Free Resources for Distance Learners and Homeschoolers…PART TWO!
Our amazing authors and publishers have banded together to help us keep feeling/sharing/inspiring those learning from home with free or affordable book-inspired activities and learning tools. Enjoy!
The Underground Toy Society has a free book reading on YouTube and a free writing worksheet on their website or Teachers Pay Teachers. https://youtu.be/QpNeCPJK-Mw
Author Tonya Duncan Ellis has Free discussion questions for her Sofie Washington series of books: https://tonyaduncanellis.com/downloads/
Author Suzie Olsen has awesome STEM-related activities on her STEM Spark page here.
Raising World Children has many great articles, activities, and resources for parents and teachers.
Author Julia Inserro has some Live-Action “Seek & Find” Games for Kids!
Carolyn from Wise Owl Factory always has the MOTHERLODE of amazing printables, activities, study sheets, and games for the taking.
eLearning Links and Resources from MCBD Sponsors
Guba also has a plethora of free activity sheets HERE.
Free storytime and dance sessions with Ms. Ajanta from Bollywood Groove. Thousands have joined in! Bit.ly/bgchicago
How to make your own Play Dough – Make Christmas tree ornaments, spring ornaments or just use it as Play Dough! https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=1vsRBY9tp40
And their Activity Kits for Kids Amid Coronavirus are super-helpful!
Since 2010 Audrey Press’s vision is of a world filled with inspired reading based on the compelling truth that curiosity and discovery are two of our greatest life skills. This publishing house located in Maryville, TN is dedicated to creating beautiful books that inspire children, families, schools, and communities to experience, discover, and create a lifelong love of reading and exploring. Through the pages of our books, Audrey Press encourages others to Connect, Inspire, Teach, and Grow.
“Using beauty as our first ingredient, we plant the seeds of adventure, imagination, exploration, learning, and discovery.”
Audrey Press’s diverse picture book is Sissy Goes Tiny by Rebecca Flansburg and B.A. Norrgard is an excellent example of how this publishing house likes to publish beautiful books that explore new ideas, topics, and points of interest.
This sweet hardcover picture book is about a family that chooses to live Tiny and do More with Less and what that looks like through the eyes of a child.
Discussion Points About “Doing More With Less”
The typical Tiny House is less than 399 square feet and often as small as 100; a far cry from the national average in 2014 of 2,453 square feet. Tiny Houses can be placed on a permanent foundation like a regular home, or on a trailer for a more mobile living lifestyle.
So, if a Tiny House is around 300 square feet, that is likely the size of the average living room! With that in mind, here are some great Discussion Points to help kids understand the idea of “doing more with less.”
- If your family wanted to “go tiny” and everything you needed would have to fit in your living room (while still leaving room to cook, eat, sleep, use the bathroom, do homework, etc.) what items would your family NEED.
- Based on the question above, what items would you WANT to take with you? Things that make you happy, remind you of fond memories, treasures, keepsakes, etc?
- In the book, Sissy was very glad when Daddy chose to leave behind the ukulele that hurt her ears. What possessions would you be OK with leaving behind?
- If you would pull your Tiny House behind your vehicle and visit ANY state/town/destination in the USA, where would you want to go first?
- If you lived in a Tiny House, what do you think would be the easiest thing to learn? The hardest?
- Many tiny house dwellers utilize their outdoor spaces so much that they consider it part of their daily living space. What fun things could your family bring with or add to your Tiny House adventure to take advantage of the great outdoors? A swing? A slide?
- Many tiny house dwellers utilize their indoor spaces as much as possible as well. To do this, they choose items that have “double duty.” The kitchen center island can double as a place for the dog to sleep. Footstools can become dining room chairs. Stairs have secret compartments in them to store things. What kind of cool ideas so you have for household items that can have more than one purpose?
Sissy Goes Tiny is now available in ebook!
The App version of past MCBD Sponsor Chickasaw Press’ books have tons of games and activities. Also available for Android.
FREE Resources from Multicultural Children’s Book Day
Free Classroom Empathy Kit for Homeschoolers, Organizations, Librarians, and Educators: https://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/mcbd2018s-free-classroom-empathy-kit-is-here-empathy-immigration/
Free Kindness Classroom Kit for Homeschoolers, Organizations, Librarians, and Educators: https://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/teachers-classroom-kindness-kit/
Free Classroom Kit–Poverty Doesn’t Discriminate | Understanding Poverty in America:
Have questions on How You Can Get Involved In Multicultural Children’s Book Day? Connect with the Project Manager at Becky (at) MulticulturalChildrensBookDay (dot) com.
ONE MORE THING
Show some social media love while marketing your book (or an author you admire) in a creative and far-reaching way!
Multicultural Children’s Book Day Social Media Shout-Outs
Our Social Media Shout-Outs has escalated in popularity over the last few months because folks see that it an affordable way to show some online love to their own work, an author they admire, or a book they admire. MCBD Social Media Shout-Outs also acts as a fundraiser for this non-profit.
Multicultural Children’s Book Day Social Media Shout-Out =$25 (sale price good until 2/28/20)
Anyone with a PayPal account can gift an online “shout-out” to an author friend who has a kid’s or YA book with a diversity theme OR use it as an effective tool for their own book marketing and book promotion.
Using a custom image created by the MCBD Team, we will provide one share/post our Twitter feed (over 13.7K followers) on our Instagram Feed (over 10.500 followers), within our Multicultural Children’s Book Day Private Facebook Group (over 1500 Members) and our Facebook page (over 4K followers) as well.
That’s a LOT of eyeballs!
GO HERE to get more details, see more samples of past Shout-Outs, and to purchase your own Social Media Shout Out to honor someone in the world of diverse books for kids and teens! #ReadYourWorld