A child without phones, TV’s, video games, etc. to fill up their time, will most likely develop a better thinking brain AND a healthy body: spiritually, physically, and emotionally.
CHARACTER - THE REASON I WRITE
Take a moment to reflect on this. What does having character even mean?
To me, it means who you really are on the inside, even when no one is watching or listening. The choices we make every day show our character. I personally am writing for young people in an effort to encourage good character qualities in friendships and families. But that’s not the only place character can be impacted.
An introduction to the excellent writing program for middle school and high school students by Daniel Schwabauer of Clear Water Press, this presentation is a brief, simplified version for the elementary student. We will discuss his “Five Elements of Story” with an interactive bean-bag activity showing examples from the students’ favorite stories, plus one of the Bandana Acres books. The five elements are: someone to care about, something to want, something to dread, the struggle, and something to learn. Contact me for a school visit in the great KC area!
The main reason I became an author, illustrator, publisher was to impact kids with fun stories that speak to kids about character - AND - that provide a transition between picture and chapter books. So, I’m very excited about interacting with K-3rd graders in their classrooms in the greater Kansas City area. I have prepared three presentations (workshops): “Powerful Sentences”, “Powerful Stories”, and “Inspire”. Please click here to learn more or contact me for a wonderful visit with your class.
Almost finished with the illustrations for the fifth book of the Bandana Acres series: Kit's New Home. Here's one of the illustrations from the first chapter. This book has more characters in it: Ollie the wise farm dog, of course, Kit (the fox), Nellie (a Jersey cow), Zartie (a red-eared slider turtle), and Ellis & Molly (a pair of mules) - oh, and a mean coyote who has no name. Here's a sample from the story as well.
Last week on the Chickadee Cheer Newsletter we talked about family traditions with the first day of school. (Sign up to join.) A warm batch of cookies at the end of the first day is a wonderful welcome and an expression of love. And, also last week, I met a gentleman at a library event who is a historian and presenter at schools. Suffice it to say, I am now hooked on finding out more about our family...
I know, I know. My books are for kids, so how hard could that be to illustrate? There are many ways to add images to kid's books. Most of the current works use digital artwork, drawn, edited, and colored with great technology. For me, though, there's nothing better than traditional watercolor. Let me share...
It is so easy to find fault with kids, isn't it? I'm writing this post for myself, as well as for other parents, teachers, and grandparents - anyone who is working with kids. How many times a day do we correct versus praise? Do you remember what it's like to be a kid? I'd like to share a little of a post about this from the blog of Character First. I'll give you the link to the whole article too.
Short & Sweet
We took 3 days (two were driving) to visit the lovely city of Bowling Green, Kentucky. The people there were all so friendly and nice, patriotic, and God-fearing. We visited the Corvette Museum and then attended the Tri-Five Nationals. There were literally thousands of 1955, 56, and 57 Chevys driving all over the place. So cool!
Check out this peaceful setting in the backyard of the AirB&B where we stayed:
So, I'm reading to my kids. Now what?
When you're reading aloud, ask questions like "Do you see the dog?" Comprehension is much more important than learning to sound out or decode words. Your questions will develop their vocabulary as well as cause interaction with the book. As they get older, ask them to point out things themselves and add appropriate noises to the story too. (i.e. sounds of animals)
READ TO THEM! SEEMS SIMPLE, DOESN'T IT?
As a fellow parent, former teacher, and author, one of my passions is to help kids become successful adults: capable of achieving whatever they can dream. To have healthy bodies, sound minds, and be grounded in spiritual truths are the best of goals for today's children.