How to start a business

How to Start a Business at Any Age: Business Education for Children

Summer Lovin’

School is out and summer is here in the northern hemisphere! What are your plans for these too few glorious weeks? Some children will relive the age old rite of passage by opening their own lemonade stand. All they need for this iconic business is water, a pitcher, some lemons, sugar, and a whole lot of hope. Or is there more to it?

The Business of Running a Business

Learning how to run a successful business will serve children when they grow into adulthood no matter what field of work they pursue. From lemonade to the latest invention, here are some steps to support your children’s entrepreneurial adventure. Here is a step by step guide to teach even the youngest entrepreneurs business lessons to last a lifetime!

business basics for kids

 

Brainstorm Ideas

When my oldest daughter wanted to take skating lessons on top of all her other activities, we really had to think about it. We weren’t opposed to her doing so, but the extra funds to finance it were a problem.

She decided she needed to start her own business.  I let her run with it, and we sat down to think about what kind of business she would like to have.  At seven, she started a horse treat and cookie business that paid for her lessons for four years.

When deciding what business to start, it is important to brainstorm ideas of what business your child would enjoy running, what they know a lot about, and where they will have opportunities to sell their products.

My daughter is horse crazy, has been since she was a toddler.  The choice to make horse treats was easy because her second favorite activity is baking.  She knows numerous horse loving people as well, and regularly visits barns. Hence her business, aptly named Horse Crazy Treats, was born.

 

Make A Business Plan

A business plan is essential. If you don’t have a blueprint, it is nearly impossible to build a house.  Same is true for a business. Take some time with your child to create a solid plan to give his business it’s best shot.

I recently did this with my son.  He had started making crafts to sell and had done quite well, but was not very focused.  Now that he was eight and had experience selling a few crafts, I wanted him to really think about what he was doing and how he planned to succeed at the annual craft fair.   So, we took out a notebook and answered the following questions:

  • What products do you hope to sell?
  • Why do you think these products would appeal to your customers?
  • What supplies do you need to make each product?
  • What kind of packaging is needed?
  • Does your product have a shelf life?
  • Do you need any special equipment or skills to produce this product?
  • If you do, do you have these already?  If not, how will you get them?

lemonade stand

 

Find Your Market Share

Now that you have a great product and a plan of how to create it, you need a place to sell it.  If you have carefully thought out step one and two, it should be easy to find a venue.

Does a local store carry consignment items?  Could dad or mom get orders through work? Is your product something that friends in your activities would be interested to buy?  Is there a local craft fair or flea market where you could rent a table? Do you have a friend or family member with a business that could sell your product?

My children have found markets at craft fairs, their old preschool, their co-op, and through email and Facebook.  Just remember to add any of the costs or commissions to your budget.

 

Get Your Pitch Ready

If you think of any product that you buy, there is probably a tag line, packaging feature, commercial, or publicized benefit that leads you to purchase it.  Help your child come up with their own jingle and packaging. Make sure that the she can answer questions about the product and state why a customer should want to purchase it.

My son is a born salesman, he can engage anyone and get them on board with whatever he is selling.  He is convincing, personable, and savvy about what people want to know before they buy. My daughter is more timid and prefers to have the product speak for her.  Both of them have been successful because they have used their talents to market their product.

My daughter is very visual and can design beautiful displays that catch customers’ eyes and entice them to buy.  My son uses his wit, interpersonal skills, and engaging personality to draw in his customers. Together they would make quite a team!  However, we have been really working on honing their gifts, while striving to improve the side of marketing that is more of a struggle for each.

Marketing is important.  Don’t short change this step!  No matter what field your child moves into as an adult, being able to sell their ideas will serve them well.

 

Build a Financial Plan

Before jumping full on into a business venture, it is crucial to make sure it is financially sound. Learning to “pencil out” ideas and judge their financial merit is something that will serve every person for the rest of their lives!

This is where the cold, hard truth comes into play.  Even the best product will fail if the company can’t afford to produce it.  Also, most businesses flounder not for lack of customers, but because of poor financial decisions.  Know your limitations and your potential before spending any money.

 

  • How much money do you have to invest in your business?
  • How much will the supplies for each product cost?
  • For how much could you reasonably sell the product?
  • How many do you need to sell of each product to break even?
  • How much profit do you hope to make?
  • What will you do with your profit?
  • What percentage of the profits will I donate/tithe?
  • What percentage of profit will you reinvest into the business?

 

Assess Your Assets And Make Adjustments

Once your child’s business begins, remember to regularly take a step back and see how it is doing?  Are costs being met? Is a profit being made? Which products are selling best? Is there anything that could be done to improve the product, sales venue, or marketing?  What goals does your child have for the future of the business? Is your child still enjoying the business she created?

My daughter’s horse treat business served her well for a few years, but then her sales started to drop.  Since the treats were perishable, there was a sharp increase in loss due to spoilage because of the slow down.  Also, her time commitments changed and she found it challenging to fit in the baking time the business required.

She still wanted to have a business and enjoyed making her own money.  After a bit more brainstorming, she decided to create hair clips instead.  This business has been going well for three years. After each major sales campaign, she calculates which styles sold best and which weren’t very popular.  In this way, she has grown her little business and manages to stay afloat instead of continuing to produce items that aren’t likely to sell. Monitoring progress and trends is an important business habit to develop.

 

Has your child started a business?  What has he learned from the experience?

 

Please follow and like us:

Meet Our Presenters: Mary’s Meals

Do you want to save the world? Feeling like there is too much to be done and you are too small to make a difference?

 

If you can’t feed a hundred people, just feed one

Mother Teresa

That is the quote and simple premise that inspired a huge charity making immense strides in the battle against poverty and starvation.

Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow began Mary’s Meals with the dream of giving just one child a good meal once a day at a school. His charity now feeds 1,257,278 children around the world every single day.

More than just a small hand out, the meals provided are packed with the nutrition that they hungriest children desperately need. Moreover, with food being provided at school, these children are receiving a life changing education with a side of life saving nourishment.

Food + School = HOPE

Inspired by his deep faith and full of young zeal, Magnus and his brother began collecting donations in the mid-1980’s to aid those suffering from the Bosnian War. What started as a summer project, soon grew into a full time career and a large charity named SRI.

When the war ended, Magnus looked for where he could help next. This led him to Malawi in 2002 where a great famine raged. There, Magnus met Edward who shared his biggest hope with Magnus.

“I want to have enough food to eat and to go to school one day.”

That was the birth of Magnus’ lifelong mission. That year, Mary’s Meals fed 200 children in Malawi. The Mary’s Meals program now operates in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, and South America, as well as running a home for young people with HIV in Romania who were abandoned as children.

The beauty of this simple idea goes beyond the meal at school, though. Ingredients are sourced locally, contributing to the local economy. Local volunteers and employees are used to cook, serve, and guard the meals, creating an empowerment unlike traditional food drop programs.

 

one dime can save the world

The most spectacular feature of Mary’s Meals, though, is the cost. Each meal costs only 10 cents, meaning a child can receive an entire year’s worth of meals for only $19.50! In an effort to feed as many children as possible, at least 93% of all donations go directly toward the providing of meals, not organization overhead.

We are grateful to have Mary’s Meals International as a returning presenter, and inspired by the work it does to provide continued access to education.

Do you know a charity breaking down barriers to education? We would love to know more about it.

Global Learn Day 2018 is just four months away. Are you ready? We are working hard to make this the best Global Learn Day, ever, but we need your help!

We are still seeking presenters and partners, but also participants like you who are our greatest asset.

If you would like to learn more about becoming a part of the Global Learn Day team, please check out our Partners and Presenters page or drop a comment below! We will be sure to get in touch with you, soon.

How to get involved with Global Learn Day 2018

How can you unite the world through education?

Please follow and like us:
Education will unite the world

How Education Will Unite The World–Part II

As a`method of preservation, humans have a natural trepidation or down right fear of the unknown. We seek to stick with what is easy, familiar, and safe. Stepping beyond the confines of our tiny sphere of familiarity takes initiative, determination, and gumption.

 

 

Jumping out of a plane only takes one step, but it is an insurmountable step for most. The leap, the fear, the rush of adrenaline, then the freedom of flying. Soaring peacefully above the earth, experiencing a one of a kind feeling of release.

 

The same can be said of taking a leap into another culture, language, or society. There is uneasiness and the fight against a will that would rather stand back, retreat and hide in the comfort of home. Then in a sudden leap of determination, all holds are thrown off and the explorer plunges into the unforeseen depths of a new life.

 

Exhale and drift, there is new freedom in the gentle decent.

 

Education Opens Doors

 

Education cannot take the leap for you, however through learning doors are open. Learning a new language leaves the fledgling polyglot changed forever. He not only can now speak to an entire segment of the world’s population that where closed off from him before; the nuances of culture, history, and lifestyle are revealed as he lives the language.

How Education Will Unite The World

 

However, language is not the only learning that opens doors.Coding opens the door of technology. Literary analysis opens the doors of literature and language. Science opens the door to the natural world. Handwriting opens the door to records for the future and communication in the present.

 

Commitment to lifelong learning, swings wide door after door, making the learner not just a more capable person, but a citizen of ever increasing spheres of influence and change.

 

Education Breaks Down Walls

Winding between two neighborhoods in Belfast and other Northern Ireland cities are peace lines. Up to 25 feet tall in spots, these “lines” are actually looming walls. Separating communities of people that over generations have maintained separate lives, despite their similarities.

 

The Peace Lines prevent “trouble.” They signify at clear indicator of where to stay to avoid the menacing other side. Within the walls there is safety to go about everyday life. But what is it about the stone houses on the other side of the wall that makes their inhabitants so terrifying?

Over 400 years of occupation and resistance has left it scars on the beautiful island. The inhabitants, generations upon generations away from the original conflict, have a deep seated fear and anger toward each other, yet they have more in common with every passing year!

Education is the inroad that can bring these groups together. Whether the political standings ever change, the next generation can be raised knowing more about the other side and fostered in a spirit of cooperation and peace.

Building Bridges

It is not just physical walls that education can topple. There are numerous divisions of class, race, ability, geography, religion, and ideology that with enlightenment can be leveled. The world is shrinking before our eyes, intercontinental connections have never been so readily available, and the reach of communication technology is growing every day.

 

Learning about history, culture, language, and leadership have never been more vital. Our technological age points us to a future that is more than we could have imagined even 10 years ago. However, we must also look back. We must learn our past to effectively live our future as one planet, one people.

Projects like Global Learn Day open the door, knock down the wall, and build the bridge so that we may all learn from each other. As we learn, our differences decrease and our interconnectedness solidifies.

Would you like to teach the world and be a part of uniting the world through education? Please join our voyage today! We are seeking partners, presenters, and participants for our next grand voyage across the globe on an expedition of education and unity!

Will you join us on our mission?

Please follow and like us:

Five Fabulous Youtube Channels for Lifelong Learning

Learning is a journey that never ends and the Internet is a treasure trove of information. So, it is exciting to live in an age of such easy access to information. Youtube has become synonymous with funny cat videos and death defying stunts, however it also packs a mean collection of tutorials, informative videos, and documentaries. One of the true gems on Youtube is the collection of educational channels teaching everything from quantum physics to DIY home improvement.

5 youtube channels you must watch

Here is a list of five channels that will upgrade your entertainment hours into brain building workouts!

Crash Course

Crash Course is  channel offering micro learning bites of deep education. Topics range from science and history to life hacks and “adulting,” and are presented in easy to follow, entertaining videos. There’s even a Crash Course Kids playlist. With over 7 million subscribers, Crash Course is one of the most popular free learning channels on Youtube.

Numberphile

Think you don’t like Math, think again! Perhaps you just haven’t learned from the right teacher. Numberphile teaches complex math concepts in a way that everyone wants to learn. It’s tagline says it all, “Videos about numbers, it’s that simple.” Find out how simple and amazing math can be.

Yousician

Have you always wanted to play the guitar? Yousician offers free, world class guitar lessons that will have you rocking in no time. Yousician teaches both acoustic and electric guitar through the efficient tab system. It is the most popular guitar learning app in 30 countries, so of course it is our favorite, too!

 It’s History!

You know what they say about those who do not learn from history! You need to know history before you can learn from it, though. It’s History takes you on a journey through time to experience up close through the most important, but often unknown bits of history. It’s like your own personal time machine!

 Life Hacks

Not all learning needs to be serious, book learning! Life Hacks is a premier DIY channel that not only teaches you something new but, how to better do what you already know! From crafts and STEM projects to umpteen uses for toothpaste, Life Hacks keeps life interesting. Life Hacks is like the MacGyver of the digital age. (Seriously, check out all the uses for toothpaste!)

What are you watching on Youtube? Have any educational entertainment channels to add? Comment below!

Please follow and like us:
Education will unite the world

How Education Will Unite the World

Everywhere we look there is division and strife. The evening news is full of chaos and heartache. How can we make it better? Will we make it better?

There is a simple solution to this complex problem and like the tide will raise all ships. Our solution to strife and discord is education!

At Global Learn Day, we seek to promote education in all areas of the world and all phases of life. Education is the great equalizer, it’s a language we can all understand.

This post is a kick off to a three part series examining how education is bring unity and peace, and what each of us can do to support this effort.

This may not be a quick fix, however it has lasting ripple effects that span generations and lead to a cleaner, brighter, and more peaceful tomorrow.

“The mind once enlightened cannot again become dark.”

Thomas Paine, A Letter Addressed to the Abbe Raynal on the Affairs of North America

The enlightening of a mind does not come from any other source than the gift of learning. A classic example of a mind made bright is that of Helen Keller. Little Helen lived in a dark, silent world. A high fever had robbed her of all connections to the life going on around her. She had no language, she had no stimulation, she had no hope!

However, hope is never truly lost. Her second chance came in the form of a dedicated tutor who worked tirelessly to release Helen from her prison. Through Annie Sullivan’s efforts, a spark did ignite and that spark became an all consuming fire!

Helen great to be an avid reader with a penchant to devour all the information she could get her hands on. It was her hands that connected her to an amazing wealth of information and ever increasing circles of interesting people.

As an adult, Helen became the first deaf and blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree, an impressive achievement for anyone in her time period! With a gift to language and prose, Helen became a published author of several article and 12 books! Twelve books!!

Her key to the world was the same as each of us, a guiding hand that unlocks the potential of endless learning. No matter how humble the beginnings of education, the zenith is immeasurable.

As our patron, the good Ben Franklin, once said, “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”

This is our reason for this grand project that spans the global and the bandwidth of human history. It is not an investment in temporary gain, but an investment in the future of our world.

Our theme this year is “Uniting the World through Education” and that is our mission each day!

Please join our voyage of discovery and light your own little spark. This is our moment to make an impact. Won’t you join our educational mission?

If you know of an individual or organization passing the torch of education, please let us know so we can shed a spotlight on their worthy efforts. Thank you.

Please follow and like us:
strategies for keeping your brain active

How To Keep Your Brain Active After College

by guest blogger Kastle Huffaker

The real world is a tough world. Jobs aren’t easy to find, and you keep struggling to be as qualified as your competitors. Where do you go from here? How do you keep your head up above the rest? Here are a few ways that I’ve discovered to help keep my mind active and strong.

 

1. Pocket That Knowledge.

“Pocket” is this amazingly handy tool that lets you save articles, videos, and images you find as you are scrolling online. A lot of us come across something we want to read, but we don’t have the time. This is where you can “Pocket” that interesting article, or video you know you want to watch, and it saves it all. Then, you can come back later and checkmark it off your list. I use Pocket almost every day. I’ll pull up an article I want to read on my phone, and it will voice the article out loud to me as I’m doing other things.

Pocket comes in all shapes and sizes.

The best part – you can access your “Pocket” anywhere. I have the app on my phone. I use the Google Chrome extension on two different computers so I can save stuff continually throughout the day not just on my work desktop, but on my personal laptop. Building this archive of knowledge is like a mini extension of your brain, and it helps you stay aware and constantly learning. Or saving urls, and links to the places you know you want to learn more about.

 

2. Less TV, More Reading.

The average person spends over 5 hours A DAY watching television and/or Netflix according to a recent study from the NY Times. That is just crazy. Do you know how much you could accomplish in 5 hours? You could do yoga for an hour, cook up a nice homemade meal, spend a couple hours talking and reaching out to your friends, and even have time left over to read a book. The point is, TV wastes so much of your life and your time.

Don’t be what everyone else is.

If the majority of the world is spending 35+ hours on the couch watching a show, do something different. Like, when was the last time you read a book? For me, the last time I had read an actual book was from my Nicholas Sparks collection THREE YEARS AGO. That blew my mind. I wanted to change that. So, I decided to join the Online Book Club. Not only did I get to be a part of a bigger community, I also got to make a little extra cash reading and reviewing as many books as I would like. I used an hour of the time I spent watching TV into reading a book. Since I’ve done that, my brain has been more focused and my vocabulary has expanded. This is just one example of what can put you one more step ahead of everyone else.

3. Keep Connecting.

The biggest mistake I made was not keeping connections after college. I found myself lost in a world where I didn’t really know anyone who knew someone who could push me in the right direction of a great job. So connect! Connect with like minded people who work in the same industry or job as you. Collaborate and share ideas. If you are a software engineer, connect with more engineers. If you are a web designer, find other web designers. But if you hate where you work, search out what your dream job is. Then find the people who are already living that dream, and just talk with them. Figure out how they got to where they are now, and start learning what they have learned!

Leverage yourself.

The brightest and best resource that everyone keeps talking about is LinkedIn. This is your go-to online world to network and speak with people you can’t meet in person. Join groups, comment on posts, start discussions. The more you put yourself out there, the better feedback you will get. Plus, LinkedIn is your online profile and resume. Once you start continually showing value in what you say, and who you talk to, people will start to notice. Recruiters are on LinkedIn for that very reason, to find someone like you. What do you have to lose?

 

Keep your brain alert and alive by learning and growing. Be a better version of who you want to be.

Kastle Huffaker is a 25 year old cancer survivor who loves blue and is all about positivity. She runs a small photography business and does graphics & website management for a local tractor company. She is also starting up her new business Virtual Kastle.

Please follow and like us:
Travel the Globe for Free

Travel the World in 24 Hours for FREE

Did that title get your attention?  Are you longing to be a globetrotter but don’t have the time or money? Never fear, #GLD2018 is here!

Save the date for Global Learn Day 2018 October 6th and 7th 2018

The Global Learn Day team has been hard at work planning our next voyage for months. Now that 2018 is here, preparations are really heating up.

Our Virtual Voyage

Visit new lands, meet interesting people, learn new facts to amaze your friends.  This voyage has it all, except the cost and work of packing.  If you are wondering how this all works, let me give you a breakdown.

Global Learn Day is an annual event held the first weekend in October. Begun in 1997, Global learn Day is poised to circumnavigate the globe for the twenty-first time this fall. (Spring for our friends in the southern hemisphere.)

Last year, Global Learn Day broke new ground by featuring video presentation on all our social media outlets. The topics ranged from seeing how one school in New York is helping to spread hope through supporting Mary’s Meals to a talk on how one woman saved her school from the Taliban.  In between we learned about the history of learning and the futuristic approach of virtual field trips.

Here is an infographic that shows out impact and reach:

Global Learn Day 2017 in numbers
How far and wide did Global Learn Day 2017 reach?

 

Six continents!! We are very proud of that. Our little social media venture worked, we were able to reach people AROUND the world!

This year we hope to not only reach more people (Maybe someone in Antarctica will join in!) but we are aiming to have video presentation from more countries than ever before.

We already have a number of presentations lined up from rural Pennsylvania, USA to a New Zealand university. We have topics from teaching a second language through drama to living a healthier life by learning what your body needs most.

This is poised to be our greatest adventure yet! However, we can’t do it without you! We are on a hunt for special people to staff our trusty schooner as it sets sail from New Zealand on October 6th and follows the sun around the globe.

The type of person we need is you! Everyone has something to teach and lots to learn. What do you have to offer–probably more than you think!

How to get involved with Global Learn Day 2018

We want you to be our friend and join our growing global community, Uniting the World through Education!

Will you join us?

Please follow us on:

Facebook

Twitter

Pinterest

and join the discussion in our Friends of Global Learn Day Facebook group!

Not on social media? Not a problem! Please sign up to participate in our voyage and receive regular updates along with some special, free goodies to help you celebrate Global Learn Day 2018!

Ready to come sail away with us?  Great, welcome aboard!

Please follow and like us:
Did curiosity kill the cat?

The Curious Case for Curiosity

The old saying that “curiosity killed the cat” has been used as a cautionary tale for generations. The take away being, go with the flow and follow the rules if you want to survive. In an age that prizes digital data and measurable outcomes, curiosity seems to be an enigma relegated to mad scientists and those prone to daydreaming. However, curiosity is essential to true education.

What makes an education true?

Is it the ranking of grades and scores, the completion of levels and requirements, or the meeting of standards and accomplishments? Actually none of the above are education. Each is a way to measure a finite amount of learning in a prescribed program, they are the framework for justifying the completion of a degree or attainment of an award–in a word, school. School may be where an education begins, but it is never where it ends.

The goal of a true education is not just to impart facts but to ignite the spark of learning that builds a habit of lifelong learning in the ever growing passion to know and understand more. This is why true education begins and ends with curiosity, because curiosity is infinite in nature.

What Does Curiosity in Action Look Like?

The Wright brothers are the picture of ingenuity and achievement.  When they finally made their successful flight, a friend remarked to Orville that he and his brother would go on to be shining examples of what can be achieved even without and special advantages. Orville reproofed his friend by responding, “to say we had no special advantages … the greatest thing in our favor was growing up in a family where there was always much encouragement to intellectual curiosity.”

The encouragement of curiosity, especially in the realm of intellectual pursuits, must be the first aim of all education because curiosity not only prepares the brain for learning, but makes all subsequent learning more enjoyable. Enjoyable learning leads to a lifelong love of learning something new which is not only good for the brain but essential to a successful career, especially in the 21st Century.

How Do We Encourage Curiosity in Education

The encouragement of curiosity must always be accomplished apart from assessment. This is more difficult in our current educational system, but not impossible. Giving students, and ourselves, freedom to be bored and also to potentially fail opens to door to a curiosity driven endeavor.

Here are some practical ways that curiosity can be encouraged in the classroom, homeschool, or personal learning environment:

  1. Allot unstructured time with no expectation of what gets completed
  2. Create a makers space with a wide array of materials and no instructions
  3. Allow the pursuit of personal interests
  4. Practice self-directed education
  5. Use open ended projects
  6. Try something new, turn a routine on it’s head
  7. Explore the world of cultures, foods, traditions, and societies
  8. Encourage questions to be asked
  9. Question the answers

 

Are you a curious learner? How do you encourage curiosity in your home or classroom?

*Please join the discussion in our Friends of Global Learn Day Facebook Group!

Please follow and like us:

5 Ways Everyone Can Easily Learn Coding

Secret codes have existed since the dawn of time. Children creating new ones is nothing new, however with the push to advance STEM education, coding has taken on an entirely different meaning.

Learn Coding Without a Computer

The need to code has become a major platform in education. Coding is seen as the gateway to the future, and in many ways it is. Coding teaches problems solving and helps students understand technology that hasn’t even been invented yet.

As with every latest and greatest trend, funding is an issue. With coding not only being a preferred class, but a requirement in many districts, educators are wondering where they will find the capital to fund this mission.

The great Digital Divide is no secret. If school are required to teach coding, will it only grow larger. How can students in underserved and underfunded districts compete in the global economy of the future?

Thankfully, coding does not require a computer!

Wait…what??

That’s right, coding can be taught with simple, low budget items most teachers probably already have. So, no need for a Chromebook in every hand. Global Learn Day is here to help!

Here are FIVE ways to learn coding for cheap without any additional technology needed. (Sure those robots are amazing, but this is for the rest of us!)

A Coding Course for Kids That’s Unplugged

Computer Science Unplugged is a website dedicated to teaching the technology skills of the future with the help of an ordinary printer and copy machine. These printable teach important concepts like binary language and networking to kids.

Coding is a language, so think of this as the grammar. No one becomes fluent without real world application, but being able to read the target language is the first step in becoming a proficient speaker.

iGame Mom DIY Computer Camp is designed by a tech savvy mom who knows how to have fun. Tech camps, coding camps, and robotic camps are all the rage for summer enrichment, they are also extremely expensive.

Through printables, fun games, and easy to implement, hands-on lessons, iGame Mom gives every child the ability to have a high tech camp experience, right that his or her kitchen table.

The resources on iGame Mom are for ages 3 and up, so every aspiring coder in the family can participate.

Beading Binary Name Bracelet is a fun project that kids will love and grown ups can learn from. Have you ever made a beaded bracelet that followed a pattern? Then you are half way to understanding binary beading.

Using beads to represent 0,1, and spaces, children can create a beaded bracelet out of any combination of beads that spells his name. After learning the pattern for letters, children can then create new codes for everyday words. Just like learning any other language!

In fact, Morse code and braille are binary languages just like C++, Java, and other computer languages. All involve a set pattern that communicates a message from the creator to the recipient. Learning either of these will help children to understand coding.

Lego Maze Challenge builds on the popularity of LEGO bricks in STEM education and childhood play. Using ordinary blocks that can be found in most homes and schools, children progress through levels of challenge and dive deeper into the world of coding.

Learning how to give and follow directions precisely is an important part of writing code. Every step must be spelled out, computers can’t fill in the blanks left by programmers. It takes the code writer’s imagination to create the wonder the computer performs. The Lego Maze is a project created by Research Parent and includes a free printable. One bucket of LEGO
bricks, endless adventures!

ThinkFun Robot Turtles Coding Board Game is one game in a growing collection of good, old fashioned board games that teach hi tech concepts. Designed for players as young as 4, it is fun for the whole family.

Through playing cards and a catchy plot to win, the whole family can develop the cognitive abilities necessary to code. It even teaches the concept of debugging–meaning someday, your child may be able to just fix that computing error that is driving you mad!

Are you ready to close that screen and start teaching your children or students how to code? Oh, you are worried they won’t be able to keep up with the rest of the world, well, Finland is way ahead of you! They teach computer science computer-free!

How will you learn the code?

 

 

This post contains affiliate links. Any purchase made through the links benefits the Global Learn Day project. Thank you for your support!
Please follow and like us:
Save the date for Global Learn Day 2018 October 6th and 7th 2018

How You Can Be a Part of Global Learn Day 2018

Global Learn Day is less than 8 months away! Our team is hard at work planning the best Global Learn Day ever. We have lists of everything we want it to have and how we can get this event to be all we dream it can be. There is one crucial part that we can’t do though, that part is getting you involved!

If you have been following this blog for any length of time you have learned much about why Global Learn Day is important. You probably understand how Global Learn Day works, when it is, and why we are so passionate about education.

This may leave you wondering, “What does Global Learn Day have to do with me? How can I be a part of this worldwide event?”

I’m glad you asked, because that is the topic of today’s post!

There are several ways that every person, anywhere in the world can get involved. The most exciting part of Global Learn Day is that while there is a team that plans all year, the event really belongs to the global community.

This is an unprecedented event where participants can become presenters and everyone is welcome to join our team (and teach us a thing or two) for 24 glorious hours!

How to get involved with Global Learn Day 2018

The 3 P’s

That’s our catchy code name for the levels of involvement open to all for Global Learn Day 2018.

Participate

Getting involved is as easy as showing up. Global Learn Day will be broadcast on various social media outlets for a 24 hour period. There will be something to experience in every hour from various points of interest around the globe.

Even though Global Learn Day only circumnavigates the globe once a year, our social media outlets are great opportunities to meet and learn from supporters of education around the world every day. It’s like 364 mini Global Learn Days for our fans.

Partner

Our partners are special friends. They not only participate but help us spread the word about Global Learn Day to a wider audience. Their support is essential to building the best experience possible.

Partnering has it’s benefits as well, and our eternal thanks for supporting this amazing project.

Present

So we have an audience, and special friends to partner with, the last element we need are presenters! We need to fill those time slots and teach the world. Have an expertise that you love to talk about? Know a special skill that you could share? Are you a part of a charity that helps open the doors to education access? The possibilities are endless.

We already have several presenters lined up from 3 continents, but there is still room for plenty more. Imagine have a presentation broadcast from every continent, how about every time zone?

In the coming months, we will be sharing other opportunities and options for celebrating this voyage of discovery with us. Please visit our Join the Voyage page to sign up and get involved!

Together we are Uniting the World through Education!

What will you be doing this Global Learn Day?

 

Please follow and like us: