Archive for March, 2011

I was driving into work on Wednesday morning listening to the Morning Edition radio show on KUHF. I like this station. In my opinion they are doing a good job of delivering precise to the point news.

They began to talk about technology but specifically the world of “Apps”. Apps is an abbreviation for application. An app is a piece of software. It can run on the Internet, on your computer, or on your phone or other electronic device. Definition quoted from About.com. Google it.

They go on to explain how apps have changed the use of the cell phone and other media then mention a few useful popular apps such as the First Aid App. After that they discuss the subject of childhood education and how some companies have been able to translate popular children’s books into Apps. 

Some apps read the story out aloud while others are very interactive. They allow children to identify characters by touch and mimic sound. They highlighted a few companies but the one that stood out to me was Oceanhouse Media. 

When I got home I did do some research. It turns out Oceanhouse Media has a great App lineup. They have a stock pile of Dr. Seuss works such as the Cat In the Hat (My Favorite), Green Eggs and Ham and Horton Hears a Who. The also have a list of great children authors along with a few personal development apps as well.

Don’t be fooled they are the lead Read Along upload for children apps. I just might go get an I Pad dedicated for my kids use only. It’s the 21 first century the era of the App Baby.

Maybe I can create a Gojoewesley.com app. It could happen.

March 2 was Read Across Day. The first Read Across America Day was started back in 1998 by a school teacher and about 40 seniors in Oregon.  Every since then it has been picking up momentum. The purpose of Read Across America Day is to motivate children across America to read. Tons of research has shown that kids who read are more motivated and go on to do better in life.

Read Across America Day is also the birthday of legendary author Dr. Theodor Seuss Geisel. He was born in 1904 and his works are very much relevant and popular today as they were then.

I had the pleasure of being The Cat in the Hat a few years back as part of The Huddle Up Foundation of Houston for Theater Under The Stars at M. D. Anderson Child Cancer Center in Houston. The Cat in the Hat is the central character in many of Dr. Seuss’s works.

That’s me in the Big Red Bow Tie.

I have a daughter who is about to turn two years old next month.  I make time during the week to sit down and read to her. At first I wasn’t really sure if she was getting it but as we kept going it seemed to sink in. It is amazing to watch the action of learning take place in a child. She is not at the point where she is reading just yet but her recognition of words, pictures and sounds is amazing. I know like everybody else I think my child is a genius. Well, she might just be.

In my opinion there are only a few true gifts or provisions a parent can sincerely give their kids that will enable them to excel in life.  I believe the best gift is an education. Reading to your kids is the first step.

With an education they can make better financial choices, release unbounded levels of creativity, create their own wealth and God willing choose a great spouse.  Although that last one is subject to other factors.

Just as my parents pushed me to get smarter so should we push our kids.

Besides, my kid might be President one day. It could happen.  Until then, I’m reading to her.

This was a great event. The event focus was to get kids active and in healthy motion as we head into the Spring. Plus to have a good time. The Children’s Museum of Houston hosted a great many kids. I had the pleasure of coaching a lot of kids through the obstacle course, signed some autographs and took some pictures.

I had fun and kids had fun as well. Check out the pictures.

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