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 email@example.com if you have any questions.
Cape Cod Moms