Mondays with ME 8/15/11: Reading

Do you want to ignite the love of reading in a child? This Mom Enough guest brings helpful tips even if you have a child who rarely picks up a book. Research shows that many boys fall short of girls in their ability and interest in reading. Pam Allyn shares wise advice for helping children discover the joy of reading.

To ‘tune in’, click HERE.

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Your chance to win a book voucher up to $250!

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Family Child Care Friday: 8/12/11 (Environment)

Like I mentioned in a previous post, I’m going to begin a new category on certain Fridays called Ask a Provider. Questions will be posed by students/blog visitors and professionals in the field will respond to them. To begin this category, we’ll be focusing on family child care (FCC).

This week’s local professional is LouAnn Braun. Click on her name to listen. Be sure to have your speakers up. After you’ve clicked on her name, click back to this window if you want to see her picture while she speaks.

TXT 2011

Teens Experiencing Technical Education (TXT) was a week-long camp for middle school girls at Dakota County Technical College that showcased a host of traditionally male careers. This event was organized in partnership with the Laura Jeffrey Academy and the Best Buy Geek Squad Summer Academy. Read more in the Star Tribune and Rosemount Town Pages.

Jill Behnke, along with six Early Childhood and Youth Development students, participated in the TXT event. Jill lead the Early Childhood sessions with our SmartBoard and creative art activities in our lab. Looks like they all had a blast!

Thurs 8/11 is DQ Day!

Craving a Blizzard from Dairy Queen? Tomorrow, Thursday 8/11 is the annual DQ Miracle Network Day. If you buy a DQ blizzard, $1 of it goes towards Gillette Children’s specialty clinics. They’ve done amazing things with many children! So, if you are thinking of going out for a treat, buy a Blizzard on Thurs. It goes towards a wonderful cause!

1st Blog GIVEAWAY!

I am very excited to share the news that we have our first GIVEAWAY! That’s right, you have a chance to WIN. This giveaway is for a $5 gift certificate at BIG APPLE BAGEL in Apple Valley. This giveaway runs from 8/10/11 through 8/17/11.

Some of you may know, I love their bagels. My favorite morning bagel is the Cinnamon Sugar bagel with Honey Cinnamon cream cheese. For lunch, I prefer their Big Apple Club meal deal. Their bagels are unique, fresh, and scrumptious! I can’t wait to give this prize away :)

Enter below. Each task you do is another entry for yourself!
*Read the task directions and after you’ve completed that task, be sure to click I DID THIS!, enter your info, and click ENTER.

College Central Network

DCTC has a new Job Posting System to serve our students and graduates.  The new system, College Central Network (CCN), is more robust and user friendly than our previous service.  Students can view job and internship postings, post their resume, and interact with Alumni who have registered to serve as mentors.  


Access the website  at  www.collegecentral.com/dctc 

Mondays with ME (8/8/11): Military Kids

Today’s MomEnough topic is a familiar one to many children throughout the U.S. and right here in MN- deployed parents. The ME show posed the question, “What are the unique challenges faced by children and families when a parent is deployed to serve in our nation’s current conflicts?” There are resources available for children and families regarding deployment, emotions, separation and reunion. Abigail Gewirtz, from the University of MN, sheds some light on this important topic.

To ‘tune in,’ click HERE.

For a link to Operation: Military Kids, click HERE.
For a link to MN Military Family Care Initiative, click HERE.

**If YOU have a story to share, please comment below. Maybe you were deployed and have young children or maybe your parent(s) were deployed when you were young. What resources were helpful to you or what resources did you wish you had access to.

August Guest Speakers!

On the downside, it’s August which means that summer is nearing it’s end. On the upside, fall courses at DCTC are just around the corner!

This month we have four guest speakers for you!  Jill Behnke and I, Dawn Braa, wanted to take time to explain a little more about our updated ECYD program. You’ll also notice a message from Dean Cox and President Thomas. Their messages show their dedication to our program and to you, the students. I hope that you’ll find our messages to be  informational and interesting. Click HERE to go to the guest speaker page to access the August guest speakers. Once there, scroll down until you see the speakers for August.

Stop Doing That

If I asked you to name a couple things that you have on your To Do list, I bet you could easily tell me what they are. I bet you could also tell me some things that you have on your Bucket List. But have you ever created a Stop Doing List? Click HERE to visit a neat idea that you might consider trying before the summer ends and school starts.