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Summer Reading Programs 2017 May 30, 2017

Filed under: Bookshelf,General — lifeatwarpspeed @ 11:08 am
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Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge. This year’s Happy Camper: Take a Reading Adventure invites students to join a free online program designed to motivate and excite your children around reading books this summer. There are special books to unlock and rewards to earn as you bank your minutes. The Summer Challenge is an easy and fun way for kids to log the minutes they spend reading as they earn rewards. You can also organize your local school group to read together to see how much your school reads together.
Book Adventure | Free Reading Program. Sylvan’s Learning Centers. Book Adventure is a fun, free way to motivate your child to read! Kids in grades K-8 can search for books, read them offline, come back to quiz on what they have read, and earn prizes for their reading success. Program is on-going.
BNSummer2017Summer Reading – Barnes & Noble
. The Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program for 1st through 6th graders is here to help encouraging you to read books of your own choosing and earn a FREE book, simply by following these three easy steps: 1. Read 8 books and record them in your Reading Journal. 2. Bring your completed journal to a Barnes & Noble store between May 17th  and September 5th, 2017. 3. Choose your FREE reading adventure from the book list featured on the back of the journal. 

BookMillion2017Books-A-Million is sponsoring a Summer Reading Challenge. They are giving away a free Maze Runner water bottle to students who read 4 books from their selected book list. You must complete and turn in a signed reading journal in person at their bookstore.

HEB2017H.E.B. Grocery Stores is sponsoring the H.E. Buddy Reading Program. Students need to read 10 books and record it on their reading log to earn a free T-Shirt. Entries must be postmarked by October 1, 2017.
Half Price Books – Feed Your Brain Summer Reading Program

For kids 14 and under:

  1. Read for at least 15 minutes each day for a month. (Grown-ups may read aloud to kids who are still learning.)
  2. Add up your minutes and have your parent or guardian initial each week.
  3. Once you’ve read 300 minutes, turn in your completed reading log to earn your $5 HPB Bookworm Bucks reading reward for the month. This is only good for June and July 2017 only. Bookworm bucks expire September 1st.

We’ll award one top reader per age group each month with a TOP READER prize – a $20 HPB Gift Card!*

 

ChuckECheese2017Reward Your Kid With Rewards Calendars How about earning free tokens on their next visit to Chuck E. Cheese’s? Print out a free rewards calendar to get started. Mark the days off with a pen or sticker as your child accomplishes their goals. Bring in the completed calendars to your local Chuck E. Cheese’s and receive 10 free tokens as a reward. You can do this as many times as you like before 12/31/17, but only one chart may be redeemed per child per day.

lifeway2017LifeWay’s national summer reading program helps promote the love of reading books as well as encouraging the love of God’s word through reading his Scripture.

Source: LifeWay R.E.A.D. – Summer Reading Program for Kids – LifeWay

Lifeway is a chain of Christian bookstores. If you have one near you, your child can participate in their program which runs from June 1 – August 31 for students in 1st to 6th grade. Read six books and memorize six Bible verses. Complete the downloadable reading journal and turn it in at your local store for a free book and Bible.

Soar With Reading – a joint project with JetBlue and Random House Children’s Books.

This is not a traditional summer reading program in terms of earning books or prizes. Your child gets an opportunity to help donate Magic Tree House books to needy children during each entry period. Your child will have to draw on their knowledge of geography and the clues given by Mary Pope Osborne to figure out where Jack and Annie are travelling for their next adventure. Each correct entry will be entered into a drawing for a free airline flight for two and hotel accommodations. (this year’s contest will launch 6/27)

Make reading fun with our Summer Reading Program | TD Bank.

Hey kids in grades K-5, participating is easy:

 Read 10 books this summer.

  • Print out the summer reading form.
  • Write down the names of the books you’ve read
  • Take the form to the nearest TD Bank
  • Receive $10 in a new existing Young Saver account

Excellence in Reading – Mensa for Kids.Earn a commemorative certificate in recognition of your outstanding achievement and get an Excellence in Reading T-shirt, too! The Mensa Foundation recognizes and encourages education, gifted youth and lifelong learning through programs like the Mensa for Kids Web site and other activities. To encourage the joy of reading, the Foundation has developed the Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Award Program! Read and earn a free t-shirt and award certificate. This is a year-round program.

sync2017Sync is offering a summer audio reading program just for teens. Students 13+ get two free audio books per week all summer long.

San DiegoFair2017Of local interest to San Diegans, your child can earn free admission to the San Diego Fair by reading 10 books. You can download a reading log here.

For Homeschoolers:

Pizza Hut BOOK IT! Program. Pizza Hut has a homeschool reading rewards program that allows you to participate in a reading rewards program. Enroll here for your K-6 (5 to 12 years old) students.

HSBC2017Homeschool Buyers Co-op has summer reading program that gives each participating student a chance to win for every hour read. You may also count listening to audio books or time you spent reading to your child. You must log in your daily reading on the Reading Champions to earn your chances to win prizes from the Community Treasure Chest. The program runs from June 1st to September 1st.

Always, sign up for your local library reading programs. Happy reading this summer with your kids!

L@WS

P.S. If you are at a loss for picking good books for your kids to read, check out my blog about Good Literature here: http://wp.me/p1M41l-XW

 

A Call to Engage. November 12, 2016

Filed under: Asian American Issues,Christianity,Faith and God Musings — lifeatwarpspeed @ 8:28 pm
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For those that know me in real life, I am an Asian American woman. I want to add my voice to what is happening because as Asian American voices are often too silent. I want to cut through the hyperbole and the media slant on what is happening out there.

I want to say there has been a very real uptick in racially charged incidents/interactions being experienced by people I do know who have personally sharing their personal pain and hurt. Incidents where they have been told to take their chink selves back to China, to go back to where you came from, we don’t want you here, to be made fun of by racist comments, and in one case actually being egged. There’s an Asian American church with swastikas and the word “die” carved on their doors. These incidents are real. They have happened. Now, many of these incidents are committed by children and teens which is disturbing because they are only repeating what is going on behind closed doors. There are some by adults like the egging. If anyone thinks I am talking about these things happening in flyover country, I’m sorry to burst your bubble, the incidents happened here in the Bay Area, in San Diego, in LA, and in Seattle.

I won’t say that this is a new thing either. I will recount a couple of incidents that happened in last couple of years. My son’s friend (Chinese) was told by another boy that I don’t like Chinese people because they are awful. Another of my son’s friends (Chinese/black) while standing next to my son was told by another boy that black people smell bad, and black people are bad. My son didn’t quite understand and was weeping because all he understood is that his friend was made to feel bad. These two boys went through a long period of time where they hated who they were because they got the message that somehow being Chinese or being black was bad. Think that this couldn’t possibly happen in Christian circles? Sorry to say that the first incident happened at a Christian home school group here in San Diego. The second incident happened at my own church. And there were no apologies by these families either.

I believe anyone who thinks that we live in a post-racial society just because we elected Obama is sadly mistaken. I actually may be in the minority among minorities about this, but I actually vastly prefer that these overt acts of racist behavior are happening because it shows what really lies beneath. It creates a place to have a discussion. There are opportunities for white people especially white Christians to speak up, intervene, listen and choose to do something. To me, I think that living in a bubble thinking that racism must not be there because these things don’t happen anymore is just not true. Thinking that racist attitudes and behaviors aren’t there because there haven’t been overt incidents in the past is false as well because the covert attitudes have always been there.

No, I don’t believe that the vast majority of white people are racist. I do believe that a lot of white people don’t realize how common these experiences are. I also don’t think the vast majority of white people realize that for a person of color, you live this every day. I also don’t think that there are enough Christians and conservatives calling it out and naming it. I am also naming another truth to my minority friends that minorities can also be racist against other minorities and yes, against white people. This happens all the time, but somehow minorities get a free pass on this all the time. However, in our politically and racially charged environment, only people of color are permitted to call other people of color to account.

When I was growing up in California, I have been pelted with dirt and rocks because I look Japanese on Pearl Harbor Day. I have been subject to “ching-chong Chinaman” type chants. I have had many use their fingers to pull down their eyelids to make squinty eyes at me. I actually have been hit and physically attacked in junior high. I have had other students flat out angry and pissed off at me when I won scholarships and awards. I lost friends (but were they really my friend?) who felt I got too many because I was Chinese, and it just wasn’t fair…that somehow I stole what was rightly theirs to have. I’ve been told to go home to where I came from even though my family has been here for 5 generations. My great great grandfather worked on the railroads. My great grandfather fought in WWII for the United States. I have had to live through being insulted and judged over and over because of the color of my skin. It happens. It’s my story. It’s my reality. It’s my life.

I am a Christian, Chinese-American and a conservative. I don’t care who you voted for because my belief is that people have reasons for their vote that have nothing to do with identity politics. It’s your freedom to choose. I don’t judge you for that nor do I want to be judged for who I choose to vote for. It’s not about Trump or Clinton. Conservatives too often allow discussion around racism to be dominated and driven by liberals. Liberals don’t own this. Remember, Republicans are the party of Lincoln. Nixon was the one to push the Civil Right Acts through Congress. This is part of our history and tradition. It doesn’t have to be the way it is now. We have a voice in this. I really don’t have a political agenda here. I just want to people to see that conservative does not equal racist or whatever other label. If you dismiss all conservatives as “other” and unworthy, then how is that any better? We are all individuals and should see each other that way. Isn’t that what we should do? Try to aspire to be like MLK Jr who said, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

I am just speaking the truth to whoever has ears to listen. I recognize that I am raising my son in a world that is imperfect and flawed, but I do always have hope because the power of God can change the hearts of man. Sin and brokenness is part of humanity. Forgiveness is part of being a Christian. Justice for the powerless is also part of being a Christian. God can redeem anything. God can transform what is broken into wholeness. I believe that to my core. I also believe that if you are not part of the solution that you are part of the problem. So, choose today what you will do. Choose to engage. Choose to talk to your children. Choose to help your children to choose to speak out against injustice. They see more than you think that they do. Above all, pray.

L@WS

ETA: I am greatly encouraged by this call to prayer by my former home church.

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Pastor Ryan’s words reminded me of these wise words: “With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds.”      – Abraham Lincoln

 

Duck Duck Moose Apps – free today! August 26, 2016

Duck Duck Moose

It’s been awhile. Our summer has been PACKED with activities. I’m looking forward to the fall when things slow down, and we are back into our homeschooling rhythm and routine.

I saw this fabulous deal today…seriously DO NOT miss out on this freebie deal. Duck Duck Moose made all their apps free today. I simply love their learning apps for kids. They develop wonderfully interactive and engaging apps. I haven’t ventured over to check out their offerings in a while since we are well past early learning apps. Some of our all time faves: Old MacDonald, Wheels on the Bus, Fish School, Moose Math, Park Math and Word Wagon….plus a lot of others.

I am excited to get out Pet Bingo, Chatterpix and Wizard School which are targeted towards older elementary kids.

Ages: 2 to 12 (depending on the app)

L@WS

 

Summer Reading Programs 2016 May 10, 2016

Filed under: Bookshelf,General — lifeatwarpspeed @ 6:24 pm
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Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge. This year’s Be a Hero and Read Challenge invites students to help Read for the World Record. A free online program designed to motivate and excite your children around reading books this summer. There are special books to unlock and rewards to earn as you bank your minutes. The Summer Challenge is an easy and fun way for kids to log the minutes they spend reading as they earn rewards. You can also organize your local school group to read together to see how much your school reads together.
Book Adventure | Free Reading Program. Sylvan’s Learning Centers. Book Adventure is a fun, free way to motivate your child to read! Kids in grades K-8 can search for books, read them offline, come back to quiz on what they have read, and earn prizes for their reading success. Program is on-going.
Summer Reading – Barnes & Noble
. The Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Triathlon is here to help encouraging you to read books of your own choosing and earn a FREE book, simply by following these three easy steps: 1. Choose 3 of the 4 listed activities and record your answer in your Reading Journal. 2. Bring your completed journal to a Barnes & Noble store between May 17th  and September 6th, 2016. 3. Choose your FREE reading adventure from the book list featured on the back of the journal. 

Half Price Books – Feed Your Brain Summer Reading Program

For kids 14 and under:

  1. Read for at least 15 minutes each day for a month. (Grown-ups may read aloud to kids who are still learning.)
  2. Add up your minutes and have your parent or guardian initial each week.
  3. Once you’ve read 300 minutes, turn in your completed reading log to earn your $5 HPB Bookworm Bucks reading reward for the month. This is only good for June and July 2016 only. Bookworm bucks expire September 1st.

We’ll award one top reader per age group each month with a TOP READER prize – a $20 HPB Gift Card!*

Reward Your Kid With Rewards Calendars How about earning free tokens on their next visit to Chuck E. Cheese’s? Print out a free rewards calendar to get started. Mark the days off with a pen or sticker as your child accomplishes their goals. Bring in the completed calendars to your local Chuck E. Cheese’s and receive 10 free tokens as a reward. You can do this as many times as you like before 12/31/16, but only one chart may be redeemed per child per day.

LifeWay’s national summer reading program helps promote the love of reading books as well as encouraging the love of God’s word through reading his Scripture.

Source: LifeWay R.E.A.D. – Summer Reading Program for Kids – LifeWay

Lifeway is a chain of Christian bookstores. If you have one near you, your child can participate in their program which runs from June 1 – August 31 for students in 1st to 6th grade. Read six books and memorize six Bible verses. Complete the downloadable reading journal and turn it in at your local store for a free book and Bible.

Soar With Reading – a joint project with JetBlue and Random House Children’s Books.

This is not a traditional summer reading program sponsored by Jet Blue. Your child gets an opportunity to help donate Magic Tree House books to needy children during each entry period. Your child will have to draw on their knowledge of geography and the clues given by Mary Pope Osborne to figure out where Jack and Annie are travelling for their next adventure. Each correct entry will be entered into a drawing for a free airline flight for two and hotel accommodations. (this year’s contest has not be launched yet.)

Make reading fun with our Summer Reading Program | TD Bank.

Hey kids in grades K-5, participating is easy:

 Read 10 books this summer.

  • Print out the summer reading form.
  • Write down the names of the books you’ve read
  • Take the form to the nearest TD Bank
  • Receive $10 in a new existing Young Saver account
  • Excellence in Reading – Mensa for Kids.Earn a commemorative certificate in recognition of your outstanding achievement and get an Excellence in Reading T-shirt, too! The Mensa Foundation recognizes and encourages education, gifted youth and lifelong learning through programs like the Mensa for Kids Web site and other activities. To encourage the joy of reading, the Foundation has developed the Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Award Program! Read and earn a free t-shirt and award certificate. This is a year-round program.

 

Of local interest to San Diegans, your child can earn free admission to the San Diego Fair by reading 10 books. You can download a reading log here.

For Homeschoolers:

Pizza Hut BOOK IT! Program. Pizza Hut has a homeschool reading rewards program that allows you to participate in a reading rewards program. Enroll here for your K-6 (5 to 12 years old) students.

Homeschool Buyers Co-op has summer reading program that gives each participating student a chance to win for every hour read. You may also count listening to audio books or time you spent reading to your child. You must log in your daily reading on the Reading Champions to earn your chances to win prizes from the Community Treasure Chest. The program runs from June 1st to September 1st.

Always, sign up for your local library reading programs. Happy reading this summer with your kids!

L@WS

P.S. If you are at a loss for picking good books for your kids to read, check out my blog about Good Literature here: http://wp.me/p1M41l-XW

 

WeDo 2.0 Curriculum Pack – One cent sale! (regular $289.95) February 13, 2016

Filed under: STEM,Upper Elementary — lifeatwarpspeed @ 6:43 pm
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Built on Next Generation Science Standards, the WeDo 2.0 Curriculum Pack aids second through fourth grade educators in delivering key science content.

If you have the Lego WeDo kits which introduce robotics to 2nd to 4th graders…this upgrade kit (targeted to teachers) is only ONE PENNY right now.  Quick jump on this here:  WeDo 2.0. It’s legit…I just got this for my Jr. First Lego League team. We will now be able to get to interface with our iPads. Learn more about WeDo here: WeDo

L@WS

 

Lots of currently free apps from Toca Boca, Boca, Tiggly and Swiggles November 6, 2015

Filed under: Kids — lifeatwarpspeed @ 8:19 pm
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Source: Tiggly Doctor: Check up on your verbs in this fun spelling game on the App Store

Source: Tiggly Story Maker: Build Words and Record Your Own Tales on the App Store

Source: Tiggly Submarine: Preschool ABC Game on the App Store

Source: Bamba Surprise on the App Store

Source: Toca Hair Salon on the App Store

Source: Swiggles – A fun and simple game for toddlers on the App Store

Source: Swiggles Colors on the App Store

These apps are currently free, but I don’t know how long they will last. The Tiggly apps are aimed at early learning skills. The ones I linked are best for ages 3 to 6. They introduce spelling, phonemic awareness and vocabulary. Tiggly has designed these apps to interact with Tiggly toys, but you can play using the touch screen option. There are other Tiggly apps that are also free like Tiggly Chef, Tiggly Safari, Tiggly Draw, Tiggley Addventure, Tiggly Cardtoons and Tiggly Stamp which focus of early math skills.

Bamba is another maker of early learning apps which are aimed at a slightly younger age range at 2 and up. The one I linked is aimed more at preschoolers while their other pretend play apps like Bamba Burger, Bamba Ice Cream, Bamba Pizza and Bamba Post Office are fun for younger kids.

Toca Hair Salon is just fun playful app for ages 3 to 6. Toca Boca develops some of the best apps on the market for this age group. They should be scooped up when they are free. These are must have apps. Younger kids can also play with Toca Boca apps as tapping and swiping will always do something on the screen.

Swiggles is a decent app for very young kids in the toddler age range. It will flip through the silly monster faces with a peekaboo effect with one type of app motion like swiping, tapping, and shaking. The second one names the colors as the faces rotate through. It’s fine for a free app, but I wouldn’t actually pay money for this one.

Other app makers that I like for the younger set (ages 2 to 5) which may or may not be free right now are Tizzy, Wonderkind (makes the uber fun Seek and Find and Tiny apps), Fairlady Media, Gazilli, Dr. Panda, Duck Duck Goose, Tropisounds (wooden puzzles), Wombi puzzle, Tribal Nova, Little Bit Studio (math), Build A Word by @Reks, Playsmart-Kids, Bugsy, Klicktock (hidden pictures), Innovative Mobile, Fisher Price, Lego Duplo, Lakeshore Learning Materials, Tappi Bear (just for fun) apps. Older kids also still love to play these apps as well though they may not want to admit it. There are plenty more out there that I didn’t list on here.

For toddlers and preschoolers, hands down the best app bargain is the Teach Me series of apps which go from toddler to 3rd grade which you can read about here: http://wp.me/p1M41l-fU

L@WS

 

 

Fireworks Lab – currently free

Filed under: Kids — lifeatwarpspeed @ 3:39 pm
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Source: Fireworks Lab on the App Store

Fun app for toddlers and preschoolers to play with fireworks. This app is normally $1.99. Design your own displays and tap to make them explode across a starry night sky.

Recommended for toddlers and pre-K. Older kids may still enjoy this, but this game play is very simple which makes it perfect for the younger set.
L@WS

 

 
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