If you need to find a location on the map, how do you look for it? Chances are that you type whatever you are looking for into your favorite search engine and find not only the location, but also nearby points of interest, the quickest directions to get there, and a photo of what the street looks like. But what if someone handed you a good old-fashioned paper map and some coordinates?
Each year, Junior Scholastic’s cartographer, Jim McMahon, issues a map challenge to his readers: using a provided map and a set of clues, students have to identify the mystery country where the Mapman visited and submit a creative hand-drawn map of the location once they figure it out! The clues can be anything from identifying longitude and latitude coordinates to following rivers and locating capital cities until the mystery country is revealed. Continue reading Can You Find Mapman?→
Today we are excited to announce the release of six breakthrough programs built for the Common Core. And if that wasn’t enough, we are also announcing a new contest to celebrate our newest math program and to give you chance to win some pretty cool prizes!
Here’s Megan Hess, Parent & Child’s digital editor, with some exciting news to share! Thanks, Megan.
We’re excited to announce that Scholastic Parent & Child magazine is a finalist for best parenting magazine in the 2012 SheKnows Parenting Awards! The awards recognize parenting products based on functionality, quality, safety, and convenience, ranging from baby gear to eco-toys to tween favorites.
The winners fully depend on the number of online votes, so each one counts. Voting closes on Wednesday, October 31, at 11:59 p.m. EST. If you’d like to help, you can do so in a variety of ways:
The one-click wonder:Click here now and select “vote” under Scholastic Parent & Child. It’s the magazine on the far right under “Parenting Magazines.” That’s our August/September cover, which highlights the 25 Coolest Schools in America. (If you haven’t checked out the list, please do so — it’s quite a read!)
The voting all-star: Bookmark this link and come back to vote every day until Halloween. A simple click is all it takes.
This year, the Be Big In Your Community Contest had more than 800 BIG entries from more than 20,000 kids, parents, teachers and community leaders across the country. These great ideas ranged from writing kids-based school newspapers and creating ‘Teen Clubs’ to educate and support young teens with Down syndrome to hosting ‘Military Culture Camps’ to provide support for military families — and many more!
The grand prize BIG Idea was for Special Needs Athletic Programs (SNAP) which helps improve the lives of children who suffer from autism and other disabilities. Sixteen-year-old Zachary Certner from New Jersey created SNAP five years ago to improve the physical abilities, communication skills, and self-esteem of special needs children through athletic and social programming. The program started as one basic sports clinic and has now expanded to include art, music, tae kwon do, yoga, golf and swimming lessons. The best part about SNAP is its “kids helping kids” approach…now what’s BIGGER than that?