The Pen Is Mightier than The Keyboard

As much as I rely on technology, and love it, there is still nothing like a pen and paper (no, I do not write with a pencil unless it is 100% necessary!) Whether I am planning, making lists, or taking notes, I use a pen and paper and I actually remember things a good bit- as long as I write it down.

One of the reasons I have never strayed is when I was in high school, I retained information better if I copied my notes each night. I would color code them and thinking about it and writing them made studying for a test much easier.

I now see that other people are much like me- this infographic explains a lot.

The Benefits of Handwriting vs Typing - Infographic

Make Learning Math Fun and Easy With Kids Academy

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Kids Academy Releases #1 Math Games: Singapore Maths App for Android and Updates iOS Version of Math Games App for Kids in Preschool & Kindergarten. Kids Academy is a well-known mobile app developer working in the sphere of children’s early education. The team combines all the expertise, creativity, and truly remarkable skills to develop a wide range of best educational games and fun worksheets for kids.

The great news is that the team just released the long-awaited update #1 Math Games: Singapore Maths App for Kids in Preschool & Kindergarten - iOS version of the app.

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This best math app for kids in preschool and kindergarten offers a great variety of fun educational games for kids. Children will get a fantastic chance to:

• train their brains 
• enhance their attention and concentration 
• improve their cognitive skills 
• learn to follow instructions

While playing the fun math games, little mathematicians will grasp their numbers, addition and subtraction facts in a fun and enjoyable way. Kids will trace numbers, master their geometric shapes, practice skip counting and acquire other useful skills too. The cool math games by Kids Academy are based on the famous Singapore Math method. They help children visualize math problems and solve them in a simple way. You can find a number of best educational apps for children by Kids Academy featured in the Family section of the Android store in the USA, Australia, and Canada. This featuring is a reliable indicator of high quality and value of the fun educational games created by this team.

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NEWLY RELEASED

We have more terrific news from Kids Academy. Available NOW is the long-awaited Android version of their cool #1 Math Games: Singapore Maths App.

The part of homeschooling that I've been dreading most is not just teaching math, but getting the kids excited about it. This app does it! My little one has gotten so excited about math that he is constantly telling me what he's learned and sharing math problems with me, almost to the point of getting me excited about them. This app has basic math and challenges them. They practice math tracing shapes, patterns, addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. The parent's panel is amazing and we can track our child's progress. Truly Amazing!

This app has it all! It boasts hundreds of new cool math games, videos, and interactive surprises. Your kid is sure to love the new innovative system of motivation and rewards, lively music, colorful graphics and amusing animation. Parents will be happy too – while kids play the new fun math games, they will not need any assistance from grown-up.

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Apple users can download the new Version 3.0.0 of the best educational app from Kids Academy now, Android users can download here after the release in mid-May! But that's not all. You can also try out the impressive collection of free printable worksheets and educational games on Kids Academy website. View a great variety of pre-school and kindergarten worksheets by topic and choose the perfect printables for your little learners. Download and print out the fun worksheets and give your kid a wonderful head start on math, writing, reading and other useful skills.

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Click here to check out the Free cute worksheets for learning kids.

Singapore Maths With Kids Academy!

kids free app 

Kids Academy Releases #1 Math Games: Singapore Maths App for Android and Updates iOS Version of Math Games App for Kids in Preschool & Kindergarten. Kids Academy is a well-known mobile app developer working in the sphere of children’s early education. The team combines all the expertise, creativity, and truly remarkable skills to develop a wide range of best educational games and fun worksheets for kids.

The great news is that the team just released the long-awaited update #1 Math Games: Singapore Maths App for Kids in Preschool & Kindergarten - iOS version of the app.

itunes kids

This best math app for kids in preschool and kindergarten offers a great variety of fun educational games for kids. Children will get a fantastic chance to:

• train their brains 
• enhance their attention and concentration 
• improve their cognitive skills 
• learn to follow instructions

While playing the fun math games, little mathematicians will grasp their numbers, addition and subtraction facts in a fun and enjoyable way. Kids will trace numbers, master their geometric shapes, practice skip counting and acquire other useful skills too. The cool math games by Kids Academy are based on the famous Singapore Math method. They help children visualize math problems and solve them in a simple way. You can find a number of best educational apps for children by Kids Academy featured in the Family section of the Android store in the USA, Australia, and Canada. This featuring is a reliable indicator of high quality and value of the fun educational games created by this team.

android google play

NEWLY RELEASED

We have more terrific news from Kids Academy. Available NOW is the long-awaited Android version of their cool #1 Math Games: Singapore Maths App.

The part of homeschooling that I've been dreading most is not just teaching math, but getting the kids excited about it. This app does it! My little one has gotten so excited about math that he is constantly telling me what he's learned and sharing math problems with me, almost to the point of getting me excited about them. This app has basic math and challenges them. They practice math tracing shapes, patterns, addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. The parent's panel is amazing and we can track our child's progress. Truly Amazing!
This app has it all! It boasts hundreds of new cool math games, videos, and interactive surprises. Your kid is sure to love the new innovative system of motivation and rewards, lively music, colorful graphics and amusing animation. Parents will be happy too – while kids play the new fun math games, they will not need any assistance from grown-up.

itunes app store 

Apple users can download the new Version 3.0.0 of the best educational app from Kids Academy now, Android users can download here after the release in mid-May! But that's not all. You can also try out the impressive collection of free printable worksheets and educational games on Kids Academy website. View a great variety of pre-school and kindergarten worksheets by topic and choose the perfect printables for your little learners. Download and print out the fun worksheets and give your kid a wonderful head start on math, writing, reading and other useful skills.

free-worksheets

Click here to check out the Free cute worksheets for learning kids.

Special needs summer camp - Who is teaching who?


WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC - "Some people look at individuals with disabilities and think, 'Oh, we're going to have to help them a lot.' The result is actually the opposite," said Maddie Ashcraft, seven-year summer camp instructor. Ashcraft says her students have taught her more than she has ever taught them.

"Children facing challenges have a lot to give - they are the teachers," agreed Jack Viorel, Ashcraft's camp mentor and founder of nonprofit Indo Jax Surf Charities. "With each summer camp, special needs students teach us more about the important things - innovation, persistence, courage to overcome obstacles, joy and laughter, patience and compassion."

Kim Kredich, mom to three children, one of whom is on the autism spectrum, describes the summer camps as "so refreshing."

During the weekend of May 25-27, Kredich will bring families from Knoxville, Tennessee, to Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, for a new and inclusive Indo Jax Surf Charities experience based at Blockade Runner Beach Resort.

"Ten of the 27 children coming have disabilities. The other 17 do not. They will learn to surf right alongside each other," Kredich said.

"When we are inclusive and help each other, we all learn and benefit," said Viorel. "The teachers become the students and the students become the teachers and the world becomes a better place."

Viorel began his teaching career 25 years ago in a classroom with medically fragile, special needs, and at-risk kids. Ten years ago he moved his family to Wilmington, North Carolina and opened a surf school as a means to reach children and open their minds.

Camper with Jack Viorel, founder of Indo Jax Charities, photo by Jesse Stephenson
The new inclusive camp is the first on a summer-long schedule of charity outreach surf camps that will serve - at no cost to the campers - visually impaired, autistic, and hearing impaired individuals, as well as boys and girls club members, wounded soldiers, cancer survivors, and participants with developmental and intellectual challenges.

"No one is born with a limiting belief. Limiting beliefs are learned and taught," said Viorel. "When we stop putting limiting beliefs on a special needs child, the sky is the limit. Our goal is to help a child shed limiting beliefs and uncover their confidence and self-esteem again."

"To find an experience for your kids where you don't have to do battle, where your kids can relax and learn something new, where - as a parent - you don't have to wonder whether they're being taken care of and having a good experience - well, that just doesn't happen very often," said Kredich.

Kredich said the camps are an important example for schools and other institutions when it comes to inclusion. "If a surf camp can manage full inclusion, nobody else has an excuse to leave anyone out," she said.

In addition to the free special needs summer camps, Viorel includes anyone with disabilities into the regular surf camp schedule with no additional fee. "I'd love it if everyone signed up whenever they wanted to come," said Viorel. "Right now, though, those special weeks provide peace of mind for families trying this for the first time."

A "Kickoff to Summer" party to help fund the free charity surf camps will be hosted on June 2nd by long-time supporter Blockade Runner Beach Resort. Festivities will include silent auctions, live music, surf camp footage, and more. Indo Jax Surf Charities is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. For event information visit www.indojaxsurfcharities.org.

2016 Charity Surf Camp Schedule

  • May 25-27: Inclusive Surf Camp 
  • May 31-June 2: Boys and Girls Club 
  • June 14-16: Cancer 
  • June 21-23: Kids from Belarus 
  • July 11-14: Visually Impaired 
  • July 26-28: Hearing Impaired 
  • Aug. 9-11: Waccamaw Home for Boys and Girls 
  • Aug. 24-26: Autism-Aug. 22 is Surfers Healing 
  • Sept. 10: Wounded Military surf camp 

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GM and NWF Partner to Enhance Sustainability Education

Launches Eco-Schools USA collaboration with 

GM dealers, employees, and suppliers

DETROIT – General Motors and the National Wildlife Federation are partnering to increase environmental education in schools. The new GM Eco-Green program will connect NWF’s network of over 3,700 participating Eco-Schools with local GM non-manufacturing facilities, dealers, and suppliers. GM Eco-Green is NWF’s first large corporate-sponsored environmental outreach program, reaching thousands of students through community-based sustainability activities.

“The National Wildlife Federation is thrilled to partner with General Motors in connecting a network of K-12 Eco-Schools with GM employees,” said NWF CEO Collin O’Mara. “Together we will develop goals and on-the-ground actions that will result in local sustainability projects across the United States and help to foster the next generation of environmental stewards.”

The GM Eco-Green partnership invites GM employees, suppliers and dealers to sign up as mentors. Using NWF’s Eco-Schools USA framework, GM leaders engage K-12 students in authentic learning experiences that positively impact their environment and foster global change.

“The GM Eco-Green collaboration broadens our reach by serving communities beyond the cities where we have manufacturing operations,” said Greg Martin, GM’s executive director of sustainability. “With our dealers’ and suppliers’ help, we can expand this program’s positive impact around the nation.”

The place-based, experiential program exposes students to STEM career paths while encouraging them to become effective future leaders, problem solvers, and environmental stewards.

Projects have already launched, spanning both coasts from Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, to Buena Park, California, and places in between such as Okemos, Michigan, and Yuma, Arizona.

GM Eco-Green is also planning to expand beyond the U.S. with an international partnership with the Foundation for Environmental Education.

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More about Eco-Schools. Since 2008, NWF has been the official U.S. host for Eco-Schools, an international green schools program created by the Foundation for Environmental Education.  Through Eco-Schools NWF organizes school-based action teams of students, administrators, educators and community volunteers. NWF's Eco-Schools USA combines effective "green" management of the school grounds, the facilities and the curriculum; truly providing students with a unique, research and application-based learning experience. More information can be found at http://www.nwf.org/eco-schoolsusa

The National Wildlife Federation is America’s largest conservation organization inspiring Americans to protect wildlife for our children’s future. More information can be found at http://www.nwf.org/.

Mother's Day With #Capstone!

Disclaimer: I received a book to review. All opinions are my own.

As a mother, one of my greatest joys besides being their teacher is story time. We have story time in school, but their night time story time is special and I wouldn't trade it for anything. I love cuddling up with them and reading a book. Reading is one of my favorite things to do, so I want them to learn the love of books. When I managed the bookstore, I bought tons and tons of books while I was pregnant. I thought that would keep us satisfied for a while and I was wrong. That is one reason I love Capstone so much- there is always something new to discover. This Mother's Day is no different.

My mother-in-law is like me and loves to read, and she loves seeing me read to the kids and how excited they get. This year, I wanted her to make a special memory that was unlike any others and Capstone provided the perfect book for this.

Time Together: Me and GrandmaTime with grandma is always special, and these special moments are captured in this picture book using beautiful illustrations and minimal text. From biking to bird watching, these small moments are the ones that create big memories and show the importance of family.


Time Together: Me and Grandma, by Maria Catherine, was the perfect book to help them create these special memories. I love that it shows the children how important every moment is and that the small things create huge memories. It is very important that children learn that you don't have to spend money or go to a theme park to make memories. This book illustrates just that. I'm honored to watch my kids and their Nina read this book together.

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