Love of Books

  • February 26, 2015 10:28 am

There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all.

~ Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

We were watching a couple of our grandsons last week. I was working in the other room. It was quiet where they were–sometimes a dangerous sign. When I walked in, however, there was our 10-year-old grandson totally immersed in a book. I love that sight!

 

Reading Books Over and Over

  • February 19, 2015 9:08 pm

I have a shelf of children’s books in my office. Some are in pristine condition, hardly been opened. Others are so worn they are falling apart–evidence of a child’s love.

It probably doesn’t come as any surprise to you that children gain attachment for certain books. Give them a choice, and they’ll select these books for Mom or Dad to read to them…over and over, the same books. It’s a little maddening.

Here’s a great quotation by Oscar Wilde:

“If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.”

–Oscar Wilde

 

Should Writing be a Punishment? No!

  • February 5, 2015 6:00 pm

I subbed in a class recently in which one of the punishments was to write a certain sentence over and over…I don’t remember how many times.

I really disagree with such a punishment. It makes writing an unpleasant thing, something to be avoided.

Surely there are other ways to discipline.

Encouraging a Love of Music

  • January 28, 2015 8:19 pm

Helping children develop a love of music is synonymous with developing creativity.

This article gives some great ways to encourage a love for music in children:

http://www.andnextcomesl.com/2013/10/11-ways-to-encourage-love-for-music-in.html

1. Listen to music.

2. Move to music.

3. Listen to rhymes and sing songs.

4. Learn and play with music toys.

5. Make homemade musical instruments.

6. Read books about music.

7. Do music-related crafts and activities.

8. Take a music class/lessons.

9. Attend live musical performances.

10. Let them make noise.

11. Learn about instruments.

Thinking What No One Else Has Thought

  • January 22, 2015 7:33 pm

Creativity is seeing what everyone else has seen, and thinking what no one else has thought.

~ Albert Einstein

Getting the Word Out

  • January 15, 2015 6:50 pm

I received notification today that Charly James had posted one of my Grandma Bubbles Books on her Google+ page. Thank you, Charly, for helping to get the word out about this series of books that help make reading fun and intriguing for beginning readers. Here’s the link:

https://plus.google.com/b/116789237876609039110/+CharlyJamesOAM/posts?cfem=1

Charades

  • January 10, 2015 6:54 am

I’m a substitute teacher. Yesterday I subbed in a sixth grade class. When I was faced with the challenge of filling some extra time, I invited the students to play charades. We divided into groups of four and each group was instructed to pick one of their favorite books and then think of a way of acting it out so that the class could guess which book they had chosen.

The room erupted into enthusiastic chatting, giggles, shrieks and movement. It was delightful to watch them practicing their little acts–and then to watch the “performances.” Each person was involved and engaged. What fun!

First Two Books in Secret Worlds Books Available

  • January 3, 2015 7:45 pm

We’re very pleased to announce that the first two of my Secret Worlds Books are now available on Amazon, I Book Store, Google Books and Kobo–and soon on Nook. Secret of Bombastic Bertha and the Bamboozles and Return of the Schmurthies are written for the junior readers, ages 8-11, in mind. Full of adventure, fun, humor and mystery, the Secret Worlds Books are a romp into the imagination. We hope you will enjoy them!

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Kids are Reading Ebooks More and More

  • December 26, 2014 9:30 am

Some of us older folks may still prefer reading by physically holding a book in our hands, but kids are turning to ebooks more and more. Here’s an article by Jeremy Greenfield on the Forbes website:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/jeremygreenfield/2013/01/31/if-kids-are-our-future-our-future-is-ebooks/

Writes Mr. Greenfield: “The next wave of the ebook revolution is coming and it’s going to be led by kids. While just under a quarter of U.S. adults are reading ebooks, some 54% of kids are reading them — that’s more than double.”

Like it or not, ebooks are taking over the book market. That’s one of the reasons Grandma Bubbles Books are turning to this format.

We wish you and yours a very Happy New Year!

Christmas is About People, not Things

  • December 20, 2014 9:04 am

The spirit of Christmas is the spirit of love and of generosity and of goodness. It illuminates the picture window of the soul, and we look out upon the world’s busy life and become more interested in people than in things.

~ Thomas S. Monson

Merry Christmas!