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News-O-Matic Article of the Week: Happy Mandela Day!

The kids have voted! Here’s one of their favorite News-O-Matic articles from last week!

Happy Mandela Day! (published in News-O-Matic on Thursday, July 18, 2013)
One of the world’s greatest leaders turns 95 years old!

School children from St Mary's College carry a poster for ill Nelson Mandela outside the Mediclinic Heart Hospital where former President Nelson Mandela remains_EPA

Nelson Mandela turns 95 years old today, and the world is coming together to celebrate! Mandela, South Africa’s first black president, spent 67 years helping his country. For all his hard work ending apartheid and fighting for equal rights, the United Nations declared July 18 “Mandela Day”!

Mandela Day encourages people to spend 67 minutes serving others, which is a minute for each year of Mandela’s activism.  For example, bike riders in South Africa spent 67 minutes today cleaning the community streets. This morning, people across South Africa held hands for 67 seconds as a promise to make South Africa a better place. And children in Johannesburg, South Africa, created Mandela’s portrait entirely out of cupcakes! The tasty tribute required 15,000 cupcakes!

These events kept the Mandela Day spirit of giving alive. “It’s about doing what you can to make a difference,” said Sello Hatang of the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory to BusinessDay Live.

Mandela has been sick in the hospital for six weeks, but his family hopes he will come home soon. Zondwa, Mandela’s grandson, told Eyewitness News, “Our grandfather is old, but we know that he is a fighter.”

How will you spend Mandela Day to make the world a better place?

By Gilmarie Brioso



apartheid – system that kept black and white people apart and favored white people

activism – working for change

portrait –image of a person’s face

tribute –gift to show thanks

FACT: Children in South African schools started class on Mandela Day by singing “Happy Birthday” to Nelson Mandela.

ACT: Spend 67 minutes giving back! Read to someone or volunteer at a shelter!


Learning on the iPad!

There are many different kinds of learners. Each child needs unique tools to help him or her best explore the world! The iPad has proven to be a wonderful tool for elementary aged children precisely because it caters to many different learning styles children possess!


Though no child is only one kind of learner, there are three key styles: visual, auditory, and kinesthetic.

Visual Learners


Does your child prefer pictures over words? He or she might be a visual learner.

Visual learners prefer learning and playing with images. These children translate printed words into pictures to create a visual representation of information in their minds. Providing image-rich and artistic activities is the best way to help visual learners understand and remember new ideas!

Clear and vibrant pictures on the iPad best capture the visual learner’s attention. The iPad offers many apps that give children the opportunity to express themselves artistically. Other apps allow children to doodle and sketch right on their notes, which aids in memorization.

Visual learners would love apps like Stitch, Evernote, and Notability!


Auditory Learners


Does your child hum or sing throughout the day? He or she might be an auditory learner.

Auditory learners truly enjoy talking and listening, which is why they learn best through sounds – and songs! Audio features on the iPad cater to this learner’s listening abilities.

iPad apps that allow an auditory learner to record their voice while reading aloud or reciting information can be very helpful. Listening to the playback allows children to make sense of what they’ve learned. These learners also respond well to apps with lots of sounds. They connect the sound to a certain task and better remember it.

Auditory learners would love apps like Garageband and AudioBoo!


Kinesthetic Learners


Does your child like to tap and touch? He or she might be a kinesthetic learner.

Kinesthetic, or sensory, learners benefit from hands-on experiences. Because physical actions trigger their memory, these types of learners absorb knowledge through physical discovery.

Kinesthetic learners benefit from the iPad because they interact directly with the screen. Certain apps require children to hold and change the orientation of the iPad. Interactive and touchable widgets and pop-up features provide children with definitions, fun facts, or images.

Kinesthetic learners would love apps like Clinometer, Evernote Peek, and Geometry Pad!


The iPad is not only groundbreaking in technology, but groundbreaking in education as well. Whether your little ones are visual, auditory, or kinesthetic learners, the iPad presents fun and engaging learning opportunities for them all.

What is your child’s learning style? Let us know how the iPad has helped your little learner!


By Gilmarie Brioso