getting off to a strong start at the beginning of the second semester is important ...

Learning to Code: It's Not Just for Teens Anymore

Fri. Dec. 30th, 2016

Katie Larson, photos by Andrea Paulseth

The message inscribed on a Post-it note and passed from one colleague to another during the first professional development day at the Chippewa Valley Montessori Charter School is pretty telling of the misconceptions ...

Helping Teens Plan for the Real World

Mon. Nov. 21st, 2016

Katie Larson, photos by Jessica Vollmer

Preparing for the real world isn’t something that a typical eighth grader thinks about. After all, there are so many other day-to-day issues that take precedence, like determining what to do after school or deciding whether or not to post the latest selfie on Instagram ...

DeLong Middle School Art Fair Highlights Adolescent Creativity

Mon. Nov. 21st, 2016

Ken Szymanski, photos by Andrea Paulseth

People wouldn’t normally associate middle schools with community art centers. But why not? They have the space, the supplies, and boundless creative energy. On October 15, DeLong Middle School’s A Knight’s Faire showed how student entrepreneurs, professional artists ...

Fabricating the Future in Altoona's Fab Lab

Fri. Nov. 18th, 2016

Emily Kuhn

To ensure the U.S. economy can remain competitive with a workforce trained in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), schools across the country are beefing up related programs – and the Altoona school district is no exception ...

Free E-Books Are Only a Library Card Away

Fri. Nov. 18th, 2016

Katie Larson

When the chill of autumn gives way to the frost of winter, there is no better companion than a book to keep you warm. But what happens when you need a book and a trip to the library doesn’t fit on your to-do list? No worries, there are two apps for that: Overdrive and Freading.

Understanding the Struggle of Dyslexia

Fri. Nov. 18th, 2016

Katie Larson

The first sign for Heidi Olson that the tutoring offered by the Children’s Dyslexia Center of Upper Wisconsin paid off came in the form of a simple sentence etched on a Styrofoam plate: “I went fishing.” The idea that her son was enjoying some quiet recreation while the family slumbered wasn’t unusual for her sixth-grade son. But what was unusual was that the words were spelled correctly...

4 New Year Traditions From Around the World

Fri. Nov. 18th, 2016

V1 Staff

Every country and culture rings in the New Year a little differently. Here is a quick cultural lessons on how to celebrate diversity while counting down to 2017...

Hmong New Year Celebrates the Old and New

Mon. Nov. 14th, 2016

Ntajneed Pao Xiong, photos by Toun Tou Chong Thao

Traditionally, the Hmong New Year had many significant or symbolic meanings. In Hmong culture, the New Year is the only large-scale event put together to celebrate the annual crop harvest, to wash away any bad omens or illness throughout the old year, and to renew the family spirits...

Dixit: Have a Blast With Some Deep Thinking

Fri. Sep. 23rd, 2016

Mike Paulus, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Dixit is a game that gets me and my kids thinking in new ways – right there at the kitchen table, it can trick you into abstract thought through beautiful pictures and rousing, competitive play ...

Answering Your Kids' Most Colorful Fall Questions

Fri. Sep. 23rd, 2016

V1 Staff, photos by Michael Lundebrek

Most of us vaguely remember hearing the word “photosynthesis” at some point in school. But for those who played hooky that day, let’s take a quick refresher course, so we can understand what’s really ...

Podcast Preps Parents to Keep Kids Safe Online

Fri. Sep. 16th, 2016

V1 Staff

Most of us spend a big share of our time online these days, and children are no exception. And as easy as it is to let your kids veg out in front of a screen – they’re using that iPad for homework, right?

Elementary Film Fests Spread Love of Movie-Making

Fri. Sep. 9th, 2016

Barbara Arnold

In recent months, two area schools – Chippewa Valley Montessori Charter School (CVMCS), part of the Eau Claire Area School District, and Oaklawn Elementary School in Menomonie – have been bitten by the filmmaking bug. Students at both schools have been producing creative short films and showcasing them at their very own film festivals.

Children’s Museum Closes to Spruce and Add Attractions

Thu. Sep. 8th, 2016

Katie Larson

The Children’s Museum of Eau Claire is getting a good scrub down, some new paint, and a few new attractions, so it’ll be closed September 4-19. All of this is meant to delight even its smallest, most playful participants.

When Dinosaurs Walked the Earth

Mon. Aug. 22nd, 2016

Hailey Novak

life-size prehistoric reptiles to take over Chippewa Falls fairgrounds

If a considerable part of your childhood involved watching Land Before Time videos on your VCR and referring to leaves as “tree stars” just like Spike and Littlefoot, or even if you’re simply an avid Jurassic Park fan, get ready to experience ...

Ready for 'Real' School

Wed. Aug. 10th, 2016

Tom Giffey

Children's Museum counts it down for kindergartners-to-be

For those of us for whom kindergarten is a long-ago memory, it’s hard to appreciate what a huge transition it is for the 5-year-olds who will soon stream uncertainly through school doors armed with little more than ...

Gamer Haven: The District Company triples the size of its kingdom

Fri. Jul. 15th, 2016

James Johonnott, photos by Andrea Paulseth

The movement to think and buy local is nothing new to gamers. “Support your local game store” is a phrase that has been passed around gamer culture for years. Gamers are the first to understand that having a friendly local game store at the center ...

Middle Schoolers Find Remarkable People

Fri. Jul. 8th, 2016

Alison Wagener, photos by Alison Wagener

This spring, the sixth graders at DeLong Middle School were given a unique assignment: finding the remarkable in their own hometown. The Remarkable People of Eau Claire project started out as a brainstorm ...

Stepping Up to Connect Students and Seniors

Fri. Jul. 8th, 2016

Barbara Arnold

Children and teachers matched with senior citizens are benefiting from a community partnership program called the Senior Tax Exchange Program (STEP) in the Altoona school district ...

Taking the Montessori Approach at Home

Fri. Jul. 8th, 2016

Janet Krause

What is Montessori? I dread that question; I love that question. And if you ask, I may just talk for half an hour… or more ...

Getting in Gear: a back-to-school survival guide

Fri. Jul. 8th, 2016

Kayann Bock

While the idea of waking up at the crack of dawn to prepare lunches, fight over appropriate school attire, and regulate the amount of screen time might have you frazzled, take solace in the fact ...

The Joy of Volunteering: 5 Easy Steps

Fri. Jul. 8th, 2016

Rebecca Baader

The summer months provide a break for students from the more structured schedules of the school year. With more time available, this could be the perfect chance for ...

Messy Summer Science pits oil against water

Fri. Jul. 8th, 2016

Renee Sommer

Just because it’s summer doesn’t mean a child’s education has to stop. This simple science experiment teaches kids the relationship between oil and water, uses simple ingredients you probably already have at home ...

Monument Valley's Infectious Puzzles and Optical Trickery

Fri. Jul. 8th, 2016

Eric Christenson

Monument Valley, a perplexing and addictive mobile game, takes a silent princess named Ida through level upon level of beautifully-made 3D monuments so she can place a geometric figure at the summit ...

Book Pedalers: Public library hits the trail with BookBike

Tue. Jun. 28th, 2016

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Eau Claire’s public librarians are ready to break a sweat to bring books to unexpected places. Their tool is a brand-new BookBike, a pedal-powered branch library that you’ll begin seeing this summer ...

Learning STEM Skills can begin at home

Thu. May. 5th, 2016

Kayann Bock

Students today are being exposed to more and more STEM-related learning skills than ever before. STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. For many parents, seeking out STEM-based learning for young children can feel a bit out of their comfort zone, but it doesn’t have to be. Young children are naturally curious ...

5 Smart Ways to Avoid the Dreaded Summer Slide

Thu. May. 5th, 2016

Pan Thao

Summer is right around the corner, and it brings with it a more relaxed schedule with an endless supply of bubbles and dripping Popsicles. There are so many things to add to your summer bucket list, but one thing to avoid is the dreaded summer slide, which occurs when kids lose some of the academic skills they gained during the school year ...