💛Mrs. Good Choice’s Blackberry Review: TURTLE CROSSING💛

Hi Friends,

As a former educator and now children’s author, I am passionate about promoting literacy, overall education, and the fundamental joys of entertaining children. I have agreed to participate with other authors around the world to post reviews of inspiring picture books for Blackberry Book Tours located in the UK.

This weeks review is TURTLE CROSSING by Malve von Hassell.

Oliver, a young turtle, experiences his family moving to a new home. His refusal to move, places him on a long lonely journey filled with obstacles.

Children will fall in love with young Oliver and discover that Oliver’s choices become harder than he ever imagined.

This heartfelt story with delightful illustrations is a fun family read, especially for families anticipating a move of their own.

Begin Fascinating Facts Friday with Help from💛Mrs. Good Choice💛

Mrs. Good Choice is a former public school principal who has spent her life teaching children to make wise choices. She now wants to help YOU! 

First off, I need to apologize for the long time frame between posts. I have been busy finishing an early chapter book series for young readers and beginning a middle school chapter book. I also work two part time jobs, one in an elementary school helping children with reading skills and the other, I am a Clinical Supervisor helping Student Teachers perfect their skills.

With that said, I hope that many of you have incorporated Mannerly Monday, Thoughtful Tuesday, Witty Wednesday, and Thematic Thursday into your children’s week! Would love to hear about your experiences. Please share at dawn@mrsgoodchoice.com.

Now it is time to add Fascinating Facts Friday to round out the week. I remember when I was a child, my younger brother hated to read books.  The only books he ever showed interest in were books that discussed World Records. He would constantly rattle off facts to us out of the blue. My parents were happy that he at least was reading something.

Kids love interesting facts. Our world is full of amazing facts. A great place to start is by exploring books from your child’s school library and public library.  There are many web sites to explore with your children.  Here are just a few:

Cool Kid Facts     https://www.coolkidfacts.com                                                                                   Fun Science Facts for Kids     http://www.sciencekids.co.nz                                                      Weird But True     https://kids.nationalgeographic.com

In my own research, I came across the following list of facts about some very famous books that you have probably already read to your children.

Here are 16 fun facts about your favorite children’s books:
1. On Market Street
Frog and Toad, Arnold Lobel’s most famous characters, make a surprise appearance in another of his books, “On Market Street.” Look for them on the “T” page, hiding in plain sight as hand puppets.

2. The Cat in the Hat
It was born out of Dr. Seuss’s desire to find a more compelling way to teach kids basic reading skills, according to the Dr. Seuss National Memorial.

Goodnight Moon
3. Look for the mouse that appears on each page, and notice that the clock slowly changes from 7:10 to 8:10 as the book progresses. Another Margaret Wise Brown book, “The Runaway Bunny,” appears as an open book on the bookshelf in the background. Speaking of Margaret Wise Brown, she didn’t have any children when she died at the age of 42, so she left the rights to “Goodnight Moon” to her young neighbor, according to Mental Floss.

4. Clifford the Big Red Dog
The titular character of this classic children’s book series was almost named Tiny. Author Norman Bridwell changed the name after a suggestion from his wife, according to Scholastic.

5. Where the Wild Things Are
When Maurice Sendak was illustrating a book about horses, he realized he wasn’t very good at drawing them. Instead, he turned them into strange beasts. The book became “Where the Wild Things Are,” the Caldecott Medal award-winning children’s book.

6. The Tale of Peter Rabbit
Beatrix Potter’s manuscript was rejected by publishers six times. Potter was determined to see her book in print and self-published 250 copies. Since then, it has sold more than 45 million copies.

7. Henry Huggins
After she realized that all of her characters in “Henry Huggins” were only children, Beverly Cleary, according to her website, added in Ramona as Beezus’ little sister. Ramona ended up as one of Cleary’s most famous and beloved characters.

8. Nancy Drew
The famous girl detective Nancy Drew might have been known by a different name. In the early stages of the series, the publisher considered naming her Stella Strong, Nan Nelson or Diana Dare, says January magazine.

9. Green Eggs and Ham
Dr. Seuss bet his publisher $50 that he could write a book using 50 words or less. He won, according to CNN, after creating “Green Eggs and Ham,” which contains exactly 50 words.

10. The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Since it was first published in 1969, Eric Carle’s “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” has sold a copy a minute, according to Mental Floss.

11. The Outsiders
When she was just 17, S.E. Hinton saw her book “The Outsiders” go to print.

12. The Polar Express
Keep your eyes open to find a white bull terrier in Chris Van Allsburg’s books, including “The Polar Express” and “Jumanji.” The dog is based on Winston, his brother-in-law’s white dog, says his website.

13. The Night Before Christmas
According to St. Nicholas Center, Clement Clarke Moore’s “The Night Before Christmas” gave the world a modern description of Santa Claus: plump, bearded and the owner of eight reindeer.

14. The Phantom Tollbooth
None of the illustrations actually show the main character Milo in a tollbooth.

15. Alice in Wonderland
Lewis Carroll’s classic introduced new words into the English language, including mimsy, chortle and jabberwocky, according to the Oxford Dictionaries.

16. Curious George
The authors of Curious George were forced to flee Paris during World War II’s German occupation, according to the New York Times. They weren’t able to carry much, but one thing made it into their suitcase: the original Curious George manuscript.Your child’s school library or the public library have numerous fact books to check out. I remember as a child, my brother hated to read books. But he loved books with World Records. He was always quoting us facts.

Children love to research new topics. When they are looking up facts, they are not only reading but learning in the process.  Hope you enjoy your family time together.

💛Blessings until next time,💛

Dawn Young Ed.S                                                                                                                                Author

Begin Thematic Thursdays with Help from 💙Mrs. Good Choice💙

Mrs. Good Choice is a former public school principal who has spent her life teaching children to make wise choices. She now wants to help YOU! 

I hope that many of you have incorporated Mannerly Monday, Thoughtful Tuesday, and Witty Wednesday into your children’s week! Would love to hear about your experiences. Please share at dawn@mrsgoodchoice.com.

Now it is time to add Thematic Thursday into your child’s week. Where do I begin, you may ask yourself? It is very simple … ask your child! All children have different interests. This is the time to zone in and teach children about things they already love. It all begins through great conversations with your children. Listen to what your child has to say.

The age of your child is a big factor in choosing the correct Thursday theme. Here are 10 great preschool age children themes to help you get started: Alphabet, Numbers, Animals, Colors, Nursery Rhymes, Days of the Week, Four Seasons, Type of Transportation, Community Helpers.

Incorporating Thematic Thursday is a great way to help children master and generalize different skills they may not learn any where else. It also immerses children with new vocabulary and concepts.

For older children, themes come in many categories … math, science, reading, writing, drawing, dramatic play, history, geography, music, cooking, photography and so many more.

The first step is finding the theme that interests your child best.
The second step is planning the activities within the theme. Today it is easy to plan activities through the help of google and pinterest.

For example:

If a child is interested in Space, the total Solar Eclipse will be taking place August 21, 2017. This would be a great time to teach them important facts about space and allow them to create a model of the solar system. Ask them to demonstrate a model of the Solar Eclipse. Children remember best when they use all five of their senses to learn. As a family you could bake Solar Eclipse Cookies.  Don’t forget to go outside and watch the Solar Eclipse together.

If your child is a planner … ask them to help you plan next weeks dinner menu. Allow them to grocery shop with you and also teach them about staying on a budget.

If your child loves music … teach them about the different instruments that make the great sound.

Parents,  learn to think outside the box. Children’s minds are amazing! You are their first teacher … Have Fun spending quality time together with Thematic Thursdays.

Fascinating Facts Fridays ideas coming soon😊

💛Blessings until next time,💛

Dawn Young Ed.S                                                                                                                      Author

Begin Witty Wednesdays with Help from 💙Mrs. Good Choice💙

Mrs. Good Choice is a former public school principal who has spent her life teaching children to make wise choices. She now wants to help YOU! 

I hope that many of you incorporated Mannerly Monday and Thoughtful Tuesday into your children’s week! Would love to hear about your experiences. Please share at dawn@mrsgoodchoice.com.

Now it is time to add Witty Wednesday to your week. How often have you heard the old saying, “Laughter is the best medicine?” Laughter and smiles are a universal language. It doesn’t matter if people don’t even speak the same language, a smile can mean so much to another person. I have experienced this, personally.

Our son and daughter-in-laws’s wedding and reception come to my mind. My daughter-in-law’s parents are Chinese and do not speak English. My husband and I could not speak their language, but this did not stop us from communicating with them through smiles and laughter.

Research shows that people who laugh a lot often live very long lives. Think about all of the old comedians, actors and actresses: George Burns, Bob Hope, Red Skelton, Lucille Ball, Jack Benny and many more. Several of them lived to be in their 80’s,90’s and even 100. Now I am showing my age! (giggle …giggle!)

So, how can you incorporate Witty Wednesday into your household or classroom. Begin by introducing your children to funny tongue twisters! They are silly and often don’t make a lot of sense, but they can definitely help a child practice pronunciation:

Easy Tongue Twisters
– We saw a saw which is made of a big see-saw!
– The show had a shocking showstopper who saved the show!
– Row the row-boat through the river rarely making a row
– Popcorn popped with a loud pop and Poppy heard the pop!
– Wide way was full of weeds and weeds filled the wide way
– Wrap the rope with rapper
– Jill and Jilly ate some jelly and Jill loved jelly than Jilly loved jelly
– Chuck checked the chalk and Chuck choked on the chalk
– I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!
– I saw Susie sitting in a shoe shine shop.

Medium Tongue Twisters
– Fuzzy Wuzzy 
Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear. Fuzzy Wuzzy had no hair. Fuzzy Wuzzy wasn’t fuzzy, was he?

– Can you can a can 
Can you can a can as a canner can can a can?

– I have got a date 
I have got a date at a quarter to eight; I’ll see you at the gate, so don’t be late.

– Two witches, two watches 
If two witches would watch two watches, which witch would watch which watch?

Difficult Tongue Twisters
Betty Botter 
Betty Botter had some butter. “But,” she said, “this butter’s bitter. If I bake this bitter butter, it would make my batter bitter. But a bit of better butter – that would make my batter better.”
So, she bought a bit of butter, better than her bitter butter, and she baked it in her batter, and the batter was not bitter. So ’twas better Betty Botter bought a bit of better butter.

Doctor doctoring 
When a doctor doctors a doctor, does the doctor doing the doctoring doctor as the doctor being doctored wants to be doctored or does the doctor doing the doctoring doctor as he wants to doctor?

Tongue twisters help to improve the speaking abilities of the child and help to develop a clear and perfect pronunciation. They come to understand the nuances of language, say, the difference between similar vowel sounds, different meaning of same-sounding words etc. They will learn the language through fun and play. So give it a try!

Another way of having fun on Witty Wednesday is by teaching your children fun riddles and jokes. As an elementary principal, every morning, at the end of my daily announcements over the loud speaker, I told a joke of the day. My students loved to hear the jokes.

You could hear laughter in the hallways coming from classrooms. My kindergarten teachers told me that most of the time their students didn’t understand a joke … but they laughed anyway.

I learned that some children do not like to read and visit the library. However, after incorporating ‘joke of the day’ into our daily routine, children who didn’t care for reading began to check joke books out of the school library. Our school librarian was amazed! Many children would stop me in the hall to ask me to share a joke they found through their own reading. Children were reading, but having fun in the process.

Play silly games with your children. Something simple such as I Spy with My Little Eye or memory games, eg. I am going to Arizona and taking an apple.

The key to Witty Wednesday is just have FUN with your children!

Thematic Thursday ideas coming soon😊

💛Blessings until next time,💛
Dawn Young Ed.S                                                                                                                Children’s Author