Connect With Nature Through Earth Day Games and Activities for Turnoff Week
Earth Day 2008 on April 22 will occur during Turnoff Week (April 21-27) this year, providing the ultimate occasion to reflect on our connection with nature. “Children and adults spend far too much time watching screens. This takes away from other important activities such as reading, fitness and most significantly connecting with the natural environment,” say Susan Jarema, Founder of Googol Learning. “The enthusiasm derived from these coinciding events is a superb opportunity to introduce ongoing routines to reconnect us and our children with nature and to renew values of respect for our world and its inhabitants.Read more »
Pi Day, March 14, Is Party Time for Math Fans!
Math lovers, teachers and families around the world are gearing up to celebrate Pi Day on March 14, or more precisely to the pi second, 3/14 (the American date format) at 1:59:26 p.m.
Pi or π, approximately equal to 3.1415926, is one of the most important mathematical constants. It represents the ratio of any circle’s circumference to its diameter. The Greek letter π, often spelled out as pi, was adopted as a symbol for the number from the Greek word for perimeter, “περίμετρος.”
“If there was just one day that screams math party, March 14 would have to be it,” says Susan Jarema, founder of Googol Learning who always looks for ways to make math more exciting for children. Coincidently, March 14 is also Albert Einstein’s birthday, which offers math lovers the chance to discuss famous discoveries that have been proved through mathematics.Read more »
Numeracy Is Equally Important as Literacy: A Mother's New Year's Goal to Inspire Math for Young Children
Only 40% of Americans aged 16 and older have good reading and math skills (NCES). So why is there such a focus on literacy when numeracy is just as important? Basic mental math concepts such as multiplication and division are vital for functioning adults in society. Further skills in mathematics and problem solving are becoming increasingly critical for our future generation of adults. The challenge lies in convincing parents to start teaching the skills early.
It is apparent that both math and reading are equally important skills. I'd love to see an annual Numeracy Day to encourage using math in all homes
"One of the first hurdles that can trip up children learning math is getting the basic facts down pat. Unfortunately, this hurdle - can turn potential math lovers into confirmed math haters. No child should grow up afraid of numbers. Parents and teachers can help by making math as enjoyable and exciting as it really is," explains Susan Jarema, founder of Googol Learning.
Crazy 4 Math Receives International Recognition and Awards
Googol Power's Crazy 4 Math album has received a Parent's Choice Recommendation Award in the audio recording category.
The Parents' Choice Awards program honors the best material for children: books, toys, music and storytelling, magazines, software, video games, television and websites. Parents' Choice Foundation's panels of educators, scientists, performing artists, librarians, parents and, yes, kids themselves, identify the very best products for children of different ages and backgrounds, and of varied skill and interest levels.
This prominent award was followed by the album being selected in fall edition of Toy Tips Magazine. Toy Tips is an independent research and consulting firm. Using proven scientific and academic methods, they study and then report objective information and findings on toys that stimulate developmental growth for children.
It's Good for the Planet and It's Good for the Kids! 3rd Annual Crazy 4 Math Contest Shows a Commitment to Social Responsibility
The Crazy 4 Math Contest is once again receiving entries from all over the world, showing that mathematics, the universal language, is enjoyed by children everywhere. "Many of this year's entries combine math with social responsibility," says Susan Jarema, founder of Googol Learning. "It's wonderful to see families using math in all positive areas of their lives, including recycling, carbon counting, health, manners, tree planting and contributing to a food bank. We have even seen children who extended math to their neighborhoods and families, coming up with delightful examples of 'Mother's Day Math' and 'Friendship Math.'"Read more »
ALL 50 STATES Fight Obesity, raise literacy rates and curtails bullying and violence!
From April 23-29, 2007, 20 million people around the world will turnoff televisions, computers, iPods and assorted other electronic media gadgets and experience Turnoff Week 2007. Formerly TV-Turnoff Week, it is now much more than television.
With states like Kentucky and New York making this a statewide initiative as they struggle with their respective obesity epidemics and regions like Stamford, Connecticut, Northern California and Orange County, Florida (Orlando) join in bringing along their business community as well as nonprofits, governments and schools, the movement continues to grow.Read more »
"Take Back Your Brain" by Participating in TV-Turnoff Week
Did you know that Canadians spend over 20 hours each week watching television? "This does not even include the growing number of hours spent on video games," says Susan Jarema, founder of Googol Learning. "If you do the math, this is up to 20% of our waking day or nine years of our lives!" To combat our tendency to become couch potatoes, it is expected that over 20 million people around the world will be taking a break from television from April 23-29, 2007 to celebrate TV-Turnoff Week.Read more »
Crazy 4 Math Released Through Warner Music Canada
Googol Power's new release Crazy 4 Math will now be available to retailers across Canada.
Crazy 4 Math is the latest addition to the award-winning Googol Power Math Series. Googol Power albums inspire math and family learning through great music, an entertaining storyline and layered learning. Listeners will learn about the world, science, music, art and history while building a solid foundation in math.Read more »
Googols of Awards and Nominations for Vancouver's Children's Music Group Googol Power!
Crazy 4 Math receives 3rd nomination for INDIE in upcoming Canadian Independent Music Awards
The latest INDIE nomination of Googol Power's "Crazy 4 Math" album (published by Googol Learning) has created a "Craze" of MATHemMANIACS across Canada. The 7th Annual Canadian Independent Music Awards is part of Canada's largest annual entertainment event — Canadian Music Week, taking place in Toronto from March 7-10, 2007. Winners are chosen through an online voting poll, open to music fans from Feb 5th to Feb 23rd at www.cmw.net.Read more »
Math, Mountains and the Tooth Fairy: Winners Announced for Googol Power's 2nd Annual Crazy 4 Math Contest
The Crazy 4 Math Summer Contest received entries from all over the world, showing that mathematics is enjoyed by children everywhere. In this contest, entrants were required to describe how they use math in an activity they enjoy. The top entries received hundreds of dollars' worth of fun educational materials. All participants received a certificate and an MP3 of Googol Power's two new songs, "Crazy 4 Math" and "MATHemACTION."Read more »