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Night fears keep children up, but My Monster on Top of the Bed can calm those fears

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Night fears, such as the darkness, noises, and monsters, are very common in children because of different factors. One is excessive exposure to media including television shows, movies, or books that are scary. Another reason is the child’s wide imagination because of what he/she talked about with his/her friends or classmates.[1]

As a parent, it is one of your responsibilities to help your child overcome fear. Gwen Dewar, a Ph.D. from University of Michigan and author of Parenting Science, developed a checklist for helping your child and it takes a lot of patience to do this. Just to highlight some of the main points of the said checklist, you have to evaluate your child’s sleeping schedule if he/she is sleepy enough to fall asleep immediately so as not having to stay awake in the dark for too long. Providing a night light or a stuffed toy may help your child feel secure. In the moment of nightmares, assure your child that those were not real and divert his/her attention to think happy thoughts.[2]

In the website of the Cleveland Clinic, one important tip to help your child overcome night fear is to avoid exposing him/her to frightening bedtime stories. It’s very important to pick the right book. The Monster on Top of the Bed is a very helpful book to banish night fears because of the value of friendship between Suzy and Karrit. Suzy symbolizes the character of a child who has fears about anything, which is the common scenario for any child at bedtime.

Karrit represents either the monster or any type of fear, which a child is afraid of. However, this story is remarkable since the monster, Karrit, is scared of the child, Suzy until they get to know each other and become best friends. Karrit can serve as an inspiration for your child to cope with his/her fears by picturing himself/herself to be like Suzy. Further, this book has well-designed illustrations that will encourage your child to read more.

“Often, if you’re able to talk about your child’s fears, they become less scary,” says Jane Nelsen, Ed.D., coauthor of Positive Discipline.[3] A related book, My Monster on Top of the Bed, takes a unique approach. It is the same book but without any words written on it. Instead of having to just talk to your child about his/her fears, this book will motivate your child to write his/her own story. Thus, your child will be given a chance to reflect on what his/her fears are and what solution to come up with. The most crucial part here is how your child is able to create his/her own capability to fight imaginary creatures or other types of fear. In the Article entitled, “Go Away Monster,” that appeared in Parents.com, Dr. Nelsen stated, “Ultimately, the more capable a child feels, the less likely [he/]she is to be afraid.”[4]

 Resources:

My Monster on Top of the Bed the book where children write their own story

The Monster on Top of the Bed the book with the story

The Monster on Top of the Bed-Creative Edition (both books in one)

References

[1] http://www.babycenter.com/0_nighttime-fears-why-they-happen-and-what-to-do-about-them_66739.bc?showAll=true

[2] http://www.parentingscience.com/nighttime-fears.html

[3] http://www.parents.com/toddlers-preschoolers/sleep/issues/how-to-help-with-nighttime-fears/?page=2

[4] http://www.parents.com/toddlers-preschoolers/sleep/issues/how-to-help-with-nighttime-fears/?page=3

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 One thing I have loved about having a Chromebook is the ease of having access to so many wonderful apps at my fingertip. Apps that make my life so much easier as a work from home mom. I have access for my home business and my blogs right at my finger tips, I don’t have to spend hours on the web browsing, and doing research about apps that will help me to manage my time because I have a Google App Store in my menu with all of these options organized into pretty little categories for me.

“Leaving children in front of a television or a video game all day is not an option in my book”

 

As a work from home mom, however, I don’t just need ways to manage my business, but ways to keep my children busy so that I can get my work done. Leaving children in front of a television or a video game all day is not an option in my book, I did not grow up that way and do not want to be ‘that mom.’

My mom encouraged me to read, and because of it, I developed a passion for reading, writing, and a talent for doing research that has helped in many ways in my success as a virtual assistant. I want my children to be able to look back on their lives and say because my mom encouraged me to do this, I am now successful in this. I don’t want them to say, I cannot do this because no one taught me.

Smart Ways to Distract Children

Tablets, phones, laptops, all these adult electronic devices have now been configured with apps specifically made to help with your child’s development. I have an app on my phone that helped me to teach Ally her ABC’s. Thanks to apps like the Kindle reader, you can buy books online and your children can read off of your phone or laptop.

My Monster on Top of The Bed takes things to the next level and challenges children to explore their creative side on any phone, computer or laptop that runs a free Kindle app. In my case that’s a Chromebook, but it works on virtually any smartphone, computer or tablet, such as an iPad. After downloading this Kindle book from Amazon, your child can explore the friendship that grows between Suzie and Karrit, and then write their own story. Allowing them to face their fears while exploring a side of themselves that maybe you haven’t had the opportunity to help them explore yet.

 About the Story

 The story itself has an incredible message of acceptance. Children discover not to judge a person (‘Not judging a book by its cover’). I feel that any mom will feel comfortable about their child not only reading, but having the ability to put these lessons into practice by writing their own story of acceptance. Also, if they purchase the paperback version of the book, they get to write their own story on top of the marvelous artwork. (When you buy the paperback version, you get a free Kindle book.)

For the opportunity to explore The Monster on Top of the Bed family of books and audio and e-books and activity guides visit the site here.

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 A great addition to the homeschooling mom’s library

I purchased The Monster on Top of the Bed – Creative Edition by Alan H Jordan today, and decided to read it with my daughter, Ally. The printed book hasn’t come yet, but we dove right into the Kindle edition. When you buy the printed book, you also get a free version of the Kindle edition, which can be read on a Kindle or just about any phone, tablet, or computer with a free Kindle app.

The Monster on Top of the Bed – Creative Edition is really a combination of two books that can be found in our  Amazon Store:  The Monster on Top of the Bed, which empowers children to banish monsters at will. This also helps them to discover how to make friends by employing The Golden Rule and My Monster on Top of the Bed, which uses the beautiful artwork as a backdrop to empower children to write their own stories.  See this 36-second video:

I have four children, and I’ll tell you a little bit about my experiences with two of them:

Reading with Ally

We laid down on the floor, she sat on my back and we stared into the screen of my  Chromebook as we read the book in my Kindle Cloud Reader. It’s really neat; you don’t need a Kindle to read a Kindle book.  You can read it on line, on your phone, or iPad, or other tablet, etc.
Ally is still pretty young. Although she enjoys sitting with me when I read with Faith, she tends to get bored pretty easily and usually scampers off at about the halfway point. It was the first time we were reading a book on my Chromebook however, so that may have had something to do with it, because she loved the experience. By the time we reached page seven, she was off my back, laying right next to me while pointing at the screen and fascinated by the words popping up at her every time I double clicked.
 
The Monster on Top of the Bed takes advantage of the latest technology, which applies the pop-up text to the digital book, allowing children to have an interactive, interesting experience.
At first, I was a bit flustered. Although the pop-up text did make it easier to read the print which may be hard to see for those with vision problems, having to double click to pop-up and double click again to move on to the next section eventually got to feel a bit too repetitive. Then, I figured out that it works like a toggle. Once, you turn it on, all you have to do is tap the right side of the screen, and it goes to the new section of pop-up text.

Synopsis

 The story itself is quite interesting, adding bit of a twist on the typical children’s under the bed monster story book with role reversal. Here’s a general gist:

Once upon a time there was a little girl named Suzy, who used to jump up and down on her bed having just a great time. This scared a young critter named Karrit who lived under Suzy’s bed and he wanted her to be his friend. Still, Suzy ate strange things like cakes made out of pans (pancakes) and the toes of toemays (tomatoes) and he couldn’t believe it—he heard her talk about eating something truly horrendous.

One day Karrit heard Suzy tell her mother that she was lonely and needed a friend. Because of that Karrit decided to visit Suzy. At first Suzy was afraid of Karrit, who had red, scaly legs, and a blue nose. But Suzy noticed that Karrit seemed scared of her too. So, Suzy treated Karrit the way that she would want to be treated if she had gone to his house.

As they grew to know each other, Suzy figured out why Karrit was afraid of her, and she was sorry to have scared him as well. She showed him a hotdog (she didn’t eat dogs that were hot) a tomato (she didn’t eat the toes of matoes) and a carrot (she definitely didn’t eat Karrits).

Suzy made Karrit feel that she liked him, and that she wanted him to be happy. Because of that, they kept getting to know each other better. Until one day they both realized that they didn’t have to be afraid of each other, and it was a mistake for each of them to think of the other as a “monster.” Suzy and Karrit became best friends, and neither was afraid of monsters again.

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I have some interesting stories that are being developed. Teachers and home schoolers are welcome to help me fine tune them.  Let me know if you’re interested.

  •  Monsterize Day -It’s like Sponge Bob, except it’s not under the sea. As friendly monsters exercise in strange ways we learn to count to ten, and have a great time. But, this story, and the associated book are not perfect. Sometimes the sound sounds strange. The book has comments: It asks you to check to see if what it is telling you is true. Why would the author do that?
  • Counting Monsters – Counting Monsters – In this fun story we encounter monsters riding bikes, going on hikes, playing Peek-A-Boo, rowing a canoe, learning how to fly and more. Children learn to count to ten by drawing and counting friendly monsters that do interesting things. This book is also appropriate for adults who are in nursing homes and hospitals as it is a great way to pass time.
  • One Hundred Monsters – 100 Monsters is Disney meets Sesame Street! It’s great fun! We encounter monsters in groups of ten stirring stew, morphing into trains, playing baseball and doing all sorts of strange things. It’s a great way to learn to count to 100 by tens. 100 Monsters is sure to foster discussions and learning. Two different readers perform two different versions of the book. The .pdf file includes both versions of 100 Monster.
  • Introducing Two to the Power of Zero – It’s Albert Einstein meets Monsters, Inc. A monster that can split into 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64 and then return to 1 introduces the concept of geometrical progressions to very young children, in this entertaining story. Children are encouraged to draw their own illustrations for the story in the We-Drew-That edition.
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You’re interested in learning how to use your book to fund raise for a library, school or non-profit organization.  Perhaps you’ve already read Part I and Part II in this series.  Now, you want to know how to make it happen.

The good news is that there is only good news.  In this article, I will explain how you can take advantage of software and web sites that will empower you, with a minimal investment of money.

Here are the tools that you need:

  • To raise money to help you write your book – Kickstarter.com – This link will take you to an appeal that I have just put together.  After you review it, explore the balance of the site, and you will see hundreds of successful projects.
  • To buy a website name or create a website DGS2.net, or see my detailed post on this subject on my writer’s blog.
  • To develop a better sense of marketing, listen to this Internet radio show.
  • If you don’t want to do it all yourself, drop a comment on this page and tell me the amount of involvement you want to have, and what you want someone else to do for you.  I’ll get back to you as soon as a I can, but it may take a day or two.
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This post is a follow-up to Social Marketing Strategy For Librarians and Teachers – Part 1

How You Will Benefit

You’ve read Part I and you’re wondering how a teacher or librarian can benefit from a service like the Kickstarter.com website that comes up when you redirect an easy-to-remember web address into your web browser.  Here are a few thoughts:

  • Publication enhances a teacher’s professional image, especially when you’re teaching in a college or university setting.  Of course, you can always go the standard publishing route, but if you have a really good idea, you may make considerably more money by independently publishing.  The problem with publishing, though, is not getting the book printed, it’s getting distribution.  Most professionals feel a little queasy when they ask for donations to publish their book.  So don’t ask for money for yourself. Ask for money to donate the books to libraries, schools and charities.
  • Getting your books into school and public libraries usually generates a sense of satisfaction. There is a problem.  Most teachers and librarians are a bit shy when it comes to asking for publicity.  This shy feeling often vanished and they feel relaxed about asking for publicity if they are doing something newsworthy.  Raising money to add books to a library connection is newsworthy. If you doubt that, call the Editor of your local paper and something like, “I’m an teacher (librarian), author and a local resident, and I’m embarking on a project to help school and libraries get books donated?  Is that something you might want to know more about?”
  • The publicity will help you to get a new job or tutoring if the economy forces your employer to implement a reduction in staff. Given a choice between hiring two otherwise equally skilled workers, many employers will choose to hire a published author over a non-published author.  Also, employers tend to look favorably upon candidates who have demonstrated that they are well-rounded individuals who have made a difference in their community and their lives.  (There is a caveat here, however.  Employers do not prefer to hire someone who will be more concerned with fund raising for charity than for doing their job.)

How Schools and Libraries Can Benefit

In today’s economy, with the many funding cutbacks, you can make a difference by:

  • Providing a way for others to donate copies of your books means that you are helping to reduce costs.  “That’s fine,” you say, “but its only one or two books and schools and libraries need many books.”  That’s true, but suppose you live in an area with 25 library branches, each of which would order one copy of your book.  That’s 25 books.  If the books costs $15 each that’s $375 less the library would have to spend.  That’s significant in today’s budgets.  Also, there’s something simple that you can do that creates a win-win scenario, and that is . . .
  • Proactively, make your book available for fund raising efforts. – This will take some effort on your part, but it can make quite a difference.  Assuming that you have already set up a Kickstarter.com page  you have 90% of what you need.  Assume that you are speaking with Jim, a person who is in charge of raising money.  A conversation might go something like this:You: Jim, how much money do you need to raise to pay for the repairs to the bathroom that broke?Jim: $3,500You:  If you could raise that $3,500 by getting 350 donations for $10, and most of the donations came from people that normally would not contribute would that be good?Jim: Sure.You: What would happen if I adapted my web page for you? Suppose that we stated that we wanted to raise $3,500, and offered different versions of my book(s) as premiums, like they don on the fundraisers on public TV and radio.  Do you suppose that you could get some publicity in the local papers?  I mean the beauty of it is that many might donate as little as a $1 or  $2 and someone else could donate $100, while a lot of people might just donate $30 to get a copy of the book.  For the people who donated just a small amount, we could give them a digital download.Jim:  I don’t know.  Where would the donations go, to you?

    You:  Absolutely not.  You would own the web page.  All of the donations would go directly to your organization.  All I would be doing is helping you to build it.

    Jim:  What does it cost us?

    You:  There’s no up front costs, except you would have to spend an hour or two checking the website and making sure that everyone approved of the appeal.

    Jim:  And how would we get paid?

    You:  Amazon.com puts the money right into your checking account.

    Jim:  How would people know about it?

    You:  You’d have to do some publicity, and make up some flyers, and perhaps send out some e-mails.  You probably have a contact list already.

    Jim: Yes, we do, but we don’t like to approach our donors too often.  It burns them out.

    You: That’s the beauty of this method, you don’t have to ask them to contribute anything. You could just ask them to pass the word along, ask them to tell others about this effort by forwarding the e-mail.  You could say something like, “You can help us by telling your friends, family and business acquaintances — anywhere in the world.  Just ask them too look at our web page, ask them to watch the video and ask them to pass on the word.”

    Jim:  That doesn’t sound too hard.

    You:  It should be easy.  And, don’t forget, with a couple of press releases you may get hundreds of people to contribute who would never have thought about contributing before.

    Jim: And our up front cost is zero?

    You: Yes.

    Jim: I don’t think that the copy on your web page is appropriate to us.

    You:  You’re right.  It isn’t.  That’s why you and I will work together to make it work for you.  For example, the project title might be: “Repair the Brulington Library Branch’s Bathroom by Buying a Book.”

    Jim: I don’t like that headline.

    You: Do you think that if we put our heads together, we might come up with one that works for you?

    Jim: Sure.

    You: Then that’s not a problem.  We’d also change the copy and the rewards that people would get.

    Jim: This will take a lot of your time.  What do you make out of it?

    You: I get the feeling of helping out, supporting you.  I get publicity for my book.  I make a few dollars on each of the books that you give away as a premium.  I don’t make any part of the donations that you receive.

    Jim: Has anyone else successfully raised money doing this?

    You: Absolutely.  Look at all of these projects that have raised $1,000 to $20,000.  (You then show them a tour of the website and they see for themselves that hundreds of organizations have successfully raised money.)  Is this your decision?

    Jim: No, but my recommendations are strongly considered.  We’re having a Board meeting next week, I’ll take it to the Board. Thanks for bringing this to my attention.

In Part 3, I will review the technology that you need to accomplish everything that I’ve just suggested and I’ll show you how you can even make it happen if you haven’t published a book yet, and at zero cost to you.

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Social Marketing Defined

For the purpose of this article, social marketing is using on-line tools to help to market a person, product or service.

Strategy Defined

An overall direction that assures that you when you get where you are going, you are happy to have arrived.

Why You Should Care

Social Marketing Strategy is a topic of rising interest according to Google’s keyword Search Engine tool. “So, what does that have to do with me if I’m a librarian, teacher or a professional?” is the question of the day. Quite a bit, actually. Arthur H. (Red) Motley (1900-1984) coined this sales proverb. A master sales trainer in the 1940’s and 1950’s he made this succinct statement that has turned into a cliche. Nonetheless, it has validity. You can be the best teacher in the world, but if you’re out of work, you need to sell yourself. You can be the best librarian in your city, but if the library closes you’re out of work.

Elements of Success

There are two prerequisites for successful social networking, and these should be part of a social marketing strategy:

  • Being social – that is investing the time and effort to actually develop some sort of relationship with people.  Yes, all of those names that come up on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn are actually real people.  Even the ones who have a fake persona are real people.  Building a relationship on line is much the same as building a relationship when you walk into a Chamber of Commerce style networking party (except that most people who do computer-based social marketing don’t feel need to have a drink in their hand to feel relaxed.) The key to building an online relationship is to give information about yourself in short bursts (eight to ten seconds if you were speaking) and to motivate the person to whom you’re speaking to ask additional questions.  The more questions you answer, the stronger your relationship becomes.  Why?  Because each time you answer a question, you are becoming more relevant to that person’s needs.
  • Networking – That is making a consistent effort–not just showing up one time, announcing your presence and leaving the party.  When you network consistently, you earn trust.  People think, I’ve seen Joe at six or seven places.  He must be worth knowing. Being on line in a number of different venues is the equivalent of going to a variety of conferences.  It inspires trust.  But just having a presence is not enough.  You also have to say something relevant.  Making a consistent effort means telling people something valuable.

Example

Let’s take one quick example of how you can sell yourself in a unique way.  Suppose you go on line, and use an established venue (one that has credibility) to raise money for a cause.  It’s okay if that cause also puts money in your pocket.  It is one element that helps you to be social and to network.  Consider for example, writing a book and raising money to donate it to libraries.   In Part II, we will go over this example in detail and explain why how it is relevant to librarians and teachers.

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One great way to beat summer slide is to learn a new language.  When you learn a new language, you also learn a new culture, or at least part of a culture.  When you learn a new language, your brain is working hard, yet it is usually having fun.

Language is Music by Susanna Zaraysky

Find more tips when you read Language is Music by Susanna Zaraysky

These hints are provided by Susanna Zaraysky. (www.languageismusic.com) Susanna speaks seven languages (English, Russian, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, and Serbo-Croatian) with excellent accents because she learn languages like she learns music. She has also studied Hungarian, Hebrew and Arabic. After teaching English in Argentina, Bosnia and the United States, she realized how to make foreign language learning fun and easy through listening exercises and music.

About Learning a Foreign Language with Music

The radio, TV and You Tube are free. You can use them to get your kids to remember and excel with foreign languages.

Music engages more parts of the brain than language does. Use music to help you learn and remember your new language.

Just turn on your radio, relax and get in the groove of your new tongue. Paying attention to media in your target language introduces you to the phonetical and grammatical structure of your target language. After you get used to the melodies of your new languages, then you can insert the grammar and vocabulary. Listen first. Speak later.

Enjoy the learning process and you will learn much more.

Tips on How to Learn a Foreign Language Using The Media for free

1. Listen Carefully

Learning a new language means you have to change your key and tune. Dancing the cha-cha to waltz music is like speaking a new language, while still using the rhythm of your mother tongue. Let yourself take in the sounds of the language as though you were listening to a new piece of music. Even if you are just a beginner and barely know any words, you can still learn by listening. Pay attention to how people speak. Does it seem like they are reading a phone number or rattling of a list of numbers? Are they angry? Happy? Sometimes, you have to shut off your brain and inclination to interpret to analyze. Listen to the words spoken and to your intuition.

2. Relax and Just  Listen

Find music in your target language that you like. It does not matter if at first you do not understand the lyrics. You may start singing along without even knowing what you are singing. You are not only learning the rhythm of the language, you are learning new vocabulary.

Relax and close your eyes. Turn off the lights. Lie down or sit in a comfortable position. Do not try to understand the words, just listen. You might fall asleep or daydream. Give yourself the time to simply listen and not do anything else. Your mind needs to be calm in order to absorb the sounds. Your ears need no other distractions to let them properly hear all the high, medium and low frequencies of the language. Do this regularly.

3. As You Listen Write Down the Lyrics

Listen to music with the lights on, your eyes open and a pencil in hand. Write the lyrics of the songs while listening. You will have to pause the music and rewind or repeat many times to get the words down. Some words will be hard to write because they may be idioms or slang that you have not learned yet, but just write as much as you can understand.

Do not be frustrated with obscure words. Compare the lyrics you noted with the original song and see how well you were able to understand the song. Some CDs come with the lyrics inside the CD case. If you do not have them, look for them online on lyrics websites. Once you have your version of the lyrics and the original, you can see how much you were able to understand from listening to the song. Use your dictionary to translate the words you do not know.

4. Listen to the Radio in this New Language

When you start listening to radio broadcasts, the radio announcers may sound like they are emitting a stream or storm of sounds and not individual words. In time, you will hear familiar words repeated and will learn to distinguish them. You can actively listen to the radio attentively and take notes, listen to it in the background or just close your eyes to listen without straining yourself to understand.

5. Find You Tube videos in other languages

Go on You tube and find music in your target language that you like. Some videos even come with subtitles in the target language or in translation. Look for the lyrics of the song by doing a search online. Type in the name of the song and “lyrics”. The videos may also help you understand what the song is about. This is especially important for visual learners.

6. Watch TV Daily!

Let’s say you are learning Spanish. You have found a local Spanish language TV station in your area or you are watching the national Univision news. Even without knowing all the words, you will be able to get the gist of some of the news reports. The images and video footage of events already tell you what the news announcers are talking about. Tune into how they are speaking and the words they are using to describe the images on screen.

Even if you cannot watch TV all the time, it is all right to do errands around the house as you listen to the TV in the background. Think of the TV as background music like you would hear in a cafê or restaurant. Even though it is not at the forefront of your consciousness, your brain is still processing it and getting used to the flow of the language.

So go forth, turn up the music and turn on the language-learning!

You can find out more info about Language is Music online at:  http://www.languageismusic.com


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Ways to make money for Unemployed Teachers

I have been thinking about the experience of an unemployed teacher who will remain anonymous, but who submitted this post.  I woke up from a sleep, driven to make this post to assist him. The first thing that I did was to check out other blogs.  Bad news.  Here’s a typical result:  http://www.proteacher.net/discussions/showthread.php?t=21838. Perhaps after I write it and direct him to the post, I’ll be able to fall back asleep. I think I’ll post a link on that blog to this solution.  Perhaps my ideas will help them too.  Also, if you get a chance check out this site, which I started some time ago, but never kept up. Still, it might help you.

Get Your Hands on a e-book from which you can cut-and-paste and build a presentation that will get you job interviews

Perhaps, I feel this way because I went through a period of unemployment that lasted over two years.  I know what it feels like. I know the “take me or leave me philosophy” that I developed.  I know that I wrote my own survival manual.  In fact, I’m going to offer that manual free to anyone who is reading this post. However, please don’t give it away to others.  Instead, ask them to buy it from http://www.max-opp.com/ejs/.  It’s $19.00.  However, if you post a comment in reply to this site, I’ll allow you to download it for free.  (I know that I e-mailed it to you, but I didn’t receive a reply, so perhaps it was too big for your e-mail.)

Consider Being a Contractor

Check out http://www.Dice.com as an example.  You are like to find that you can market some of your skill sets for at least $30/hour.  (Assuming that you know how to build a small database with Microsoft Access,  or write a really good technical report.  Perhaps you need to position yourself as a Management Analyst or a Process Analyst.

Tutoring

If you can do tutoring over the web, that will be great.  You can do this on your own using http://www.DimDim.com, http://www.Webex.com, or http://www.GoToMeeting.com, or you can contract with one of the companies that use tutors.  Search for tutors and tutoring on this web site, and you’ll find some of them. There are companies out there that are looking for good tutors.

Prepare Lesson Plans, and we Will Market Them

This is a long shot, and it will take a while to get up to speed, but I’ll give you 75% of the gross profit (sales price less direct costs such as PayPal fees) assuming that I don’t have to spend a lot of time editing your work.  Look at the response that you sent me, below, and you’ll see why this is a concern.  If I have to spend considerable time editing (or hire someone to do this) then your payout would be lower.  I have the technology in place to allow you to sell these Lesson Plans and get paid immediately upon their sale.  Money will be deposited directly into your  PayPal account, and you’ll be able to spend it immediately.  It will take some effort, but you can do this.

Write a Book / Audio Book / e-Book and Earn Immediate Royalties

It’s possible to use FastPencil* to write and market a book, and there are other sources such as http://www.scribd.com, http://www.smashwords.com, http://www.lulu.com, which will enable you to make income from them relatively quickly. What I like about FastPencil is that you can actually turn your blog into a real book and/or an e-book.  RoughCutUneditedPreviewOfMaximumOpportunity (Note that this e-book has both live hyperlinks (most chapters) and text–see Chapter 7.)  This is just an example.

My experience is that if you can write a series of information-based books, you can make money quickly.  Novels, short-stories, and poetry are a crap shot.  It’s true that I’m doing a novel and book of poetry now (see http://www.Harmony123.com) , and I expect to make money from it, but it’s also true that I don’t expect to make any money from it for at least a year.  Also, it has taken me four years to develop a strategy that will enable me to make money from writing it.

Be a contributing author and/or Editor and/or Marketing Person for this site.

There will be no upfront cash, but I’ll share some of the revenue that comes out of this site with you, assuming that we arrive at a mutually agreeable formula in advance.  To see the revenue potential for a blog take a look at this series of articles on a child blog on this site.  I can suggest that you check out the Stump Markus Internet Radio show* to hear advice on how to develop marketing skills on the web.  I’ve been listening to Markus for about 18 months now, and I’m impressed. Caution:  As Markus would say, the hardest thing to do on the Internet is to make your first dollar.  After that, it’s not so bad.  That first dollar can take years.  (Ask me how I know.  :))  Here is a link to a [post that offers  one of his videos, http://max-opp.com/teachers/want-to-tutor-heres-how-to-launch-a-website-that-gets-traffic *

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Target & Summer Slide

I received this e-mail frpm a representative of Target, and I thought I’d pass it along.

Target Logo - Target is involved with Summer Slide

Target Logo - Target is involved with Summer Slide

I wanted to bring your attention to an upcoming initiative by Target and the Search Institute based on helping avoid summer ‘brain drain’ on their kids this summer that I thought would be of interest to you and be a good resource to your readers.

Beginning this Sunday, May 16, Target will begin posting themed tips on their Facebook (www.Facebook.com/Target) for parents every week. Sample tips include

START THE SUMMER OFF “WRITE” – Kids who write well tend to read well and vice versa, which can be a powerful combination that can give your children a big boost in school. According to the National Association for the Education of Young Children, reflection is actually a big deal for little minds. By teaching young children to remember and evaluate their experiences each day, you’re developing their decision-making and problem-solving skills, plus you’re helping them (and you!) recognize some of the activities they love most.

What to Do: Work with your children on various projects, such as scrapbooking, writing a neighborhood newsletter and making a picture book.

GET OUT, GET ACTIVE – Sports and outdoor activities can help your kids stay healthy and fit, but they can also boost brain power. Children’s advocate Richard Louv says that today’s kids are suffering from NDD – Nature Deficit Disorder – because they’re spending so much time indoors. Outdoor play stimulates kids’ creativity. Plus, it’s been shown to improve their stress levels and their confidence with learning and social skills.

What to Do: Sign your children up for organized sports leagues or camp; take a nature hike; or grow a back yard garden.

FUN IN THE SUN . . . WITH BOOKS – Kids who read throughout the summer perform better in school, no matter where or when or what they read. Studies also show that when kids read for fun, especially books that match their reading levels and interests, they become better readers and are less likely to forget all the good stuff they learned during the school year. Kids who read frequently and have easy access to books have also been found to be more competent and resilient in risky situations.

What to Do: Start the summer with a trip to your local library; read outside by the light of the moon; and turn bits of nature into one-of-a kind bookmarks.

Also, check out The Monster on Top of the Bed (Ages 2-7) and The End of All Times (Ages 13+), both of which are written to motivate children to read. I wrote these books.

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