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Apr 18 2011

Let’s Get Ready To Hear Your Ideas on Education Reform!

How can we galvanize teachers, educators, parents, students, unions & administrators to truly fight for better schools with real concessions; finally putting the needs of America’s youth first?  

http://www.facebook.com/momcongress

After attending the 2nd Annual Mom Congress 2011 Conference (#mc2011) in DC along with educational leaders, 2011 Mom Delegates from each state and 2010 Mom Delegate Mentors from across the country, I would love to know your thoughts on how to walk this tightrope without getting hung up on each political agenda?  For additional information or to join our voice, visit us at http://www.facebook.com/momcongress.

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Jan 24 2011

Let’s Get Ready to enter Mom Congress 2011

Do you know of a deserving mom who is passionate about education?  If so please nominate her for the 2011 Mom Congress and join me in Washington DC in April to meet Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan!  Mom Congress has changed my life! Please pass this amazing gift forward and enter before 1/31/11

http://www.parenting.com/forward?path=node%2F123833

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Dec 17 2010

Let’s Get Ready To Help Children Learn To Read!

According to UNICEF, “Nearly a billion people will enter the 21st century unable to read a book or sign their names and two thirds of them are women.”  In America, two-thirds of students who cannot read proficiently by the end of the 4th grade will end up in jail or on welfare. Statistics show that children who don’t learn to read by age nine may never catch up. Learning to read is the key to changing our global world.

I remember learning to read.  I used the Dick, Jane and Spot books.

DickJanegang

They were word picture association books with three words on each page.  They were perfect for learning to read. 

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0448434113/ref=pd_lpo_k2_dp_sr_2?pf_rd_p=486539851&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=0448434040&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=06PHQAY1K1PBZATNZ3NM

http://www.amazon.com/Read-Dick-Jane-Go/dp/0448434059/ref=pd_sim_b_1

I think part of the problem for parents is that we are not professional teachers, who specialize in teaching children how to read and we might be using the “wrong” books to help our children learn to read.  As an author and publisher, I am shocked by the number of books that are labeled as “early reading” and yet are not using the appropriate “early reading” vocabulary by age group.   I love Dr. Seuss books!! They are fun and engaging and full of repetition and rhyming patterns, but unless they are part of the early reading series from Dr. Seuss, they are not always the best choice for word picture association and learning to read.  WHY? Because word association doesn’t always work with Dr. Seuss; he uses silly off-the-wall rhymes that don’t add up in a child’s head.  They would not automatically put together green eggs and ham, unless they already knew the book and the rhyme.   

Top tips for helping kids learn to read. 

  1. Empower kids into the process with simple “early reading” books that use word picture association and stress word/picture connections.
  2. Practice getting kids to draw one page word picture association, such as draw:  Tom has apples. 
  3. Getting them to make the connection and guess what the next word is – Tom has…they can see the apples so they can say, apples.
  4. Play games to get children to guess word association: if I say peanut butter, you say: __________.
  5. Practice, practice, practice with the early learning books that specialize in word picture association and using words in the early learning vocabulary. 
  6. Make it fun with lots of picture books with repetition and rhyming patterns that are geared to “early reading”. 
  7. Read out loud time makes for better students.  Studies have shown that preschoolers who have frequent read–aloud time with their parents have stronger language skills later in life—including higher reading, spelling and IQ scores at age 13.

Have you pledged to help a child learn to read?  Visit www.target.com/reading to do your part to change our world!

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Nov 19 2010

Let’s Get Ready To Weigh In…!

Do you think paying this University Professor a Million Dollar salary is outrageous or just good business? Leave a comment and let us know your opinion!

Clark Atlanta University’s president made a million in 2008. That’s outrageous

At the time, those moves provoked widespread controversy on campus – a group even took Broadnax to court – but they seemed necessary. Now, it turns out that the hatchet man who was cutting classes and hiking tuitions was paid more than a million dollars in 2008, according to a new survey in the Chronicle of Higher Education (via The Daily Beast). (Broadnax is 22nd on the list.) That’s simply outrageous.

2:33 pm November 15, 2010, by ctucker

When Walter Broadnax took the helm of one of Atlanta’s historically black colleges – Clark Atlanta University – in 2002, the school, he said, was in financial trouble. So he set about laying off professors, shutting down some programs and increasing the tuition.

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Nov 09 2010

Let’s Get Ready For More from MrsP.com!

Fans of this site know that I am a huge fan of Mrs. P.  Parents no more excuses about finding time to read to your child, this free website does all the work for you with the amazing Mrs. P.  But now, Mrs. P has an interactive fairy tale book to help kids learn to read!  WOO HOO!!! Check it out…

MrsP.com Releases First Interactive Fairy Tale Book

Kids Learn Reading Skills in Conjunction with Free Website

MrsP.com, the popular, award-winning children’s storytelling website, announced the publication today of its first interactive storybook, which uses Internet technology in a new way to help kids learn to read.  Mrs. P’s Four Favorite Fairy Tales and Funny Stories collects in book form stories and introductions available on video at the free website and at the iTunes Store.  Children will be able to follow along in the book as Mrs. P, played by The Drew Carey Show star Kathy Kinney, reads the stories with them.

“I’m very proud of Mrs. P’s new book because of its unique ability to help young readers improve their skills,” said Kinney. “Children and parents can open the book and read along with me at my website.  We even have a Magic Dictionary at MrsP.com, so if kids comes across a word they don’t know, they can just pause the video and easily find out what it means.” 

Studies have shown one of the most productive ways for children to improve their reading skills, particularly for learning ‘sight words,’ is to see the words as they are read to.  “Everyone’s worried about the Internet making books and reading obsolete.  We’ve found a wonderful way to make them work together,” Kinney said. 

The new book includes “Jack and the Beanstalk” and “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” features 90 original color illustrations and offers new, comic introductions to the stories from Mrs. P. 

“Mrs. P’s Four Favorite Fairy Tales and Funny Stories” will be available to the public at Amazon and other booksellers across the country via online ordering.  Additional information, including a downloadable flyer, can be found at http://www.mrsp.com/Purchase.aspx

Ten percent of all MrsP.com’s after-tax profits from these sales will be donated by Mrs. P Enterprises, LLC to literacy organizations.

“Mrs. P’s Four Favorite Fairy Tales and Funny Stories”

ISBN: 978-0-615-39355-1 Binding: Paperback Trim: Color 8.5 x 8.5 in Pages: 126  and over 90 original color illustration Genre: Juvenile Fiction: Fairy Tales & Folklore – Anthologies Target Audience: Children ages 4 to 10

Cover Price: $19.95

Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Favorite-Fairy-Tales-Funny-Stories/dp/0615393551/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1288744154&sr=1-1

Also see Mrs. P’s special video about her new book: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKFak9xSmUQ

Photos and other info about Mrs. P can be found at her press site. http://www.press.mrsp.com/

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Nov 01 2010

Let’s Get Ready For Oprah’s Solution Show!

I am not able to speak nationally on the Oprah Show; but I was able to speak to the Oprah Audience 2 minutes prior to LIVE on Oprah!  That was her reaction show…we need the solutions show!  What is your solution to our educational crisis?

Wisconsin women hoping to get an education megaphone on Oprah
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/news/103653524.html)

Also invited to be in the Friday audience is Stacey Kannenberg, a mother of two schoolchildren who lives in the Town of Fredonia and started a series of “Get Ready to Learn” books.

Share your ideas at your own Educational Meet Up:
http://www.oprah.com/oprahshow/Meet-Up-with-Viewers-to-Discuss-Education

Milwaukee is having one on Saturday, November 6th at 3:00 at the Sherman Park Coffee Shop, 4924 W. Roosevelt Drive, Milwaukee, WI  53021. Will you be attending?

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Oct 25 2010

Let’s Get Ready To Stop Morning Mania!

Does it always have to be just another manic Monday? Well, stop wishing it were a Sunday and let Amy McCready, founder of Positive Parenting Solutions, help you get a grip on your family’s morning routine and quash the counterproductive chaos.  Seriously those manic mornings can take a toll on your own mood and productivity; Amy has some great tips in her appearance with The Today Show’s Katie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb to help with your morning routine:

http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/26184891/vp/39778257#39778257

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Oct 24 2010

Let’s Get Ready For Baby & Kid Trends from the ABC Expo!

I missed being with Alison Rhodes at the ABC Kids Expo this year in Las Vegas.  After seeing the video, I feel like I got a taste of all the new hot trends in baby and kids products!

http://thesafetymom.wordpress.com/

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Oct 22 2010

Let’s Get Ready To Celebrate Green Halloween on MSNBC!

News flash from Celebrate Green! We need your help!

Awesome story this morning on MSNBC.com about Green Halloween®!

If you have a moment to check it out, then comment, we’d really, truly, honestly appreciate it.

And if you’re thinking about swapping Halloween costumes instead of buying, look here to find a swap near you or an online swap.

msnbcgoinggreen

Thanks and have a terrific weekend.

Lynn & Corey
http://www.celebrategreen.net/

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Oct 15 2010

Let’s Get Ready To Thank Target, Parenting Magazine & Mom Congress!

Thank you so much Target, Parenting Magazine & Mom Congress for inviting me to be at your Read Connect Grow events in DC and St. Paul. 

Target is concerned with low reading-proficiency and graduation rates throughout the country.  Target has taken a stand on improving reading in our nation’s communities.  Target’s goal is to expose as many children as possible to the joys of reading, and strive to have them reading proficiently by the end of third grade.  Target plans to donate more than $500 million by the end of 2015 to support education, doubling its support to more than $1 billion. What a commitment to literacy!

“Target’s ties to education run deep, but we are compelled to do more to address the education crisis in the U.S. and put more kids on the path to graduation so they are ready for college, a career and life. The time to act is now, and it starts by reading with a child,” said Laysha Ward, Target’s president of community relations. “Our reading pledge is the first of many steps Target will take to ensure our kids are globally competitive. We need every parent and caring adult to join us in creating a movement that will chart a new course in education and help our children succeed.”

The financial commitment is part of Target’s new reading initiative, Target Read With Me, aimed at helping more U.S. children read proficiently by the end of third grade. Why the focus on third grade? Research shows that reading proficiently by the end of this crucial is a significant milestone on the path to graduation. Indeed, according to Annie E. Casey Foundation, this is when children make the transition from learning to read to reading to learn.

As part of the initiative, Target also announced a reading pledge, a donation of up to 2 million books to kids in need, and plans for an innovative reading center that will reach communities across the country through a physical and virtual presence. What an amazing pledge!

Thank you Target for including me along with five other amazing Mom Congress Delegates in your “Moms with an Eye on Literacy”, your special literacy advertisement in the November Parenting School Years Magazine!  Thank you for celebrating the accomplishments of Mom Congress Delegates who are leading the fight for early literacy: Jamie Pearce (Idaho), Angeline Gorham (New Hampshire), Liza Weidle (North Carolina), Chanda M. Kropp (Minnesota), Emily Rempe (Ohio) and yours truly, Stacey Kannenberg (Wisconsin).

If you live in NYC, are a mom, teacher or someone who cares about literacy, join Target, Parenting Magazine & Mom Congress on 10/21 to celebrate literacy!  To sign up, visit www.readconnectgrow.com.  Plead time to read with a child at www.Target.com/reading.

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