November 2015 Events | San Antonio, TX

November2015Events

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 (melissad@signingtimeacademy.com) or visit us on Facebook!

Sunday, November 8th: LAST day to register for our November/December classes! (details)

Fall Schedule2

Wednesday, November 11th: NEW session of signing classes starts (weekly classes on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays)

Tot School Workshop-November 2015

Saturday, November 14th: Parent Workshop–Introduction to Tot School (details)

Fall Appreciation Party

Saturday, November 14th: Fall Appreciation Party (details)

Sign-and-Stroll (final)

Thursday, November 19th: Sign & Stroll Event at Yanaguana Gardens (details)

Signing with Science-December

Thursday, December 3rd: Signing with Science–Awesome Animals (details)

Fall Field Trip to the San Antonio Botanical Garden!

Sign Language Field Trip in San Antonio {Lone Star Signers}

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. 

SABOT Field Trip

Jump, Jump, Jump at Altitude Trampoline Park {giveaway}

My family and I were recently invited to Altitude Trampoline Park for a San Antonio Bloggers Night. We were given the full party treatment, including pizza, bottled water, and lots of jumping fun! Altitude also gave us FOUR Free Hour Passes that will be given away at the end of this post. 

If you are looking for a fun family activity in San Antonio, I highly recommend you try Altitude Trampoline Park! Recently built in the Huebner Oaks shopping center right off of Interstate 10, the park includes 30,000 square feet of wall-to-wall trampoline attractions, including dodgeball, basketball, and a foam pit.

Jump, Jump, Jump at Altitude Trampoline Park | a giveaway from Lone Star Signers

When we first arrived, we used the self-serve kiosks to sign our safety waivers. The process was smooth and simple, and I appreciated that our copies were automatically sent to us via e-mail. (The waiver lasts for a full calendar year, so this step only has to be completed the first time you visit.)

Several staff members engaged my girls in conversation during our check-in process. I was genuinely impressed by each employee’s comfort level with my children, and I was glad to hear that the entire staff is CPR and First-Aid certified. We received our safety socks, put our valuables in a locker, and got to jumping!

As we moved around the clean, well-lit park, my girls had a chance to jump on individual trampolines, play in the foam pit, and make a basket in the jump and dunk section. We watched a dodgeball game and saw a few gymnasts practicing their routines, too.

Jump, Jump, Jump at Altitude Trampoline Park {giveaway} | Lone Star Signers, San Antonio, TX

We enjoyed our family time together immensely–we plan to return for Kate’s birthday in a few weeks! We’re also looking forward to trying Toddler Time and visiting with our homeschool groups this fall.

Now it’s your turn! Want to win FOUR Free Hour Passes to try Altitude Trampoline Park with your family? 

Click here to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway!

Check out other reviews from San Antonio area bloggers:
Michelle from A Thrifty Diva
Marissa at Modern Tejana

Milk and Cookies Happy Hour | Orderup : San Antonio, Texas

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.

Treat your family to the best cookies in town at Orderup San Antonio!

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!

San Antonio Book Festival 2015: 3 Great Biographies for Young Readers

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!)

3 Great Biographies for Young Readers (Jen Bryant & Melissa Sweet) from Lone Star Signers

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!

Catch Jen Bryant at the San Antonio Book Festival | April 11, 2015

Here are a few reasons why I LOVE these books:

  1. 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.
  2. Jen Bryant’s words are perfect for reading aloud!
  3. Melissa Sweet’s illustrations are beautifully detailed. Her collages add so much to the story.
  4. 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.
  5. 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!