6.02.2010

Rip the Page


{Full disclosure: as I type this, my children are playing wii with their friends, and it's a beautiful day outside}

...but, that being said, I do totally look forward to summer as a time where we have more hours in the day - and hopefully more energy! - to maybe painlessly incorporate some educational activities into the mix.


I love this book that Shambhala/Trumpeter has put out - Rip the Page, by Karen Benke. They sent me an advance copy and we have been loving it. I covered our dining room table with big paper, and have been encouraging the kids and their friends to sit down for a minute or two as they pass by, and add some semi-guided graffiti.


The book has great starts to help children think and write more creatively: ideas like, think of names for your toes and fingers (which might prompt your children to think even further, and name their bums, as mine did) - or silly haikus - or fortune-cookie fortunes (this is a great activity to do in the car).



And, I've got to say that I love, lovel, love that this book is realistic. Each little activity and project is totally doable: no sit down and have your kids write ten pages in the middle of the summer type of thing (not to say that I don't totally admire any parent that could orchestrate such an event). Which is why it's been tucked in my diaper bag, and comes with us whenever we head out. Love this book! Thank you, Karen Benke!

Next up:
MUMMIFYING CHICKENS

16 comments:

Jess said...

That sounds like a good book to have on hand.
I'll look for it when it comes out.

Lauren said...

That is a great idea. I loved reading what your kids wrote. Last summer the kids wrote/colored in their journals every night. They loved it. It pushes bedtime back about an hour but I can handle that in the summer:)

melissa said...

Yes come realistic summer learning...I could use some help in this domain!

Sara said...

Ugh! I missed the part about it being an advance copy and dashed over to Amazon to buy. It sounds like just the thing to kick off our summer...I guess I'll have to wait---boo!

And leaving us with a teaser about mummifying chickens is diabolical!

annie said...

This sounds like such a good book! I will definitely check it out. How far in advance did they send your copy, I wonder?

lynne said...

I think it's released officially on July 27, but I'll be doing a giveaway of a copy from the publisher on June 23... They are awesome!

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