Many of our readers may be coming off the high of Christmas. In the US, following Christmas there are HUGE clearance sales and then a need to purge and prepare for a New Year. I’m always left feeling a bit anxious this time of year. I find myself thinking about my priorities. How can I learn more, improve myself and bring more good to the world in the upcoming year?
Of course, moving into the new year, many of us tighten our budget to prep for all our new year plans. Today, here are a few ways to improve yourself educationally, professionally and personally in a low cost way!
Think of it as Global Learn Day’s New Years Gift to you, our readers.
1. Improve your writing game.
Hemingway App is available for free when used online. It helps you improve your writing skills, focusing on readability and structure. In fact, I used it on this blurb! This is at a 5th grade reading level, for your information.There are so many uses for this both personally and professionally, no matter how old you are. Take some time and check it out!
2. Continue your Professional Development in January.
OnLine Training Institute is running a special on Professional Development Courses for the new year. Perhaps you see a need to improve your image or your ability to make successful business connections. These courses are self-guided ways to work on those things and many more. Use code SOCIAL through January 31, 2018 for 33% off!
3. Keep up with the Global Learn Day!
Did you know we keep a Learning Resources Page updated? GLD believes education should be available to everybody and we share free learning resources on this page as a way to help you embrace your full potential!
4. Live Your Truth!
Live Your Truth is a program by Carol Tuttle to help individuals learn how to dress comfortably and confidently. You may be asking why our movement that celebrates education would include a self improvement site. This course helps you learn about yourself and in doing so many have found that they are more confident.
5. Learn a New Language!
ASL University has free online courses to help you learn a new language! American Sign Language is a fantastic and often intuitive language used widely in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Communities. It is also useful for parents in theaters, museums, churches and virtually anywhere Silence is Golden because it is silent. This could be your year to learn a new language!
So, what are you doing in 2018! I hope we have inspired you to try new things, to learn even more and to embrace One Planet, One People in all that you do!
Happy New Year and keep learning!
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Recently, I was able to participate in a Global Learn Day Story time at our 2017 partner, Baby Cotton Bottoms. Education is fun for me, especially when I am able to work with people who are fully engaged. Excitement about a project often breeds the best educational opportunities!
So, as I planned our event for #GLD2017, I selected a children’s book I had not seen before. I chose “Edgar and the Tattle-Tale Heart” by Jennifer Adams. It is one of the Baby Lit First Steps Books that you can purchase through Baby Cotton Bottoms. To go with our story time, we needed a fun craft that kids and bystanders could work on. I loved the spooky theme of the book and tied it in with Halloween to create this!
These make great trick or treat bags and Halloween gift bags!
To make one…
- Buy a pack of white or brown plain gift bags.
- Black stick on felt paper. (These come in two packs – you can easily make a dozen with one pack.)
- A stencil or cut out for the raven (we got ours here!)
- Puff paint or other art supplies. (We had pipe cleaners, markers, extra scraps of the paper and google eyes in addition to the puff paint!)
To make things easy for our #GLD2017 event, I prearranged everything. Then, during the event we were able to read our story, which you can watch here and work on our craft. The kids had a blast!
Their finished products were each unique and one little girl even decided to take home supplies for her friend!
And just like that, we had introduced children to Poe and Literature while they had FUN!
Did you enjoy this craft or book? Let us know!
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