It’s been just over one week since the launch of Alpha-Mania’s campaign to fund the production of early literacy learning tools for parents and educators, and we are excited about the support we’ve received from the community!
Thanks to our 26 supporters who have so far contributed $2,275 towards our campaign.
There are many non-cognitive skills that are critical for an individual to strive for and succeed in when reaching long-term goals. Researchers have found that habits such as tenacity and perseverance can have just as strong an influence on achievement as intellectual ability.
What attitudes do children have about learning? Do they feel like their abilities in a subject are fixed — “I’m just not good at reading!” or do they recognize they can grow — “I can learn to read, but I need to learn some Alpha-Mania strategies to figure out tricky sounds and words in order to master the fun puzzle of reading.”
“Growth mindset,” for example, is more likely when students believe they can achieve and when they believe that intelligence is malleable rather than fixed. This also helps develop non-cognitive skills such as perseverance, self-regulation, and effective strategies for enhancing student motivation and engagement.
To offer parents and preschoolers this type of specialized education, Ruth Rumack’s Learning Space (RRLS) provides an in-depth portfolio of regular early childhood learning classes during the school year as well as day camps during the summer.
Taught by accredited educators, Lively Little Learners Day Camp begins each day with Alpha-Mania, a theme based pre-reading program, where children explore the alphabet and learn to love their letters. Grounded in phonological awareness activities and taught through songs, movement, and crafts, the week is structured around a theme so children learn the joy of language while pretending they are in space, on a pirate ship, or exploring the rainforest.
The themes and activities relate directly to the Letter of the Day, so children learn seamlessly while engrossed in Alpha-Mania fun that not only boosts their pre-reading skills, but also prepares them for a classroom environment.
After lunch, children explore the world’s great artists in Mini Masters. Inspired by the inner creativity in all children, Mini Masters is an opportunity to delve into the minds and techniques of the world’s greatest artists, from Da Vinci to Henri Matisse to Georgia O’Keeffe. Once inspired by the artist of the week, the “Mini Masters” create their own dynamic pieces of art, which could include painting, sculpting, and crafting media arts and murals. Children are introduced to the idea that behind every great piece of art stands a great artist.
The Alpha-Mania storybooks encourage interactions between readers and children that promote the development of early-reading skills. They are colorful, animated adventures that take children on board pirate ships with the Alpha-Mania crew to sail the seven seas in search of consonants and vowels in a wonderful and intriguing world of sounds, symbols and words.
On their exciting adventures, captivated children are introduced to the five essential predictors of reading success in order to inspire reading confidence:
In addition to the existing Alpha-Mania storybooks, the RRLS staff will soon be conducting an Alpha-Mania crowdfunding campaign on IndieGoGo.com to raise money to take these important lessons into the electrifying new world of digital education technology.
The main goal of the crowdfunding campaign will be to make the Alpha-Mania early childhood literacy program available to schools, literacy centers and other organizations that educate children.
Students, parents, teachers and schools who donate money to the crowdfunding campaign will be able to enter a contest to name characters, animals, ships, islands, places and treasure coves throughout the Alpha-Mania storybooks that will be printed after the crowdfunding campaign.
Once the printed storybooks have been finalized, RRLS will use a portion of the crowdfunding proceeds to take the Alpha-Mania adventures into the world of digital media.
E-books and apps will come first, followed by a newly designed website and a web series that will allow parents and teachers to use smartphones, tablets and personal computers to download Alpha-Mania lessons and use them to teach children early childhood pre-reading, reading and other literacy skills.
If you would like to follow our progress, please click here to sign up for our free HeadTalker news alert, which will notify everyone via social media when the details of the new crowdfunding campaign are released on May 25, 2015.
The first storybook, Captain Ray and the Rhyming Pirates, is now available for purchase for $15 on the RuthRumack.com website. Volume discounts are available for franchises, pre-schools, day care centers, nurseries and other types of educational organizations that buy in bulk. Please call (416) 925-1225 to speak with Ruth Rumack for volume sales pricing information.
Does getting your child to practise spelling words leave both of you frustrated? Well, we’ve got the perfect fix! Whether your child is extremely active, visual, tech savy, or chatty and outgoing, here are three fun and fabulous ways to practise spelling, without the drama:
1- DICTATION DASH
This game is perfect for kids who love to be active. It simply involves sticking the list of spelling words on the wall on one side of a room and a blank sheet of paper and pencil on the other. Have your child run to the wall with the word list, read the word silently and try to remember the spelling (of the first two syllables, half the word, the whole word, or the first three words, depending on ability), then run to you (at the other wall) and whisper the spelling while you write it down. Record timing and continue to play the game to see if your child can improve both his or her speed and accuracy.
2- FLASHCARD FUN
Have your child design personal flashcards for the spelling words. He/she can play with the color, the font, the size of the letters, and even add a picture to each flashcard.To help remember the spelling of the tricky words, he/she could use different colors or fonts for specific parts of the words.
3- STUDENT SWAP
Some children love to show and share their knowledge! Have your child play the role of the teacher and you play the role of the student, and dictate the words to you while you write them down. Write some of them with the letters jumbled or with incorrect letters added to some of the words. Once you are done, it’s the “teacher”‘s turn to correct your work, by comparing your spelling list with the original (correct) one. If your child is confident with most of the words on the list, have him/ her try to correct your “test” without looking at the original list of words.
For other tips, suggestions, and support in developing your child’s spelling or writing skills, please contact Ruth Rumack’s Learning Space at 416.925.1225 or visit http://www.ruthrumack.com.