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Join me for a Disney Dreamers Academy Twitter Chat on 5/18 at 8 PM EST

Like many of you I followed along with the phenomenal parents, mentors and kids in the Disney Dreamers Academy class of 2016 on social media. Guess what? The application is now open, and you are invited to join a special Twitter chat to learn more about the program. Join Blogalicious, Deidre of Frugal Flirty and Fab, and myself on May 18th at 8 pm EST. RSVP at bit.ly/ddadisney. You could win one of four $200 Disney Gift Certificates! Wouldn't it be great to start the summer with a win?

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Don't forget... May 18th at 8 pm EST. RSVP and get giveaway rules at bit.ly/ddadisney. I was compensated for participating in this Twitter chat. GIVEAWAY OPEN TO U.S. RESIDENTS AGE 18 AND OLDER.

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Eva the author of Anancy's Family Reunion, and the winner of the 2012 Black Weblog Awards for Best Parenting Blog and Best New Blog. Find her on Twitter at @socamomdc.

Podcast on Homeschooling and Self Care with Inside Outer Beauty

I was interviewed by Caribbean mom (Trinidad) and beauty and wellness blogger, Dixie Nichols of Inside Outer Beauty on her latest podcast.  She was a wonderful host, and asked some questions that really made me think. We talked homeschooling strategies, self care, and favorite books. Click here to check out the podcast on her blog. Be sure to share it with anyone you know who is considering homeschooling. I give my top three rules to homeschool by and more!

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Eva the author of Anancy's Family Reunion, and the winner of the 2012 Black Weblog Awards for Best Parenting Blog and Best New Blog. Find her on Twitter at @socamomdc.

"Gym Boots" and Gender Equality: 19 Writing Prompts to Inspire and Enlighten Your Daughters and Sons

As a Caribbean woman, I was taught very well defined gender roles. Whether or not those played out in real life is another blog post for another day.  When my brother played a sport, he got the best of everything – equipment, shoes… when it was my turn? Not so much.  “Why am I buying my girl child gym boots anyway?” They would reluctantly buy my basketball hightops, but with little fanfare, and even less money spent.  The same went for my soccer cleats… I brushed this off as just the way things were, but I couldn’t imagine saying this to my li’l bit. Caribbean women are used to getting this contradictory information from their parents. You can (and must) do and be whatever you want to be, and must not let anyone deter you. (YES!) However, men get special privileges and consideration when it comes to just about everything.  (WHAT?) It was really very confusing.

This morning, I gave my daughter a writing prompt that opened her eyes just a little wider to how the world sees her as a girl. I am in law school, and when appropriate, we talk about the cases that I am reading. We have talked about equal protection and Title IX before, so when I gave her the opportunity to do research and write about her ideas on wage equality in professional sports, she went straight to her copy of the Constitution. I gave her some statistics and the text of Title IX. Armed with the Constitution, Declaration of Independence, and some of the history books on her shelf (she’s a big history buff), she set out to prove that women deserve equal pay in professional sports too.

Every now and then she’d run into the room and ask questions like, “What are government subsidies? What is a salary cap?” In between questions, she’d yell out from her room, “Well how unfair is THIS? So guys make WHAT? Did you know that women only make…” Before I knew it, her brainstorming note page was full, she had mapped out her argument, and her first paragraph was done.  I just sat there looking at my Administrative Law outline wishing that I could be as passionate about the Administrative Procedures Act as she was about this.

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Eva the author of Anancy's Family Reunion, and the winner of the 2012 Black Weblog Awards for Best Parenting Blog and Best New Blog. Find her on Twitter at @socamomdc.

Homeschool Blog: Learn Spanish with Us

icon Orange - Anaranjado Printable - click here to download

This year we are learning Spanish! I'll be making printables and coloring sheets daily (hopefully) to go with our lessons.  Why? I explain it in this post - So Close, Yet so Far: Why You Should Be Bilingual in the Caribbean. Learn along with us! Check this folder icon Spanish daily to see what's new.

First up, Orange!

icon Orange - Anaranjado Coloring Page - click here to download

All you need is an orange crayon and a printer. I have been chosen to be an HP Smart Mom for another year, and I can't wait to let you know about all of the innovation in technology going on over at HP.  Did you know that you can print these from your smartphone or tablet?  Click here to find out how - http://www8.hp.com/us/en/ads/mobility/overview.html

Disclosure: I receive printing products and other compensation as an HP Smart Mom.  As always, my opinions are my own.

 

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Eva the author of Anancy's Family Reunion, and the winner of the 2012 Black Weblog Awards for Best Parenting Blog and Best New Blog. Find her on Twitter at @socamomdc.

Media and Communications Scholarship Opportunity for Caribbean and Caribbean American Students

The application deadline has been extended to April 1, 2014 for the Media and Communications Scholarship offered by CCI for Maryland, DC, and Virginia students of Caribbean descent.

Click here to download the application: icon Media And Journalism Scholarship Application

Scholarship Criteria:

1. College students in Maryland, District of Columbia, or Virginia. If going to attend college in 2014-2015, must be enrolled no later than May 2014 for the fall semester.

2. May be attending a university, college, or community college.

3. Must be studying Journalism, Media (i.e. Radio or TV), Communications, Media Technology or International Media.

4. Students can be either Caribbean nationals studying in the United States on a current student visa, Caribbean American students, or Americans with Caribbean parentage.

5. Application packages are due no later than April 1, 2014.

For more information, download the Media And Journalism Scholarship Application. It contains all of the submission guidelines and contact information.

Please note that SocaMom.com is not affiliated with the sponsors of this scholarship, and this post was not solicited by CCI. Just an 'FYI' for you! Please share this information with others who may be interested in money for college.

 

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Author Profile: Eva Wilson  - Website

Eva the author of Anancy's Family Reunion, and the winner of the 2012 Black Weblog Awards for Best Parenting Blog and Best New Blog. Find her on Twitter at @socamomdc.

Free Homeschool Resources: Khan Academy

This year we are using Khan Academy along with our other curriculum to help our kids with science and math.  It is totally free and covers a ton of subjects and levels.  Check it out on your own and share your experience!

https://www.khanacademy.org/

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Eva the author of Anancy's Family Reunion, and the winner of the 2012 Black Weblog Awards for Best Parenting Blog and Best New Blog. Find her on Twitter at @socamomdc.

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