ALOHA Celebrates National Reading Month with 30 Day Family Challenge

ALOHA Celebrates National Reading Month with a 30 Day Challenge for Families

ALOHA Encourages Families to Make Reading Together Daily a Treat for 30 Minutes for 30 Days.

EDISON, NJ, March 17, 2014 – ALOHA celebrates National Reading Month by encouraging8455045_l parents and extended families to enrich their child’s reading and lives with books for 30 minutes for 30 days.

Reading is a fundamental and critical life skills learned in school, which most take for granted because they are fluent readers. For thirty days set aside at least thirty minutes to read together.

“By incorporating reading into our daily schedule as a family we help our children expand their attention span and thrive,” said Mani Manickavelu, ALOHA Chief Executive Officer and President.

“It doesn’t matter whether the parents or older children read aloud to the family or each read silently. This family activity promotes the importance of reading and could also progress everyone’s reading skills. Even though we are honoring National Reading Month, at ALOHA we celebrate reading and math every day.”

ALOHA offers some suggestions.

  • Create an environment conducive to reading. Turn off the TV and all electronics.
  • Treat this as a special time. Turn on the fireplace if applicable. Serve cookies and milk.
  • Make a rule that everyone read.
  • Children under 5 years old can participate by reading picture books, which can be found at the local library in the children’s section. Ask a librarian for help.
  • Afterwards, parents should ask factual and inferential thought-provoking questions about what the children read. Ask, “Who are the characters? What are they like? What happened and why? Why do you think that character acted that way? How would you have reacted? What do you expect to happen next? What did you learn from the story? How would you have told it differently?”
  • Have them draw particular aspects of the story they read.
  • It is ALOHA’s hope to get more families reading together, talking about books, and advancing children’s literacy skills. For additional reading and literacy ideas visit the ALOHA Mind Math blog http://alohamindmath.com/blog/#.Ux9lds7ajSs and News and Article page http://alohamindmath.com/news/.

About ALOHA

The unique academic enrichment programs at ALOHA Centers help children 5 years-old through 12 years-old be the best they can be to get ahead in all academic areas. This interactive learning method promotes the development and engagement on both sides of the brain, designed for frustrated learners or high-achieving gifted students. Through instructor-led, small group tutoring sessions, children improve their focus, develop vital learning skills, as well as study and life skills, and advance their self confidence to excel in reading, math, language arts, and science, to ultimately persevere in the face of adversity to go after their dreams. Discover the genius in your child.

ALOHA Mind Math was founded in 1993 and introduced in the United States in 2006. ALOHA Mind Math continues to experience growth beyond their current presence in 18 states, 23 countries, and 4,200 locations worldwide. To learn more about ALOHA, the mind math program, reading/writing programs, or to schedule an orientation at a center near you visit www.alohamindmath.com.

 

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Request for Testimonials from Parents & Students


Enter-to-Win

Calling all ALOHA Mind Math customers! Did you have a great experience with ALOHA Mind Math? Tell us your story so we can share it with the world. We are requesting testimonials from current and former parents and students. ALOHA needs your testimonials to complete a project.

Please submit your testimonials by email to social@aloha-usa.com between January 16, 2014 and February 28, 2014. EXTENDED until MARCH 8, 2014 Each submitted testimonial will be placed into a drawing for a prize. The prizes for the drawing include one iPad*, three $100 Amazon gift cards, and five $50 Amazon gift cards.  Nine winners will be selected to win during the drawing. Drawing for prizes will take place March 12, 2014.  Winners will be notified by email, announced in an upcoming issue of the ALOHA TIMEXTABLES newsletter,  and shared on our website and social media.

The requirements for testimonials include:

  • Submission must be from a current or former ALOHA Mind Math student or parent of an ALOHA Mind Math student at an ALOHA USA location.
  • Items below with a star are required and must be included in testimonial submission.
    • *Student First and Last Name, Age, Grade or Program Level

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    • *Photo and release (by submitting your testimonial your grant permission to ALOHA Mind Math to use the photo and testimonial in any marketing materials, printed or on the web)
    • *Parents first and last names
    • *Contact information including email, phone and mailing address
    • *Enrolled in which ALOHA programs, and for how long (we will verify location)
    • *Director name and/or ALOHA Center
    • How much of the success do the parents attribute to participation in the ALOHA program?
    • What was the specific reason(s) for the parent entering the child into ALOHA’s programs?
    • What specifically did ALOHA work on with the student?
    • Since being enrolled at ALOHA how has the child excelled at ALOHA and at school?
    • In the parents words, what might have happened if the child had not come to ALOHA?

Your testimonials will help us encourage students or their parents who struggle with math, reading or writing, about the benefits that ALOHA can provide them. Any questions, as well as, your success stories may be directed to social@aloha-usa.com.  Submission time frame is January 16, 2014 through February 28, 2014EXTENDED until MARCH 8, 2014. *A minimum of 50 submissions will be required before the iPad prize is awarded.

What does Success look like?

Every once in awhile, we will share a success story.  This one comes in the form of a 2012 graduate of our Senior Mind Math class in South Charlotte, North Carolina.  The following is written by Aditya Nair followed by thoughts by his parents – Raj and Priya Nair

ALOHA – in my opinion – is the best program ever. Here are all the things that have helped meAditya after joining the program:

  • In math I am super quick when the teacher in school asks me math problems
  • I learned how to do long addition, subtraction, multiplication and division quickly in my
  • I got into AIG because of ALOHA
  • It improved my ability to focus on everything I worked

I kept with the program because I knew that it would help me in school. What made the course interesting is that the teachers are really friendly and awesome! I wish I could continue and not have to graduate (in order to be around I am asking whether I can volunteer part time.)

I would definitely recommend this program to my friends for all of the reasons I have mentioned above.

From his parents -

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the wonderful three years Aditya had at this academy. Aditya had joined Aloha in the summer of 2010 and has been benefited greatly since his enrollment. Being part of the ALOHA family, he has grown up with confidence and learned a lot of social and academic skills. The healthy and positive learning environment has instilled in him the confidence and the urge to learn and explore. The foundation that you’ve laid here will carry him throughout his life. A lot of that credit goes to the teachers as well. The attitude and the approach used by the teachers are truly refreshing.

We whole heartily recommend this school to any parent looking for an academy that will make a lasting and long-term positive impression on your child. Thank you ALOHA for being part of our son’s development.

The South Charlotte ALOHA Center is owned by Sumita Kumar and Vijitha Gutta and is located at 5113 Piper Station Drive , Suite #101, Charlotte, NC 28277. To find a locations near you, click here.

STEM Learning

So much information is being shared about STEM – which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.  STEM is the initiative addressing education policy and curriculum choices in schools from kindergarten through college to improve competitiveness in technology development. It has implications for workforce development, national security concerns and immigration policy. In this article, we would like to point out some articles and resources that make STEM that much more appealing for students participating in ALOHA Mind Math programs. In recent articles about jobs that use math – read more here and here, we have discussed the importance that math plays in you … Continue reading

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Vocabulary Bee Coming in 2014

ALOHA Mind Math unveiled new 2014 initiatives at their third quarter franchise meeting. One new program being instituted is a student language arts competition for elementary school children.

“We wanted to introduce something that would offer a fun competitive environment where VocabBeeboth kids and their families would be able to enjoy. We tested the program this year and received excellent feedback from many parents and kids alike. We are very excited to roll out Vocab Bee, a vocabulary-based competition,” said Mani Manickavelu, ALOHA CEO and President.

The vocabulary bee will be held mid-year 2014 at all of ALOHA Mind Math’s learning centers. “Americans need spelling bees and vocabulary tests, “according to John McWhorter, Columbia University associate professor of English and comparative literature and author of What Language Is. “It’s (spelling and vocabulary tests) getting back in touch with loving our native language, something ordinary in most cultures on earth.”

The national vocabulary competition coordinates with ALOHA Mind Math’s mission to teach and advance children’s crucial reading and language skills, which they will employ throughout. Parents who want to give their children a good foundational base or a broader skill set, or give their high-achieving children an opportunity to excel will find ALOHA Mind Math’s after school enrichment reading programs and math programs valuable.

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Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday is coming and ALOHA thought we would share a few reasons how and why we help your community.

But first a bit of background from the SBA.gov website:

  • The 23 million small businesses in America account for 54% of all U.S. sales.
  • Small businesses provide 55% of all jobs and 66% of all net new jobs since the 1970s.
  • The 600,000 plus franchised small businesses in the U.S. account for 40% of all retail sales and provide jobs for some 8 million people.
  • The small business sector in America occupies 30-50% of all commercial space, an estimated 20-34 billion square feet.

Several of the reasons that ALOHA is an integral part of any community in which they are located include:

  • ALOHA is a leading provider of mental arithmetic and English Reading/Writing programs for children from grades 1 to 5.
  • The ALOHA Mental Arithmetic is an after school program helping the children expand their horizons.
  • The program is imparted by certified and qualified teachers employed by ALOHA adding to the economic growth of a community.
  • Classes provide a fun filled and interactive learning environment keeping children engaged in positive after-school activities.
  • ALOHA’s Reading/Writing program foster’s literacy, providing meaningful opportunities for practice and application.
We look forward to seeing you at one of our centers on Small Business Saturday or any day!

Crucial 21st Century Skills for YOUR Child

ALOHA Mind Math’s Innovative Educational Program Goes Beyond Reading, Writing, and Math to Prepare Children with Crucial 21st Century Skills

No one can foretell their future, but the innovative after school educational programs of ALOHA Mind Math expand beyond reading, writing, and arithmetic to prepare children to have a brighter future.

When parents enroll their children in school they have no idea what career field they will gravitate towards. This is why the key components of ALOHA Mind Math’s curriculum have always focused on creativity, collaboration, problem solving, communication, and critical thinking skills.

These 5 vital skills could make or break the career of the next generation. Our fast-paced society requires crucial 21 century skills, beyond reading, writing, and math. The ALOHA program is designed to bring out children’s natural talent to learn and excel in school and later in life. Generations before the computer age schools taught traditional knowledge and concepts important to the industrial era. Why are collaboration, problem solving, critical thinking skills, and communication skills now important for students to learn and demonstrate regularly? The reasons are many. Obviously, these are skills adults use daily. Employers recognize the need as well, stating there is a shortage of employable applicants who already have these practical skills.

ALOHA Mind Math helps solve the education and employability gap to give students between the ages of 5 years-old to 12 years-old an advantage over their peers.

ALOHA CEO and President Mani Manickavelu says, “At ALOHA, our aim is not only have an impact on children’s academic performance, but to have an all-around effect that also results in improving confidence and achieving excellence.”

ALOHA has helped thousands of children enhance their concentration, listening ability, and analytical skills, enabling them to comprehend and absorb more knowledge and concepts leading to excel on tests or participate in group projects within and outside the classroom. This also improves their reading, language arts, and mathematical aptitude.

Creativity is welcomed. The student then develops confidence, becomes a problem solver, manages their emotions, works alongside their peers on class projects, communicates and handles decision-making appropriately, even in difficult situations. These are vital skills for their entire education and career success. It is Aloha Mind Math’s mission to go beyond reading, math, and language arts, and teach children crucial skills they need now which will carry with them throughout college and their entire life to lead happy and successful lives.

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