Extracurricular activities, youth sports, after school tutoring, and more.

There are many after school activities for kids such as: enrichment courses, youth sports, homework help, tutoring, and more. There are tons of benefits, but the major ones are – an increase in academic performance and social skills as well as a reduction in boredom which is one reason teens engage in illegal activity on the way home from school.

If you live in South Bay LA and are interested in enrolling your child in one of these activities, then check out Lomita Park. If you’re child is struggling in school and needs some academic assistance, TCD Kids Foundation offers a Homework Help course for a reasonable price.

Give your child a fighting chance by getting more involved in their extracurricular activities!

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Taneeka Bourgeois-daSilva is an authorpreneur, teacher, blogger, educational consultant, and writing coach. She wrote the award-winning Broccoli Chronicles and is the CEO of Building Voices and TCD Kids Foundation. She tweets at @taneekabdasilva.


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Reading Builds Character is a reading program and nationwide initiative which encourages kids to read at least 15 minutes per day. Building Voices is working with Read Aloud, TCD Kids Foundation, and local parks in order to promote reading and provide free books to kids. They also participated in the 2015 Read for the Globe and Read for the Record campaigns.

Taneeka Bourgeois-daSilva reads to kids to support Reading Across the Globe

On November 19, 2015, Building Voices is searching for educators and parents to read to various children across the world. With your help, Reading Builds Character will inspire children to embed reading into their daily routine. You can get involved by hosting your own reading event or partnering with another organization. Contact Building Voices for details.

About 

Taneeka Bourgeois-daSilva is an authorpreneur, teacher, blogger, educational consultant, and writing coach. She wrote the award-winning Broccoli Chronicles and is the CEO of Building Voices and TCD Kids Foundation. She tweets at @taneekabdasilva.


Build voices through reading

This year’s National Book Festival highlights the relationship between Thomas Jefferson and the Library of Congress. Thomas Jefferson who wrote, “I Cannot Live Without Books” sold his personal collection to the Library of Congress two hundred years ago.

The National Book Festival is free to the public and takes place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Sep 5, 2015 from 10am until 10pm. It features over 170 authors, poets, illustrators, and presenters. All book lovers in that area should attend this event!

For a list of presenters, please click here!

About 

Taneeka Bourgeois-daSilva is an authorpreneur, teacher, blogger, educational consultant, and writing coach. She wrote the award-winning Broccoli Chronicles and is the CEO of Building Voices and TCD Kids Foundation. She tweets at @taneekabdasilva.


Educatext - Teach Through Technology

Teaching through technology has become the newest and most innovative way for the academic community to reach the youth.  Kids are fascinated with the complexity, simplicity, and the overall function of technology…so why not use this to our advantage?

The old-fashioned style of teaching where the teacher just lectures for hours and hours without any visuals, powerpoints, demonstrations, guest speakers, or use of technology, has come to an end.  More and more teachers are using overhead projectors, document readers, smart boards, and tablets in order to enhance their lessons.  The term technology in the classroom is becoming more popular everyday and has been discussed and featured in the media, ie. US News, Huffington Post, NEA Today.

Using technology as a support for learning has brought education into the 21st century.  It is every teachers and parents dream that their child is the next Bill Gates or JK Rowling…so what are we waiting for?  Let’s jump on this technology train while we still have a chance.

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Check out the list below of popular apps that teachers are currently using.

1. Educatext is an educational app created to bridge the communication gap that exists between schools, parents, and students. It is a motivational, informative, and educational tool to help your child succeed by staying on top of the latest information. Start off by using the teach alters to remind your child to study for their upcoming test.  Use our app to motivate and challenge your child to achieve a greater knowledge and understanding of any subject matter.

2. Book Creator is only available for iPads, allowing kids to easily create their own iBook by importing images, multimedia, text, and audio. Its simplicity makes it good for kids of all ages. Even though it has been around for quite some time, some educators still call it their number-one tool.

3. Edmodo was founded in Chicago, Illinois, when two school district employees set out to bridge the gap between how students live their lives and how they learn in school, Edmodo was created to bring education into a 21st century environment.

4. Visual Routine is a simple, easy to program visual schedule that helps your autistic or special needs child keep a routine.  Routines can be tailored to their needs with audio feedback, and customizable pictures, audio, and text.  Instead of carrying around pecs or a laminated schedule, this app will let you have routines preset and then run them to show the child in an easy way what they have to do.

5. Kidblog provides teachers with the tools to help students publish writing safely online. Students exercise digital citizenship within a secure classroom blogging space. Teachers can monitor all activity within their blogging community.

Interested in more apps?  Check out the following article.  This post can also be found on the Children’s Writer’s Guild website.


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Taneeka Bourgeois-daSilva is an authorpreneur, teacher, blogger, educational consultant, and writing coach. She wrote the award-winning Broccoli Chronicles and is the CEO of Building Voices and TCD Kids Foundation. She tweets at @taneekabdasilva.


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Teachers around the world will celebrate this year’s National Teacher Day on May 5, 2015.  Teaching is more than a career, it is a privilege and an honor to mold our future generation into prominent leaders who will change this world for the better.  Over the next week or so, I plan to reach out to teachers and educators across the world to share their success stories with the public.  Please feel free to comment to this post and share how teaching has changed your life and your student’s life as well.

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Taneeka Bourgeois-daSilva is an authorpreneur, teacher, blogger, educational consultant, and writing coach. She wrote the award-winning Broccoli Chronicles and is the CEO of Building Voices and TCD Kids Foundation. She tweets at @taneekabdasilva.


Issue #4: Many high school students are unaware of valuable resources such as the college center and/or the public library.  They often find out about it a month or two before graduation instead of discovering this information at the start of their high school year or even sooner.  By this time, it’s too late.  Statistics show that graduation rates and college acceptance letters are decreasing.  I believe this is due to the fact that children don’t value education like our parents and grandparents did.

 

Tip #4: Children must be taught the value of education at an early age.  This includes familiarizing them with the library, the college center, tutoring facilities, test prep courses, bookstores and more.  The more knowledge and information they have, the smarter they will be which will result in better decision-making.  Take a trip this weekend to the library or the bookstore.  Show your child the different types of non-fiction and fiction books that exist.  Pick a particular topic of interest and browse through that category.  Practice doing this a few times and hopefully one day, your child will get the hang out it.

 

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” — Benjamin Franklin

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Teaching really isn’t about the paycheck.  It’s about changing lives, building futures, and creating leaders.

Being a teacher can be overwhelming and exhausting at times especially if you teach from your heart and soul.  Many students will fight you tooth and nail about every paper, every test, and every assignment.

What inspires me to teach year after year? These two simple words, Thank You!

At the end of each year, two or three students either apologize for their misbehavior or they thank me for all of my hard work.

Food for thought: Appreciation and gratitude go a long way.

There are millions of teachers around the world that really care about their craft and how effective they are at implementing it.  I always tell people that I teach to the student and not the subject.  Since I am an English teacher, my primary job is to focus on reading, spelling, and grammar.  That being said, I am willing to put a perfect grammar lesson aside in order to motivate a student about life and goals.  At the end of the day, it’s their heart that we are after.

If you are a teacher, mentor, pastor, counselor or tutor, please use every moment as a teaching moment.  If we work together, we can change one mind at a time!!

This article can also be viewed on the Children’s Writers’ Guild website.

About 

Taneeka Bourgeois-daSilva is an authorpreneur, teacher, blogger, educational consultant, and writing coach. She wrote the award-winning Broccoli Chronicles and is the CEO of Building Voices and TCD Kids Foundation. She tweets at @taneekabdasilva.

If it takes a village to raise a child then where is the village?

Issue #3: One major issue in our educational system is parent participation.  Most parents work and have their child’s best interest at heart, but they fail to realize the importance of their presence at school.  Regardless if you’re attending Back to School Night or Coffee with the Principal, it is imperative that the school, the teachers and your child don’t view you as an absent parent.   There is a direct correlation between parent participation and academic achievement.  See articles below:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3020099/

http://voices.yahoo.com/effect-parent-involvement-students-academic-6494222.html

Tip #3: At the beginning of each school year, make sure that you obtain a school calendar.  This is important because it lists the events for the year.  Make sure you attend as many things as possible, especially Back to School Night, Open House and Parent Conference.   If you are unable to make an important event, make arrangements for a family member to attend in your place.  It takes a village to raise a child, but it first starts at home with the parents.

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