Archive for the ‘EDUCATION’

  • We all need a break! Teachers, more so! #TeachersChangeLives
    Tweet So when Office Depot engaged me to be a  REAL Change blog ambassador the biggest incentive in the campaign, besides it supporting an amazing cause of Adopt A Classroom, was that I get to give something to a local teacher. In a heartbeat I would work in a campaign when I get to see the look on someone’s faces when I bring them a gift or opportunity. Office...
    by at May 24th, 2013 at 09:05 am
  • For the love of learning! #TeachersChangeLives
    Tweet When Office Depot asked me to be a  REAL Change blog ambassador, there was no thinking. I mean education + philanthropy + story telling = a winner! For sure! I know there is this thing that you should dread school but I loved school. I mean LOVED school. I loved it to a point of nausea to my sisters who did not share the same feelings, though they did share my...
    by at April 22nd, 2013 at 07:04 pm
  • Summer Reading Gets Easier With PBS!
    Tweet If you are a frequent reader at my blog you will know how strongly I feel about education. When PBS asks if I want to host a summer reading party, I get giddy just thinking about it. What toys are in most houses is what books are in mine. In fact hubby and I cleared out the basement and I finally had to say goodbye to several boxes of books, but fear not as they...
    by at June 19th, 2012 at 08:06 pm
  • To (Junie) B (Jones) Or Not To (Junie) B (Jones)?
    Tweet I have had a love-hate relationship with Junie B. Jone’s book.  I have early readers in my home (and I mean REALLY early readers) but not necessarily lovers of reading. My oldest kid dislikes the time it takes her from her play time and that amazes me since she is an incredibly good reader. We are a PBS home, I mean really. I am THAT parent who firmly believes...
    by at May 22nd, 2012 at 08:05 pm
  • A Gem Of A Teacher!
    Tweet When we bought our home, it was based on the most we could afford but with as close to Boston as possible. I had never even heard of our town before then. Our neighbors said it was a great place for kids, hubby and I just wanted enough parking for our friends and a backyard to host them in. Fast forward a year or so and we found it to be true that our circle peppered...
    by at May 19th, 2012 at 04:05 am
  • Ready Or Not, 1st Grade, Here We Come!
    Tweet Today is the day my oldest girl started 1st Grade. Her indecisiveness as to how to get to school meant we started in a car, drove to bus stop to watch the kids get on. While waiting she saw some kids who were walking to school and decided to walk to school. I put my 4 year old back in the car and decided to drive her to her last week of camp while dad walked with...
    by at August 30th, 2011 at 07:08 am
  • What’s In Your Backpack?
    Tweet I hear her footsteps on the porch, so that means she is back from school. Dad has been the one to get her these days, and I am sure he has not bothered to even check her backpack. That exciting task has been relegated to me and a task that I dread each day. Each day I stare at the bag and procrastinate on opening that backpack. I mean seriously she is in pre-k,...
    by at November 25th, 2009 at 09:11 pm
  • Reading To Your Baby Yet?
    Tweet I am not talking about getting out the GRE books while still pregnant, but it is a no-brainer that talking and reading to your baby does make an impact. Children are sponges so it is indeed an honor to give them appropriate material to soak in. Education is a very passionate subject to me so I love being a part of anything to deal with it. I know it is difficult...
    by at August 18th, 2009 at 09:08 pm
  • The Power To Help Education With $10,000 !
    Tweet [ CLICK HERE TO POST YOUR IDEAS BY SEPT 1st TO WIN $10,000 FOR A SCHOOL] I was at a party recently and friends asked me what do I do with stuff I get through blogging (from attending parties/events and reviews) and I replied I give it away. When the shell-shocked look faded some understanding of the concept set in that the power to make someone happy by giving...
    by at August 16th, 2009 at 09:08 pm
  • Meet Brian, The Dad Who Brings Kids Closer To Books!
    Tweet I cam across Brian during the focus with Hooked On Phonics. Being the only guy amongst the callers, he was the only one who did not need to introduce himself each time he spoke. I have always been intrigued when guys take strong parenting roles (as you would have read in my post, Meet Paul, A Stay At Home Dad and Children’s Museum Easton Celebrating Father’s...
    by at June 29th, 2009 at 09:06 pm
  • Reading Is For All Seasons!
    Tweet Anyone who knows me, knows I am a strong proponent of education and reading. I grew up on the adage it is ok not to to have food (and at times we did not) but education was not debatable. To many it sounds like just a phrase about the power of education but having personally seen the drastic impact education has in life I will never take it for granted. Along...
    by at June 22nd, 2009 at 04:06 pm
  • Finding Slow In A Digital Nation
    Tweet Mommy Niri was invited, along with several bloggers, media representatives and significant educators (professors, teachers and principals) to view the launch of the Digital Nation project at the WGBH studios. Digital Nation will culminate into an hour long documentary (slated to be released in Winter 2010) and a highly interactive website too. Typically documentaries...
    by at May 26th, 2009 at 08:05 pm
  • Hooked On Phonics Launches New Blog
    Tweet It is not often you come across companies that make you proud to the bone. Reading is such a fundamental core to education and when a company makes it their business to support this you can’t help but take notice. After years of promoting phonics a company becomes entrenched in being the benchmark for reading. Of course you know who I mean, Hooked On Phonics....
    by at April 29th, 2009 at 09:04 am
  • Games For Autistic Children
    Tweet As part of my tribute to the April dedication to Autism, here is my 2nd article in the feature. Make sure you read the post on the AMC and Autism. Here we explore Children Succeed, an online company offering games that help strengthen social and communication skills for children on the Autism spectrum. I spoke to Joan Nash who began this company in November 2008,...
    by at April 27th, 2009 at 09:04 pm
  • Passing On My Prejudices
    Tweet I have heard it said several times about ensuring that when we introduce food to babies to keep our personal biases out of the radar. This is so that we do not feed kids our prejudices, literally. Did I listen to that bit of smart advice? No, of course not. Was it because I thought I knew better? No. The truth was I did not have the courage (or stomach) to do...
    by at March 6th, 2009 at 08:03 pm
  • Grant The Gift Of Reading!
    Tweet Speaking as a mom of early readers and an avid lover of reading (I only wish my reading list contained something other than children stories, but then again my music selection also suffers the same fate), I strongly believe in the importance of reading (the earlier the introduction to books the better). When my 3 year old daughter showed a keen interest in numbers...
    by at December 21st, 2008 at 05:12 pm
  • Providing The Tools For Early Readers
    Tweet Having a daughter who has kept us on our toes with the speed with which she learns stuff meant I have always been on the lookout for the tools to help me. Essential tools (workbooks, reading books, media and cards) from the fanciest bookstore to dollar stores, has been explored. Brands like Leap Frog, Kumon and Hooked On Phonics have always been highly regarded....
    by at October 21st, 2008 at 04:10 pm
  • It Was The Night Before Preschool!
    Tweet I may have touched on the topic of the impending preschool event in my post on Preschool Preparation Panic, but I had just skimmed the surface of this deep pool of emotions. I tried diverting attention to a last minute shopping attempt to get some clothing (so weird to shop for regular clothing when back home we are used to wearing uniforms, but a whole other...
    by at September 7th, 2008 at 07:09 pm
  • Preschool Preparation Panic
    Tweet The “back-to-school” sales prominently displayed all over sends jitters down my spine. No, not because it hails the end of summer (well that too) but it reminds me that my baby Miss J is going to start preschool in the fall. Having never been to daycare I worry immensely how would she cope without me, and even worse how would I cope without her. I...
    by at August 18th, 2008 at 08:08 am
  • Pre-School Daze
    Tweet Anyone else contemplating preschool for their kids and has managed to figure out the path through the maze? Well that is where we are right now. We just registered Miss J at the preschool to start this fall. We were doing trial runs and I had her baby sis Miss B with me when a couple of 5 year old girls (the school has mixed ages 3-6) started snickering something...
    by at June 9th, 2008 at 07:06 am