Sunday, December 11, 2011

I Get Around Giving Project

The I Get Around Giving Project is providing books and learning tools to kids who need them. Every dollar you spend buys an item worth over $10--so you help 10 times more kids than if you bought an item yourself to donate. The link below gives more info. Rover and the kids would love your help!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Break out of your routine!

Kids benefit from opportunities to explore and experience a variety of places, relationships, and activities. This article from Childcare Exchange makes it clear that the benefits continue throughout our lives. So go for it! (In the last few months, my "new things" have included taking an acting class, plans to teach a creative class to high school students, and going dog sledding.) What are some new things you've been up to?

People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.—Dale Carnegie

"Try something new.  One way to take your memory to a higher level is to expose it to as many new experiences as possible.  Recent studies conducted in Germany by University of Magdeburg researchers... demonstrated that novelty stimulates activity not only in the memory centers of the hippocampus/medial temporal lobe, but also in the dopamine rich midbrain areas responsible for motivation and reward processing.  Because dopamine can enhance learning, anything you consider unique gives you proactive neurocircuitry more ammunition.  By trying something new at least once a week... you provide yourself with more cross-reference material to draw on in the future."—quoted from "Secrets of Your Brain", Washington, DC:  US News & World Report, 2011.

Monday, March 28, 2011

i get around to Haiti

We recently provided books to Healing Haiti, an organization that currently supports 53 orphans, living in two small orphanages who have lost their families to extreme poverty, hurricanes and AIDS. For kids with such great needs, this small donation seems trivial, but I mention it because I Get Around concept has always included getting books around to kids and families who may not have them for various reasons. The bookmark shown here is now included in some books sold at retail, even though donating books has always been—and always will be—part of the plan.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

A Rover Story, by Eli

7 year old Eli used his Rover stickers to tell a story (I love his creative sticker use). Note the last two frames—cat is in tree, so what to do? Use a karate kick to knock the tree down and free the cat, of course! (Click on image to view larger.)

Eli's dad typed the text up for us too:
Wake up rover.
Rover is ready to go.
Rover is hungry. He stretches.
He eats breakfast.
The cat is sleeping.
Til rover shows up. (mew!!)
The cat ran up the tree.
Rover knows karate. (crack!)