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Kristi L. Kremers

Interview with Jojoebi

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Here’s another interview with my friend Jo- she’s the secret love child of Martha Stewart and MacGyver. Jo interviewed me exactly one year ago when the first book came out so it was fun to reconnect with her. Check out the link and you can also win a free signed copy of the upcoming, “You Are Made of Stars” for international book giving day.

 

Yoga for Kids is the #1 New Release in Children’s Fitness on Amazon.com!

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I can’t stop smiling. Yoga for Kids reached #1 in new releases for Children’s Fitness on Amazon and the book isn’t even out yet! Thank you, thank you, thank you for all of your support to help make this a dream come true.

Now, more than ever children need tools and resources to focus, find their inner and outer strength, and live wholesome, happy lives. And it’s never too early to start!

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Writing Up, Not Down to Children

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“Anyone who writes down to children is simply wasting his time. You have to write up, not down.”- E.B. White

This week I’ve been going through the incredible edits and feedback from generous friends who’ve offered to review my next children’s book, Yoga for Kids. It’s been difficult for me to balance the desire to have something to accessible to children, that still conveys the heart of an ancient practice thousands of years old.

I found this excellent overview of famous children books authors by Maria Popova incredibly inspiring and justified something I’ve felt all along: We need to honor the wisdom, the imagination, and the wit of the children we write for.

Some writers for children deliberately avoid using words they think a child doesn’t know. This emasculates the prose and, I suspect, bores the reader. Children are game for anything. I throw them hard words, and they backhand them over the net. They love words that give them a hard time, provided they are in a context that absorbs their attention. I’m lucky again: my own vocabulary is small, compared to most writers, and I tend to use the short words. So it’s no problem for me to write for children. We have a lot in common.– E.B. White

The spirit in which we write is often just as important as what we write. Do we (as writers) find the information inspiring, and thought provoking? We’re all part of this exchange. Writing for and reading to children shouldn’t be a one-way conversation. And this is why you’ll always see discussion guides in my books. I want us to have conversations where everyone can learn and grow: parents, teachers AND children.

In the process of writing, I always have the luxury of discovering a bit more of who I would like to be in the world. By author-osmosis, I hope my readers find that well of discovery, too.

Thanks for reading and a HUGE thanks to everyone who contributed feedback this week. I couldn’t do this without your support and guidance.

In gratitude,

Kristi

 

 

International Book Giving Day: February 14th!

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International Book Giving Day is coming up on February 14th! It’s a great way to take the romantic holiday of Valentine’s Day and make it more about spreading the love to everyone.

It’s a great time to go through all of your books and decide:

  • What should I read next?
  • What have I read that I can give away?
  • Is there a special book for a special someone that could use this message right now?

Then donate the books you no longer need to your favorite, school, library, women’s shelter, etc.

It’s also a great day to purchase a book as a Valentine’s gift and write a special inscription inside for your beloved.

The International Book Giving Day website has all kinds of freebies, ways to celebrate, and you can download printable bookmarks here.

Reading to Children Boosts Emotional Intelligence

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Here’s a short article on the importance of reading, getting dad’s involved, and the benefits of reading to children.

Here are some of the quick take-aways:

“When dads get involved in reading at home, it immediately doubles the scaffolding in literacy.”

Parenting and positive psychology researcher Dr Justin Coulson said the benefits of reading included language development, increased empathy and emotional intelligence.

“There is something quite magical about sitting down with your little ones and reading them stories,” he said.

I couldn’t agree more. Books open our minds to the possibilities in life. Growing up in a small farming town, my local library was the gateway to the world. It literally (get the pun) set the stage for all the opportunities that would come my way later in life.

I never fully considered the impact reading has on empathy and its connection to emotional intelligence. But it completely makes sense how reading fosters the ability to step in someone’s shoes and view life from their vantage point.

In our world today, this is a critical skill for developing future leaders. Instilling a love for reading is not only about literacy, but the numerous life lessons and skills that make us more understanding, compassionate, and imaginative human beings.

Physical Activity In Schools Declining

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Physical activity is key to emotional health and physical well-being. Also, students and adults alike can focus more readily when there is physical activity involved. The brain scan above shows the impact on the brain after just 20 minutes of walking.

In a recent article on Forbes.com, Lee Igel details how schools across the country are cutting out time at recess to make more time for academic studies. He outlines several issues with a decrease in play time and physical activity:

  1. Rates of childhood obesity have more than doubled in children during the past 30 years and about 18% of children in the U.S. are obese, according to both a report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and a recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association;

  2. Countries that are internationally regarded as having the best education systems, such as Finland, schedule time for students to have unstructured breaks throughout the day;

  3. Activities—physical, emotional, cognitive, and social—that children regularly engage in during recess are essential to development and well-being, in childhood and throughout the lifespan.

  4. Kids eat better and healthier when they get recess.

When educating our students, let’s focus on providing a holistic educational model that takes into account the physiology and culture that creates the best learning outcomes and lifetime impact. As the MRI scan shows, a little physical activity can go a long way. Instead of decreasing recess, maybe we should be adding another one throughout the day.