5 Writing prompts to Keep Children Writing over the Holidays

Time away from school doesn’t have to mean your children stop learning. Sure, give them plenty of time to play and explore new holiday toys and games, but build in a few fun writing exercises too. ALOHA’s Reading | Writing program works to get children to see writing as a fun and enjoyable experience and build confidence at it, rather than having writing being a chore. Have kids write a short note to family members who they only see during the holidays. Have them tell a story of something exciting that happened to them this past year, or tell of … Continue reading

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Early Learning – A Step to Success

In our last newsletter, we discussed early learning and how it’s beneficial for kids to start as early as possible. This week we’re looking deeper into early childhood education. The Facts According to the Chicago Longitudinal Study that was conducted by the University of Minnesota, kids who attended an early childhood education program were 29% more likely to graduate high school than those who did not attend one. Kids are most impressionable during the first eight years of their life; their minds are like a sponge that absorb information at a rapid pace. It is also the time when kids … Continue reading

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Writing – Thankfully

If you can read and write your can learn anything. Students in our writing program learn skills reading quotebased on grade level.  One of our students was published in an Indian publication distributed in the United States.

Our students write beautifully and “Thankfully” as demonstrated in the piece that follows written by one of our South Edison, New Jersey ALOHA students.

Written by Dhruvi Sarkar, a grade 4 student, entitled “Thanksgiving”. (unedited from student)

Thanksgiving. It has different meanings for different people. For some, it is an extended holiday weekend. For others, a day of thanks that may or may not include church. For many, it is the time when families get together, have fun, play games, and create good memories. Thanksgiving is a day which we look forward to be thankful and grateful for what we have. Everyone, rich or poor, is very lucky to have a life, weather or not they have everything.

 

The First Thanksgiving was the time the pilgrims, Squanto, and the governor, William Bradford had their feast. During the feast which lasted 3 days, they played, feasted and shot guns and arrows. Previously they called Thanksgiving the Green Corn Dance, or the Harvest Festival. At the feast they prayed for what they were thankful for to god as he is the one who gives us everything.

 

We celebrate Thanksgiving in many different ways. We eat many foods, usually with family. We eat turkey, pie, potatoes, and many more. These are things the pilgrims, Squanto, and the governor ate during their feast. Many Americans still continue the tradition of eating these foods, but with some alterations.

 

Thanksgiving is usually the time for family reunions! Many people celebrate Thanksgiving differently. Some eat turkey, and many other delicious items with their family, and friends. Some go out and do some early holiday shopping during the black Friday sale. This year I am planning to go out with my family and watch a movie. After that we will come home for a relaxing family dinner which will be followed by a game which our whole family loves; Wii.

 

Thanksgiving for me means being thankful for my family, friends, belongings, and good home. My caring family is always ready to support me and guide me whenever I need it, and my friends are always ready to turn my frown  upside down with a good laugh. We are so  fortunate to have a shelter. Just think about all those needy people with no home and not many belongings.

 

In conclusion, this is how Thanksgiving was started and what I am thankful for. Thanksgiving is not a religious holiday, it is just a day of giving thanks and appreciating what god has given us.

Our award winning students will continue to do great things, reading and “Writing – Thankfully”.

 

 

 

Writing doesn’t have to be a Struggle

One of ALOHA Mind Math’s reading and writing students reflects on her struggles with reading and writing and, in turn, is awarded for her writing twice after receiving assistance.

Reading and writing are the heart of daily communication. The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) reports that high-achieving second grade students will see an average of 18,681 words near the end of the school year, versus struggling readers who will only read 9,975 words. Unless students catch up, each year their academic learning will slow, which could eventually lead to dropping out of high school due to their continued lack of success.

In fourth grade Vaishnavi Kota, came to the ALOHA learning center in Irvine, California, frustrated

Poetry winner Vaishnavi & mom Rohini Kota

with her essay writing results, despite her efforts to make A’s. Her ideas were plentiful, but the challenge for the nine year-old was expressing those ideas. She eventually lost interest and became unmotivated. Her parents were worrisome. Her mother, Rohini, enrolled her in the ALOHA Reading and Writing program at the Irvine location hoping to see some improvement.

After a year of continuous work with ALOHA instructors, Kota’s grades soared from below average C’s to superior A pluses.

“Vaishnavi feels really proud of herself. I see firsthand how ALOHA made a big difference in her confidence, motivation, vocabulary, and writing style. We are thrilled with her transformational achievements and happy we chose ALOHA for her,” said her mother with a smile.

The following year, a poem Vaishnavi penned in the Irvine Police Department’s DARE school program poem competition won her two awards, one by the police department and another selected the best poem among all fifth grades in her school.

“We all are really happy with her success,” said Frany Shah, Director of the ALOHA Irvine Center in Irvine, California.

At ALOHA Mind Math, children in first grade through fifth grade learn curriculum specific to their grade level, state and school district requirements. A sample of their curriculum per grade can be viewed at http://alohamindmath.com/program/reading-writing. Students are assessed before entering a program. In their reading, writing, and language arts programs they begin working with students’ current knowledge and skill level first before introducing advanced curriculum. Their structured program is so motivating that it stimulates and develops a passion for reading and writing.

 

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Help Your Child be a Great Writer

Who is the 2nd most quoted writer in the English language? How do you think this person got started?  How could you encourage your child to become a great writer? Let’s explore. How does your child feel about …? Being able to describe in words is a key fundamental of good writing.  Being able to share the five senses and feelings in writing will enable the reader to potentially feel the same emotions that the writer felt.  Ask your child to describe their favorite food activity or event.  How did it taste, feel, smell, look, sound?  What were the emotions … Continue reading

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TIMEXTABLES November 2012 – Thanksgiving Edition

Timextables is our monthly newsletter celebrating Arithmetic, Math and Knowledge. This edition has has some news about our latest sign ups and a great Thanksgiving recipe for kids. Check out the pdf version at http://alohamindmath.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Aloha-Newsletter-Jan-2013.pdf Check out our website for further details about our after-school learning programs www.alohamindmath.com

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TIMEXTABLES January 2013 – Did you check out our new website?

Timextables is our monthly newsletter celebrating Arithmetic, Math and Knowledge. This edition has has some great educational app recommendations and information about the upcoming ALOHA Math Olympiad. Check out the pdf version at http://alohamindmath.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Aloha-Newsletter-Jan-2013.pdf Check out our website for further details about our after-school learning programs www.alohamindmath.com  

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TIMEXTABLES December 2012 – 150th ALOHA location

Here is the Holiday edition of the newsletter, we are happy to announce the signing of our 150th location in the US. Check out the pdf version of the newsletter at http://alohamindmath.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/ALOHA-Newsletter-December.pdf Check out our website for further information about our after-school learning programs www.alohamindmath.com

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It battered the whole state! An essay on Hurricane Sandy by Sravani Kotopati

  We have got a lot of interesting essays about Hurricane Sandy from our students. The following essay is by Sravani Kotapati, from Grade 3 of the ALOHA program.                                                                                                               At ALOHA we foster learning using fun methodologies. Visit our website for further information about our … Continue reading

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A detailed description of Hurricane Sandy – Kernik Dave, ALOHA Grade 4 student

Kernik Dave gave a detailed description of the approach of the storm, the effectsin their neighborhood and how they handled the loss of power. He also wrote that he learned that hurricanes are dangerous…                                                                                                                                     … Continue reading

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