In this post, discover 7 ways that humor can develop your child’s love of reading and literacy skills.
According to the Scholastic Kids & Family Reading Report, over 70% of children ages 6 to 17 look for books that make them laugh.
Over 50% of parents want their kids’ books to be funny above all else.
When humor is involved, the whole family enjoys reading more.
Fun and silly books can improve reading comprehension, improved social-emotional skills, and overall well-being.
Funny kids’ books can provide a positive and uplifting interaction that encourages regular reading habits.
Humor triggers our sense of wonder, which is the root of all learning. Funny and silly stories show that it’s okay to make mistakes! Kids can relate to fun characters like Junie B. Jones and Greg Heffley (the Wimpy Kid), who mess things up in hilarious ways.
Laughter increases endorphins released by the brain, which reduces stress and promotes a sense of well-being.
Canva has been my number one go-to tool over the last several years. I have used it to create social media posts, logos, branding graphics, quick reference guides, marketing videos, and the list goes on and on. In addition to writing and self-publishing books over the years, my love for computer technology and developing training to help others led me to another disruptive yet positive change: building my first online course. My Canva course officially launched on February 11, 2022. Then, a week later, something changed. The left menu bar looked different! I contacted Canva to confirm if I was seeing things and to get the full scoop on what had happened. They confirmed that they had just released some new and improved features including a menu change that combined two main features into one for better design management. Since I had just recently released my course, I immediately thought about the content being outdated already. Then I searched online and started reading Canva articles and viewing other Canva training and I remembered that this happens all the time. It even happened to me when I worked in the corporate world. Software changes frequently.
So while the disruptive change of software updates requires me to drop everything and update videos in my online course, there is a silver lining in all of this. My Canva course is a pilot program allowing me to test the waters and perfect the process. It’s also a wake-up call for me to be better prepared for change. A pilot course is like sending a drone out to scope the area before sending in the troops.
Once the testing phase is complete, training courses for my Author Journey Success book series will be on their way. Companion training for the 7 Steps to Your Bestselling Book, the KDP Self-Publishing process, and the all-important Book Marketing Strategies are forthcoming. All this equates to the evolution of more changes on the business end and career front. It wasn’t too long ago that I did something very disruptive in the career arena: leaving the corporate rat race in 2019. Doing so prepared me for the changes yet to come.
How many disruptive changes did you find in this post? You will find the answer further down in this post. In the meantime, let’s review some major disruptive changes which have occurred in the technology industry.
The onset the computers
Apple MACs vs. PCs
The evolution of Windows vs. iOS operating systems
Mobile phones replacing analogue phones
Where would we be without these disruptive technological changes?
QUIZ ANSWER: This article post contains at least 5 disruptive changes:
The launch of Canva by Melanie Perkins and team (approximate launch date was August, 2013)
Leaving the corporate world and moving to freelance (2019)
Writing several book series to help the world, nonfiction for business, and children’s books to foster love in families
Launching online courses in 2022 and the evolution of online learning
Canva releases major feature updates on 2/17/22, one week after the release of my Canva course
What can we do to embrace change?
Be mindful of where you are and your physical surroundings.
Be open to the possibility that some disruptive thinking and disruptive change is for the good.
Remember that not all disruptive changes are good, but they do offer opportunities for us to take a chance and make a change.
Step out of your normal cycle of life and do something different today.
Perhaps you have always had a dream of writing a book and becoming a published author. Whatever your dream may be, whether it is to write a novel, a memoir, a self-help book, a training guide, or a children’s book, I’d like to try to help you get there. All you need is drive, commitment and discipline, along with faith, determination and confidence. With all those things, along with a thirst for learning, anything is possible. My wish is for you to use the information in my book as a springboard to your success.
Reviews are greatly appreciated! When posting a review on Amazon, did you know that you can post a review with or without commentary? If you just want to leave a star rating, you can either click on the number of stars to rate a book when you reach the end of the book on Kindle, or you can go to the “Write a Product Review” page from your Amazon Orders page, and then just click the number of stars to rate the book; you will see a green checkmark confirming the submission and at that point, you can exit from the review page. If you would like to leave a written review, continue filling out the information on the review page including the Headline, Written Review comments and then click Submit.
Over the past several months, I have been on a bit of a hiatus with social media, working hard on my new book series. Proofs have arrived and they are finally ready. Today I will begin the 10 day countdown, as I prepare for the blastoff!
Why do I write? I just didn’t wake up one morning and decide to write. I’ve always loved to write ever since I was a little girl, but I also loved to do a lot of other things too – I always loved to draw, create things, fix things, tell jokes, listen to music, cook and dance. Sometimes it’s hard to know exactly what you should do in your life. So, while I was trying to figure out what to do in life, I saved things. I saved stories I wrote and pictures I drew as a child. I saved all the watercolors and acrylic paintings I created in high school. I wrote in a journal for years and then discarded things I wrote for fear or shame that no one would care what I wrote let alone that I wrote it. When I was a young girl, I watched reruns of the series called “The Walton’s” and envied the oldest child named John-Boy, played by actor Richard Thomas. John-Boy wrote secretly and hid the pages of his book under his mattress. I did the same thing.
When I was in college, I was told I had to pick a major course of study. I had no idea what I wanted to specialize in. At first I picked something that I was least interested in: Accounting. However, there was a silver lining. Majoring in Accounting meant you had to be in the school of business, and one required class was Fortran programming. I learned programming and flowcharting and became fascinated with computers. So, I decided that computers would be my career. I always loved computers, and I still do, but the writing thing was always there. Flash forward 20 years – as an Instructional Designer and eLearning Developer, I wrote educational content and designed and developed online learning over the years, but the author in me was always there. So I decided to take a leap of faith and begin my author journey. Over 10 years ago, in my spare time, I started writing online articles, and then short stories. In 2014, I had 2 short stories published in a real book and then I was hooked. I knew then that it was time to move further along my journey doing what I loved.
What do we do when we discover we enjoy something? We all have things we love to do, and sometimes we find ways to incorporate it into daily life. Maybe you love to cook and secretly wish you could have your own cooking show with a bestselling cookbook, but instead life got in the way, so you cook for your family and stop there. Maybe you love science fiction or mystery suspense, and you have pages and pages of short mysteries you have written and you secretly wish you can write a mystery or science-fiction series; but instead you read thrillers and mystery books and watch detective shows on TV and keep saying “I could have written that!”. Maybe you doodle all the time and absolutely love to draw – and every time you go to a bookstore, you imagine a children’s picture book that you wrote and illustrated.
It’s ok to dream, and it’s ok to imagine. It’s also more than ok to chase your dreams and achieve them. Isn’t that the point of life?
What is your dream? If you’re not living your dream, write it down right now on a piece of paper or index card and look at it everyday. Believe. Learn how to make it happen. Take the first step. Climb all the steps you need to climb to make your dream a reality!
Happy New Year and Happy New You! 2020 was certainly a year for the history books! Let’s take a deep breath and exhale. 2021 is a year of new journeys, new beginnings, and new ideas. It is a time to experiment with better ways to work, exercise, eat, and learn. It’s ok to feel like a fish out of water sometimes. New situations, odd and awkward as they may be, bring new opportunities to learn.
“When you learn to let go of things, a greater generosity, openness, and breath comes into your life.”
~ John Donohue
I’m looking forward to a happier, healthier year. It’s time to write down some goals. For starters, I’m trying to get organized this month for a busy year. I’m trying to exercise a lot more at home, move to a healthier, plant-based diet and practice mindfulness and deep breathing. It’s so important to practice self-care these days more than ever. In 2020, many of us were on our computers, smartphones and smart TV’s a lot more. I don’t know about you, but I found social media overwhelming. When I looked at my iPhone for one thing, I found myself checking feeds and posts…and then an hour would quickly go by. It’s easy to get swept away in technology. If you are on the computer a large part of the day, remember to stand up and stretch every hour. Did you know when you stare at your computer or smartphone you blink less? Every hour, make a point to look away from the screen and blink 10-20 times. This will help to lubricate your eyes. I recently bought a pair of blue-light-blocking glasses and now I wear them every day on the computer.
What are your plans for 2021? Here’s what’s coming in 2021:
This coloring book is inspired by the book “Snowflakes With Sugar” which is part of the Bella and Mia Adventure Book Series. There are lots of candy canes, snowflakes and gingerbread houses throughout this book!
The Bella and Friends Learning Series is inspired by the books in the Bella and Mia Adventure Series, where the use of rhymes and recipes promote fun activities with parent and child. Now it’s time for more interactive and educational fun with counting and beginner Math using pasta and meatballs! Understanding numbers is important for young math learners as it promotes confidence and encourages flexible thinking.
The year 2020 will be a special year for all of us. Since 2020 is a leap year, there is a whole extra day in February which offers us an extra 24 hours to devote to anything we like. What will you do with the extra time? Will you…
Take a fun day trip?
Spend time with family?
Read lots of books?
Write a book, maybe a memoir?
Catch up on sleep?
Self-publish a book?
Look for a new job?
If something is holding you back, let go of it. There is no time like the present to follow your dreams and make things happen. Make 2020 the year you make your dreams come true. Dream a little…dream a lot! Set your sights on something on January 13, 2020, which is Make Your Dreams Come True Day. Dream a lot and dream big on September 25, 2020 which is World Dream Day!
If you have an idea about something you want to do in 2020, write it down before it flies right out of your head. I keep journals and notebooks, both paper and electronic all over the house, because you never know when the next big idea will pop up.
Here’s what I’m working on and what to expect in the new year:
As you know, I write in different genres including fiction and non-fiction; first, let’s start with my children’s books, the Bella and Mia Adventure series. There are three books in the series so far, including Silly Willy Apple Cake, Squishy Wishy Meatballs and Snowflakes With Sugar. Formats include ebook version, paperback and hard cover. These books are close to my heart because each book is based on sweet memories of me watching my mother in the kitchen as a young girl, and learning how to cook. As companions for the children’s book series, I am working on coloring and activity books. More news coming soon!
Although I love to write and create, my life would not be complete unless I was helping others. My Author Journey Success Toolkit series documents how I managed to write and self-publish six books while working full-time over several years. There will also be links to resources including articles, weekly tips and videos to demonstrate the process. I’m looking forward to helping other aspiring writers fulfill their dream of publishing a book. UPDATE: As of 2022, I have self-published 14 books in various genres, and I’m happy to share the story of my journey with you in my latest book series, “Author Journey Succcess: 7 Steps to Your Bestselling Book“.
My first book series was based on years of training and support on Microsoft Office. Working in different industries helped me see first hand what people needed across the globe – bite sized learning and online reference to help them do things quicker in a fast paced world. Now that Office 365 is out, I’m testing out the waters in the latest version of Office. So if you want lots of tech tips, make sure you subscribe to my YouTube channel where you’ll find dozens of software training videos. To keep up with the pace of the latest version of Office 365, more videos are coming, along with Office 365 quick reference guides. You are also welcome to visit my Easy Learning “techie” website which I’m in the process of revamping and expanding.
What…No Novel Yet?
I starting writing a novel a few years back, but when I decided to pursue self-publishing, I decided to start with some smaller publications first, which were more manageable as I researched and learned the self-publishing process. My novel is out there, waiting for me when I’m ready to return.
In the meantime, look for more articles and posts coming in 2020 including:
Book sneak peaks and trailers
Author interviews and spotlights
Finally, I want to take this time to express my thanks and gratitude to all my family and friends, as well as aspiring writers, and avid readers as well!