We Are Proud To Announce A New Release!!

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When I Grow up I Want To Be…a Good Person! is now available on Amazon.com

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Description:

Blake and Brendan would do almost anything to get out of going to Mr. Becket’s funeral. It will be boring and sad—and dead people are scary! There might even be ghosts! But Mom and Dad insist. Mr. Becket was a good person, and it is right to gather with his family and friends to remember him and all the good things he did. So what’s so good about remembering a dead person? A lot. Readers learn with Blake and Brendan what it means to be a good person and all the ways a good person makes a difference in people’s lives, even long after they’re gone.

 

Reviews:

“What a wonderful way to introduce kids to what it means to be a good person. As friends and acquaintances share stories about Mr. Becket at his funeral, heartfelt memories illustrate all that he did to help others, and how he touched so many during his lifetime.” —Rebecca Grose, SoCal Public Relations

“A simply wonderful book. In all of my years of community service, this one may be the best guide I have found for young readers. It is a moral compass to point them towards the right road of a worthwhile life.” —Rev. Luther Miller, Guiana, South America

“Well thought out. Well written. Well done. No matter what your religious beliefs, a believer or a non-believer, this book is an inspiration to help your children grow into responsible, mature, and devoted citizens for a better world for us and generations to come. It should be mandatory reading for the Chaplain Basic Officer Leadership Course.” —Bruce Fischer, Chaplain, U.S. Army (Retired)

 

 

 

Jul 08

New Title Coming Soon!!!

WIGU Publishing is proud to announce a new book release that will be coming soon!

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When I Grow Up I Want To Be…a Good Person is a story that allows readers to learn with Blake and Brendan what it means to be a good person and all the ways a good person makes a difference in people lives…even long after they’re gone.

 

Summary:

“Blake and Brendan would do anything to get out of going to Mr. Becket’s funeral. It will be boring and sad—and dead people are scary! But Mom and Dad insist. Mr. Becket was a good person, and it is right to gather with his family and friends to remember him and all the good things he did. So what’s so good about a dead person? A lot. Readers learn with Blake and Brendan what it means to be a good person and all the ways a good person makes a difference in people lives…even long after they’re gone.”

 

Stay tuned for our release date 🙂

Jun 30

How to Teach Kids About the 4th of July

Summer is going by fast!  The 4th of July is in 4 days :).  The 4th of July is about more than just fireworks and amazing food.  It is important to  help children understand the history of this special day.  Independence Day is a great opportunity to find local ways to honor soldiers in your community and also to reach out to troops overseas to show your support and gratitude.

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Thanks to sylvan learning for a few tips on how to educate and celebrate!

 

Talk with your Child About the Meaning of the 4th of July 

Before and during this important holiday, take time to talk with your child about what Independence Day means to each of you. The 4th of July, or Independence Day, is a federal holiday that celebrates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. Ask your kids some questions before you begin the discussion to understand how much they already know. Consider discussing the following questions…

– What is Independence Day?

– Why do we celebrate freedom?

– What are ways we can show our patriotism?

 

Discuss the Meaning of the America Flag 

Discuss with your child the meaning of the stars and stripes on the America Flag. Create a project with him or her about Old Glory. It’s fun to step back in history with kids and discover the various iterations of the flag that America has flown over the years. Depending on your child’s age, it might make an interesting research project for him or her during the summer.

 

Teach Patriotic Songs to your Child

Take some time this week to teach your child the words to patriotic songs like “The Star Spangled Banner,” “America the Beautiful,” “My Country Tis of Thee,” and “You’re a Grand Old Flag.” If you have older children, ask them to research what year the songs were written and under what circumstances. Ask them, “If you were to write a song today, what could it include to show patriotism?”

 

 

Read Books About American History 

Recreate moments of importance in American history by reading stories about the Revolutionary War, the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the creation of the Constitution. Our children need to know about our important documents and how they’ve shaped the country throughout history and today.

 

Discuss the Declaration of Independence 

Take the time to read and discuss the Declaration of Independence with your child. For younger kids, it’s a harder concept to comprehend, so find a personal way for them to connect to our history. You can even use examples in your own home to demonstrate.

 

Visit a Local Historical Museum or Historical Site 

Take the opportunity to explore your local region for any sites that have historical meaning for the United States. If you don’t have something local, take a look to see what might be near any vacation destinations that you are headed to or on your route there.

 

Watch a Movie 

Find movies and shows that highlight the celebration of patriotism and American history. One suggestion is to watch A Capitol Fourth on PBS. The program incorporates many elements of Independence Day into the presentation each year. From veterans being honored to treasured patriotic songs being played, it’s an event that shares patriotism with your child. Liberty Kids is another favorite to watch that helps to build a little background for kids to understand why we celebrate independence and freedom.

 

Make this 4th of July fun and educational at the same time 🙂

Jun 16

Homeschooling goes under the microscope in new Peabody research

 

Is homeschooling the right choice for your child?  More often than not, homeschooling is looked down on.  In our modern day in age, will homeschooling become “normal”. More than 2 million children in the United States are now homeschooled, up from only 15,000 40 years ago, but little research has been done on the academic and social outcomes of this student population. In a first-of-its-kind analysis, Vanderbilt University researcher Joseph Murphy examined home schooling from its inception in the 1970s to today in order to better understand this growing social movement and what it means for education.

 

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Below is a little information from Vanderbilt University. 

 

Home schooling is greatly understudied because it is difficult to capture data, Murphy says. Because homeschoolers are not included in typical school district data or federally required exams and are also scattered around the country in nearly as many households as there are students, it is challenging to evaluate the impact of this education alternative.

Murphy’s research focuses on the history of the homeschooling movement in America, its exponential growth, the people who comprise the homeschool population and the impact of this educational path on the student and society.

The findings of his three-year study are culminated in the newly released book, Homeschooling in America.

These movements tend to be highly ideological and everyone has a belief and ideology. The book strives to move beyond that to actually understand what is happening and why it’s happening.”“The purpose of the book is to offer an informed understanding of the movement,” said Murphy, the Frank W. Mayborn Professor and Chair in the Department of Leadership, Policy and Organizations at Vanderbilt’s Peabody College of education and human development. “These movements tend to be highly ideological and everyone has a belief and ideology. The book strives to move beyond that to actually understand what is happening and why it’s happening.”

While Murphy found that religion and values are the No. 1 reasons parents choose to homeschool their children, these are not the only motivations. Disgruntlement with schools and personal family needs are also common reasons, followed by parents who feel they can better educate their kids than the public school system.

A common worry is that children who are home-schooled will not be socialized, but Murphy found that most of these students have very rich social networks. Academically, he says, it is more difficult to get answers, although statistically, as many home-schooled students attend college as their traditional public school peers.

“Homeschool students are successful and they don’t perform worse than other students or seem to be disadvantaged in any way,” Murphy said. “If you have one teacher dedicated to one or two children, it’s a success equation, and so it doesn’t surprise me [homeschooling] works.”

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Murphy has long researched the notion of opening the education system to market and customer forces through avenues that make education more client and customer sensitive such as charter schools and school vouchers. Homeschooling, he says, is the most radical example of privatization of schooling because it takes the entire cost off the public payroll and places it solely on the parent.

Murphy says homeschooling has become a competitor in the school choice marketplace, but he does not think the trajectory will continue to rise.

“One of the things that will cap homeschooling is that some 90 percent of these families take a parent out of the wage earning sector,” Murphy said, noting that up to 95 percent of homeschool teachers are full-time mothers. “There can only be so many people who give up their jobs to stay home, so that is a natural capper to growth.”

The wild card, he says, is technology, which could enable more students to “school at home,” but this option is actually a threat to homeschooling because online schooling is currently dominated by public schools. Although there is not much data on this, Murphy predicts that in the future, more homeschooling parents will elect an online option funded by local school systems that allows them to keep their kids at home while offsetting cost to local schools.

Meanwhile, Murphy says parents are increasingly willing to invest the kind of time and energy it takes to homeschool, even though research that examines the outcomes of home schooling is in very short supply.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apr 22

Celebrating Earth Day

We are lucky to live on such a beautiful planet, but we need to treat it better!

Earth Day began on April 22, 1970 and has been an important day ever since.  It’s a day to reflect on our planet, our environment and what we can do to help keep them healthy.earth-day

From the beginning, children and schools were approached to support the formation and continuation of this special day.  And this makes sense!  Children have the most important stake in keeping our planet healthy.  They’ll still be the caretakers long after their parents and grandparents have passed away.

 

For 50 Earth Day Activities for Kids click here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apr 14

The Importance Of The Middle Grade

We all remember the awkward days of trying to fit in as a 7th grade student.  Our bodies and voices were going through drastic changes and many of us felt lost.  At this age, most of us were trying to establish some form of independence.

 

 

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Please click HERE to listen to the Whole Child Podcast on the importance of “The Middle Grade”

 

Mar 24

How Important Is Early Childhood Education?

Expanding access to high quality early childhood education is one of the smartest investments that we can make as a country.  In the early years of a child’s life, when the brain is forming, there is an important window of opportunity to develop a child’s full potential and shape key academic, social, and cognitive skills that determine a child’s success in school and life.  Researchers are indicating that the future of every child is mostly determined before he or she turns 8.

 

 

Teacher Surprised With $10,000 As A Knowledge Universe Early Childhood Educator Award Winner

 

Below is a little more information on Early Childhood Education thanks to Nationswell.com

 

 

What is early childhood education, exactly?

 

The very definition of early childhood education varies greatly among organizations, schools and governments. The National Association for the Education of Young Children, the world’s largest advocacy organization devoted to early childhood learning, defines it as high-quality programs — emphasis on “high quality” — geared toward children from birth to age 8 (or third grade). Increasingly, many colleges are expanding their early-education programs to include learning techniques for infants and toddlers. However, many states, as well as the federal government, focus early-education initiatives primarily on preschool or prekindergarten (3- or 4-year-olds).

Why is early childhood education so important?

 

Research has shown that much of what you need to succeed in life is established before you enter kindergarten. During that time, the human brain undergoes rapid development; it’s a period when a child builds cognitive skills — the foundation for reading, math, science and academics — as well as character skills, social-emotional growth, gross-motor skills and executive functioning, which includes everything from impulse control to problem solving.

“There’s an explosion of activity in the first five years of life, more profound than any future years,” says Rhian Evans Allvin, executive director of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. “If we can capitalize on that and maximize the support and learning opportunities, then we really stand a good chance of setting young children on a trajectory of success.”

What demographics benefit most from early-education programs?

 

Every child benefits from early learning, whether it’s practiced in a formal school setting or at home with parents or caregivers. However, research — most notably the HighScope Perry Preschool Study, which tracked the lives of 123 young children born into poverty — has shown that kids from low-income and disadvantaged communities have even more to gain from early education.

In this study, which began in 1962, 3- and 4-year-olds were divided into two groups: One received high-quality preschool programming and one did not. By age 40, those who had attended preschool had higher earnings, were more likely to hold a job, had committed fewer crimes and were more likely to have graduated from high school than adults who did not attend preschool.

How can we make early childhood education more accessible?

Experts say that Americans are talking more about early childhood education than ever before. But so far the discussion isn’t translating to an increase in programs or attendance. According to The State of Preschool 2013, an annual report by the National Institute for Early Education Research, only 28 percent of the country’s 4-year-olds and 4 percent of 3-year-olds were enrolled in a state-funded preschool program in the 2012-13 school year — the same percentage as 2012. In fact, the actual number of 4-year-olds enrolled dropped by 9,000 between 2012 and 2013. Overall, the 2012 Current Population Survey found that nearly half of all 3- and 4-year-olds did not attend any preschool — public or private — between 2010 and 2012, a statistic that’s held steady since 2006.

Every child deserves the same opportunity in life 🙂

 

 

 

 

Mar 09

When A Family Member Is Deployed

Research shows that children with parents who have been deployed tend to worry more and have the potential to be afraid or sad.  While one of their parents are overseas, a child may feel like the world is a less safe place.

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When I Grow Up I Want To Be…In the U.S. Army! and in the U.S. Navy! both offer important educational facts that will make children more comfortable when either of their parents are deployed!

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To purchase When I Grow Up I Want To Be…In the U.S. Army! click here

To purchase When I Grow Up I Want To Be… In the U.S. Navy! click here

Below are a few facts based on age and development:

  • Very young children may show fear or upset at being separated from their parent. Infants (12 months and younger) may react to changes in their schedule, physical environment, or the caretaker’s mood. They may be uninterested, refuse to eat, or even lose weight.
  • Toddlers (1-3 years) may sulk, cry, throw temper tantrums, or not sleep well if their caretaker is having problems or is not available.
  • Preschoolers (3-6 years) might think their parent was deployed because “I was bad.” They may react with toileting issues, thumb sucking, sleep problems, clinginess, and separation anxiety. They may also be touchy, depressed, aggressive, or complain about aches and pains.
  • Very often, preschool and school-age children also worry about the safety of the parent at home.
  • School age children (6-12 years) may perform more poorly in school. They may become moody, aggressive, or whiny. They may get stomachaches, headaches, etc.
  • Teens may become angry and act out. They can also withdraw or act like they don’t care about things. Adolescents may also not like new family roles and responsibilities after the deployed parent returns home.

 

What can we do to help children who have parents that have been deployed? (thanks to www.military.com)

 

Protecting children from fear

We cannot protect our children from all that is bad. Yet we can learn to talk to our children about war. Use language that is easy to understand and does not hide the truth. Protect children from needless worries and concerns. Provide them with a sense of security and safety. Children should be assured that everything is being done to bring their loved one home safely and to protect families at home.

 

 

Listen and watch

All parents need to take the time to listen, observe, and talk to their children about what is happening around them. This can teach children good listening and communication skills, respect and support for differing opinions, and ways to manage fears and anxieties.

 

 

Is my child okay?

Make sure you are available for your kids. Be there to listen. Parents should pay attention to how their children are playing. If games end with emotions like sadness, aggression, or worry, help the child work out more positive solutions. Above all, kids need to be sure that adults will take care of them as well as they can.

These are some things to watch for:

  • Bad temper, difficulties being soothed
  • Tearfulness, sadness, talking about things that scare them
  • Anger toward people, picking on minority groups
  • Getting irritated and fighting with others
  • Changes in sleep patterns, trouble sleeping
  • More clinging behaviors at home, not wanting to go to school
  • Physical complaints (stomachaches, etc.)
  • Wanting attention

 

Talk to help children deal with war

Take the time to talk about war and deployment. Remember that talking can only make your family stronger. Don’t ignore the subject. Do not minimize your child’s concerns or stressors. Many parents would like to ignore the situation because thinking about war makes them feel vulnerable and powerless to protect their children.

 

 

Talk about feelings

Encourage your children to freely talk about their concerns and feelings. All children want to be included in family matters. They want to be listened to and understood. They have ideas and feelings but may not know how to express them, or how to handle them. “If war is bad, why is mommy going to war?” “If war is bad, why are we doing it?” “Is killing other people ok?”

 

 

Make your child feel as secure as possible

Make your child feel as secure as possible without changing the facts. For example, you might say to a very young child, “War is happening in another country, far away. But you are safe here and we will take care of you.” Or, “Your (dad, mom) will be serving with men and women who will do the best job possible to protect (him, her) and bring (him, her) home safely.”

 

 

 

Feb 25

Military Quotes That Inspire You

 

army newWe should all honor the brave soldiers and war veterans who sacrifice their life on the battlefield.  When I Grow Up… Books decided to honor current and past soldiers by informing the youth about the heroic occupation.  Feel the enthusiasm as you read a few of these famous military quotes.

 

Winston Churchill
We sleep safely at night because rough men stand ready to visit violence on those who would harm us.

 

Dwight D. Eisenhower
Neither a wise nor a brave man lies down on the tracks of history to wait for the train of the future to run over him.

 

George Patton
Live for something rather than die for nothing.

 

George S. Patton Jr.
The soldier is the Army. No army is better than its soldiers. The Soldier is also a citizen. In fact, the highest obligation and privilege of citizenship is that of bearing arms for one’s country

 

Norman Schwarzkopf
The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it.

 

Colin Powell
There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, learning from failure.

 

 

To purchase When I Grow Up I Want To Be…in the U.S. Army! click here

 

 

 

Feb 11

7 Secrets Of Happy Children

Most children are jovial and run around innocently laughing, but what are the determining factors that make a child happy?  In our modern world, people often put too much weigh on children’s success and not their happiness.  Lets all take a step back and focus on a a few essential elements necessary for children’s happiness!

Below are 7 tips to ensure children’s happiness. Credit to Huffingtonpost.com

 

1. They eat on time.
I know what you’re thinking; that’s too simple to be a real parenting strategy. Think again. Have you ever been so hungry that you just wanted to scream? That’s how kids feel when they miss a snack or have to wait two hours past their normal mealtime to participate in some super-fancy family dinner.

 

2. They get consistent sleep.
I know, I know, some kids are better sleepers than others. While that’s certainly the truth, it isn’t an excuse for poor sleep habits. Kids need to learn how to sleep. It’s up to us to teach them. When they are completely exhausted, they are cranky. When they are well-rested and ready to embrace the day, they are happier. Make sleep (and a consistent bedtime) a priority.

 

3. They play without instructions.
Unstructured playtime appears to be a lost art these days. It used to be that kids made their own fun. Today, kids are over-scheduled, dialed in and in awe of toys that essentially do the playing for them. Sure, those garbage trucks with all of the bells and whistles are neat, but be sure to mix in some wooden trucks and building blocks. And, please, take a look at the busy schedule and find some time where your kids can just play each day. Play is good for the soul.

 

4. They are allowed to express emotions.
Kids yell when they’re mad. They cry when they’re sad. They might even stomp their feet and run around in circles when they’re not sure what to feel. And sometimes, if you’re really lucky, they do all of that in the middle of aisle 9 at your friendly neighborhood Target store. Let them. Kids need to express their emotions. While adults know to call a friend to vent when the going gets tough, kids are a bit more primitive. Shushing them and publicly shaming them doesn’t help.

 

5. They get to make choices.
Kids have very little control over their lives. They are constantly being told where to go, what to do and what to eat. A little bit of control goes a long way toward feeling happy. Let your kids choose their outfits. Allow them to choose the dinner menu one night per week. Ask them what classes they want to take. Give them the opportunity to make some decisions and watch them smile in return.

 

6. They feel heard.
Kids are intuitive. Even toddlers can tell when parents are tuning them out or answering on autopilot. When kids feel like their parents truly listen to them (about everything from Lightning McQueen’s best race to what they learned in school), they feel more connected. This increases their self-confidence and increases their overall happiness. Listen when your children speak. It’s the best way to build an open and honest relationship with your child and it makes your child happy.

 

7. They experience unconditional love.
Kids mess up. You tell them not to jump off the couch over and over again, but they do it anyway. And then they cry. Because childhood is largely based on trial and error, and sometimes kids just need to take chances. Forgive them. Love them anyway.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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