Media references and quotes:
“Prepare Your Toddler for Preschool,” by Rachel Rabkin Pechman in Parents Magazine.
“One of the most effective and proven ways to build literacy is reading aloud,” says Candace Lindemann, a curriculum designer and owner of Naturally Educational, a consulting firm. Do it cuddled up together in a comfy chair: “That way, your toddler will associate reading with having your positive attention, and her interest will grow,” Lindemann notes.
“Children are natural experimenters. Your questions will lead your toddler to form a hypothesis, predict what might happen, and observe the results,” says Lindemann. “Later in life, as he learns more complicated information and concepts, there will be a foundation of experience to which this knowledge will stick.”
BRAIN-BOOSTING ACTIVITY : Building Art Smarts
Whether your child is singing, scribbling, or painting, encouraging her to express herself through music or art can have big benefits. “Researchers have found that learning to play music — even just banging on pots and pans — fosters a child’s development in a huge way,” says Lindemann. After all, it encourages self-expression and teaches rhythm and beat counting. “Fractions will eventually come more naturally to a child who has mimicked rhythms on instruments or through song,” notes Lindemann. What’s more, dancing to music and playing an instrument build coordination and motor development.
“Home Schooling Blogger Profile: Naturally Educational,” by Richelle McFarlin, on Families.com. (April 15, 2011)
“Class Acts,” by Dan Tynan, in the September 2011 issue of Family Circle:
In fact, many Web tools can be used to help kids do their schoolwork, says Candace Lindemann, founder of the educational consulting company Naturally Educational (naturallyeducational.com) in New York. They can use Twitter to get instant access to experts, create their own social networks on sites like Ning.com, or launch a blog to connect with students throughout the world. Even a classic time waster like YouTube can be used productively.”
“Say your kids are studying the issues surrounding pollution or human rights violations,” Lindemann says. “In the past students would put together a presentation and stand up in front of their friends and maybe their parents. Today, they can capture it with a webcam and upload it to YouTube. It impresses upon students why it’s important to really know their stuff and be able to communicate it clearly. The kids understand if they get their message right, thousands of people can hear what they have to say, and they can make a difference.”
Sticking your head in the sand or leaving it up to your kids to learn the rules themselves is a recipe for disaster. “Parents would be smart to embrace any tool that might help their kids in school,” says Lindemann. “Let’s face it. Social media is here to stay.”
MSN’s Mom’s Homeroom: Teaching Teamwork (April 15, 2010)
Candace Lindemann, an educational consultant, suggests giving kids a chance to rotate roles so everyone has a chance to shine.
She also likes group projects to include what she calls “a brag sheet.” Kids can write their contributions on this — it’s great incentive.
“If students keep this in mind during the process,” she says, “this will help them to think about using their time productively.”
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SheKnows.com: 8 Tips to help you monitor your child’s education and progress
As your child matures, add a regular time each week to discuss accomplishments and set goals for the next week. Make these discussions a positive experience. “Begin and end with your child’s achievements,” suggests Candace Lindemann, an Educational Consultant and former teacher. “Praise any effort in the right direction.”
Hot Chalk: Professional Development: The Landscape
“I found that while online and other virtual professional opportunities are great for building content knowledge, I prefer conferences,” says educational consultant Candace Lindemann of Suffolk County, Long Island. “Nothing beats networking with other educators in person when this is possible. You not only find yourself trading tips, resources, and ideas, you also emerge reinvigorated from this face-to-face contact and concentrated discussion of education. Off-site conferences have the added advantage of encountering fresh perspectives, although building a project with your team at your school also has its merits.”
SheKnows.com: Basics of babywearing
Once you select a carrier, make sure you know how to properly position it and your baby inside. If your baby carrier is hurting your back or if baby seems uncomfortable, then that might not be the right carrier for you. “If babywearing hurts, you either are not wearing the carrier properly or the carrier is not a good one for you. If you put your baby in and he or she starts crying, get moving, walk around. If your baby is still crying, again, you may not have the right carrier for you or your baby’s stage,” says Candace Lindemann of Mamanista.com.
Philanthropy & Volunteerism
Miller Place-Rocky Point PatchL Faces of Miller Place
NY Volunteerism Examiner: Bloggers’ charitable organization brightens the holidays for children in local hospitals
Teams of bloggers in Philadelphia and on Long Island, led by Debbie Bookstaber and Candace Lindemann, co-founders of Bloganthropy.org, brought toy donations to two children’s hospitals today.
Quoted in “Are Twitter Parties Annoying” at ShePosts. January 7, 2011.
Profile on “The Social Fabric Showcase” at Collective Bias. August 13, 2010.
The End of the Resume. The Rise of the Super User. David Spark’s presentation at the Dice event at The Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif. (Posted on SocialMedia.biz on March 8, 2010)
PR Mama: Five Things I Learned from Mom Bloggers Last Week. June 1, 2009.
Mom Market Trends: Blogger Profile: Candace Lindemann and Debbie Bookstaber of Mamanista. May 1, 2009.
1-800-Flowers: From the Life of a New Mom (Mamanista was spotted by 1-800-Flowers as part of their “Spot A Mom”campaign)
Playthings Magazine: “When Consumers Report: Mommy blogging your way to success”. February 2009. Featured as one of six “Influential Mommy Blogs.”