I like to think I’ve done a lot in the past 18 years to inspire my children to learn. Unfortunately there was no book with directions that told me the right way to do that, but since my oldest son has graduated from high school and is planning on getting a degree (sooner than later) in both Business Management and Culinary Arts I believe I did a good job. I set an example that I feel played a major role in his love of learning – I got my A.A. degree at age 32 and my B.S. when I turned 42. Since my son entered Kindergarten I was in college either PT or FT working toward my degree. I worked, raised a family, and maintained a nearly perfect 4.0 GPA in college. There was never a question in my child’s mind whether or not education and learning was an option or choice. What better way to inspire a child than to lead by example?
I remember my son asking me to buy him something once and I didn’t have the money. I think it was his first lesson on finances and I told him that in order to be successful financially he had to made sure he learned as much as he could because it would set him above the rest. He has never forgotten that and neither have I.
My son is going to enter the contest sponsored by Intel. The winner will receive a laptop with Intel 2nd Generation Core i5 technology for themselves, plus a Sony Internet TV for their school. It is easy to enter and will give him good practice at writing while he is out on summer break! I highly encourage my readers to have their children enter the contest too!
Open to students 14 – 18. If student is 14 – 17 years of age, please have parent submit on student’s behalf.
Contest is open until August 15. Winners will be announced Sept. 15.
Winner will receive a laptop with Intel 2nd Generation Core i5 technology for themselves, plus a Sony Internet TV for their school!
To enter, students should e-mail their name, age, state, telephone number and answer to the question, “What inspires you to learn?” to firstname.lastname@example.org (minimum 50 words)
Students can also include links to original photos, videos or other multimedia content that will add to their entry. Please only submit content that is appropriate at school and that the student would submit to their teacher. If the entry includes content with someone in it, be sure that you have their written permission. Students cannot use copyrighted material in their entry, unless they have specific written permission from the copyrighted material owner.
Entries will be judged by a panel of Intel and education experts based upon: (1) Relevance to the question, “What inspires you to learn?” (80%), (2) compelling nature of entry, including supplementary materials submitted (20%). Note: the entries will not be made public unless they are selected as one of the finalists.
Complete contest rules http://bit.ly/IdeaJamEducationRules
Disclosure: This post is sponsored and paid for by Intel in conjunction with Mom Bloggers Club.