Amanda Morin wrote to Special Needs Book Review about her latest book just published in May 2014, The Everything® Parent’s Guide to Special Education: A Complete Step-by-Step Guide to Advocating for Your Child with Special Needs. We also learned she had another book, The Everything Kids’ Learning Activities Book: 145 Entertaining Activities and Learning Games for Kids published in April, 2013!
This post introduces you to The Everything Kids’ Learning Activities Book by Amanda Morin and you may read about The Everything® Parent’s Guide to Special Education on our Special Needs Book Review site. Read also our wonderful interview with Amanda Morin.
Features of The Everything Kids’ Learning Activities Book
The Everything Kids’ Learning Activities Book is a complete guide for entertaining kids and at the same time promoting important learning concepts in the key areas of reading, writing, math, science, and social studies. The indoor and outdoor activities are geared for kids five to twelve. Activities for older children build on skill sets learned in the activities for younger children. Though each section’s activities build upon the skills of previous activities, there is no right order in which to do the activities.
The games, projects, and experiments are easy to organize and easy on the pocket book. The games and projects can be done using materials most families already have in the home and some activities require no equipment at all. Kids use their brains and bodies as tools for learning.
Ms. Morin’s activity and games book is a wonderful resource for homeschooling families, teachers looking for new, FUN activities and any caregiver who wants a child to have fun and be learning things at the same time. Remember how useful it will be during those rainy or stormy holidays from school! The teacher in me sees 145 detailed lesson plans of A+ quality, like we had to do in university education courses, in Ms. Morin’s activity book!
Excerpt from The Everything Kids’ Learning Activities Book
The Five Key Learning Areas
Children learn best when they’re motivated to make sense of the world around them. They learn on their own terms, at their own pace, and they learn best when they’re trying to make meaning of the world. Although that may sound as though parents, teachers, and caregivers don’t have any role when it comes to children’s learning, that’s far from true. By providing children with stimulating activities full of learning opportunities and taking advantage of teachable moments, parent and caregivers can create an environment in which children learn new skills without even really trying.
The Everything Kids’ Learning Activities Book has 23 chapters with lots of sub-headings. The Table of Contents and the 10 page Index make it a breeze to find information quickly.
The salient points of The Everything® Kids’ Learning Activities Book:
- Activities are geared to be incorporated into everyday life as much as possible and try to use common household materials or no materials.
- Activities support skill learning in five realms: reading, writing, math, science and social studies.
- Each activity provides the skills being practiced as well as directions and follow-up (or Extend the Learning) suggestions.
- The book doesn’t have to be used in order and the activities are skill-geared, so they’re not tied to specific ages.
Amanda Morin is an education writer and a trained special education advocate. She uses her experience as an early interventionist, teacher and a parent of children with special needs to inform her work. She has worked with renowned experts to provide parents with accurate, up-to-date and actionable information on child development, parenting, and educational topics.
She is the author of two books:
- The Everything® Parent’s Guide to Special Education
- The Everything® Kids’ Learning Activities Book: 145 Entertaining Activities and Learning Games for Kids.
Her work also appears on many websites, including the National Center for Learning Disabilities website, Education.com, PopSugar Moms and About.com.
Ms. Morin knows that giving parents the tools to advocate for and teach their children is an empowering way to affirm the pivotal role parents play in a child’s education.
Product Discription of The Everything® Kids’ Learning Activities Book:
- Series: Everything®
- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Adams Media (April 18, 2013)
Follow Amanda Morin:
- Website – Everything Special Education
- Twitter: @AmandaMorin
- Facebook – AmandaMorinTeaches
- Goodreads Author Page Amanda_Morin
Buy Books by Amanda Morin
- The Everything® Parent’s Guide to Special Education Amazon.com Amazon.ca
- The Everything® Kids’ Learning Activities Book Amazon.com Amazon.ca