Interview & Book Giveaway: Kidzmet Playbook for Learning

Welcome to Jen Lilenstein

Jen Lilienstein completed her undergraduate senior thesis on Howard Gardner’s theory of Multiple Intelligence and its effect on self-esteem, attendance rates and love of learning in 1994. Post graduation, she kept returning to her passion for non-traditional education after getting her degree in a marketing capacity…

* first in brand management for JumpStart–at the time, the leading kids’ educational software brand; and
* most recently as the head of sales & marketing for a post-secondary education provider–the first of its kind to be accredited by a U.S. Department of Education approved accrediting body.

The music and theater classes that are now getting eliminated from curricula from coast-to-coast were the ones that inspired Jen to make it to school each day and made learning fun for her…particularly in junior high and high school.

At home, Jen is Mom to an extroverted six year-old daughter–who has already dabbled in music, swimming, gymnastics, ballet, nature, yoga and art–and an introverted three year-old son who loves to do tangrams, work on the iPad, throw balls and admire cars.

Ms. Lilienstein currently serves on the Editorial Board of the National Afterschool Association, the Publications and Platform Committees of the NAA, the Quality Committee of the CA Afterschool Network, and advocates for Afterschool for All with the Afterschool Alliance. She is also a member of BOOST and ASCD.


What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Dulce de Leche

If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose?
Isabel Myers

Night owl, or early bird?
Early bird

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
Because ALL kids deserve to feel smart…and kids don’t always learn the same ways that their parents or teachers do.

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects? 
If these books are successful, I’d love to do a volume 2 that digs deeper into how parents can help their kids with other soft skills that play to their temperament strengths!

What inspired you to want to become a writer?
I really want to help make sure that the next generation sees learning as inspiring, engaging and FUN…and parental involvement is key to making this happen.

What is your favorite Quote?
Everyone’s a genius, but if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it is stupid. ~Einstein

When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?
An actress or songwriter

Who are your favorite authors of all time?
Ayn Rand, Isabel Wyatt, Richard Bach, Kahlil Gibran, Gordon Lawrence

Favorite Food?

What movie and/or book are you looking forward to this year?
This is 40?

What’s your favorite season/weather?

Spontaneity or Planning Ahead?

PC or Mac?

Shoes or Sandals?
Sandals (really, I live in flip flops)

As parents, we know that every mom and dad strives to help their kids develop an appetite for learning that will last a lifetime. But, if we want our kids to “think different”, we need to first acknowledge that they “learn different”…then help them learn to play to those learning strengths. The personality type based techniques you’ll learn in these books will teach you:
* How to create a learning environment that allows your child to excel and develop confidence in his or her abilities.
* How to support and encourage your child’s education in ways that are best for him or her.
* How to teach your child the most effective learning strategies for him or her, as well as how and when to use those strategies.

Giveaway Details:
10 ebooks (Internationally) and 3 printed copies (US)
Ends 10/9/12

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