We have so many fun activities coming up this month! Click on any event for more details–and as always, feel free to e-mail me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or visit us on Facebook!
Sunday, November 8th: LAST day to register for our November/December classes! (details)
Wednesday, November 11th: NEW session of signing classes starts (weekly classes on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays)
Saturday, November 14th: Parent Workshop–Introduction to Tot School (details)
Saturday, November 14th: Fall Appreciation Party (details)
Thursday, November 19th: Sign & Stroll Event at Yanaguana Gardens (details)
Thursday, December 3rd: Signing with Science–Awesome Animals (details)
Kate reading her Baby Signing Time flashcards at the San Antonio Botanical Garden last fall.
Join us at the San Antonio Botanical Garden on October 22nd!
Fall is finally here, which means the leaves are changing color and pumpkins are everywhere. One of our favorite places to be in autumn is the San Antonio Botanical Garden, so we’re planning a Lone Star Signers FIELD TRIP!
The new exhibit “BIG GARDEN Little Me” opens on October 3rd and we’ll also do a few laps around the East Texas Pineywoods “pond” and look at all the scarecrows. Bring your camera–there are a ton of great photo opportunities!
Pre-registration preferred, but drop-ins are also welcome! ($5/family) PLEASE NOTE that registering for the field trip does NOT cover your entry fee to the garden.
If you know our family at all, you know that two of our favorite things are sweet treats and great books. On Friday afternoon, a local restaurant put them together for a winning combination: Milk & Cookies Storytime with Miss Anastasia!
We arrived at Orderup at 3:00 and were greeted at the door by a very friendly employee. The front of the restaurant was decorated cheerfully with red and white balloons, and the tables and chairs had been rearranged into an inviting semicircle. After picking our spot, another employee came by with coloring sheets and cups of crayons. I was impressed with both the level of detail and friendly customer service.
Miss Anastasia arrived and interacted with each child in the circle before sitting down to read our first book, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. We were all given a sample of Orderup’s famous scratch-made chocolate chip cookies and a cup of milk to enjoy during the story. (Seriously, the best cookie I have ever had!) Miss Anastasia kept the kiddos laughing with three more books and then we spent a few more minutes chatting with the other families who came.
Friday’s event was a preview for Milk & Cookies Happy Hour, which will happen every Monday-Friday from 3-5 p.m. Our family will definitely be back for $4 milk and cookies!
When the San Antonio Public Library announced its lineup for authors and illustrators visiting the Children’s Tent at the upcoming Book Festival, we immediately requested as many books from the list as possible. (Getting a NEW book from the library can be cutthroat sometimes–there are a LOT of great readers in this city, so you’ve got to be QUICK!)
One of our favorite books from the stack was The Right Word: Roget and his Thesaurus written by Jen Bryant and illustrated by Melissa Sweet.
Addie, my six-year-old, said: “I liked the middle of the book when Roget married Mary Hobson. I also liked the picture of his daughter Kate in the yellow dress. My favorite illustration was the part with Napoleon’s soldiers in the city, because I learned about that in my timeline at Classical Conversations. Roget was a doctor, and doctors are very important. He also made lists of words starting from when he was a little boy–I like to make lists, too. I love to read our thesaurus.”
The Right Word is one of three children’s biographies written and illustrated by the awesome team of Bryant and Sweet. We’ve also borrowed A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams (2008) and A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin (2013). We genuinely love them all!
Here are a few reasons why I LOVE these books:
- The subjects chosen (Peter Roget, William Carlos Williams, and Horace Pippin) aren’t “common” for children’s biographies. Personally, I really enjoyed learning more about all three men.
- Jen Bryant’s words are perfect for reading aloud!
- Melissa Sweet’s illustrations are beautifully detailed. Her collages add so much to the story.
- It’s clear that the relationship between Bryant and Sweet is a fun one–they even took turns dedicating their work to the other (Sweet to Bryant in A Splash of Red and Bryant to Sweet in The Right Word). Addie and I have had interesting discussions about the publishing process.
- All three men had “other” careers (two were doctors!)–their writing/art was a form of personal expression, not to become rich and/or famous, which is a great lesson for us all. As a mom, I also appreciate that Bryant included information about all three subjects’ childhoods–my six-year-old thinks of herself as an author and even started a “writing club” for some of her young friends. When she reads these books, she can visualize herself in the shoes of the main character and dream about a future making lists, writing poems, and creating paintings.
Selfishly, I’m hoping for another collaboration between Jen Bryant and Melissa Sweet in the future–these sophisticated stories prove that picture books can be valuable for older children and adults, too!
Don’t forget: you can meet Jen Bryant in the Children’s Tent at the San Antonio Book Festival THIS Saturday at 12:45 p.m. You can be sure that we’ll be there, too!
Spring 2015 promises to be a fun season here at Lone Star Signers!
Click on any of the graphics to learn more about each event:
Introduction to Tot School // April 4th
Are you interested in learning more about home education for toddlers & preschoolers? Come to this two-hour workshop to learn more about finding resources, purchasing materials, and planning fun, creative lesson plans for your young child.
Mom’s Book Club // April 9th
Join us at the park–the kiddos can play while we talk about our current book, The Read-Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease. Prepare to be inspired, encouraged, and challenged by a fantastic book! This event is FREE and open to any and all local moms! Contact me for details.
Grad Class: Beach // May 2nd
Bring your little one for a fun time learning signs about the sand and surf–just in time for summer! We’ll read books, sing songs, and play games. Please register online by April 18th. Please note: This class is reserved for Lone Star Signers graduates.
Tot School 201 // May 23rd
Wondering how to set goals for your little ones? Find out how to spark a love of learning that will set your child up for school success! We’ll also cover learning styles and different educational methods like Montessori, Waldorf, Charlotte Mason, and more.
Tot School 301 // May 23rd
In this new Tot School workshop, we’ll talk about the importance of literacy in your young child’s life. Learn about phonics, whole language, and how you can prepare your child to fall in love with reading.