#SparkAMind with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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My days are spent continuously answering the millions of questions that my kids throw my way. Because I home school them the job is even harder, because they come to me to find most of their  information. My kids have this amazing curiosity that makes them explore the world around them at all times. They have no fear when it comes to the things that excite them and that in turn allows them to explore the world through their eyes. It amazes me how captivated they are by the smallest of things and in turn end up wanting to learn about the bigger things. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt believes –that everyday moments can spark curiosity and stimulate the mind in an instant. These individual moments of curiosity add up to something much bigger – a lifetime of learning. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt wants to highlight the importance of these intellectually enlightening moments that make a lasting impact in our children’s lives.With #SparkAMind, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt will capture these moments and create a place where everyone can share ideas and find inspiring ways to spark a mind.

My kids find knowledge and understanding whenever they are out. The thing they enjoy the most is nature, from a special shaped leaf to a unique animal that catches their eye. They go ahead and grab on to whatever it is they find that day and run with a journey into imagination. Many times its things that they read in a book that they then find in nature or in the world around them. All these lessons are helping my little ones form and grow and most important learn. By Sparking their minds with all these amazing things I am helping them in their learning endevour.

Ready to help #SparkAMind? Every time someone uses #SparkAMind, it will appear on the #SparkAMind mini-site and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt will donate a children’s book to an early learning organization to help close the early education gap and prepare children for long-term success in school and in life.Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

This program is amazing because it’s important for kids to get their hands on books early on. There’s so many wonderful facts that they’ll be able to get from books that will spark their knowledge. This is  especially important when in middle-income neighborhoods the ratio of books per child is 13 to 1, in low-income neighborhoods, the ratio is 1 age-appropriate book for every 300 children.  (Neuman, Susan B. and David K. Dickinson, ed. Handbook of Early Literacy Research, Volume 2. New York, NY: 2006, p. 31.).It’s sad that in a country like ours 61 percent of low-income families have no books at all in their homes for their children. (Reading Literacy in the United States, 1996.)

Ready to #SparkAMind with your little Early Learners? Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has an amazing app called  The Curious World app. It is an early learning app designed for kids ages 3-7 with over 500 fun and educational games, videos and books. I want you to check it out for yourself and your little ones! Download the app here  and grab a discounted subscription! I am always looking for the newest,best apps to help awaken the curiosity and knowledge in the world around for my little ones. This is the perfect way to start.

Don’t forget to help #SparkAMind and help get some much needed books to early learners. Go to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt website as well to learn more and get inspired with ideas to help your little one’s curiosity grow.  They’re only little once, help them grow in imagination and excitement in learning.

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  • Reply Mia

    What a nice way to help our own kids to learn and to help out kids in other neighborhoods and situations that need better access to learning and books.

    March 8, 2016 at 2:27 pm
  • Reply Elishia

    I have been reading to my daughter since she was a few weeks old. I’ll keep this in mind for when she is older!

    March 6, 2016 at 9:49 pm
  • Reply SusanneMT

    I’m always amazed that my 3 year old 1. was actually listening carefully to the stories I’ve read to him
    2. remembers & then repeats/uses phrases, vocabulary or knowledge gleaned from stories we’ve read together. It’s true when they say that kids are sponges! It is so sad to learn that so many little kids don’t have access to age appropriate books, when I have more than will fit on the shelves (although they are not all on the shelves partly because the 1 year old likes to pull them all off and sit on the pile while he flips through to look at pictures). This is a great program!

    March 6, 2016 at 9:10 pm
  • Reply Cathy Jarolin

    I agree that is very important for a child to start reading at an early age! I was reading books to my kids at 2 yrs old it really sparked their interest in reading! The Curious World App Sounds so fantastic to keep the younger children interested in learning!! Learning through having fun is amazing!! Children can learn and Spark their imagination and keep on learning! “SparkAMind” is an awesome Program~

    March 6, 2016 at 9:00 pm
  • Reply Amy Amerson

    I was shocked at the statistics of books per child. Amazing and sad! My kids love me to read to them; I need to take advantage of that now while I can- thanks for the reminder!

    March 6, 2016 at 4:40 pm
  • Reply Sarah L

    Love the frogs. Will check out their app.

    March 6, 2016 at 4:04 pm
  • Reply Terri Irvin

    My grandchildren also ask me a million questions a day and I do not home school them! I like the idea of starting to read early and this app sounds appealing to me.

    March 6, 2016 at 1:59 pm
  • Reply Laura Bowman

    This is a great program! Thanks for all you’re doing to help with it!

    March 6, 2016 at 1:08 pm
  • Reply Lauryn R

    I love this post! I also had no idea that they had an app, I will definitely be checking it out as well! Thank you so much for sharing! 🙂

    March 6, 2016 at 12:45 pm
  • Reply Ashley Chassereau Parks

    I didn’t realize they have an app… I will definitely have to check that out! Books are so important. I can really get behind any program that gets books into the hands of children who do not otherwise have access to them. Early literacy is so important!!

    March 6, 2016 at 11:21 am
  • Reply Amber Ludwig

    Oooh I will have to look into that app!! Perfect for my son!! Is the hashtag for twitter or for instagram too??

    March 6, 2016 at 11:21 am
  • Reply Sandy Cain

    This SO important! We have to foster a love of learning, it lasts a life-time!

    March 6, 2016 at 9:24 am
  • Reply Deborah D

    I have to check this app out. What an amazing program.

    March 6, 2016 at 6:33 am
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