14 year ago me teaching math {shhh, do not comment on the hair}!

Years ago I worked for after-school program. I loved working with the kids when they got off the bus and seeing their faces light up as I high fived them. Some of these children had it tough and you could see it in their eyes. It was a mixed group of children from various backgrounds and social-economic status but each kid was special. I remember preparing their after school snacks, playing tag and soccer out on the playground and planning an after-school activity. I always allowed time for homework and set up a homework table and can remember quizzing children on spelling words, solving math problems and seeing how hard the children were working to develop their skills and succeed in school.  It was a great time in my life and I hope I made a difference to those kids.

Learning about Kumon, the world’s largest after school enrichment program with 4 million children in 47 countries enrolled, reminds me of the days when I worked with young kids after-school. It’s great to see high quality programs supporting children with their education and fostering their unique abilities to help them be all they can be. Sound cliché but it true.

Earth Day Poetry Challenge

In honor of Earth Day Kumon is having a Poetry Challenge for students under the age of 18 and I wish years ago there would have been something like this when I was working with after-school programs. It would have been fun to help children learn about protecting the Earth while discovering different types of poems.  Children may write a poem that celebrate Earth Day and can have their parents submit the poem through the Kumon Facebook page or email from April 17, 2012 through May 4, 2012. Poems will be voted on through May 21, 2012. Prizes include money and a grand prize winner will receive a trip to NYC with up to two parents or guardians to visit Kumon North America! For the details and official rule click here and to enter ====> visit the Kumon Facebook page.

$25 Barnes and Noble Gift eCard Giveaway

When I think of Earth Day and what I would have done years ago for the after-school program it makes me think of all the great books out there about saving our planet, taking care of the Earth and recycling. So many quality books that I’m lucky to own and read to my own children.  In fact, my son may enter this challenge and to help him think about how to celebrate the Earth we’ve been reading a few of my favorite.

    1. Don’t Throw That Away. A book I received back in 2010 and that still sits on our book shelf and is read over and over. I love the illustrations.
    2. Think Green. A book that is so colorful and fun to read! Very inspirational and practical tips to help children learn about turning off the television, lights and water.
    3. My Mom Hugs Trees. This is a favorite of mine and the illustrations are beautiful. We like to read this at nighttime; I think it helps them dream peaceful dreams.

How to Win:

Mandatory Entry: Leave one comment telling me what book you would love to buy and read to your children to help them learn about protecting our Earth.

Additional Entries {one comment per entry}:

  1. Become a Kumon Facebook Fan and leave me a comment telling me you’ve liked them!
  2. Become a Green and Clean Mom Facebook fan and leave me a comment telling me you’ve liked this page and feel free to say hello on my wall!
  3. Subscribe to Green and Clean Mom for daily eco-friendly updates.
  4. Follow me on Pinterest and pin a green inspiration and leave me a comment with you pin so I can follow you back and give you a re-pin!

5 possible entries per person and one lucky winner will be drawn on Earth Day, April 22, 2012 at 12pm EST and notified through email. The winner will have 7 days to reply by email and claim the gift card or a new winner will be drawn. No prize substitutions, void where prohibited. To enter you must be 18 years or older.

This post is part of an organized Kumon Earth Day blog hop. For more eco-friendly Earth Day inspirations please visit my friend Non-Toxic Kids.

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