Follow-Me-Fridays: Where’s Miss Vivian?

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Image by psiaki via Flickr

I’ve noticed that a lot of bloggers set aside a day to encourage others to “follow” their blog…sign up to receive notifications of their posts, “like” them on facebook, “follow” them on Twitter.

I’m thrilled that there are people reading my posts…actually over 3000 page views since I started this blog at the end of this past summer!

It’s not so much a vanity issue…but more that the posts that I write may be helping others…or at least putting a smile on their faces. 🙂

I had lunch yesterday with a dear friend, who is also an author.  She is also a former journalist and reporter and is always giving me wonderful ideas for promoting my book.

Since the first of this year, I’ve been visiting our local District 11 schools here in Colorado Springs, implementing the SHOW ME HOW Story-time Program in the Pre-K’s and kindergartens.  Every Thursday morning, I read a picture book story and then do rhythms and a craft project (from my book) with a classroom full of eager smiling children.  What a blast!

I’m happy to say that the program has been really well-received…in fact, the head of the volunteer program for District 11 warned me that teachers are already putting in their reservations to have me do presentations for the new school year in August and September!

So, I thought that perhaps on Fridays, I could share my experiences in the schools.  And also let everyone know where I will be the next week.  My author friend suggested, “Where’s Miss Vivian?”

I had to cancel yesterday’s scheduled presentation because of a dentist appointment…but it turns out that it was a good thing I did because I wouldn’t have wanted to expose the children to my cold.

Last week, on February 24th, I was at Columbia school.  The children loved hearing about KATY AND THE BIG SNOW by Virginia Lee Burton.  After giving the children a chance to discuss the story, we formed a circle and went through the motions of Katy, the crawler-tractor, as she plowed the streets of the town of Geoppolis.  The craft project of creating a snow-cleared road way picture captured the enthusiasm of the children to such an extent that they wanted to stay and work on their project after the allotted time and were sad to put down their art materials because it was time for recess!  Having to encourage young children to stop drawing and pasting in order to go outside to play…wow…that’s a new one!

As the children lined up, one of the little boys looked up at me and said, “Miss Vivian, I really like you!”  Another child piped up, “This was the BEST time EVER!”

What was it that the children were so enthusiastic about?

When we spend time with our children, joyfully interacting with them, we build their self-esteem.  They understand that we value them if we give them some of our time.

How can parents shape their children’s future?

Just 15 minutes a day…read a picture book story with your child.

Just 15 minutes a day…do a simple craft project with your child.

Just 15 minutes a day…prepare an easy recipe with your child.

Where can you find all of these activities, laid out in a simple, easy-to-use format?

Hop over to my website and grab a copy of SHOW ME HOW!  BUILD YOUR CHILD’S SELF-ESTEEM THROUGH READING, CRAFTING AND COOKING…now on sale for half-price with FREE shipping until March 9th.  I guarantee it will be the best $22.50 you have ever spent…and I’m offering a 365-day money-back refund if you don’t agree!

Next week, I’ll be at Taylor school, doing two back-to-back story/craft presentations.

Image of Katy, the crawler-tractor by psiaki via flicker.

9 thoughts on “Follow-Me-Fridays: Where’s Miss Vivian?

  1. Kids are a delight. When I did site visits with kindergartners . . . I always made “new best friends” during my short stays in their classrooms:

    Sit with me.
    I like you.
    Watch me do this.

    Fun stuff. Happy Friday.


  2. Aren’t children the best? This is probably the most impt joy of teaching; the gratitude and thanks that come from appreciative students… I think it’s a great idea to do your version of where in the world is…?
    Love it. 🙂


    • Thank you, Eliz.
      Maybe it will encourage others (especially older, retired folks) in their own communities to step up and volunteer in local schools…many schools have had such drastic budget cuts that any help would probably be appreciated. And, as you say, it is definitely a two-way street…the givers get as much or more than they give.


      • So true and the kids benefit form those with year of experience who agree to do it for the joy! I missed you on Saturday and Sunday. Donde vas? 🙂


        • Hi Eliz,
          Yes, I was missing in action…or inaction, as the case was…really laid low with a bad upper respiratory infection…the cold that stayed and got worse. 😦 I’m a lot better now…but I couldn’t even get up on Saturday, except to go to the doc.


      • So true and the kids benefit from those with years of experience who agree to do it for the joy! I missed you on Saturday and Sunday. Donde vas? 🙂


    • Sounds like a fellow-teacher. 🙂 I think we are all actually teachers of children…whether we are parents, work in child-care, teachers, friends…we all leave a mark on the children we interact with…hopefully it will be a positive one…I did a series on the story of the pencil maker and related it to parenting.


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