Thursday, May 21, 2015

$25,000 for a cool hands-on math activity!!! Hurry, applications due May 26th.

Hey teachers!

Doing research for my book and potential places for it to be sold I came across MoMath (The Museum of Mathematics) in New York and they have an awesome contest for teachers!

You can win $25,000 for your submission of a fun, hands-on math activity.  I have one I want to submit, but since I am not teaching at a school at a moment I can't enter.  If anyone wants to go in on an application with me I'd love it!

If you have a great hands-on math activity for 4th through 8th graders I think everyone should enter! Good luck!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

5 Fun Ways To Teach Your Child About Patterns

​By: Aradhana Pandey

The minds of little kids are always on a quest to learn new things. The teachings and values that you impart to your child during his formative years are bound to stay with him for a lifetime. The stronger the foundation that you set for your child today, the more enriched his future will be.

This also holds true as far as academics are concerned. The more streamlined your approach towards introducing your child to the alphabet, the better his understanding of languages will be!

Similarly, when it comes to mathematics, one of the best tools to enhance his understanding of many concepts like algebra and odd and even numbers is through patterns. Here are five fun ways you can teach your child about patterns:

1. Creating Patterned Jewelry – If you have a little girl, she is surely going to love this activity! It offers an excellent fusion of the elements of learning and fun together! Not only does this activity give your child an understanding of patterns but also colors. It even aids in the development of their fine motor skills.

Supplies Required:
  • Beads/Fruit Loops in 2-3 colors
  • Thread
  • Let your child observe you put the first two-three beads/Fruit Loops in a thread in the pattern AB, AB or ABC, ABC
  • Let him complete making the rest of the necklace or bracelet by following the same pattern throughout
2. Coloring And Creating Patterns – Does your child seem to be sitting bored on a sunny afternoon? Let him instead, indulge in a mentally stimulating activity that’s also extremely enjoyable! While he enjoys doing what he loves best (coloring), he will also improve his concentration levels and understanding about patterns.

Supplies Required:
  • Three sets of cutouts of different shaped coloring pages
  • Crayons
  • Let your child color each of the three sets of the shape coloring page cutouts using different colors
  • Place one set of the shape cutouts in the order ABC, ABC and ask your child to place the remaining two sets in the same order while identifying each cutout’s shape and color 

3. Making A Patterned Banner – Party in the house? It’s the perfect time for you to try this patterned banner making activity with your child! There’s nothing better than enjoying the festive spirit with a little bit of learning, is there?

Supplies Required: Decorative papers – 3 different sets
  • Scissors
  • Thread
  • Cut the decorative papers into small triangles
  • Start gluing the triangles of different colors in the pattern AABBCC, AABBCC one by one, on the thread
  • Ask your child to continue to glue the remaining triangles, following the same pattern you made
4. Stamping – Stamping is one of the most exciting ways to teach your child about patterns. You can use everything from fruits, veggies, flowers to tiny buttons to create patterns. What’s better is that stamping also helps hone your child’s artistic flair!

Supplies Required:
  • Non-toxic paints
  • A potato and an apple
  • White sheet of paper
  • Cut a small potato and an apple
  • Ask your child to dip the cut potato and apple into two different colored paints
  • Now let him stamp the potato and apple in a sequence, making the AB, AB pattern
5. Creating Lego Patterns – Is your little one a Lego architect? Well then, this activity is sure to be a definite hit with him! Use tiny Lego blocks to give your child an elementary understanding of patterns.

Supplies Required:
  • Lego blocks and characters
  • Arrange a few Lego blocks in the ABCD, ABCD pattern
  • Ask your child to place the remaining blocks in the same order
We’re sure that your child will have fun with these activities as much as he’ll learn about patterns! Do let us know which of these activities he liked best in the comments section!
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Author Bio
Aradhana is from India. She is a veteran writer on topics concerning parenting, child nutrition, wellness, health and lifestyle. As a regular contributor to popular sites like Huffington Post, Natural news, Elephant journal, Thehealthsite, Naturally Savvy, Curejoy and  Aradhana writes to inspire and motivate people to adopt healthy habits and live a stress-free lifestyle.

Thanks for your insights Aradhana!  I know my daughter enjoyed playing patterns with Kid K'Nex
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Monday, May 11, 2015

Meeting and thanking Reading Rainbow's LeVar Burton!

A week before going on Good Morning America I was at the LA Times Festival of Books at USC and I got to have a lot of fun, see some great books, and meet LeVar Burton (from Reading Rainbow, Star Trek, and more!).

It was a great day...
 It was at the University of Southern California campus, which I'm very familiar with... Like I mentioned, I got to meet some amazing authors/illustrators and other great people.  Here is Travis Hanson, author & illustrator, who runs Bean Leaf Press

I walked around much of the day checking out the booths and telling some of the friends of mine I saw that day about the exciting news about going on GMA in about a week.

LeVar Burton had a lecture hall full of people to see him speak and I was very impressed with his book.  He has a great attitude and his kindness and genuineness was nice to see.  I met a fun and every-so-kind friend that day.  We happened to sit next to each other in the lecture hall and she liked my book cover.  I told her about my book and we were soon great buddies : )  Funny how that happens sometimes, but Karla was so awesome!  She's been a big fan of Reading Rainbow since she was little; much like most of the crowd.

She even took this little video of me when I went up to tell LeVar "Thank you for running his Kickstarter because..." (I didn't know she was going to film it, but kind of cool that she was so sweet to do that.)

Then outside, Karla and I tag-teamed the lines--I bought two books at the bookstore booth, one for each of us, while she waiting in the signing line.  It was fun and when it became my time to briefly get my book signed LeVar congratulated me again about the GMA segment.  He said, "Getting on national television is HUGE!"  I agree!  I'm so happy I could thank him and show him my book!
Fun to get these pictures too : ) Our books... come to life with great Kickstarter backers : )

Right after that I went to try and ship my book off to NY since they wanted the book ASAP, but it didn't work out exactly since they needed the book by Tuesday morning and last pickup was a couple hours previous to my attempted drop off that Saturday.

Thanks for reading!

Friday, May 8, 2015

My Good Morning America appearance and book update!

It's been a few weeks... I did great on my brief segment on Good Morning America! Here is the segment in case you wanted to see it : )
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Right after the show the lack of sleeping well took a toll on me and I was sick for a while, really needing to rest up. With support from family and friends I am almost back to my normal, active self (Yay!!!).  I am so excited about my book coming out!

It is with the printer now and will be ready to be distributed by it's July release date : ) You can still pre-order an autographed copy at...
Thank you for your support of math education and super hands-on fun!

I do post updates of the book on my Kickstarter page.  Thanks for following along my exciting publishing journey! I did have some ideas to make my MaTh (math activity Thursday) a fun video linky party!  Things just need to settle a bit more and then I should be ready to get back to the weekly/bi-weekly link-up.

Take care everyone!

Friday, April 17, 2015

I'm going to be on Good Morning America!!!

Whoa!  I can't believe it... next week I'll be on Good Morning America with my book--The Pancake Menu.

I ran the Kickstarter in March and a producer of Good Morning America contacted me last weekend if I'd want to submit my product to be considered to be on a segment of Good Morning America where they have a host of Shark Tank come on and listen to two products pitches and the shark says which one he (or she) would back.

It's official that I'll be going!  I'm so, SO excited (and a bit nervous at the same time)!

I'll try and keep you posted : )  In the mean time, I got my book sample from my printer and we're good to go on production.  Books will be in my hands mid June, ready for the July release!
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