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KidVision | Chinese New Year

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Miss Penny and the KidVision Kids visit a Kung Fu school to learn about the Chinese New Year. They find out about the Chinese New Year calendar, learn some Kung Fu moves, put on lion dance costumes, and see a celebratory lion dance performance. Gong Hei Fat Choy!

Colonizing America | Crash Course US History #2

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John Green teaches you about the (English) colonies in what is now the United States. He covers the first permanent English colony at Jamestown, Virginia, the various theocracies in Massachusetts, the feudal kingdom in Maryland, and even a bit about the spooky lost colony at Roanoke Island. What were the English doing in America, anyway? Lots of stuff. In Virginia, the colonists were largely there to make money. In Maryland, the idea was to create a a colony for Catholics who wanted to be serfs of the Lords Baltimore. In Massachusetts, the Pilgrims and Puritans came to America to find a place where they could freely persecute those who didn't share their beliefs. But there was a healthy profit motive in Massachusetts as well. Profits were thin at first, and so were the colonists. Trouble growing food and trouble with the natives kept the early colonies from success.

Kindergarten Field Trip

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Are you ready to take the next big step into Kindergarten?  Penny and the KidVision VPK Kids visit one, where they meet the teacher and see how kindergarteners help take care of themselves, follow rules, make friends, and write their own names. 

Giant Pumpkin

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Meet Scotty, a boy who grows giant pumpkins, in this video from Postcards from Buster.

Hamilton’s America | Alexander Hamilton: The First Secretary of the Treasury

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Learn how Alexander Hamilton shaped the financial system of the United States in this video from GREAT PERFORMANCES: “Hamilton’s America.” As the first Secretary of the Treasury, Hamilton created all the policies for how the federal government deals with money.

Finding My Place | Everyday Learning

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In this animation, a boy describes his evening routine, which includes helping his parents with chores. The video reinforces concepts related to the role of children in families.

Stepping

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Stepping is a traditional African form of dance. Watch a step team practice in this video from Postcards from Buster.

The Industrial Economy | Crash Course US History #23

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In which John Green teaches you about the Industrial Economy that arose in the United States after the Civil War. After the Civil War, many of the changes in technology and ideas gave rise to this new industrialism. You'll learn about the rise of Captains of Industry (or Robber Barons) like Cornelius Vanderbilt, Andrew Carnegie, John D Rockefeller, and JP Morgan. You'll learn about trusts, combinations, and how the government responded to these new business practices.

Cooking School Field Trip

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Look who’s cooking - we are! Famous chef Michelle Bernstein teaches Penny and the KidVision VPK kids about cooking with healthy foods, kitchen safety, reading recipes and good table manners.  Bon Appetit!

Rodeo Barrel Racing

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Discover traditional rodeo events in this video from Postcards from Buster.

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