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Mindfull Games Wins Two Awards June 1st, 2010

June 11th, 2010 | by admin

On June 1, 2010, Mindfull Games won two prestigious awards–one for its product and another for its business plans. Mindfull Games took third place in the Saint Louis County Economic Council’s Business Plan Competition sponsored by Edward Jones. Mindfull Games earned $20,000 in cash awards. The company also won 10 hours worth of in kind services from each of the legal, accounting and public relations firms who sponsored third place. We are very honored to have been chosen as a winner out of 226 competing businesses in the SLCEC competition. Many thanks to Edward Jones, the SLCEC, the volunteer judges, and our in-kind gift sponsors: Larson Allen, Standing Partnership, and Armstrong Teasdale.  Also June 1st, Mindfull Games’ vocabulary game, Verbal Volley, was named Best Vacation Children’s Product by Dr. Toy. We are proud that our product was found worthy of recognition by a highly esteemed toy expert with a PhD in Child Development. We hope that these awards will increase awareness of our company’s progress.



Mindfull Games a Finalist in SLCEC Business Plan Competition

May 15th, 2010 | by admin

We are proud to announce that Mindfull Games is one of six Finalists in the Saint Louis County Economic Council’s Business Plan Competition.  A total of 226 start-up companies from the Saint Louis Region entered the contest, in which free professional services and $100,000 in funding will be awarded.  The field of entrants was narrowed to 30 after the first round of competition in April. After submitting a business plan and giving a presentation before a panel of judges, our team was chosen to compete in the finals in May. We are grateful that the SLCEC has given us an opportunity to showcase our potential and vie for funding and services that will help us grow.



Verbal Volley at the National After School Association Conference

April 6th, 2010 | by admin

Verbal Volley will be available at the Tout About Toys booth at the National After School Association Conference in Washington, DC April 18-20 2010.  See why YMCA after school care directors say Verbal Volley is so popular with their kids. You can address curriculum with a game kids ask to play! While supplies last, purchasers will receive free lesson plans, tournament guidelines and other support materials as handouts at the convention.



Try Verbal Volley at the Saint Louis Home School Expo

April 4th, 2010 | by admin

At the Saint Louis Home School Expo, Verbal Volley games will be sold at The Best Teacher Supply booth. The Best Teacher Supply store staff will have copies of lesson plans, assessments and other teaching resources available to use with Verbal Volley.  Stop at The Best Teacher Supply to see why Verbal Volley is a classic family-centered learning activity.  School-aged children learn important expressive vocabulary while parents and grandparents do evidence-based activities which help word-retrieval during conversation. Bilingual families can use Verbal Volley to expand vocabulary in two languages simultaneously. The Saint Louis Home School Expo takes place April 8-10 2010 at the First Evangelical Free Church in Manchester, MO.



Free Downloads for Verbal Volley Purchasers

March 27th, 2010 | by admin

Downloadable lesson plans and assessment materials are available to Verbal Volley purchasers. The following materials are currently available:

The Evidence Base for Verbal Volley as a Literacy and Vocabulary Tool

Two Sample Lesson Plans: Playing Verbal  Volley Using Words from the First Half of Fry’s High Frequency Word List and  Playing Verbal Volley Using Prefixes to Create Antonyms

An Example of How to Use Verbal Volley as An Assessment, with Pre-test, Teaching Strategy and Post-test Materials

Simply contact us through our website to let us know where and when  you purchased your Verbal Volley game and what your receipt number was. Let us know which material you would like. We will send you an email with an attachment. Our download offerings will vary periodically.



Verbal Volley is an NSSEA “Hot Topic” Item

March 16th, 2010 | by admin

This week at the National School Supply and Equipment Association Convention in Orlando,  Susan Savoie of Teacher Heaven stores will present a seminar about products which address current educational trends.  We are pleased that Ms. Savoie has chosen to highlight Verbal Volley in her presentation. As a classroom game, Verbal Volley fits the Depth of Knowledge philosophy in that students learn in a hierarchy and can join in play at their own level. They benefit from mere exposure to important vocabulary in categories, from engaging in discussions about the nuances of word meanings, from researching word meanings in reference materials and finally from demonstrating that they understand the connections between words and can support their opinions. Verbal Volley is an evidence-based activity which can be used with available lesson plans and assessments, so it can be applied in Response to Intervention (RTI) protocols for vocabulary and literacy. Verbal Volley has adapted and extended play methods to allow differentiated instruction and active engagement during wordplay. We are looking forward to the NSSEA convention and would like to thank Susan Savoie for introducing our game in her “Smart Buying” Seminar on Wednesday, March 17 at 1:15pm.



Verbal Volley Featured in Saint Louis Suburban Journal Article

December 31st, 2009 | by admin

See pictures of and read about “Meet the Inventors” Day at Unique Toy and Game. The article appeared on Wednesday, Dec. 30  in the Saint Louis Suburban Journals, on the front page of the West edition. Here is the link to the story: http://suburbanjournals.stltoday.com/articles/2009/12/29/west/special_feature/1230wc-games0.txt



A Note from Kristin about the ASHA Schools Conference

December 31st, 2009 | by admin

Hello, everyone. The ASHA Schools Conference was a great experience.  The courses were very interesting. The subjects ranged from play and language development to using active engagement in teaching vocabulary and language within the classroom. Those of us who were looking for information on implementing Response to Intervention were not disappointed.

I had a great time meeting everyone and playing Verbal Volley at the Mindfull Games booth between classes. This was the first conference where attendees wanted to try playing Verbal Volley in two languages simultaneously! I guess school-based SLPs are a bunch of polyglots. I knew many SLPs were using Verbal Volley for individual therapy, but I was happy to find out that we are filling a need for fun, classroom-based intervention for vocabulary, literacy and word finding. Thank you to everyone for your positive feedback. I hope you enjoy using the lesson plans I provided and that you keep the suggestions coming.



Bradburn’s Parent Teacher Stores Hosted Teacher Workshops

December 31st, 2009 | by admin

Kristin Edmonds, M.M., M.A., CCC-SLP presented workshops at three Bradburn’s stores in Saint Louis, MO on July 9, 2009.  She discussed the importance of social interaction and oral language exposure for vocabulary development, and highlighted some evidence-based methods of teaching vocabulary. Visitors to the store had the opportunity to participate in some interactive wordplay using high frequency words and Tier 2 vocabulary words which are important for literacy.  The wordplay activities were suitable for classroom interventions for at-risk students.  Bradburn’s staff helped teachers find materials in the store which were related to wordplay for literacy and vocabulary.



Meet the Inventors Day at Unique Toy and Game

December 27th, 2009 | by admin

On December 19th, Unique Toy and Game of Wildwood, MO invited the owner/game developers of Mindfull Games, Around the Table Games and Jane’s Games to demonstrate their products to store patrons. The store was packed to capacity with holiday shoppers and even some members of the press. Jane Matthews (creator of Instructures), Beth Daniels (creator of Family Talk and other conversation games), and Kristin Edmonds (creator of Verbal Volley) spoke to the visitors about what inspired the teacher, occupational therapist and speech pathologist  to create socially interactive games that help expressive language.  Many parents, grandparents and children played the new games. The weather was brisk and so were the sales. Thank you to Unique Toy and Game for introducing us to your holiday shoppers.