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!

Muppets and Christmas

  • December 13, 2014 1:57 pm

Last night I went to a wonderful Christmas Concert at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, at which the Sesame Street Muppets and Santino Fontana performed with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Orchestra at Temple Square. An audience of 21,000 people, including children ages 5 and up, were enchanted with the delightful and magnificent performance.

I was especially intrigued watching the little children, including my 7-year-old grandson, as they witnessed this magical performance. What a wonderful experience…to not only enjoy the fun of the Muppets and the wonderful dancers, the lights and decorations and special effects, but also to have a chance to listen to a full symphony orchestra and exceptional choir perform.

These are the kinds of experiences that help mold children…experiences they never ever forget.

 

Give the Gift of Creativity

  • December 4, 2014 6:53 pm

I’ve run across some websites lately the share lists of creative gifts you can give children. Instead of toys, consider giving such things as magic markers, colored paper, scrapbook scissors, glitter glue, craft foam…things that can be used to create a myriad of artistic masterpieces. Other ideas for creative gifts include providing lessons, special family excursions and coupons for spending time together.

Instead of giving yet another toy, give gifts of creativity and gifts of memories.

Writing Concisely

  • November 22, 2014 8:31 am

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Living or Non-Living

  • November 13, 2014 10:25 am

Sometimes we assume that young children have an understanding of things that we as adults consider elementary.

This week I substituted in a third grade class. The science assignment was to study two paintings and to list the things in the picture that are living and the things that are non-living. When I first read the assignment, I thought, how simple can it get. Was I surprised.

Many of the children struggled with the distinction between living and non-living. “Mrs. M., is sky living? Are clouds? They move.” “No, the sky and clouds are not living.” “Are mountains?” “Well, some of the things on the mountains are living, like bushes and grass, but mountains are basically rock and dirt. They aren’t living.” And so it continued.

The challenge is to make sure that children are not only understanding what you’re trying to say but are also not misunderstanding you.