Learning at Home: 5 Articles

Magination Press Learning at Home: Writing and Doodling Activities for Kids

The life changes and uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have people all over the world feeling a mix of emotions.  Children are working through a lot of feelings as they navigate distance learning, being separated from their friends (and possibly family members), cancellation of their extracurricular activities, and being stuck at home. Parents have a lot to cope with too, especially managing their children's learning in this unprecedented situation. Writing and doodling can help kids (and adults) explore their feelings and creativity. Two books from Magination Press can help kids develop these forms of expression.  How Do You Doodle?: Drawing My Feelings and Emotions by Elise Gravel and Neon Words: 10 Brilliant Ways to Light Up Your Writing by Marge Pellegrino and Kay Sather provide drawing games to explore feelings, writing prompts, and book-making activities.  Here are some pages from How Do You Doodle? and two chapters from Neon Words for your kids to try! How Do You Doodle? is a book for your child to doodle, scribble, and draw out their thoughts, emotions, and feelings.  It is made up of doodle games that let your child explore the way they feel, name their emotions, and think about how they feel in different situations. Some thoughts and feelings may be hard to share, but lots of kids feel better after they doodle about these things. And just what is a doodle, you ask? A doodle is a special kind of drawing that happens all on its own—spontaneously. A doodle just flows from you, like when you are talking on the phone and not really paying attention and you start drawing spirals and circles and polka dots and bunnies. Some people think of doodles as the opposite of drawing—you're not supposed to be drawing something specific. Doodles come completely from the heart. They are expressions of your emotions and what you are feeling. Doodling can provide an outlet for the mix of emotions children are feeling due to the pandemic experience. Neon Words: 10 Brilliant Ways to Light Up Your Writing, helps young writers  learn about creative writing by honoring, strengthening, and playing with their ideas and words. Writing activities can spark imagination and allow young writers to make their writing more powerful, but they can also help kids engage with words to be more present in life and to use language arts techniques for self-discovery and emotional well-being. Creative writing is a powerful form of self expression that can help your child explore their feelings, experiences, and dreams, as well as build empathy for and understanding of others. Expressive writing about life helps people, among other things: get healthy! Research shows that people who write about emotional upheavals require fewer doctor visits and are generally happier. combat depression! Writing a gratitude journal helps with mood. Expressing yourself lets you ditch your stress for a while. build their brain! People best express themselves in different ways–through words, music, movement. Some people prefer to be alone to be inspired. Others

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Magination Press Learning at Home: Writing and Doodling Activities for Kids 2020-05-04T00:28:40-04:00

Magination Press Learning at Home: Celebrate Children and Books!

El día de los niños/El día de los libros is Children's Day/Book Day. It’s a celebration of children, families, and reading that happens all over the world, culminating yearly on April 30. Commonly known as “Día,” it celebrates the importance of literacy for children from all linguistic and cultural backgrounds. “As celebrated by libraries and librarians, Día is an enhancement of Children’s Day, a celebration which took hold in 1925 following the World Conference for the Well-being of Children in Geneva, Switzerland as a day to bring attention to the importance and well-being of children. Each country selected its own day for the celebration with Mexico and many other Latin American countries choosing April 30.” (Pat Mora, About Día) The observance of Día in the United States was founded by Magination Press author, Pat Mora, after she heard how Children’s Day was celebrated in Mexico. She wanted to link the celebration to literacy and bilingualism. The first El día de los niños/El día de los libros was celebrated in April 1997. Seeing their experiences and cultures positively reflected in books they read builds children’s self-image as well as reading motivation. Magination Press publishes books for children reflecting diverse families, cultures, and experiences.  In honor of El día de los niños/El día de los libros, Magination Press highlights books featuring Latinx families. Each one celebrates family and highlights the richness of culture. Enjoy them with your child! Three accordions, two grandpas, one family! Accordionly: Abuelo and Opa Make Music by Michael Genhart, PhD Abuelo speaks Spanish. Opa speaks German. Both play the accordion. The little boy in Accordionly:Abuelo and Opa Make Music, shows great creativity and wisdom as he finds a way to help his grandfathers connect through music. Colors make the world pretty, colors make the world interesting and beautiful. Marvelous Maravilloso: Me and My Beautiful Family by Carrie Lara, PsyD  Our colors make us beautiful and unique. Explore the colors of the world, including the peoples’ beautiful and unique colors, with a little girl and her family. Always amigos! My Singing Nana by Pat Mora Billy and his Nana are very close. They love to sing together. When Billy notices that his Nana is forgetting things, his mom explains that she sometimes needs help. When Nana is having a hard day, Billy draws on his special connection with her to include her in a family event. Reference List The American Library Association: Together with Dia Pat Mora: What’s Dia

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Magination Press Learning at Home: Celebrate Children and Books! 2020-04-29T11:16:44-04:00