Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Why I've been AWOL

I was active in doing my YouTube channel last year and things were going well, then the summer happened with it's choas with five kids and adventures so I didn't film.  Then I got sick due to lack of sleep and trying to do too much.

This school year has been a challenge with five kids in five different schools--two high schools, one middle school, one elemenetary, and one pre-school! But we are nearing the end and I have hopes to return to blogging, youtubing, and getting in some 'me' time. My Kickstarter last year was unsuccessful so I didn't get to bring Trouble with Monkey's into the world ---yet!

The last few weeks I've been gearing up The Pancake Menu for more sales. I've been giving out bookmarks, I did a presentation in a 1st grade classroom.  I can do presentations in Kinder -5th grade classes, I just have the tweak the material (I say the book is great for 2-12 year olds : )

One of my good editor friends helped me with a new blurb since now I get to put my book on Google Books and soon my ePub on Google Play.  

Here is it : ) 345 words (the max was 350)

The Pancake Menu by Lucy Ravitch is an award-winning interactive picture book that allows kids to learn important math and personal skills while playing restaurant!

Children are given a hardbound “menu” listing pancake specials, complete with colorful illustrations and silly rhymes. Kids may play alone, and see what they’d like to order or come up with a new pancake idea! Or they can play in a group, taking the roles of diners and wait staff. Some children enjoy playing chef, ready to “cook” or draw a tasty imaginary breakfast.

The book will delight and entertain kids of all ages, including special needs groups, math fans, teachers, and parents. It makes an educationally fun rainy day activity. It’s great for play-dates with a flair of dramatic play. Teachers enjoy using it for a multi-purpose math center station students love.

Parents and teachers enjoy how easily kids learn currency, counting, multiplication, division, calculating percentages (don’t forget the tip!) and social skills through play.

Each pancake featured comes with a photographed recipe/direction page printed inside fold-out pages. Once play is done and it’s time to eat, kids and their parents can get hands-on experience cooking and measuring ingredients.

The Pancake Menu includes optional play money. FREE order sheet templates and printable “Menu Money” are available anytime on www.kidsmenubooks.com. There, parents and teachers can also find a list of Common Core State Standards (CCSS) ideas by grade level.

The Pancake Menu was featured on Good Morning America in April 2015, three months before its July release, and received an IPPY award in 2016.

The book is suitable for children 2-12 years old. Children 7-12 will be able to play independently, while younger children will enjoy the pictures and rhymes, but may need assistance with interactive play.

Although Menu prices are set, they can be customized with sticky notes or drawn over with a dry erase marker--in order to simplify counting for younger children, or give an extra challenge for tweens. Sturdy laminated pages extend the life of the book, making it an exceptionally durable play tool.

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Sounds awesome right! So, if you already own a copy make sure to leave a review somewhere and for your info here are the various outlets you can get a copy... in no particular order.

Barnes & Noble (let's keep bookstores open)--The Pancake Menu is backordered but you can add it to your wish list just to let them know there is demand for it. It is available for electronically for Nook!

Walmart (Item #559381255) They have one copy, but if more people searched for it I bet they would order more : )

E-bay This is actually just me selling to make another outlet for the books to sell : ) 

Amazon I ship the book to them and then they ship it to you...all those shipping costs make it so I don't get much, but if it's the most convenient for you, feel free to order whichever way is best for you! Again, it's digital for the Kindle readers too!

The NEWEST! Google Books! in the Google Play Store : )


Friday, October 6, 2017

How to Teach Kids Survival Skills

I'm still here after a busy summer and I've had several people reach out to me through the blog that would like to post some information. Here is some great infographics that explain what we can do to help our kids with survival skills. Sometimes we get so bogged down with the day to day of school, it's good to remember these types of things.

Thanks for sharing it Mike!

Let me know what you think! Have you tried some of these things with your students and kids?










Thursday, July 13, 2017

Math activity Thursday! With doilies and place value (since I forgot to post last time)

I just uploaded the latest math activity Thursday! Do you ever buy doilies because they look neat but then don't know what to do with them? I do! So, I have some suggestions of what you can do with those doily packs you have around your house or classroom : )

This video is about making place value system models... pretty fun stuff!

I hope everyone is having a fun summer and having fun with their kids or having an enjoyable break from the classroom : )

Let me know if you have any ideas you want to share for math activity Thursday : )

Take care,

Thursday, June 8, 2017

It's National Best Friends Day! Be a friend and support a fellow educator publish a place value book for us to use! Day 3 of Trimester 1--Book Baby

Hey everyone!

It's been a busy day and so I understand with graduations going right and left if you haven't had a chance to check out the awesome project on Kickstarter... Here is your chance!

Did you know it is National Best Friends day?! I have a couple of best friends and they both live in San Antonio, Texas now : ) I got to visit them a year ago and it was a total blast! I hope you have a great day! I will be posting my Math activity Thursday a bit later, so feel free to check back!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Kickstarter Book Baby-- 1st Trimester, day 2... Here come the monkeys!

Okay, hopefully the post title made you intrigued... It is day two of my Kickstarter but I had made some interesting math connections with it.  For example, my campaign for Trouble with Monkeys: a math concept story of place value runs for 33 days in total, so I decided to to divide it up into trimesters with 11 days each. So, in order to reach the goal of $12,000 to fund the Kickstarter I will need to raise about 3.33% each day.

Unfortunately, my adorable, wonderfully educational picture book project is failing at the moment.--it's day two and we are up to 1.275% So, what needs to happen? We need to talk it up! Let's tweet, share, and support this adorable book baby! It can't be published without some love from everyone : )



Please check out the Kickstarter page, see if you want to pledge anything, but please remember that if we don't hit the goal nobody will be charged and we can't make the book since I won't have enough funds to pay the illustrator and printer. Let's make the book a reality!

Let me know if you have any ideas for me--I'd love to hear them : )
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