I love stories!
I've been an avid reader, English as a Second Language instructor, and adult non-fiction writer and editor . . . and now I'm writing books for children.
Stories, whether true or made up, have been my travel companions down this pleasant pathway. When our children were little I was the story lady during the morning church service. Years later, I was a volunteer storyteller at our local day care. And I taught English as a Second Language to adults with stories as a mainstay.
I was privileged to edit the second edition of Diane O'Grady's prize winning book, "To Teach, To Learn, To Live: The Complete Diabetes Education Guide for Health Care Professionals"—and the case studies and cartoons were among my favorite parts.
Now a new door has opened into the community of Scissortown and other places in Storyland . . . the worlds I’m exploring with my grandchildren, Tommy and Tina.
But there’s something about Tommy and Tina that has changed the game a bit . . . .
We make up stories together, based on fantasyland happenings with characters with Tommy’s and Tina’s personalities.
Take Scissortown, home of the neatest and tidiest people anywhere. Enter the Slicers and Dicers, clumsy-looking creatures without a mean bone in their bodies, but OBC types who never met a pinking shear they didn't like. They wreak havoc in neat-and-tidy land until the grown-ups come up with a “solution”—and that creates another huge problem for everyone.
Enter Tommy and Tina as I see them, in a make-believe town but with their real and fascinating personalities . . . .
"Scissortown" is the only picture book for children I know of with a choice of inside back covers: faith-based or secular.
Both versions are available from my website in paperback, and as an enhanced e-book with audio narration and word-by-word highlighting. The highlighting can be helpful to children who are learning to read. It helps them to connect the written and spoken word while enjoying the story.
The enhanced e-book is also available here:
Scroll down for the secular ("Life Application") version.
Life Application only
"How to Prepare Your Young Child for Success in School", "Scissortown", and other books to follow are expressions of my love for my children and grandchildren, and our shared enthusiasm for stories. Enjoy!
on June 13, 2014 :
Margaret writes clearly and with authority. I enjoyed reading about how to set up young children with the skills they will need to do well in life.
There's no lack of inspiration available in this book! Highly recommended.
(review of free book)
on March 14, 2014 :
This book is really about how to prepare children for life because the skills needed for school are basic life skills. This book will equip you to help children become better at listening, speaking, reading, writing, and more.
We all know there's been a lot of bad parenting in the past. In our time, however, children need no longer to suffer from this parental affliction. We have not only the Bible, but also psychology, which Margaret knows well.
Psychology is, to a large extent, a real science. Principles such as those provided in this book have been thoroughly tested on children. So you can be sure that they will work to the benefit of both your child/children and yourself.
One thing that impressed me most about this book, besides the practical instructions, is the advice about being patient and personal with children. Before we can be good caregivers and instructors, we need to know what children are capable of understanding at each developmental stage.
This book isn't about turning a child into a recognized genius by age 5. It's about helping each child progress at his or her own pace. Your child will thank you later for having followed the recommendations in this book.
(review of free book)
on Dec. 12, 2013 :
I often consider myself fortunate to have been a toddler in a pre-technology age. Yes, there was radio and television but they figured only minimally in terms of educating me or keeping me mindlessly entertained. I also seem to recall that my favorite toys were sans batteries and that I could be mesmerized for hours with "talking" sock puppets, blowing bubbles, making hand-shadows on the walls, collecting fallen flower petals, and turning the pages of a colorful book as the nearest available parental read out loud to me.
As a result of these experiences - all of which were "free" - I knew how to read, write, talk up a storm, color pictures and do simple math before I ever started school. Margaret Welwood's book may be small in terms of page count but it packs a pleasant punch of happy memories and serves as a reminder to today's parents, grandparents and guardians that the very best thing they can spend on the little ones in their lives is Time. It's a message that can't be repeated often enough, especially the concept of carrying on conversations with toddlers even though logic might otherwise tell you that they haven't a clue about, oh say, what the national deficit, global warming, or supply side economics even means.
Although I don't have children myself, some of my most fun exchanges have been with the pint-sized offspring of our neighbors. When their parents proudly reveal that the kids are starting to talk ahead of their developmental "schedule," I can only conclude that it's because they have a lot to say in response to what I've been telling them ever since they were born. Accordingly, I'd happily recommend this title as a gift for new parents and any other adults who will be interacting with a complex bundle of joy.
(review of free book)
on Sep. 12, 2013 :
This compact and easily readable book by Margaret Welwood provides advice on how parents can help their young children develop. Perhaps the most striking aspect of the book is that, through its simple and direct language, it expresses the author's pure joy on the subject of bringing up a baby and being part of its development. The style will appeal to those who prefer a friendly tone over the formal, removed voices of some child-development books.
The book does not claim to be a thorough treatment of every aspect of child development. Instead, it focuses on some core principles, such as using music to aid a child's development; showing the child simple, bright colours; selecting toys to help develop creativity; and choosing the appropriate kinds of speech to best engage the child with. The book even addresses development according to the age of the child, stressing the importance of sound imitation and simple words to begin with and concepts later on.
The author draws on twenty-five years teaching English as a second language and, just as importantly, on her experiences with the many children she has seen grow up within her own circle of family and friends. She transmits her knowledge delightfully, so why not give this pragmatic guide a go?
(review of free book)