Tuesday, April 08 2014 21:47

Is Your Child Ready for the Next Grade?

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With my oldest daughter about to enter kindergarten this Fall, I'm constantly thinking about it... and wondering if she's ready. No matter how much we do, no matter how prepared I think we are, I don't know. I hope she's ready, but I tend to worry about such things. Now it's on my mind once more, as some news hit my inbox from Lakeshore Learning, who will release a new series of games called the Are You Ready? Game Show on April 15.. This series is aimed at helping kids Kindergarten through Fifth Grade prevent summer learning loss, while helping their grownups be aware of what skill areas need work. Check out the video below...

"Our Are You Ready? Game Shows were created to help prepare children for the upcoming school year. According to the National Summer Learning Association, students can lose over two months of grade-level equivalency during summer—so we're thrilled to be offering parents games that pinpoint important skills, prevent summer learning loss and are fun for their kids to play."Patti Rommel, Lakeshore's Director of Research & Development.

Are you Ready?

Are You Ready? Game Shows:

Developed by Lakeshore's team of expert teachers, these new games target the most essential math and language skills needed for success in kindergarten through 5th grade—while keeping kids incredibly engaged as they take on the exciting role of game-show contestants. Each Are You Ready? Game Show® comes packed with six different games that put children's skills to the test as they answer questions, earn pretend cash and win cool rewards.

Included with each game is a free online assessment that shows parents the exact skills their child may need to work on. Parents simply enter the game results on Lakeshore's website, and they instantly receive free printable activities that target the skills their child needs to polish before the new school year begins. As an added bonus, Lakeshore also provides product suggestions aligned to those skills for even deeper levels of support.

If you're interested in checking these out for your little ones, visit http://www.lakeshorelearning.com/areyouready
James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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