JODY LEVOS, PHD DIRECTOR OF LEARNING FOR LEAPFROG - SHOWS HOW PARENTS CAN TEACH THEIR KIDS THE LOVE OF LEARNING
Research shows that children experience learning losses when they don’t engage in educational activities over the summer. As much as two months of learning can be lost during those long summer months, which is why it’s extremely important to keep children’s brains active and challenged year round. With that said, LeapFrog is launching Summer Camp, where parents can sign up for 8 weeks of free printables, activities, articles, videos, and more, that help kids stay engaged and learning over the summer. Each week presents a different theme, with materials covering skills in math, reading, science, creativity, and more! Dr. LeVos will discuss Summer Camp and how parents can help reduce that summer brain drain and instead, turn it into summer brain gain.
As LeapFrog’s Director of Learning, Jody works on products across all platforms to teach in developmentally appropriate ways using research-based techniques. Before joining LeapFrog, she was a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, a researcher and instructor, and a math textbook author. She is a contributing author to The Encyclopedia on Early Childhood. She is also the proud mother of two LeapFrog-aged boys. For more information about her program to help kids learn, visit www.leapfrog.com/parentguide.
Jody LeVos, PhD, is one of the top experts in the field of child learning, and she believe that with technology and a little parental help, kids can be taught to love learning at an early age. On May 29ND, Dr. LeVos will discuss an exciting new summer program and some new devices that will inspire and educate children. Research shows that almost half of youngsters entering kindergarten arrive at school unprepared. At the same time, research shows that on average children lose two months of learning during the summer months.
VIRGINIE SAVERYS – OWNER, AVIGNONESI
Constant research and development aimed at expressing the true character of the Montepulciano terroir has, over time, earned the winery a well-deserved place among the flagship producers of Tuscany.
In 2009, Avignonesi was acquired by Virginie Saverys who has since introduced organic and biodynamic farming methods to craft distinct, genuine wines with an even stronger character, and has acquired additional vineyards and a state-of-the-art winemaking facility in the Montepulciano appellation.
We believe that the life force of the earth and the uniqueness of our terroir are at the heart of our brand. Avignonesi is reborn from the soil of our vineyards with each vintage in wines that mirror the subtle flavours of the site and the special traits of each year. Our wines express the richness and beauty of the Montepulciano territory. We respect the heritage of Montepulciano, where Sangiovese wines have been produced for centuries, and we wish to contribute to its future by being the finest representative of its heritage that we can be.
We respect the innate character of each wine and seek to follow its natural evolutionary path from the soil to the cellar and - finally - to the bottle.
Virginie was born in Ghent, Belgium and graduated in law from the University of Paris in 1983. Virginie was brought up in a family that always enjoyed fine wines and, as a wine lover, decided to invest in the Avignonesi winery in 2007, after having retired from her highly successful legal career and moving to Tuscany. In 2009 she bought the whole of Avignonesi with the intention of taking a winery already recognised for its quality, innovative research and experimentation to a new level of excellence.
She is a strong believer in organic products and homeopathic medicine, so converting the winery to sustainable farming methods was a natural choice. Her aim at Avignonesi is to produce wines which do not only mirror the distinct identity of the terroir of Montepulciano, but wines which are healthier for her customers, healthier for the land and therefore for future generations.
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