In “Color Me Purple,” my book for children ages 8-12, the character Gommgi is music smart. She loves music and is recognized for the excellence of her piano performances. In this photo, I met a music smart child in the making. The research says that smart children often hum and sing early, have the ability to reproduce songs easily, show a strong desire to play an instrument, and display an emotional sensitivity to music. Little Maeve, while playing at her Grandma’s, broke into lullaby as she hugged and rocked her doll. She decided her lilting version of “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” needed piano accompaniment, and after playing one chorus invited me to join her in a duet version. Yes, Maeve definitely is showing an early love and talent in music!
Wherever their curiosity and interest takes them, catch the moment!
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Learning has always been and is very important in our household. We encourage our grandkids’ learning in a variety of ways. We think you have to tailor the learning to the child ‘s needs. That being said, we try to get books that help develop the kids’ interests and the work they are doing in school. For example, my grandson loves sports so we will finds sports books, magazines for him. My granddaughter loves science so we get books, games that speak to her interest in the science. We also connect them to people or events that can enhance their learnings. For example, they attended science camp, a two-week computer-coding class, Millionaire’s Club, and a variety of activities so they can have
exposure to different things, ideas, career options, etc. In addition, we encourage them by asking questions, doing research, and reading. We also have family game times where we play a variety of board games that not only teach them sportsmanship but how to play with others. In addition, they all have library cards and belong to a book club at Barnes and Noble. We make reading fun by having a healthy competition on the number of books read. We also encourage all of our grandchildren to learn something new each day even if it is a new word.
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On Saturday, Dec. 10 I had the honor of discussing Color Me Purple and the concepts and theories behind it on “All About Living with Carol Koby” on Hank AM radio 1550 & 97.7 FM.
Carol introduced the program in the following way: “In her latest book, Color Me Purple, author and educator, Ellie Schatz, tells the fictionalized story of 8 children from 8 different ethnic and cultural backgrounds who are smart in 8 different ways. It shows all children that they have different kinds of smart inside them, and knowing about their kinds of smart will help them to be who they want to be. The book is illustrated by Donna J. Parker and written for children 8-12. Ellie describes the broad range of smarts from math smart to sports smart and how these smarts can be supported and applied today to help children develop their fullest potential. Ellie Schatz is the founder and former president of the Wisconsin Center for Academically Talented Youth and also authored, Grandma Says It’s Good to Be Smart.”
If you were unable to listen on Saturday the program will be posted on http://www.carolkobyradio.com.
How do you encourage curiosity in your child (between the ages of 8-12) and keep him or her asking questions?
Donna & I are excited to provide two people with free copies of our children’s book Color Me Purple. Donna says, “Color Me Purple is more than a book. There is the compelling storyline that provides information about 8 different types of intelligence (yes there is more than one) that we call ‘smarts.’ It is a flip-book and your child can make the butterfly — fly. Finally, and perhaps most importantly there are Information boxes, to be used for discussion about each smart. Empower your child!” I love this because it is Donna and layout designer Seth who provided all the creativity!
Answer the question in the box above in 150 words or less.
Enter your answer below in the comments box or on http://www.theartofnow.org OR on the Color Me Purple book give-away posts found on my Facebook or Donna’s Facebook page.
Contest Deadline: Saturday, December 10, 2016
The 2 winners will be selected and announced on Sunday, December 11, 2016
Thank you and enjoy!!!
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