Two Highland Park, IL, elementary students are enjoying celebrity chef status as the stars of a cooking show featured on the newest children’s internet destination, KidzClix.net. Los Angeles filmmaker Johnny White, who produces the delightful cooking segments for KidzClix each month, flew into Highland Park earlier this year to film best friends  Lindsey Kourafas and Morgan Small, second graders at Red Oak Elementary School, making their favorite recipe, “Mini-Cheesecakes.”  You can view it at: http://www.kidzclix.net/learn_more/mini_cheesecakes.php

Morgan Small and Lindsey Kourfas

The cooking segments, called “Kidz Kitchen,” are unique because kids who love to cook have an opportunity to show their talents to the world.  Children visiting the site can view kids making a variety of recipes for all skill levels.  Beginning young chefs will have fun trying Eggs in a Basket or Chocolate-Covered Pretzels, while more adventurous cooks can try their hand at Empanadas or Lemon Pepper Pasta.

“I’ve love filming the Kidz Kitchen series because these kids are so enthusiastic about cooking, and it’s amazing how many of them are really talented in the kitchen,” says filmmaker White, who has helped produce a variety of movies and TV shows in Hollywood.

Kidz Kitchen will soon be going international with the addition of several cooking segments that White captured while traveling through Europe earlier this year, including some aspiring young chefs from the UK and the Netherlands. White hopes to begin filming children in India and Africa in the near future.

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Educator's Choice Award SealKidzClix.net – the nation’s fastest growing networking site just for kids- has achieved a prestigious award. Recently, the site was designated a 2009 Educator’s Choice Award winner.

We are extremely proud of this award, because it is evidence that we are achieving our goal of promoting educational activities designed to inspire critical and creative thinking in children.

For more information on the Educator’s Choice Award, please visit www.centerforgifted.org (see Enrichment).

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In April of this year, 60 children at the Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA received a surprise from KidzClix.net.   The youngsters each received a gift certificate to KidzClix, along with other gifts that were donated.  This cool surprise was organized by “Dekoposh,” an organization of teens whose mission is to make a difference in the lives of others.  KidzClix was excited to help them in that mission and received a lovely note of thanks.

Below are some pictures taken from the event. Enjoy :D

Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA

Mattel Children's Hospital

Mattel Children's Hospital

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KidzClix.net, an award-winning children’s website created by top educators, advises parents on ways to keep their kids from experiencing learning loss during summer break.

Evanston, IL (PRWEB) June 10, 2009 - How will your child spend summer vacation? The educational experts at KidzClix.net would like every child’s summer to include fun, relaxation and new learning opportunities. A continuation of learning is essential during the summer months if parents hope to prevent their child from the effects of the “summer slide”—the loss of learning that occurs in the summertime. A study by the John Hopkins Center for Summer Learning reports that all children experience learning loss when their summer break is lacking in educational activities. In addition, most kids lose 2.6 months of grade level equivalency in math skills during summer.

“Sadly, for many families the current economic recession has meant eliminating traditional enrichment activities like science and art camps, and even family vacations,” says Cheryl Lind, a school psychologist and founder of KidzClix.net. “Fortunately, there are ways to enhance your child’s summer learning experience that don’t cost a lot of money.” There are many opportunities for summer enrichment, notes Lind, some as near as one’s own back yard. Here are 5 effective ways to help your child stay sharp during the summer months:


• Find a local summer program to challenge your child. Many universities, museums, community organizations, local schools and recreation centers provide high-quality summer enrichment programs for a wide array of interests. Most offer scholarship opportunities and financial aid to those who qualify.

• Explore educational websites and video games geared toward learning. An inexpensive way to provide educational enrichment for children ages 7-12 is at http://www.kidzclix.net. The site promises to keep kids learning while having fun with100’s of mind-building activities, including math games, puzzles, experiments, art projects, magic tricks and much more.

• Visit your local library. Studies show that kids who read more are more successful academically. Most libraries have summer reading programs that offer incentives for kids to read throughout the summer. Challenge your child to a competition to see who can read the most books. Choose books that relate to things your kids are interested in and encourage them to read at least one hour each day.

• Plan a trip to a museum, nature center or zoo. These places offer a plethora of learning opportunities for the entire family. Everyone enjoys learning science or history in an exciting environment. Plus, many museums and zoos offer reduced or free admission to residents on certain days.

• Practice math skills at home and outdoors. Cooking with your kids is a great way to learn fractions. Excursions to the grocery store are an opportunity to practice adding and subtracting. Building a fort can include creating a blueprint and lots of measuring. The opportunities are endless.

In addition to these ideas, your local newspaper and family websites are a great resource for children’s activities. Remember, taking the time to plan academic enrichment into your child’s summer can reap big benefits in the fall.

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We enjoy finding and sharing videos with our friends online. Here is one we came across from one of our friends on twitter.

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Q: On what finger and which hand is a wedding ring worn, and why?

A: The 4th finger (next to your pinky) of the left hand. In ancient Egypt it was believed that the vein of love ran from this finger directly to the heart.

Tie a Knot

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Q: What virtual pet craze translates into “egg timepiece”?

A: Tamagotchi. These small digital pieces allow one to feed, play, and take care of their pet.

Egg-zactly

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