Early Childhood and Special Needs Educator Joan Walsh Offers Summer Tutoring Services to the Falmouth Area
Joan Walsh, the founder of Cape Cod Children's Writers, is a former Early Childhood and Special Needs Educator with a total of twenty-five years of experience.
Joan is offering one-to-one tutoring services to children in the Falmouth area, from pre-school through grade 5 in all subject areas for September, 2014.
Joan will follow your child's classroom curriculum and provide the extra help needed for your child to master learning concepts being introduced by classroom teachers. She will offer additional help is written expression.
For further information, please email Joan at email@example.com. Feel free to view the Cape Cod Children's Writers website at:
The Cape Cod Children’s Writers (CCCW), a writing group of the SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) of New England, is offering a day-long workshop to perfect your first 10 pages of a novel, a picture book manuscript, or 3 poems.
The event is Saturday July 26, 2014. Space is limited to eight writers on a first registered basis. The cost is a non-refundable $75, which includes breakfast. It will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the West Falmouth United Methodist Church, 636 West Falmouth Highway, West Falmouth.
Send all manuscripts to Joan Walsh at firstname.lastname@example.org by Sunday, July 13, 2014. Interested applicants should apply to Joan Walsh for more details as needed.
Cape Cod Children’s Writers of Falmouth, led by Joan Walsh, presents parents and grandparents with three interactive picture books, Cape Cod Memory Makers Explore the Town of Falmouth, Cape Cod Memory Makers Explore the Town of Sandwich, and Cape Cod Memory Makers Explore the Town of Chatham, by Joan Walsh and Anne Sessions Barber.
Each book in the series takes children, who love to explore, write, draw, and scrapbook, to special places unique to Falmouth, Sandwich, and Chatham. Writing and scrapbooking space is provided within each book. Twins, Amy and Josh take turns sharing their adventures at every location, and they invite children to become official Memory Makers. All illustrations are original water color paintings.
Books one may be purchased at Eight Cousins Books in Falmouth, book two at Titcomb's Bookshop in Sandwich, and book three in the series may be purchased at Where the Sidewalk Ends. Each of the stores are happy to send copies if you are unable to shop in person.
Our goal is to promote the arts on Cape Cod, family travel, and towns that feature unique, independent book stores. Please peek at our Cape Cod Children’s Writers website athttp://www.capecodchildrenswriters.com
By: Joan Walsh
A child’s love of reading begins with parents exposing them to books before they go to sleep; it begins in family room where the television is off; it begins in the kitchen with simple recipes; it begins outside with a copies of much loved children’s books, and it begins with caretakers, parents and grandparents taking time out to be present, truly present, and read with a child. There is nothing I love better than the sound of an adult’s voice reading with expression to a child. Make your home a house full of words.
February is a month when love is celebrated, so make a point of giving your precious time to a child. The cost can be zero dollars, and the benefits can be infinite.
By: Joan Walsh
Librarian of Congress, James H. Billington named Kate DiCamillo, Newbery Medal Award-winner and honoree, National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, 2014 and 2015.
Kate DiCamillo, an outstanding advocate for the importance of reading, is the author of "Because of Winn-Dixie" (a Newbery Honor book), "A Tiger Rising" (a National Book Award finalist), "The Tale of Despereaux" (2003 Newbery Medal winner) and "The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane" (winner of the Boston Globe Horn Book Award), and "Flora & Ulysses.” During Kate’s tenure, she will appear throughout the country at events with young people, encouraging them to make reading a central part of their lives.
By: Joan Walsh
As a writer for, and former educator of children, I have noticed today’s young children need a quiet story more than ever. Their fast paced, high tech, auditory, and visual lives seem to increase a child’s inability to focus and comprehend important messages in the department of life skills. Parents and teachers speak of children appearing more overactive, more frustrated, and needier of an anger management program. Why? Lack of inner peace, security, and comfort. We adults can help by lowering our voices, lowering the volume of technical equipment, and limiting time spent watching flash videos and TV shows. Try taking extra time to organizing your child’s day in a calm manner, and avoid over scheduling your child. Add time for oral and silent reading of quiet stories that allow for discussion about people relating to people.
By: Joan Walsh
The season of love, friendship, and family is dawning. Parents of young children have every opportunity to receive as much as give to their children in a calm, gentle, and loving manner once all electronic devices have been put to bed. Embrace the world of author, Nancy Tillman, and experience the power of the following picture books.
1. I’d Know You Anywhere, MY LOVE
2. On the Night You Were Born
3. The Crown on Your Head
4. It’s Time to Sleep My Love
5. Wherever You Are my love will find you
6. The Spirit of Christmas
Shop local and feel its simplicity.
By: Joan Walsh
In the world of 2013 plus, our children face more temptation not to study, and or not to focus on school. There is an electronic device with tempting social media at their fingertips every minute of the day. What can parents do to set an example from first thru twelfth grade?
For a period of time each day, parents, and or child care providers can:
1. Gather any and all electronic devices, and tuck them away (if they are not required)during
2. Have children and adults turn off all TV sets in the house.
3. Have children do their homework at a table in a central location of the home or room, away from their bedrooms. Studying, and or reading on a bed (other than reading for pleasure) can lead to daydreaming and falling asleep.
4. Establish these rules in first grade, so the behavior becomes routine. Establish a time for homework that is consistent, after a thirty minute break, daily.
5. Offer to go over the homework directions with our child orally. Do the first one or two exercises with your child. Then allow your child to complete the next ten examples alone. Place a small checkmark on any of the ten you child makes a mistake on, and have your child self-correct without your help. If you are unable to help your child with homework, arrange for your child to work with an adult who is willing and able to follow through without showing anger and frustration.
6. Remind your child that learning comes with its share of failure and confusion, and this is normal when exploring new topics. Learning takes practice and sacrifice on the part of each member of a family, but it is worth the investment.
By: Joan Walsh
One free book from CAPE COD MEMORY MAKERS will be given to the first two adults who take a child, who old enough to travel and record, in their own words, their travel experience to at least 5 locations mentioned by Josh and Amy in either the Sandwich or Falmouth memory book.
CAPE COD MEMORY MAKERS Explore the Town of Sandwich by Joan Walsh (sold at Titcombs in Sandwich) and CAPE COD MEMORY MAKERS Explore the Town of Falmouth by Joan Walsh (sold at Eight Cousins in Falmouth) encourages children to travel, draw, and write within the pages of each book.
This offer is intended for a parent who has more than one child in mind.
1.) First, you purchase one book and take one child to visit at least 5 of the locations mentioned in the book.
2.) Second, you share a picture in one of the following venues:
1.) on the Cape Cod Mommies Facebook Page,
2.) post on your Instagram and tag @CapeCodMommies
3.) Email us your photos at email@example.com
of 5 drawings and 5 diary entries recorded by one child of places he or she was excited about traveling to (Spelling doesn't count).
After five sharing of drawings and diary entries, you will receive a free copy of the book for a second child you choose to travel with. One-to-one time with each child builds a special bond.
HAPPY MEMORY MAKING!
By: Joan Walsh
Stocking a child’s book shelf is so much fun. I will choose some of my favorite books that dwell on the love connection. These books make for perfect shower gifts in place of money spent on greeting cards.
Mama, Do You Love Me
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
On the Day You Were Born
Guess How Much I Love You
Love You Forever
Run Away Bunny
The love connection with your child lasts a lifetime.
By: Joan Walsh
Reading with children is great fun when using cumulative picture books that build story plot through a repetitive pattern, by repeating text from one page to the next, until the climax of the story. This story structure helps children recognize words at a young age, because they hear the same sounds many times within one story. Some stories rhyme and repeat while others simply repeat and build.
Children delight in completing words from repeated phrases, and the text oftentimes has a sing-song quality. Little ones think they are reading like adults when there’s silence mid sentence and they jump in and insert the next few words of the story. Examples of this structure include: There Was an Old Woman Who Swallowed a Fly, The House that Jack Built, The Twelve Days of Christmas, Light Up the Moon,
The House that Jack Built, There was an Old Monster, and The Mouse Jack Built.
The writer should keep the text simple, so readers remain motivated to build the story. Some authors accomplish this in a second manner by eliminating the listing technique in the middle of the story. The
Jacket I Wear In the Snow. Enjoy reading with your child as often as possible.
Join Amy, one of the CAPE COD MEMORY MAKER twins, as she shares fun places for kids to visit in Sandwich. Each book provides pages for kids to write, draw, and scrapbook their memories of:
Green Briar Jam Kitchen and Nature Center
Sandwich Boardwalk at Town Neck Beach
Cape Cod Canal
Heritage Museum & Gardens Giant Treehouse and Carousel
Ghost Walk in Old Town Cemetery
Cape Cod Central Railroad
This interactive picture book journal by Joan Walsh and Anne Barber can be found in the children’s section of Titcomb’s Bookshop. Enjoy!
By: Joan Walsh
I love independent bookstores. Let’s notice how good ones can survive in a dot com world.
Offer friendly, personal expertise to clients in a visually pleasant and well organized setting.
Offer a position of value within your store to local authors, worthy of your praise and a source of pride.
Offer a varied selection of books on the local history of one’s area.
Help children and adults develop a respect for books by carefully monitoring how they are handled in your bookshop. If clients mishandle books, chances are they will not be frequent buyers. Be ready to cut your losses.
Let your bookstore be staffed by avid readers who can recommend well written books, for all ages, by first time authors, offering clients a book choice they view as a surprise gift; one they may not have noticed had they not entered the bookshop.
We have seen bookshops that offer a huge selection of books, a coffee shop, and plenty of seating arrangements fail, so achieving success is no easy task.
Let’s give a cheer to bookshops survival!
By: Joan Walsh
My blog for CAPPECOD MOMMIES begins today. I’ll speak to you from my humble point of view as a writer, a career teacher in special needs K-8 and grade two classroom teacher, and most important of all, the mother of identical twins. Summertime is when huge decisions are made about what nanny might best serve your child and you come fall, or whenever it is you must return to work. When you hire a nanny to be with your child, do laundry, clean house, and prepare meals, you are, in reality, hiring someone to keep your child safe from physical harm.
But when you hire a nanny to play with, tutor academically, read to, exercise with your child, you are truly hiring quality CHILDCARE. There is a world of difference, so please don’t cheat your child or yourself from
simple truths. Your child is your most important contribution to society. Should he or she develop into an empathetic, well-mannered, kind, educated adults who know how to treat people who have nothing to offer them, you have served this world well. It’s a great idea for a full-time mom, to be the best nanny to his or her own child, and relieve oneself of all guilt should your home, laundry, and or meals fail to be perfect. Not only will your child benefit from this attitude, but other family members will learn to respect your life’s work.
Future blogs will touch on topics such as National Standards of Education, tutoring techniques, the value of exposure to quiet picture books for young children, and much more.
CAPE COD MEMORY MAKERS Explore the Town of Falmouth author Joan Walsh will appear at Falmouth Arts Alive, a free 3-day celebration of the arts in Falmouth and the Upper Cape, on Sunday, June 23, from 11:20 am to 12:20.
Children may paint a seashell, talk about their favorite place to visit in Falmouth, and receive an official CAPE COD MEMORY BUTTON with the purchase of their book.
Cape Cod Mommies is excited to add once again to our Board of Advisors! Join us in Welcoming: Joan Walsh, a local children's author! Joan brings tremendous experience to our Advisor team. Her blog will offer ideas to moms about the importance of early childhood exposure
to great literature.
Joan is the author of the CAPE COD MEMORY MAKERS series of
interactive picture book journals. Joan is the leader of the SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators) critique group in West
Falmouth, MA. She is the founder of the Cape Cod Children’s Writers (www.capecodchildrenswriters.com), and the Cape Cod Children’s Writer Retreats. Joan is a member of the Cape Cod Writers’ Center (CCWC), Pen Women, and she participates in conferences on a regional and national level. She published fiction entitled Two Times Two in the literary journal The Write Place at the Write Time. Joan is a former elementary and special needs educator, who earned degrees from Anna Maria College, Nazareth College, and Lesley University.
We are extremely excited to be having Joan join our team and we look forward to her blogs and expertise that she shares with all of us!
Anne Barber and Joan Walsh have published a travel journal picture book series for children who travel to Cape Cod with their parents and grandparents. Our books are intended to be an educational tool. If you visit the CAPE COD CHILDREN'S WRITERS website: www.capecodchildrenswriters.com you may view the covers for CAPE COD MEMORY MAKERS Explore the Town of Falmouth and CAPE COD MEMORY MAKERS Explore the Town of Sandwich.
The Falmouth book is featured at Eight Cousins Children’s Books in Falmouth, and the Sandwich book is featured at Titcomb's Bookshop in Sandwich. All illustrations are original watercolor paintings by Anne Barber.
Each interactive picture book contains blank pages that serve as a self contained workbook for children to journal, scrapbook and display personal drawings, and photos of their travel experiences.
Josh and Amy are the twins featured in each book. They show readers how to become CAPE COD MEMORY MAKER, and they take turns journaling their adventures.
Book 3 will take readers to Chatham in the near future.
Please email me, (Joan Walsh), at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
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