It may be a short month, but we have lots to share. Check it out!
Before we begin, here’s a February Fun Fact: Did you know that corn is grown on every continent except Antarctica? That may be due to the fact that only about 1% of Antarctica’s land is ice-free!
Please be advised that GradePower Learning Aurora will be closed on the following day:
- Monday February 20
If your child has class on this day, please call us to reschedule at your earliest convenience.
We will be participating in the i9 Customer Appreciation Event at Fox Ridge Middle School on February 4. Come see us!
SAVE THE DATE! Bricks 4 Kidz Camps hosted at GradePower Learning
- Spring LEGO® Camp Sampler: March 27-31; 9am – 3pm, Ages 5-12
- Dinosaur Park Expedition Camp: June 5-9; 9am – 3pm, Ages 5-12
- Tech Camp: Junior Robotics and Programming: July 17-21; 9am – 3pm, Ages 7-13
Congratulations to our winner of the Goal Setting Challenge from last month! We had a blast learning about, setting, and meeting our goals! Learn about our competition for February below.
PRESIDENTIAL FACTS COMPETITION
In honor of President’s Day, we want students to bring in interesting facts about any United States President, past or present. Each fact brought in will be rewarded with a chance to win a prize! We will write the facts on the glass doors throughout the center, so let’s fill them up!
TEST TAKING STRATEGIES
Students of any age can benefit from learning strategies to take their exams. Have your child review these 5 key tips:
- Study Notes: Spend 10 minutes per subject every night and summarize the day’s lessons into study notes. Break the information down into Main Idea, Supporting Details, and Sub Details. Make these notes in your own words in bullet point format.
- Review: 48 hours later, review your study notes. Don’t memorize; just make sure you fully understand what the information is about. Turn the notes into a story or complete picture – use visualization if possible.
- Keep Track: Keep a student day planner so that you can keep track of assignments, tests, homework, and personal information. Make your entries in class as you get the assignments or test dates and look at your planner every night before beginning your study time.
- Learn About Yourself: What things distract you? Noise? Movement? Crowds? When you discover what makes it hard for you to pay attention, make sure you change your environment as much as possible. If noise bothers you, don’t study with a TV on or at the dining room table. Find a quiet place instead.
- Set Long-Term Goals: Stop expecting school to entertain you. When you learn to stop blaming school for not meeting all your expectations and learn to keep your eye on your long-term goals and dreams, you will begin to feel more control and power over your life. Forget about blaming others; it’s your life! Take the responsibility to get the most out of it. Enjoy!
HEALTHY HEART COOKIES!
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! These healthy chocolate cookies are sure to please. Give this recipe a try and let us know what your loved ones thought!
Yield: 36 hearts – or will depend on your cookie cutter
- 2 tbsp cocoa or cacao powder
- 1 cup almond meal (Or make your own by grinding slivered almonds in a vitamix, blender, or coffee grinder until very finely ground) (100g)
- heaping 1/8 tsp salt
- 1/8 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- pinch uncut stevia OR 3 tbsp pure maple syrup or honey
- Only if using stevia version, add 3 tbsp water
Preheat oven to 350 F and grease a baking sheet. Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl, and stir very well. Then add liquid ingredients and stir to form a dough. If it’s too wet, freeze the dough until firm enough that you can roll it out. I like to place the dough into a gallon-sized plastic bag and roll it out inside the bag so it doesn’t stick to the rolling pin. Then you can cut the bag open and cut out shapes with a cookie cutter or any round lid. Place on the prepared sheet, and bake 6 minutes. They will look a bit underdone when you remove them from the oven, but they continue to cook as they cool – so let them sit 10 minutes before taking off of the baking sheet.
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