Children Retain Information – Build Their Individual Voices

Children are like sponges and therefore they are able to retain information at great levels.  Their brain is able to absorb anything that is presented to them.  If they listen to inappropriate music, then their brain will memorize every word.  If they watch violence on television, then their brain will remember the images.  If they read a book, then their brain will absorb the vocabulary and creativity.

What sort of information do you want your child to retain?

Teaching Through Technology – Use Apps to Build Voices

Teaching through technology has become the newest and most innovative way for the academic community to reach the youth.  Kids are fascinated with the complexity, simplicity, and the overall function of technology…so why not use this to our advantage?

The old-fashioned style of teaching where the teacher just lectures for hours and hours without any visuals, powerpoints, demonstrations, guest speakers, or use of technology, has come to an end.  More and more teachers are using overhead projectors, document readers, smart boards, and tablets in order to enhance their lessons.  The term technology in the classroom is becoming more popular everyday and has been discussed and featured in the media, ie. US News, Huffington Post, NEA Today.

Using technology as a support for learning has brought education into the 21st century.  It is every teachers and parents dream that their child is the next Bill Gates or JK Rowling…so what are we waiting for?  Let’s jump on this technology train while we still have a chance.


Check out the list below of popular apps that teachers are currently using.

1. Educatext is an educational app created to bridge the communication gap that exists between schools, parents, and students. It is a motivational, informative, and educational tool to help your child succeed by staying on top of the latest information. Start off by using the teach alters to remind your child to study for their upcoming test.  Use our app to motivate and challenge your child to achieve a greater knowledge and understanding of any subject matter.

2. Book Creator is only available for iPads, allowing kids to easily create their own iBook by importing images, multimedia, text, and audio. Its simplicity makes it good for kids of all ages. Even though it has been around for quite some time, some educators still call it their number-one tool.

3. Edmodo was founded in Chicago, Illinois, when two school district employees set out to bridge the gap between how students live their lives and how they learn in school, Edmodo was created to bring education into a 21st century environment.

4. Visual Routine is a simple, easy to program visual schedule that helps your autistic or special needs child keep a routine.  Routines can be tailored to their needs with audio feedback, and customizable pictures, audio, and text.  Instead of carrying around pecs or a laminated schedule, this app will let you have routines preset and then run them to show the child in an easy way what they have to do.

5. Kidblog provides teachers with the tools to help students publish writing safely online. Students exercise digital citizenship within a secure classroom blogging space. Teachers can monitor all activity within their blogging community.

Interested in more apps?  Check out the following article.  This post can also be found on the Children’s Writer’s Guild website.

Reading Builds Character – Promote Reading

Reading Builds Character

Reading Builds Character is a reading program and nationwide initiative which encourages kids to read at least 15 minutes per day.

There are many benefits to reading. Each time your child reads, they are introduced to new vocabulary words, creativity, and overall knowledge expansion. We’ve discovered that reading builds character and character opens the door to more creativity. We must change the mindset of our children at any early age by incorporating reading into their daily regimen. It’s never too early to start building a stable foundation of learning for your child. Click here to see how you can get involved!

Reading Tips

1. Sign up for a library card to gain access to thousands of free books ranging from picture books to young adult literature. September is library card sign up month, so please be sure to get one.

2. Check out websites like Goodreads and LibraryThing for suggestions on great books for children.

3. Start off by encouraging your child to read at least 15 minutes per day. Overtime, increase it to an hour per day. Before you know it, your child will be reading one book per week.

4. Make sure to purchase high interest, educational, humorous, and inspiring literature that encourages your child to turn off the television and pick up a book to read.

5. Check out our CEO’s READING CHALLENGE!  ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………