Learn more about Podcasting to Change the Worldhere.
Here are a couple of more courses one of my daughters has taken on SchoolhouseTeachers.com, which may also be beneficial for kids interested in podcasting. (You can click on the words on the pictures to learn more information about each of them.)
Learn more about SchoolhouseTeachers.com here and/or listen to the podcast interview on Language During Mealtime here.
Alyssa answered questions about how the book was started, what the process was like for her, what she enjoyed the most, what the hardest part was, and things she learned. You can read the entire interview on Frog on a Blog here.
Are there any other questions you have about how we published Aah! Blown Away, Crash! An Alphabet Misadventure? If so, please leave them in the comments below.
This was a project I had started years ago but filed away until I felt the timing was right. And that timing came when my 12-year-old daughter agreed to do all of the illustrations for it. I had a lot of fun working on this project with her!
Recently, I’ve been busy creating Fun Extras to go along with Aah! Blown Away, Crash!, and I am excited to announce they are all officially available.
The first “Fun Extra” was a shadow puppet printable, which I released last week (as seen here).
A 19-page teacher’s guide, which can be used at home or in a classroom setting is also now available.
It includes activities for English language arts (reading comprehension, vocabulary, alphabet practice, and writing practice), science (birds, shadows, clouds, and wind), math (counting, adding/subtracting, word problems, and shapes), social studies (map skills, decision making, and further discussion), and art (sculpting, drawing, painting, and crafting).
The bird in Aah! Blown Away, Crash! (named Finch) crashes on a deserted island but figures out he can zoom away. Help Finch find the deserted island again with this simple maze.
And the last “Fun Extra” that I mentioned in the teacher’s guide but didn’t actually include is an alphabet recognition printable.
These can be printed on card stock for increased durability and used in a variety of ways to practice letter recognition. One way would be to play Memory with the cards. Another way would be to hide the letters and go on an “alphabet scavenger hunt”.
The hardcover version of Aah! Blown Away, Crash! will be officially published on June 2nd, 2020. You can pre-order your hardcover version on barnesandnoble.com (here) today if you would like. (It was available for pre-order on Amazon, but it is now saying “currently unavailable”. You can check here to see if it is now available again.)
I actually haven’t seen the hardcover copy in person yet because there have been some delays due to COVID-19, but I will let you know when I receive it!
With that being said, the softcover versions are officially published and ready for purchase here! (I was hoping the softcover and hardcover versions would be published around the same time, but the softcover version ended up being much quicker.)
Stay tuned for more information about the hardcover version and fun extras to go along with Aah! Blown Away, Crash!, which will all be available soon!
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In the meantime, I am working on a teacher’s guide and some fun extras to go along with Aah! Blown Away, Crash!
The story itself is told in alphabetical order and has only one to three words per page. So, the entire story has less than forty words.
Even though the story doesn’t have many words, I feel the character’s personality shines through the illustrations and his actions.
Here is his biography found in the back of the book:
Finch is a comical character who gets Blown away by the wind and Crashes on a Deserted island. As he struggles with trying to figure out how to get off the island, he keeps getting scared of…his shadow.
So, it only made sense to have shadow puppets as one of the fun extras to go along with Aah! Blown Away, Crash!
My daughter and I created these printables, which you may now download for free. The shadow puppets include a tree, a cloud, and Finch.