Educational Tips: Learning Success Program Review & Giveaway!

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.


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Good morning, savvy savers! For this weeks Educational Tips Post, I wanted to discuss with you the challenges many students face the closer the academic year comes to a close, the lose of concentration and their academic edge. My husband, an educator, refers to this time of year when students start to lag as “Springitis,” a treatable, yet persistent condition which seems to deplete students of their knowledge and pralise the closer end-of-the-year standardized testing come about!

If this sounds close to how your children might be lagging in school, there is help. As this is where  Learning Success comes in. Learning Success is an educational program, that helps to develop fundamental learning skills in any child. It teaches those small skills we never really think about, but when put together they make up our learning skills. If there is a learning problem, such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, or ADD/ADHD the program will identify the problems and provide training in the skills necessary to overcome those problems.

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The rigours of the program center around gradually built-up daily exercises, which net together the already learned fundamental building blocks your children have gathered at school, but represent the information to them in such a ways as to help them full understand, retain, and reinforce the much-needed cornerstones of education. Each new daily exercise is conveniently delivered to your inbox, comes with an easy-to-follow parents set of instructions, and printable enrichment-focused worksheets; I recommend using sheet protectors as to allow each sheet to be worked on and easily reused, or used as a study aid and refresher material at a later time.

I have thus far gathered, that easy daily lesson takes 20-30 minutes daily, including one-on-one explanation and follow-up questions children may have. As well, typical results are seen in an little as three weeks of the course being started, leaving plenty of time between now, and end-of-year national testing. What’s better, testing sheets are delivered, via your inbox, for one year or until you cancel; this should help children continue far into their summer vacations, and help prepare them for the upcoming school year as well.

The normal price for this course is $564.oo, which includes, again one year of enrichment. What’s really awesome is that Learning Success is giving one lucky The Lady Prefers To Save reader, a complimentary course.

Here’s how to enter:

– Like the Lady Prefers To Save on Facebook (this step will be verified).
– Follow the Lady Prefers to Save on Twitter (this step will also be verified).
– Check out Learning Success Blog, and their Facebook Page, browse their educational offerings, and then leave a comment as to why you feel this program would best help your student academically.

This giveaway is open to US & Canadian Residents Only; educators are welcome to enter as well.

This contest ends at 11:59pm CST on 4/12/14!

Good luck, everyone!

 

In compliance with FTC regulation, I hereby disclaim that I received a free timeshare subscription, as a giveaway for my viewers and myself, from  in exchange for my review. All opinions of this site, its concept, and publisher, are that of my own. Personal experiences with the site may vary, and any site issues should be addressed to Learning Success Blog, by the links provided above. As I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Smartappsforkids.com: $900 Worth Of Free Apps In Honor Of Autism Awareness Day!

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Calling all SmartAppsForKids.com fans! On their site today, in honor of National Autism Awareness Day, they are featuring $900 worth of apps, 156 in total, featuring learning, enrichment, language arts, history, science, reading advancement, and family-focused learning activities! These apps are available for a limited time, so please take a look at them today by clicking, here!

As well, please check out the National Autism Day Centers activities, from AutismSpeaks.org, here!

Here’s to a cure!

Webinar Wednesdays: Free Coursera Online Courses!

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Calling all readers! For Webinar Wednesday, I want to post about an awesome at-home learning tool many users may be interested in using, Coursea.com. Coursera is a for-profit educational technology company offering massive open online courses founded by computer science professors, Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller from Stanford University. This online course directory offers persons from all walks of life the ability to sample, full-length classes, webinars, refresher courses, or to browse syllabi and test prep, in a full range of Liberal Arts topics, from many of the national top colleges and universities, including Duke University, Yale University, Vanderbilt University, and Johns Hopkins University. There are also courses focused on music education, art appreciation, small business management, and anthropological studies.

For those interested in this site, click here.

Here’s to learning!

ChefSteps: Free Online Cooking Classes and Community Creativity Boards!

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Calling all inspiring home chefs, bakers, and grilling enthusiasts! ChefSteps, an online creative cooking class series, online community creativity boards, and internet video series, offer free step-by-step video seminars to help cooks, of all levels of experience, classes to help hone their culinary talents! To find out more about this program, click here!

Bon appetit!

Educational Tips: Utilize The Library of Congress!

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Morning again, savvy savers! For this weeks Educational Tips post, I wanted to discuss, what in my opinion, is one of the most under-utilized assets in the educational enrichment, homeschooling, and public school curriculums, the Library of Congress! As I am always on the lookout for new, fun, and clever ways to help find educational freebies into my home, which are passed onto my readership, I cannot think of a better tool for knowledge, to all parents and students than this amazing American institution!

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Here is a brief history of the Library of Congress. This institution was  established by an act of Congress in 1800 when President John Adams signed a bill providing for the transfer of the seat of government, from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to the new capital city of Washington. The legislation described a reference library for Congress only, containing “such books as may be necessary for the use of Congress – and for putting up a suitable apartment for containing them therein.” Established with $5,000 appropriated by Congress, the original library was housed in the new Capitol until August 1814, when invading British troops set fire to the Capitol Building, burning and pillaging the contents of the small library.

Within a month, retired President Thomas Jefferson offered his personal library as a replacement. Jefferson had spent 50 years accumulating books, “putting by everything which related to America, and indeed whatever was rare and valuable in every science”; his library was considered to be one of the finest in the United States. In offering his collection to Congress, Jefferson anticipated controversy over the nature of his collection, which included books in foreign languages and volumes of philosophy, science, literature, and other topics not normally viewed as part of a legislative library. He wrote, “I do not know that it contains any branch of science which Congress would wish to exclude from their collection; there is, in fact, no subject to which a Member of Congress may not have occasion to refer.” In January 1815, Congress accepted Jefferson’s offer, appropriating $23,950 for his 6,487 books, and the foundation was laid for a great national library.

The Jeffersonian concept of universality, the belief that all subjects are important to the library of the American legislature, is the philosophy and rationale behind the comprehensive collecting policies of today’s Library of Congress; he built his model on the Socrates model for liberal arts.

Ainsworth Rand Spofford, Librarian of Congress from 1864 to 1897, applied Jefferson’s philosophy on a grand scale and built the Library into a national institution. Spofford was responsible for the copyright law of 1870, which required all copyright applicants to send to the Library two copies of their work. This resulted in a flood of books, pamphlets, maps, music, prints, and photographs. Facing a shortage of shelf space at the Capitol, Spofford convinced Congress of the need for a new building, and in 1873 Congress authorized a competition to design plans for the new Library.

In 1886, after many proposals and much controversy, Congress authorized construction of a new Library building in the style of the Italian Renaissance in accordance with a design prepared by Washington architects John L. Smithmeyer and Paul J. Pelz.

The Congressional authorization was successful because of the hard work of two key Senators: Daniel W. Voorhees (Indiana), who served as chairman of the Joint Committee from 1879 to 1881, and Justin S. Morrill (Vermont), chairman of Senate Committee on Buildings and Grounds.

In 1888, General Thomas Lincoln Casey, chief of the Army Corps of Engineers, was placed in charge of construction. His chief assistant was Bernard R. Green, who was intimately involved with the building until his death in 1914. Beginning in 1892, a new architect, Edward Pearce Casey, the son of General Casey, began to supervise the interior work, including sculptural and painted decoration by more than 50 American artists.

When the Library of Congress building opened its doors to the public on November 1, 1897, it became the single largest collection of books, freely open to the public, in the world.

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With that said, this leads me back to my original idea, as to how underutilized this national treasure is! Did you know that the entire content of the library has been digitized, and is accessible to all Americans online! As well, there are over 50,000 prepared homeschooling and enrichment worksheets, lesson plans, field trip worksheets, and historical trivia lessons available online? As well, did you know there are over 100,000 hours of video archiving American history, its people, anthropology, and culture?

There are also sections on test prep, form everything from GED training to the GRE! As well, there is continued education seminars for adults, and even science fair project starters, summer reading suggestions and classroom packets, the worlds largest selection of faith-based books, assignments pertaining to the Smithsonian, and everyday there is a new “What Happened in History” games for kids!

Please be sure to look into these lesson plans, books, games, and programs for your children and classrooms! Some areas of interest are the Presentations and Activities page, the Kids and Families page, and the Educational Resources page! These lesson plans and pages are ready-to-go, without charge, and also include online educational assistance, from trained learning professionals, without charge.

Here’s to learning!

Education Tip: Classroom Dojo!

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Educational Tip: Classroom Dojo!

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Hello again, savvy savers! For this weeks Classroom Tips post, I wanted to blog about a software program and integrated app, that my husband used daily in his classrooms, Classroom Dojo!

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Class Dojo, is an free app for educators to help individual children, as well as an entire classes identify areas where improvement is needed in terms of classroom behavior, and setting realistic, attainable, and rewarded goals. From the Teacher’s device, both ios and Android, educators are able to set the behaviors and expectations of their individual classrooms, as dictated by school districts, faith-based curriculums, or in the homeschooling curriculums. Teachers are also able to set performance levels, for which students can be rewarded for surpassing. and goals can be based on school wide systems or areas identified by you. Progress is determined by a points system, and can be gained by academic efforts, or demoted by poor behaviors in the classroom. Teachers can also give live- feedback to parents as well.

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What’s really neat about this app is that parents can sign-up for accounts and have the live feed of students performance, feedback, and behaviors sent to their own phones and devices, as their app feeds or as text messages. Gone are the days of delayed progress reports and notes being sent home! The app also allows parents and teachers to schedule digital parent and teacher conferences, via the app as well! Students are also allowed to create accounts, for which both parents and teachers can leave feedback, as well as both positive or constructive criticism for them as well!

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Here are my assessment of the app.

Pros: ClassDojo provides real-time feedback for students on how they’re meeting classroom expectations and includes an easy way for teachers to share this data with parents.

Cons: The effectiveness of the tool for learning depends on how it is used; proactive parenting makes for a better user experience.

Engagement: Bright colors, fun avatars, and associated sounds for earning and losing points, ClassDojo appeals to the senses of elementary-age children, and fun themes make middle-school aged kids feel engaged as well.

Support: The website includes FAQs and examples of how the tool can be used, as well as an informational video for students.

My husband gives high praise for this app, and software, and I would encourage you all to check this out as well! Click here to find out more!

Smartappsforkids.com: Twenty-Seven Free Apps from TVOKids Today!

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Calling all SmartAppsForKids.com fans!

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On the site today, you will be able to snag 27 new play, learning, and test-skill prep apps for kids, including several new TVOKids apps, which have not been free since this past October.  The new apps are Math Master, Match-a Match-a Island, Reading Rangers, Sandy Math, Giver Playsets, Giver Playzelle and a virtual Ping Pong game. Be sure to check them out, here!

Enjoy!