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!

Guest Blog Post with Corinne Jacob: Different & Fun Ways to Make your Child Love Math

Hello Everyone,
Today I have Corinne from Alternate Tutelage sharing her ideas to make math fun and exciting for kids! 

Different & Fun Ways to Make your Child Love Math

Kids who struggle with math often spend their entire academic lives thinking of math as a horrible monster that will never go away. Making such kids love math can be challenging, so I put together this list of different fun ways to make your child fall in love math.
N is for Negative” by Angelia Sims, licensed under CC BY SA 2.0

Math Activities

Whether it’s a hot summer’s afternoon, a long wait at the dentist’s or a seemingly endless road trip, any time is a great time to learn math. Encourage your child to explore the fascinating mathematical concepts that are found in nature – shapes, sizes and symmetry of leaves; counting the numbers and kinds of trees in your street; learning the different shapes and patterns in flowers – and so on. 
Your little mathematician will happily learn math if it is presented to him in the form of fun activities. Identify the kind of activities he or she enjoys and integrate math into it. For instance, if your child loves to cook or bake, let him measure the ingredients, count items and estimate the amount of time required to cook specific things.

Math Games

There are various kinds of games that indirectly help kids learn some aspect of math. They are effective because your child is more open to learning when he’s having fun and wants to keep doing whatever he’s doing. Math games come in different forms – board games, online math games, card games, video games, puzzles, active playground games, etc. A well-designed math game allows players of all skill levels to participate and learn. They can teach new concepts or let kids practice previously learned concepts. Math games are your best friend if you want to make the subject interesting and help your child lose their inhibitions when they've engaged simple or advanced mathematical tasks. Talk about motivation!

Math-themed Books

Share books and stories that have mathematical themes but are also good entertainment. Big Fat Hen by K. Baker, for instance, features a hen that lays eggs whose numbers go up two until they reach a total of ten. Mrs.McTats and her Houseful of Cats by A. Capucilli talks about how Mrs. McTats adopts cats in multiples until she has 25 cats in her house. D. A. Carter’s How Many Bugs in a Box is all about measurements. Once your child starts enjoying math-themed stories, he will be able to see the underlying math in any book, in addition to developing a love for reading.
Did these ideas work for you? I’d love to hear about your experiences with kids and math!
Author Bio:  Corinne Jacob is a wannabe writer who is convinced that kids learn best when they’re having fun. She is constantly on the lookout for new and exciting ways to make learning an enjoyable experience. Corinne loves all things that scream out un-schooling, alternative education and holistic learning.
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Thanks for your insights!  I can't wait until my books come out so they can be on your Math-themed book list!  The Pancake Menu will be coming out July 2015

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Kickstarter update for the masses : )

Hey Everyone,

My 2nd attempt at running a Kickstarter only has 9 more days!  : )  This time I am funded and hoping to surpass the 1st attempt's numbers.  With the smaller funding goal we were able to make it a successful campaign.

If you don't already know about my book, The Pancake Menu, I invite you to check it out and share it.

Life has been busy lately with kids and some of their things, so I haven't been able to blog as much as I plan to.

The rewards offered with this Kickstarter may never be available again, so if you are interested in getting the money pack, apron, spatula--you might want to grab it while you can : )

Thanks so much for following my publishing adventure.  BTW, I was researching distribution the other day and it is expensive!  I think I may need to personally handle distribution for a while so there is some profit made on the book.  Seriously, if distribution gets 30%, stores buy the book at 50% of the price, and the book itself costs to print and ship places... that leaves 0% for me : (  But, if you know of any good book distributors, I'm all ears.

I hope you have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

If Danica McKellar can take a couple minutes out of her day to retweet about my book, so can you!
I hope everyone is having a great International Pancake Day!  Please help spread news about this fun, interactive book for kids! It's the best of both worlds, education and food! Link:


Friday, February 13, 2015

Publishing for education... here we come!

My new Kickstarter campaign is up and running!

There are only three weeks to fund!  I'd appreciate any social sharing and support!

The Pancake Menu: What will you order? is a fun, education, and interactive book for 6-11 year olds that helps them practice math as they play restaurant!

Have a great day!
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