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Archive for June, 2013

Scribbles Have Meaning

Get out the paper, pencils, crayons and markers and let your children scribble.  Scribbling is the foundation of artistic development, language acquisition and written expression. Through their scribbles, children are telling stories and beginning to link writing to self-expression.  Practicing and playing with writing can help young children learn to form and recognize letters.

The Texas Center for Reading and Language Arts provides the following Stages of Writing Development:

  • Drawing
  • Scribbling
    • During the scribbling stage, children learn to distinguish writing from drawing;
    • Children try to reproduce letters and words through scribbles.
  • Producing letter-like forms
  • Writing letter sequences or strings
  • Spelling phonetically
  • Spelling conventionally

Don’t worry about what the scribbles mean. Ask your child about them and you’ll begin to see the letters and stories they have created.

$10,000 Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship Recipient Announced for 2013

 Scholarship Program Recognizes Goddard School Alumni for Excellence in Education

A check for $10,000 was presented to Ethan Mandel of Maple Glen by Joe Schumacher, Chief Executive Officer for Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI), franchisor of The Goddard School®, and Brian Clark, on-site owner of The Goddard School located in Horsham. GSI has named Ethan Mandel the 2013 recipient of the sixth annual Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship (AAMMS). The $10,000 scholarship is awarded annually to a junior or senior in high school student who graduated from The Goddard School.

The AAMMS is named in memory of the founder of The Goddard School franchise system, an entrepreneur who started several other well-known franchise companies including AAMCO Transmissions, Inc. and MAACO Auto Painting and Bodyworks, Inc. Mr. Martino worked his way up from humble beginnings to achieve great things for himself and his family. In the spirit of Martino’s successes, the AAMMS scholarship is awarded to a graduate who demonstrates the work ethic and perseverance that exemplified Martino’s commitment to his career, family and community.

Winner Ethan Mandel attended The Goddard School located in Horsham, PA and graduated from the school’s Pre-Kindergarten program in 2000. Mandel, also a graduate of Upper Dublin High School with an outstanding academic background, will be attending Temple University, Fox School of Business, in the fall and plans to study in the school’s honors program for marketing and business administration.

The public was invited to help select the scholarship recipient. Videos of the top three finalists were posted on The Goddard School Facebook page and fans voted for their top choice. The AAMMS winner receives $10,000 to use toward their education at an accredited college or university. The runner ups receive a gift card to use towards books and school supplies.

“The Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship provides financial assistance to a graduate from The Goddard School who demonstrates the work ethic and perseverance that exemplified Martino’s commitment to his career, family and community,” says Joe Schumacher, Chief Executive Officer for GSI. “We have many alumni who meet the criteria, but Ethan really stands out. We are delighted to recognize Ethan as he embarks on his college career; Ethan and his family are truly deserving.”

“As a preschooler, Ethan was full of spirit and so eager to learn. We know he will go on to do great things,” says Brian Clark, on-site owner of The Goddard School located in Horsham. “We’re just so proud of Ethan and thrilled for his family.”

“The Goddard School is a key example in my life of paying it forward, a staple in my lifetime goals, and helped shape me into the well-rounded individual that I am today,” said Mandel. “I am thrilled to have been selected for this scholarship and to be recognized by Goddard Systems for my academic achievement.”

“Goddard invests their heart and soul in our children and I recently found out that their investment does not end there,” says Karen Mandel, Ethan’s mother. “As a single mom, working full time, the challenges that I faced raising two sons were insurmountable.  I felt like Goddard became my ‘daytime support system’ when it came to providing Ethan with a learning environment that was fun and fundamental.”

“It’s where you start the journey that makes all the difference. That’s why we use proven, play-based methods to nurture healthy development and encourage a lifelong love of learning,” said Dr. Craig Bach, Vice President of Education for GSI and member of the Educational Advisory Board.

To view the video of the finalists, please visit: http://on.fb.me/16KV888.

For more information on the Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship, please visit www.goddardschool.com/Scholarship.