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Show Me How! Build Your Child's Self-Esteem Through Reading, Crafting and Cooking (Positive Parental Participation) Paperback – 2010

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: MoneyPenny Press, Ltd. (2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0967014751
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967014753
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,067,879 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Meet Vivian Kirkfield.

Writer For Children - Reader Forever
Even as a young child, I knew that books would always be an important part of my life. They were my window on the world.

When I grew up, I realized how important it is to step out of one's comfort zone. Although I was afraid of heights, I went skydiving with my son and parasailing with my husband. Although I am a non-swimmer and afraid of the water, I walked under the ocean with a Jules Verne-like helmet on my head. Although I had never traveled internationally, last year I flew 24 hours to Singapore to speak at an SCBWI conference.

In my school visits, my parent/teacher workshops and with the books that I write, I hope to help every young child become a lover of books and reading...because books help kids soar!




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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By This Kid Reviews Books on July 21, 2012
Format: Paperback
A little while ago Ms. Kirkfield (the author) was giving away 20 copies of her books to her blog reader's local library, and I won one! I donated the copy to my local library and they were super happy to have it! Ms. Kirkfield also offered to send me a second copy to review as long as I donated the book after I am done reviewing it.
When I first started to read "Show Me How!" I was expecting to read a book about crafting and helping your kids feel good about themselves. Well, I did find that but I also found a lot more! The book recommends 100 already published picture books and has a cool craft and cooking activity to go with the book! The book is divided into 6 chapters. Each chapter has a different topic like "I Love You and You Love Me" (chapter 3) and "I Am Really Mad Right Now" (chapter 4). Then there are a bunch of picture book suggestions in each chapter and a description of each book, a note for parents about what the book teaches, a craft that relates to the story and a cooking idea that also goes with the story. There is also a place where parents can write their own notes about each story/activity.

For an example, my sister and I did the things for "Norman The Doorman" book by Don Freeman. It is in chapter 2 of "Show Me How!"- "I'm Special."

First my sister and I read "Norman the Doorman." It is about a little mouse who loves art and gives tours of the art museum to other mice while trying not to get caught by the guard. Norman made a sculpture out of the wire from a mouse trap and entered it in a contest at the museum. We both really liked the book!

Next my sister and I did the craft in the "Show Me How!" book. The craft was to make your own sculpture out of wire (we used pipe-cleaners). You use a piece of foam as a base.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sandra Beckwith on November 2, 2010
Format: Paperback
This is one of the best books I have ever seen for parents of young children. It's an informed collection of recommended book summaries, craft projects, and recipes to make with children. The book is divided into chapters covering everything from boosting self-esteem to expressing feelings, coping with fears, mastering skills, and so on. Each chapter includes many recommended books -- and why they're good for the chapter topic -- along with a craft and cooking project for each recommended book. It's actually more than a book -- it's a resource for parents who want to make sure that the time they spend with their precious little ones is valuable and helps develop character and emotional strength. I can see how this would be an incredibly thoughtful (and welcome!) baby shower/birth/new parent holiday gift. It's helpful, unique, and special.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By BGZajac on November 1, 2010
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Author and educator Vivian Kirkfield's Show Me How! provides young parents and preschool/childcare facilitators with a fun-filled and practical resource. It's all right here--learning plans that include wonderful story time recommendations, eco-friendly crafts and smart and healthy cooking plans for little hands. A delightful book that belongs in your library. I can't wait for Kirkfield's next book!
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I am very excited to be sharing this book with you guys! I mean, how often do you come across a book that helps you build your child's self-esteem through activities like reading, crafts and cooking? I particularly like that this book is recommended for the age 2 to 5 range and I immediately poured over the book looking for activities I can do with my 3.5 years old boy!

This book comes packed with stories you can use or refer to with your child and there are points and notes given on how the stories can be used to nurture your child's self-esteem, moral values and build up their confidence. On the opposite side of the page there are accompanying crafts and recipes you can try out with your child as well.

The following day after I started reading this book, I came across a recipe for German butter cookies shared by a fellow SAHM friend in a SAHM Facebook group I joined in and decided to try this out with my boy. I got him to help me out with the mixing sugar and butter part and then gently coached him to make soft indent on the cookie dough so that there are stripes on each cookies surface. He was so excited to be able to take part in the cookie making session!

Ever since we did the German butter cookie session, I have been looking for more child-friendly recipes that I can try out with my boy so that I can get him to help (boost his confidence as well that he is big boy enough to help mummy out in the kitchen!) so I'm very happy to share that there are tons of child-friendly recipes that you can try in this book!

I do however would like to recommend that future revision or updates on this book to include pictures or illustrations of the end results of the crafts and recipes so that we can have a better idea on how they look like.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Heather Newman on September 12, 2012
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Children generally love to help out and want to be a part of the daily activities that go on around the house. When parents don't include kids because they want to get things done quickly, both the parent and the child miss out on an opportunity to simply be together. Parents are bombarded with the idea that time with kids needs to be nothing less than elaborate projects, a special "date" night with each child or activities that have an overt, pushy agenda of teaching a concept. Vivian's Show Me How! is a lovely reminder that all our kids really want is our time and undivided attention.

The cooking and crafting activities offered in the book are simple, for the most part requiring few ingredients or supplies and often what would be found in most homes. Crafts are open ended enough to allow a child to build on what is suggested, encouraging exploration rather than a set end product. I have met parents who have said they have a hard time thinking up art projects to do with their children and the activities in this book are a perfect starting point for those people. Cooking with kids is a wonderful opportunity to give space in our lives just to talk to one another and to introduce new foods in a comfortable way. I know from experience in my own home that helping to prepare meals is a great way for children who are selective/sensitive eaters to feel comfortable trying new foods. All of the recipes Vivian shares are extremely kid-friendly, meaning they're easy to make so no one will be bored long before the end product is ready!

Vivian has selected a wide range of books ranging from older classics to more recently published treasures.
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