FOLLOW MY LEADER (James Garfield)
We can’t wait to bring this book to life! We'll explore the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and feel of this wonderful story through prop-based discussion and creative activities, including drama, art, writing, history, geography, science, and more! (A fast, fun way to see just what we do is to watch our 3-minute video.) When children learn with their senses, their enthusiasm and curiosity increase, and teachable moments abound.
Eleven-year-old Jimmy Carter doesnt know what to do with himself when he is blinded by a firecracker in a freak accident. The usually energetic boy, who loved playing baseball, and going camping is quickly taken out of commission, and left to live the rest of his life in the dark. All alone. But that notion is quickly swept out of Jimmys head when he begins working with Miss Thompson, a therapist who opens up a whole new world for Jimmy, one where he can walk by using a cane, and read by using the method of braille. But when Jimmy is given the chance to have his very own guide dog, hes ecstatic. He quickly packs up his belongings, and heads to the School for the Blind where he will learn to get around without his cane, cut food by himself, and, best of all, get his very own guide dog! But getting used to working with Leader - his dog - isnt as easy as Jimmy originally thought it would be. In fact, sometimes it can even be a bit complicated at times. But Jimmy knows that if he wants to make it in this cruel world hell have to try as hard as he can to make things work with his eyes, Leader. ~Erika Sorocco, Amazon
How it works: Each four-hour LitWits workshop focuses on a single work of literature that the children have read before they arrive. Heavily abridged and audio versions are perfectly acceptable! Though we encourage completion of the book before the workshop, it’s not necessary in order to enjoy our creative, immersive activities.
Ages: We don’t have age restrictions – as a parent, you know best what your child is ready for, interested in, and capable of. Having said that, we find that ages 9-12 are almost always "ready to LitWit"!
Time and Place: Workshops are held Thursday mornings from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on the campus of Vintage Faith Church at 350 Mission Street, Santa Cruz, upstairs in the Children & Youth Building. The Abbey coffeehouse is right next door, if you’d like to jumpstart your four hours of free time!
Cost for each 4-hour workshop: The cost of each workshop includes all supplies and snacks; children bring their own lunch. If you are registering one child, each workshop is $65. If you are registering siblings for the same workshop, each workshop is $60/child. LitWits Workshops is an approved vendor for Ocean Grove Charter School. If one of your referred friends attends a future session, we’ll send you a gift certificate for a free workshop!
Cancellation policy: We purchase materials several days in advance of each workshop, so please let us know as soon as possible if your child won’t be able to attend. We appreciate your consideration!
We bring great books to life for kids!
A LitWits workshop is a sensory, creative, kinetic immersion in a pre-read book. We want kids to discover the JOY of reading! So we reach straight into the story to come up with:
sensory props (we see, hear, smell, and feel what the characters did)
bookbites (we taste what the characters ate)
creative projects (we make what a character made)
activities (we do what a character did)
academic handouts (we learn the story's narrative arc, vocabulary, and setting)
creative writing (usually modeled on something written or done in the story)
It's amazing how much kids can learn while they're "just" having fun! We use the same methods in our story and essay writing camps and teen Master Classes, We love helping kids "get" the thrill of well-crafted writing!
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