The 54th annual Hawaii State Farm Fair will be held on July 9th & 10th at Kualoa Ranch! Admission is $5 for adults, but children are FREE. Free parking is also available.
There will be live entertainment from The Vitals and Augie T, plus contests like watermelon eating, corn husking, chili pepper eating, and more.
Exhibits include the Hawaii Department of Agriculture "Buy Local, It Matters" Pavilion, the 4H Livestock Tent, and the Kamehameha School "Country Market & Plant Sale", with fresh grown local produce and a wide variety of plants!
Kids can visit the "Keiki Farm Hands" interactive attraction to see various aspects of farm life, and/or the Kiddie Zone with rides and bouncers.
Participants can visit the 4H Livestock tent to see animals like cows, sheep, chickens, and goats! There will also be presentations made by the 4H kids showcasing their animals.
Food will be sold from a variety of vendors, including Olay Thai, Guava Smoked, Grandma G's, Inferno, Beyond Burritos, Brandon's Kitchen-ono Kettle Pop, Waimanalo Country Farms, Ono Pops, Key Project, Kualoa Ranch, and Uncle Chester Imu Style.
Note: This is NOT a sponsored post or paid advertisement. I am simply passing along information in case it might interest some of my readers. I am not affiliated or associated with this event in any way. The information above is subject to change without notice; I am simply passing on the info available to me at the time of this post. Please contact the event or organization directly with any questions and/or for the most current event information.
Math was not my favorite subject as a child. In fact, it's still not. While I was a great student in the eyes of the public school system, I never felt liked I "owned" math. I was never comfortable manipulating numbers or figuring things out beyond the equations that were similar enough to the examples provided in a proceeding lesson. I had tricks and algorithms to aid me in solving a problem, but I didn't understand why it worked or what to do if it didn't. I slid by. I survived math. Barely.
Now that I homeschool two beautifully inquisitive, fun-loving, adventurous, thoughtful learners (Big Sis & Lil' Sis), I desire to give them more when it comes to math. I want them to develop a strong foundation that helps make math a tool they wield easily and without reservation for any purpose they choose, rather than seeing math as a weight or obstacle to fight against, struggle through, or fear.
Every person is different and some minds seem to grasp mathematical concepts more easily than others, but I believe that plenty of practice and having a complete understanding can help anyone be, at least, comfortable with math. To develop that, I feel that it is necessary to approach the concepts with multiple methods, to see how math applies to various situations and life in general, to make connections rather than compartmentalize, and to seek the beauty and purpose in it all. But what does all that mean, or matter, to a young early elementary aged kid? That, I think, is where PLAY comes in. It is through play that they can begin to discover more about math.
There are numerous studies and articles that assert the benefits of play for children, so I won't go into them here. What I will say, however, is that play has been a major factor in how well my children learn and how much they retain. Any time we make a game out of a new topic or concept, they remember more. And anytime they learn something new that they are interested in, they use that new idea, concept, or fact in their free play.
Math is no different. The more fun we make it for my kids, the more they grow in their math skills. I used to think worksheets were a necessity when doing math, even in the early years. I thought that was the only way. But not any more.
Amazingly, despite doing very few worksheets over the last six months, Lil' Sis, who has technically only recently finished kindergarten, has blossomed in her core understanding of math concepts. She still writes her numbers backward fairly frequently, but she is confident in basic math skills and has demonstrated the ability to apply that skill in various situations - not just on paper. I attribute this to having had a lot of hands on practice, including math play and math games.
We are constantly finding new ways to incorporate pretend play, dancing, singing, being outdoors, games, crafts, and creativity into our homeschool days (and everyday life too)! Of course, Pinterest is a great tool for ideas. And there are lots of games that use numbers too. But even with all that, it is often our spontaneous ideas that lead to some of my daughter's favorite learning moments, in math or any other subject.
Lil' Sis has been using RightStart Math, Level A for about six months now. The program utilizes a lot of manipulatives and hands on materials, as well as lots of games (mostly card games). There hasn't been a game with RightStart that she hasn't liked. Some are clearly her favorite and she asks to play them again and again, while others are fun, I think, mostly because of the novelty of them (they are a new way to approach a math concept, but less interesting after playing them a few times). I value the low workbook use and high frequency of manipulative use and/or games, even if it does take more time to play the game or demonstrate a concept than to just fill out a workbook page.
But even with all the games included in RightStart, we are constantly finding even more ways to play. The manipulatives and cards seem to inspire my daughter with creative ideas. She'll often take a lesson concept we covered recently and use them in her pretend play in some fashion. Sometimes I don't want to take the time to play the math games and am tempted to skip them to save time. Other times, I don't want to join in with Lil' Sis in her pretend play because I have so many other things on my to-do list that need to be accomplished. But I have no doubt that it is those very games and moments of time spent playing with my daughter that she has gained the most - and so have I.
What is notebooking? Well, to be honest, my kids and I are still new to this tool - having just started about six weeks ago - so my knowledge on the topic is limited. That said, I think of it as the creation of a personalized journal of studies, or as an academic scrapbook of things learned.
It is not the robotic completion of a prefabricated worksheet that restricts expression, creativity, and breadth of knowledge. Worksheets seem more designed to prepare for a test. It puts learning into someone else's preconceived box of knowledge - making it sterile, confined, restricted, and uninteresting. Completion of a worksheet is done just to get it over with and entering "fill in the blank" type responses may highlight key terms, but it feels disjointed and is just a snapshot of the total picture. Conversely, the creation of an open-ended notebook page requires a person to really consider what should be included, to truly think about the subject as a whole, and to learn for the sake of learning!
The term notebooking, as used in this case, is not the same as the “note taking” that I did as a child – especially not the kind with a structured outline format. Granted, learning how to organize thoughts and key points is a good skill to have, and a systematic outline is clear, understandable, to-the-point, and shareable. But despite that (or perhaps in addition to it), I remembered the most when I was able to use different colors to highlight or write with, added doodles and designs, or even rearranged the information in a way that MY brain could best grasp it. It was this manipulation of the material to make it my own creation that anchored it more solidly in my mind.
It’s as though notebooking places learning more in the hands of the student, creating something of a middle ground between conventional schooling and a child-led approach because it can link parent/teacher-directed study to [at least some] interest and self-expression of the child – giving them more freedom to explore a subject their way.
About the Notebooking Pages Lifetime Membership
NotebookingPages.com is an online resource for downloadable and printable notebook pages with a variety of themes and designs that can be used with any grade and nearly any curriculum or course of study. They offer some free resources, but they also have the Notebooking Pages Lifetime Membership program that allows for unlimited access to their thousands of pages and designs, including those currently available AND any notebooking pages added in the future as well! Options range from basic, simple, lined or blank pages with borders, to pages with images/graphics, fancy lettering, and/or clipart. These things are often combined with the option of basic lines or primary lines for writing at different stages of development. Many of the pages have spaces for adding artwork or other embellishments too.
Thankfully, there is an Easy Start Guide, a series of tutorials, links to recommended reading, and a few other helpful articles and tips to help those of us who don’t know much about notebooking or where to begin. They also arrange all the downloads by topic and have a search bar to help someone find what they are looking for.
NotebookingPages.com has plenty of suggestions on how to incorporate this tool into your own homeschool. They have a few ideas for different types of notebooks and designs and one of their webpages has a cute graphic illustrating ideas for things you could add or include in a notebook, such as charts, post-cards, poems, mini-books, timelines, photos, diagrams, copywork, narrations, drawings/artwork, songs, interviews, observations, lab reports, vocabulary, coloring pages, and several other ideas.
I must admit that I’m not one to want to read directions, watch tutorials, or follow step-by-step checklists when I get involved with something new. Instead, I like to just dive right in and explore, figure things out for myself, and learn through hands-on experience and trial-and-error. Nonetheless, I made myself go ahead and walk through the tutorials provided with the Notebooking Pages Lifetime Membership – particularly because I was sent emails to remind me about them. I’m glad I did. There were at least a few things that I found helpful and informative, that I don’t think I would have figured out on my own, such as options for notebooks and the importance of narration (which is explained further in the resources they provide).
Now that our notebooks were all set and waiting to be filled, we started to incorporate the use of notebooking pages whenever and wherever they fit into our studies. We’ve been doing a lot of learning based on the girls’ interests, so we would simply print up a notebooking page of their choice to go along with the topic at hand. Luckily, both girls love taking notes!
There were so many options to choose from when it came time to print up some pages! The main categories in my Member Center included Bible/Character, Famous People, Fine Arts, Geography, History, Holidays, Language Arts, Science/Nature, A-Z, and Any Study. Each of those categories had sub-topics to choose from, ranging from animals to presidents to states and countries and so much more! Some of the selections we used were about dinosaurs (an ongoing interest of both kids), President Obama (because of the current news about the presidential elections), famous inventors (including George Washington Carver), birds and animals (since our girls adore them), the scientific method (as a review), and some blank and lined pages with a colorful border.
I must say, however, that I did not like how all of the downloads were organized simply with words or links. (Lots of words and not enough visual stimuli for this Pinterest-loving woman!) There wasn’t an easy option to preview the printables using my computer and browser. Granted, they did have an overview page called a “catalog” that showed what a set of printables would include, but even the catalog had to be downloaded first. Instead, I would really have liked small images to quickly see what our options were before selecting something to download. I could then select only the page I preferred to have each time, rather than downloading a set of pages.
Also, we noticed that there were several times that, despite the thousands of pages, we still couldn’t find a themed printable to match what the girls were interested in. However, they were satisfied with the generic pages in most cases, so this was a minor issue. And of course, that is the beauty of a lifetime membership… they are adding things all the time, so our resources are not limited on there.
But let me get back to how we did things. My girls would read a book or watch an educational video about something. Then, I'd have them narrate back what they remembered. We'd take simple "key word" notes to help jog their memory later, we discussed what they thought, and I answered any questions they had. Then they used their chosen notebooking pages to record their thoughts and include some relevant artwork or cutout/printed images. I did encourage them to enhance their writing with visual aspects (such as decorations, maps, drawings, diagrams, charts, etc).
I left the details up to the girls to decide and let them know there was no right or wrong way to make their pages. I did not summarize the educational material myself or dictate what they needed to know, though we did a whiteboard or printout available for reference, with the brief notes and key terms that we had discussed previously. When looking over their work, I didn't focus on spelling or grammar because I wanted to encourage them to write as much as possible and get used to this process. We can always work to refine things as time goes on.
After the girls finished a new page, they were encouraged to describe and present it and wanted to show them with daddy when he got home. (Which, by the way, never really happened with worksheets they completed in the past. They have far more interest and pride in their notebooks!)
Notebooking seems like it can be used to create a lasting finished project to be proud of, a keepsake to enjoy for years to come, and an obvious and complete portfolio of material studied for future reference and record-keeping. Of course, this is entirely dependent on how much a parent and child want to make this a part of their homeschool and how much effort they put in to it! Not every tool works for everyone, but a key feature of notebooking is the flexibility to adapt it to your own style.
I think the NotebookingPages.com Lifetime Membership has been a good tool for our homeschool. It seems the girls really enjoyed notebooking, especially with lots of pages to choose from and print up any time they wanted them. I also noticed the girls’ skill at choosing information to include in their notebooks and selecting pertinent details, as well as their general confidence in their own abilities, blossomed over time, so we plan to keep incorporating it in the future as well.
If you'd like to know more about NotebookingPages.com and what they have to offer, you can visit their website and/or social media pages. You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter!
Foster Botanical Garden
Saturday, July 16, 2016
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
This Foster Botanical Garden event will promote plants
and their relationship to healthy living.
Enjoy children's activities with a plant-based theme,
exercise and wellness demonstrations,
cooking demonstrations with plant materials,
community booths with a plant, health and/or nutrition focus.
Note: this event will be held in place of this year's
Midsummer Night's Gleam due to
repairs underway on the Upper Terrace.
For more information please call 522-7066
For more events and information about this and other botanical gardens on Oahu, you can visit the City and County of Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation website!
Other upcoming events at the various botanical gardens include:
Medicinal Plants Tour (July 16th)
Preschool Nature Hour (July 19th, Aug. 16th, Sep. 2nd)
Keiki Nature Exploration (July 11th)
The "Water Wise" Garden (July 30th)
Tenugui Workshop (Aug. 4th)
Basic Macro and Flower Photography Workshop (Sep. 3rd)
... plus concerts and other events or activities! (Visit their website for more details.)
Note: I (Oahu Homeschool Mom) am NOT affiliated or associated in any way with the botanical garden(s) or the above event(s). This is NOT a paid advertisement or sponsored post. I am simply passing along information that I came across, in case someone else is interested. Please contact the organization directly with any questions. Thanks & enjoy!
Since we’re expecting another baby in a few months (yay!), I thought it would be a great time to look into online math programs for my oldest daughter… something she could do mostly independently, especially during those early newborn weeks. So having a chance to try out and subsequently review the LearnBop for Families subscription from LearnBop was, therefore, great timing!
About LearnBop for Families
If a student struggles with finding the proper response, the program offers a step-by-step walk-through to make the process very clear, encouraging the student to enter the right answer at each step along the way. After which they repeat the incorrect question (or one similar to it) to be sure they now understand how to do it. Once a student completes or masters a particular step/concept by answering several "bops" correctly, they are able to move on to another math topic. There is plenty of feedback on exactly how much progress they are making through each step of the course. There are also incentives to keep making progress. They have motivational quotes and phrases sprinkled throughout the pages and virtual badges (which I believe are called “learning achievements”) for various accomplishments while they learn. Even effort is rewarded with achievements, such as when they don't give up or watch several videos.
The session for each new main topic begins with a “warm-up” in which my kids would answer several questions before instruction began. I thought this might be to place them at the correct level in the course material, but from what I understand, it is actually to identify any learning gaps that might need additional instruction. I could be wrong, but I don’t think it allows a child to skip ahead past material they know already, but it does identify missing knowledge that can then be presented to the child as remedial or review that they need in order to move on, to ensure they have a solid foundation to build upon.
- Common mistakes are covered during the instructional videos, allowing the student to learn from and avoid the same issues themselves.
- Plenty of review is given throughout the videos. This could be great for kids who benefit from a quick reminder of terms, algorithms, or concepts before they go on to the next step of learning.
- Instructional videos are broken down into short segments (just a few minutes) for each point being taught. This helped keep my kids attention and gave them the feeling they were moving forward more quickly and making progress.
- Explanations and examples for how to do something were usually simple, clear, and easy to follow along.
- Motivational quotes and statements scattered throughout the program reinforce good learning habits and positive thinking.
- Standards are shown at the top of the page, which can be helpful and encouraging to those who want to be sure that everything is being covered for a particular grade level according to state standards. There is no need to wonder or guess if a child is on track.
- Easy to see and understand progress charts and percentages were really fantastic motivation for my girls. They loved seeing the percentage number get bigger each time they did something. Of course, they are both the type that really like checklists and step-by-step achievement, so this was a good fit for them.
Possible CONS (in our opinion)...
- Incomplete editing. We saw some typographical errors, grammar issues, or spelling mistakes. This did not impact my children’s learning or progress, but it did bother me. I place high value on products that appear to have paid a lot of attention to detail because of my perfectionist tendencies. For others, this could be a complete non-issue.
- Playback of the videos was occasionally a bit choppy. Plus, when we enlarged the video to full screen mode, it would skip ahead in playback. It was difficult to go forward or back in a video precisely. This could have been our own computer or internet issues, but I'm not sure. I did not attempt to contact the company for technical assistance because it did not bother us that much.
- The instructional videos have words “print” or “type” across the screen during the lesson, but they did NOT match exactly to the words spoken by the narrator/teacher. Both my husband and I felt it was extremely distracting. Now, to be fair, it was the same topic or idea, just being stated in different ways. But it meant I had to ignore one or the other in order to stay focused. This was my biggest issue with the program. My kids, however, weren’t too bothered by this… probably because they just chose to listen rather than read or vice versa.
1) The Spartan Race: August 13-14, 2016 at Kualoa Ranch. While this is primarily an event for adults, they do have a smaller, less complicated kids version set up as well. The kids race is a 1/2 mile obstacle course. Tons of fun! Last year it was rather casual and the kids were just encouraged to do their best and enjoy it. They all got medals and shirts, but I don't remember them "placing" or receiving any race finisher statuses.
2) The Keiki Run Series: meant to be a fun event for kids, in which all finishers receive a medal and t-shirt. There is a clock at the finish line for informational purposes only (i.e. no finisher statuses/placing). The event is limited to 200 participants. Age groups are 6 & under (running 500M), 7-9, and 10-12 (both running 1000M).
(Do you like to race? Check out http://808racehawaii.com/ for some options!)
Summer Camp & VBS
1) Film Actor's Studio has Camp Hawaiiwood July 18th-22nd, 2016. "This camp introduces young actors to the craft of acting for film and T.V using fundamental acting techniques. Students not only learn how to act on stage, but also how to act in front of the camera utilizing fun monologues, short scenes, commercials, and on-camera techniques." The 1-week camp covers things such as "Acting For Film, Art of Comedy, Audition Technique , On-Camera Technique , Monologues , Dance, Voice, and Movement , Improvisation, Scene Study, and a Special Guest Speaker visit". Two camps are available: for kids ages 6-12 (9am until noon) and for teens ages 13-17 (1pm until 4pm). Cost: $175. The Film Actor's Studio is located at The Film Actor's Studio
at the Arthur Murray Dance studio at 1221 Kapiolani Blvd. 808-382-2835.
2) Huikala Baptist Church as a "Kids Under Construction" themed Vacation Bible School (VBS) program coming up July 18-22nd, from 6:30-8:30pm. There will be Bible stories, crafts, games, songs, snacks, and more. It's open to ages 5-12 and it's FREE! You can get more information and register at their website!
Benefit Concert with Streetlight Cadence + Kaleo Young
Friends of the Library of Hawai'i Book Sale
Operation Hele On- Mock Deployment for Children
About Forbrain - Sound For Life Ltd
We received the headset with bone conduction technology and a dynamic filter, along with a few microphone covers, a sturdy case, a charging cord, and a short, to-the-point instruction booklet.
It is recommended that the headset is used five days a week for a session of 6-10 weeks, in order to improve in a number of areas, including speech, reading, short-term memory, auditory processing, sensory integration, attention, speaking and presentation skills, and more! Kids or adults can use it, though the time frame for each practice session is slightly different according to age. Younger ages use it for about 15 minutes a day, while teens use it for 20 minutes at a time. Intensive use might involve a bit longer time frame each day. During each usage, one simply speaks into the microphone and allows the device to create auditory feedback. The speaking can be from reading a book, singing, speaking, or presentation practice, verbal memory work, conversation with others, or any number of creative uses. It doesn't require any special program... just wear it and talk!
Daddy used it far less than the rest of us. He said it made him not want to sing because he could hear all the flaws. Haha! I told him that it was supposed to help with the flaws but he wasn't much interested in using it further, though he did give it a try on numerous occasions when singing or reading to the girls. The fact that he noticed areas in which he could improve his voice is probably a good indicator that it is effective for helping one focus on certain aspects of voice quality and singing skills.
I used it fairly regularly and thought it was a neat experience, but did not have any particular goals in mind to achieve from it's use. I just wanted to know what, exactly, my kids would be using and hearing. I didn't notice a lot of difference when wearing the headset versus speaking into any kind of microphone, except that I could feel the vibration of the bone conduction mechanism. This made it hard for me to know if it was working as it should. I expected more modulation of my voice due to the example given on the company's website and did not hear the same degree of changes when I was speaking, but later discovered that the website's example is enhanced to help people hear and understand what the product does. After repeated use, however, I found myself far more aware of my own voice, with or without it, and conscientious of what I said and how I spoke to others. While it wasn't a stated benefit that one might normally expect, I think it may have even had a calming effect for me - improving my patience when verbally interacting with others. My husband said that the use of the headset seemed to help moderate my daily speech even when I didn't use it, evening out the tone and volume. He noted that I used my "professional voice" when using the headset... it's the way I speak when making phone calls, giving a presentation, or speaking in front of others, and I think it's possible that this carried over just a bit into other areas over time.
Our main focus for the use of this product was with both girls. With both children, we made sure they used it daily, 5-6 days per week, for 15-30 minutes each time (average of 20). I hoped it could help Big Sis with her ability to focus, pay attention, and remember things. She has really struggled a lot lately with short-term memory, following directions, and recall. With Lil' Sis, our primary goal was to see if it would improve her speech, specifically pronunciation and clarity. She hasn't been diagnosed with any particular speech difficulty or delays, but there are certain sounds that she has a hard time with and she isn't always easy to understand.
Big Sis enjoyed listening to herself read aloud and listening to herself sing, improving her confidence in doing so around others as well. She says, "I like using it to read because I can really hear what the story is about and it makes me feel better about reading out loud". I think it might have also helped with her ability to focus and pay attention with other schoolwork and general day-to-day activities, so even though we started out by using it at night, we switched to using it first thing in the morning (after breakfast and getting ready for the day). Doing so seemed to make a possible impact on her ability to retain and follow directions, as well as her attention to detail during math or writing activities. It's as though the headset may have helped "turn on" her mind.
Lil' Sis thought using the headset was fun and loved hearing herself even better, which encouraged her to do a lot more reading, singing, and other vocal activities (like presentation practice or memory work). She says, "it's fun to hear myself read and I want to read all day". We also used it to help her work on better pronunciation of letters or sounds such as /r/, /w/, and /th/. She's always struggled with certain areas speech and clarity, so anything that could improve this for her and be fun using is a blessing. Nonetheless, I'm not sure whether or not Forbrain has yet to help improve pronunciation for her, particularly beyond those times when she's wearing it. We haven't used the product for the full ten weeks, as recommended, at this point, so we'll continue to use it and see how it goes.
The headset was easy to adjust and fit all of our heads from my 6 year old to my husband. It was fun for my kids to use and something that they didn't want to take off. They also argued over who got to use it first each day. We found the battery life to be great but still easy to charge when needed. The protective case was great and comes in handy when we take it from place to place. And probably my favorite thing about Forbrain is how easy it is to incorporate into our daily routine! It didn't add anything to our schedule, wasn't intrusive, required almost no planning or preparation, and could simply be added into any number of different activities we are already doing each day - in no way detracting from them but rather having only the potential to enhance or help!
I really struggled to determine whether or not Forbrain has, at this stage, made a significant impact in the various areas it's designed to improve. There are several things that I think might have been helped through it's usage for each of us, but it's hard for me to pinpoint for certain. This very well could be because we haven't used the product for the full recommended time frame and that we will see more obvious results in the coming weeks. We do plan to continue using it and have hopes for more improvement.
Nonetheless, I do think it would be very helpful if the company helped educate it's customers on exactly how to identify and track progress made, to help highlight the benefits one experiences. Without this clear and measurable progress, and taking into consideration the cost, I would have a hard time recommending it to everyone. That said, I do think it's worth considering if you or someone in your family struggles with one of the areas that Forbrain is purported to help because it seems like it has potential. Plus, they do offer a 100% satisfaction or 30-day money-back guarantee, so a person can give it a try to see it if it's a good fit for their family and needs!
If you'd like to see what other families think about the bone conduction headset from Forbrain - Sound for Life Ltd, simply click on the banner below to find more reviews from the Schoolhouse Review Crew! If you go through other reviews, you'll be able to see how the headset worked for families with other goals and experiences, which can give you a more complete view of the potential of this product and it's applications for a variety of kids of various ages (& adults). You can also visit Forbrain at their website and on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn to find out more about the company and what they have to offer.
What is it?
According to their website, "a Mini Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth—a family-friendly festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. All of these “makers” come to Maker Faire to show what they have made and to share what they have learned. Maker Faire is primarily designed to be forward-looking, showcasing makers who are exploring new forms and new technologies. But it’s not just for the novel in technical fields; Maker Faire features innovation and experimentation across the spectrum of science, engineering, art, performance and craft. Maker Faire makes visible these projects and ideas that we don’t encounter every day."
It's supposed to be a family friendly event with topics of electronics, drones, blacksmithing, droids, 3D printers, hands-on and STEM educational activities, and raspberry Pi and soldering workshops. Plus, it's FREE! But you MUST register for free tickets and don't forget to reserve a spot in the workshops by JUNE 23rd! You can do so at: honoluluminimakerfaire.eventbrite.com
The event will be held at the Sullivan Center for Innovation and Leadership at ‘Iolani School. Free parking is available at the ‘Iolani School parking structure. The entrance is on Kamoku Street. Please do not park in any stall marked RESERVED. There is also on street parking in the area.
You can also visit makerfairehonolulu.com for more information and details!
NOTE: that I am not affiliated or associated with this organization or event. This is NOT a sponsored post or paid advertisement. I am simply sharing the information in hopes that it helps or is of interest to my readers. Please direct any questions to the event organizer or organization itself. Enjoy!
I'm told that the “Asia Literacy Challenge (ALC)" program fulfills national curriculum standards, including things like world geography and world history from 1750-present. It is also designed to help develop student's research skills "while encouraging their interest in Asia through a deeper engagement and contextual learning rather than just memorizing facts", as well as the development of teamwork and collaboration if students choose to take the challenge with a partner. "Students may take the challenge individually or in pairs—there are advantages to both. If taken individually, the results can be used for assessment purposes. In pairs, students can develop their teamwork and collaboration skills. This encourages discussion about the information they find; makes it more stimulating and interesting; and increases their learning and understanding."
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According to the information I was provided, here are some FAQs on the Asia Literacy Challenge:
What grades are included in the competition?
There are separate programs for lower (6th-8th grades) and upper (9th-12th grades) levels.
How do I register?
You can register online or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
How much does it cost?
Teachers can register free of charge. Each student costs $7 plus a one-time administrative fee of $35.
When is registration due?
Asia Literacy Challenge can be used at any time from now to December. Two weeks advance registration is required before you may use the program.
When can we participate?
Anytime before December 7th.
How much time does it take?
The Asia Literacy Challenge takes 2-3 hours
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Visit www.asialiteracychallenge.org and/or review the flyers below for additional program details and registration information.
You can also download the flyers (seen above) if you'd like:
NOTE: I (Oahu Homeschool Mom) am not affiliated or associated with this organization or program in any way. This is NOT a sponsored post or paid advertisement. I am simply passing on the information in case someone is interested. Please be sure to do your due diligence and look into the program further and make a fully formed decision on your own before getting involved.
I'm a homeschooling mom of three, enjoying our time in Hawaii and hoping to share some of that experience with you, including ideas, reviews, resources, and information.