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Encouraging writing skills: Boys edition

It’s a common misconception that boys are better at math and girls are better at writing and language arts. This popular belief, according to developmental psychologists actually has no basis in reality, but is more of a reflection of the beliefs and teaching of society.

These days, teachers and parents of girls are often encouraged to allow their girls the same math and science play opportunities boys have, because there’s no genetic predisposition to disliking bugs or engineering.

But what can parents of boys do to ensure that they are encouraging writing skills for their son in language arts and communication?

One increasingly popular category of children’s literature has emerged for “reluctant readers” and it’s often called “The gross-out book.”  By appealing to a boy’s enthusiasm for passing gas and other bodily functions, these books appeal to a child’s sense of the taboo.  Luckily, most boys have other interests that parents can appeal to, in case they’re more interested in helping their sons develop a social awareness that extends beyond the idea that “Everybody Poops.”

Homeschoolers and other educators remind us that children’s interests can often be used as a gateway for other learning. Put another way, it isn’t necessary to “make learning fun” because learning is already fun. For boys who enjoy playing video games, there are gamer magazines and websites with plenty of cheats and playing advice to help turn a reluctant reader into an eager reader.  It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that “Hop on Pop” is far less interesting to an 8 yr old boy than “Six tricks for Minecraft world domination.” The lesson here is for parents to find written materials that support the child’s interests instead of boring him to tears.

Another tool for helping boys harness their literary skills is a nice set of boys stationery.  Parents can use stationary as a learning tool by packing notes in lunch boxes and leaving notes throughout the house.  Making a habit of leaving scavenger-hunt-like clues can be fun for kids to decode especially when there’s a prize at the end.  Parents who are in the habit of leaving notes are illustrating the practical aspects of written communication and giving their son reasons to write.  Finding pleasure in written communication can be the difference between “I don’t want to do my writing homework” and “Hey Mom, did I spell Disneyland correctly?”

Some educational reform advocates are concerned that kids are being taught the mechanics of reading and writing at the expense of their enthusiasm. When a child is interested in something and excited about it, it’s difficult to keep them from learning more. One of the best things a parent can do to help their children succeed in reading and writing is to model the importance of communication and provide the child with the tools to use it in his or her life.

Check out our selection of boys stationery to help your little guy embrace his passion for the written word.

Artist Spotlight: Amy Adele

We want to give you an inside look at the people behind the designs of Amy Adele. Of course our original artist and namesake, Amy, was our first choice. I, Caroline Kennedy, normally am the happy voice at the other end of your customer emails and the poster of all things social media, but for this blog I strapped on my reporter shoes and took a trip to see Amy in person where she works… at home!

I joined Amy at her home to talk about her journey as an artist. It’s a welcoming brick house tucked back in an adorable subdivision. The driveways are lined with blooming flowers and manicured shrubs. Amy welcomes me with an open door and a big smile :). Corban, her 5 year old son,  is lunching quietly at the kitchen table. The whole house has a cozy, comforting effect. The kitchen sports handmade cabinetry, courtesy of Amy’s husband, Joe. He would never brag about it, but it truly looks amazing.  We join Corban at the table with our lunches, and he tells me about his new bike and tries his best to say my name correctly. Ca-ro-line is a lot of new syllables for him, but he does better than most, which makes me smile. As we eat Amy begins to tell me a little about her journey.

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Amy was born in Northern Virginia, just a few states away. She has one older sister and grew up in a little cape cod styled home just inside the Beltway. One of her most ordered designs is a drawing of her childhood home. She was raised in a Christian home, and has carried that faith in Jesus Christ with her into adulthood. Amy married young, she and her husband (affectionately “Joey” to her) wed in 1994. They both attended a small liberal arts Christian college, Toccoa Falls College, in the North Georgia mountains.

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Four years after they married Amy and Joe welcomed their first daughter Emily to the world. Then six years later, they welcomed their second daughter Grace. Thinking they were done building their family, they settled in quickly to being parents of two sweet little girls. Newborn Grace wasn’t the only thing in the works that year. A short while after Grace was born Amy and Joe celebrated the launch of Amy Adele. Contrary to what Amy and Joe believed, their family was not quite done growing! Their son, Corban, was born in 2009, and has been a tremendous blessing to them in spite of his surprise arrival. You can read about him on anther blog post by clicking here.

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Amy has a knack for doodling, which family had insisted for years could be utilized. She had created small batches of hand made thank you notes for things like her wedding gifts and other special gifts. In December 2003, she created a design for their family Christmas card and had a few printed at a local print shop nearby. She got a lot of positive feedback from those cards. So after much prayer and thought and over many months, Amy began sketching and Joe began looking into how they could make a business out of it. Joe insisted they call their business Amy Adele despite Amy’s resistance and desire enjoy the shadows. Yes, that is her real name too! They decided to create a website so friends and family or perhaps even some people they didn’t know, could purchase Amy’s cards without any sales pitch pressure. Joe had a lot of experience in publishing so he too was in his element.  When they launched Amy Adele, it was intended to be somewhat of a hobby. They were expecting small and few orders and had decided not to be upset if they never had the first one. Within just a few days, they found that operating out of their home, hand scoring and folding each card, and their bleary eyes was not going to work! It was so exciting  but they were shocked by the sudden success of Amy Adele. They quickly moved into a one room business office and hired a part time girl to keep the production going while Amy continued to add new cards and Joe kept working his normal job. The ebb and flow and been quite dramatic at times and Joe is now working full time running and managing Amy Adele. Amy works from home and comes in the office once in a while to help with planning. They have had some amazing people work for them over the years and are amazed at all God has done through Amy Adele!

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As I spoke with her more that day, she let me flip through her sketch book and as I looked she would add in little statements like “that house is so lopsided!” or “those people’s heads are too big!”. This was not what I saw at all. I saw hours of perfectly doodled houses, tea cups, flowers, firetrucks, and a lot of adorable people with perfectly sized heads.  Amy shocks me when she says, “I’m almost embarrassed to be called an artist”. She goes on to say that in her mind “artists” paint things that end up in museums, they create murals, and beautiful portraits. The truth is art, just like music, comes in a million different styles. Each artist has a different calling, and be it doodles or the Mona Lisa, it is art none the less.

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I wrapped up our conversation by asking Amy what her main goal or desire for Amy Adele was. In her sweet way she explains that the goal has been the same all along. Amy Adele was created so that everyone who is a part of it has the opportunity to help people make happy memories. From birthday invitations to baby shower thank you notes, Amy Adele gets to witness a new happy memory in the making with every order that is placed. Amy loves knowing that her little doodles are ending up preserved in scrapbooks and memory boxes as a reminder of the happy occasions our customers share. Happy memories are our everyday joy, but what really keeps Amy creating is the idea of promoting thankfulness in children. Promoting thankfulness in children is a goal that has a lasting reward. In Amy’s eyes, if she creates notes that show joy, and those notes help children understand how to show thankfulness, that is her opportunity to encourage to others.

 

Teacher Appreciation Day Contest

May 6th is Teacher Appreciation Day and it’s just around the corner! We are so thankful for all the teachers who have helped us grow and who have supported us every day, that we are channeling our excitement into a contest!

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Tell us something fun or encouraging your child’s teacher did this year! We’d love to hear from kids, too! Up for grabs is a coupon code for 30% off on your next order at AmyAdele.com AND a set of personalized stationery and address labels for your favorite teacher!

Here’s how it will work: Today through Sunday, post a comment to this blog entry with your favorite teacher story. The story must be about a current teacher. You can share your story in the Leave a Reply field found at the bottom of this particular post.

One story per visitor, please. Multiple entries will disqualify your entry into the contest. Contest is not valid in certain states, so please check state contest laws before entering. All entries must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on Tuesday, April 29th, 2014. The winner will be chosen at random from all of the entrants. Once the winner is chosen they will be contacted via email. Be sure to include a valid e-mail address in the email field, so we can get back in touch with you. How easy is that?

We are waiting with great anticipation to hear your stories…so share away!

Today is Corban’s 5th Birthday!

Today, our little man turns 5! Let’s take a look at Corban’s Journey!

Corban’s arrival 2 months early was a very scary moment for the whole Amy Adele family. He weighed only 2 lbs 3 oz but Corban quickly showed the world that he would be a fighter!

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At 2 weeks old Corban weighed just under 3 lbs. To give you some prospective, a bag of coffee beans weighs about 3 lbs! Corban came home on April 30th 2009 at one month and 2 days old. Amy was a little nervous bringing home such a little guy, but the whole family was ecstatic to have their little miracle home and thankful that the first big hurdle for Corban was over.

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Over the next year Corban grew and functioned like any other newborn. He even got a little chubby! (See picture below for chunky cheeked baby awesomeness!)

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Corban tackled other hurdles with ease! Going to physical therapy and wearing his helmet didn’t keep him from big smiles and giggles! This picture was taken on his first birthday!

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At 20 months Corban took his first steps on November 9th 2010. Amy has been in chase mode ever since!

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Corban tackled walking and continued to grow and change, slowly but surely.

Let’s fast forward a bit….

Here is Corban at 3 years old. He is smaller than other 3 year old’s, and developmentally is currently somewhere between 1 1/2 and 2 years old.  As all preschoolers do, he gave Amy and her husband plenty of practice at patience!

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Now, let’s jump forward to today! (Because I am too excited and can’t wait anymore!)

Today is Corban’s 5th birthday! That’s a BIG milestone for a little man! He loves all things wheel related! Motorcycles are his favorite!

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Corban is still small for his age, and continues to face some obstacles developmentally. He is in currently in K4 but is not quite ready for kindergarten next year. He will be in K4 again next year to make sure he’s extra ready! 🙂 The Amy Adele family has learned a lot from Corban! He is teaching us to just take our time with him and that keeps us on our toes! Thanks, from our family to yours, for celebrating Corban’s big day with us!

Three Simple Steps for a Meaningful Thank You Note

With spring birthdays, communions, baptisms, and Easter right around the corner, it is the perfect time to help children find easy and thoughtful ways to show their appreciation. There is no better way than through a well written note. No matter what their age, here is how to help children write thank you notes that truly stand out.

The “Three Sentence Rule”

When doing any activity with children, it is important to keep things simple and fun. The “Three Sentence Rule” gives children three basic steps for what to include in every note they send.  If your child is young, you can write your child’s responses and they can draw a picture or sign their name.  If your child is older, encourage them to add good details or an extra sentence to each step.

Step One: Thank You!

The first sentence is always the place for a simple thank you for the gift. Straightforward and easy.

Step Two: The Gift

Write one sentence about why the gift is special. This step helps your child express what they loved about receiving the gift, and provides a simple way for the gift giver know it was the perfect present for your child.

Step Three: The Giver

Write one sentence about why the gift giver is special. This step is important for helping children make a meaningful connection between the gift and giver. It will warm the heart of the person who receives the note.

Give children these simple steps on how to write thank you notes and they will turn piles of presents into cherished, memorable words of appreciation and kindness.

Thank You Note for Interview

Nearly every career book and interview expert will tell you to send a thank you note after a job interview. Yet many job candidates skip this important step and unknowingly diminish their chances of getting the job. Employers want to know that you have social skills and will treat their important clients and customers well. Sending a thank you note is a clear signal that you understand the “rules of the game” and that you are serious enough about the interview to take the time to write a follow-up thank you note.

Who should I send thank you notes to? You should send separate personalized thank you notes to each person who interviewed you, either in a group setting or in one-on-ones. Hopefully, they gave you cards during the interview with their contact info. If not, consult the company’s website and call the receptionist to verify (staff lists on corporate websites are notoriously out of date). Make sure to get names and titles correct. You don’t want to make mistakes in your thank you note that raise flags that you weren’t paying attention or that you don’t care enough to get the details correct. If you have several rounds of interviews, send thank you notes after each round. You never know which round may be the last — they may just decide they want you and forgo the rest of the process they had intended.

Should I send an email or a handwritten note? We suggest both. While an email is immediate and will no doubt be read, a handwritten note is much more personal and shows that you went the extra step. We know of situations where the handwritten letter didn’t arrive until after the hiring decision was made. By sending both the email and the handwritten letter, your email reiterates your interest in the position immediately after the interview, and your handwritten note that arrives within a few days and both reinforces what you said in the interview and provides a second chance to remind the hiring personnel that you are a serious candidate.

Writing a thank you note for a job interview:
First paragraph (1-2 sentences): Actually say thank you for the job interview. Be as specific as possible about the day and time of your interview to make sure they know who the letter is from.
Second paragraph (2-3 sentences): Reiterate your interest and enthusiasm for the position. (Some people leave interviews and decide the job is not right for them. Make sure they know that’s not the case with you!). If there was anything they stressed in the interview that they are looking for in the new hire, explain again how you fit the bill. If there was anything in your skill set or background that they were hesitant about, here’s your chance to address it and assure them that you’re still the person for the job. If there is anything you forgot to tell them that would help your case, this is where you do it.
Last paragraph (1-2 sentences): Thank them again for the opportunity and tell them that you look forward to hearing from them about their decision. Though the information is on your resume, remind them of how they can contact you if they have any further questions (email and/or phone number).

Things to keep in mind:
* Don’t delay. Thank you notes for interviews should be sent within 24 hours of the meeting.
* Make sure your handwriting is legible. Experts say there seems to be no preference among employers for handwritten vs. typed letters, so if your handwriting is illegible, type it.
* Proofread. Proofread. Proofread. Don’t blow your chance by making a silly mistake at this late stage of the game.
* If possible, take the letter to the post office in person, rather than letting it sit in a box for a day. Some experts will tell you it’s okay to hand deliver a thank you note. You need to judge for yourself if the hiring agent will appreciate this extra step — or think it’s creepy. We would advise doing this if you know you will only see the receptionist and not actually run into the recipients of your letters. Even more awkward, you may run into other candidates for the position and that’s just going to stress you out. Best to stick with the original plan to send an email for immediacy and put the handwritten letter in the mail for follow-up.

Amy Adele cards appropriate for interview thank you notes:

Geranium Stationery
Green Line Border Stationery
Blue and Yellow Line Border Stationery
Light Pink Border Thank You Note
Yellow Line Border Stationery
Blue Line Border Stationery
Yellow Line Border Stationery

Cute Comments – July 22, 2009

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Some super cute customer comments from over the past two weeks:

Dear Amy and Staff,
My order just arrived and it is perfect! The invitations and notecards turned out just as I had hoped. Thanks so much!
-Heather
Falls Church, VA

Amy Adele rocks. You guys are amazing; fun, adorable, affordable products, sweet people in customer relations and super fast delivery service…I hope you zoom to the top of the online stationery business! 🙂 You deserve it! I hope all is well with amy’s new baby. Thank you again for your wonderful company & creative stationery!
-Elaine
Bethesda, MD

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Cute Comments – July 3, 2009

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Here are our latest set of Cute Comments from the past couple of weeks. You guys just blow us away! 🙂

Thanks for helping us get this order complete in time for us to be able to give it to our son’s teacher today. They turned out so good!! You really do a great job with this stuff.
-Eric
Central, SC

This is my second order with you guys, and I will definitely be back. Your customer service is fantastic!
-Audra
Parker, CO

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