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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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”.

 

 

 

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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Creative writing comes naturally and cannot be developed. Is this true?

Children’s thoughts are full of imagination and curiosity but they often find it uncomfortable to pen down their thoughts, whereas writing can be an excellent exercise for kids to let out their thoughts and pictures they construct which a mere image of their personality and creativity. Most kids today dread the thought of writing, even after all the writing exercises they do in school they often see it as tedious process. And in this digital age of email, text messaging and social networking, kids’ tolerance for writing anything longer than a few characters is being severely tested. It’s very important today to … 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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We are now 150! – Aloha Mind Math

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When we started in 2005 we could never have imagined that we would grow in strength in such a short time. But will all your support and encouragement, we have just signed our 150th location in Chester, Virginia. We are happy to announce that this also brings us to 15 locations in the state of Virginia. Here are some details of the programs that our new 150th location will be providing:

Mind Math:

Aloha Junior: The junior level is meant for children between 5 and 6 years of age, and is the ideal time to introduce them to Mental Math and the Aloha programs. This program lays a solid foundation of Math basics in your child, and helps them to start using the abacus for calculations.

Aloha Senior: This level is for children between 7 and 12. They are introduced to basic operations like addition with the abacus, and move on to more complicated ones involving multiplication, division and even square roots. After the initial stages, they will no longer use the physical abacus and by the end of the program they can perform even calculations like “356*769/67” in their mind with ease.

Note: Even if your child has not gone through the Junior level, he/she might still be able to join a the Senior level after going through some assessment tests.

English – Reading/Writing:

The goal of our English program is to enable your child to excel at Reading and Writing, and the levels of the program are aligned to what your child may be learning at school. The syllabus is divided into Language Arts, Reading and Writing skills which allows for a very structured approach to the program. You are sure to find a constant improvement in your child’s reading and creative writing skills, and in her performance at school.

You will find a detailed description of the above programs at our website http://www.aloha-usa.com. Please have a look there and contact us for any queries.

The centre at Chester will be run by Mr. Rupesh who also is in charge of the ones at Glen Allen, Henrico.

 

 

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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