Grown-Up Stuff

Author School Visits

Author Ellen Bari Reading at PS 9 in Brooklyn

Drawing upon my background as a children’s media specialist and educator, my author visit programs are cross-curricular, highly engaging, and easily customized to meet the needs of your school/community. In the past I’ve created interactive programming for Sesame Workshop, PBS, and …
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Early Editorial Reviews

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I am happy to share some excerpts:  This is a story about Tikkun Olam, the act of trying to make the world a better place. Though the illustrations convey the fact that Jenny attends a Hebrew day school, she lives …
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Making a Difference: Family Bake Sale

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Jenny’s class was focused on helping a school in Uganda that did not have what they needed. Jenny’s teacher mentions books and computers specifically. In reality, money that is sent to the school in Uganda also helps with essentials like fixing roofs so that they can harvest sorely needed rain water and lunch programs so children who are hungry can focus on their studies. Your school or community may already be engaged in some fundraising activities, but there are always people in need, whether it’s an ongoing situation in your own community or a disaster that has affected people many miles away.
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Art Project: African Magazine Beads

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The book can inspire a host of art projects, from making African style masks to musical instruments to beads. The children in Jumping Jenny contributed to the fundraising fair in all different ways. One of the fun things that they …
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Movement Activities: Patterns

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Jumping Jenny celebrates the joy of movement, through one intrepid little girl who challenges herself to jumping 1,000 jumps on a pogo stick. The book has a triumphant win-win ending. I often find when I finish reading with a group …
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Get Active: Backyard Obstacle Course

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Jumping Jenny celebrates the joy of movement. Moving is not only fun, but it has all kinds of positive health benefits too, from your heart to your weight to your emotional wellbeing. If you feel that as a family you’re not as active as you’d like to be, there are some simple things you can do to incorporate more physical activity into your everyday. Creating an obstacle course not only challenges your children physically, but also helps build attention and concentration.
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Writing: Word Puzzles

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There a few different word puzzles available on this website – one is about community service, another is about jumping, and the third uses words that relate to exercise, heart and health. Any of these can be used as a …
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Trivia

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Test your Knowledge about jumping and health. Have a grown-up print this out for you. When you’re finished with all the questions on paper, come back to this page.  Scroll to the bottom and click to find the answers… the …
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Ugandan Beads: Online Resources

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A number of organizations are working with the women of Uganda to help them gain exposure and sell their beaded jewelry.  Below is a list  of organizations pioneering this field. Click here for an art project you can do with …
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Global Poverty: Online Resources

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The internet is full of useful curricular materials on the topic of global poverty for every grade level. Whether you want to create an entire unit around the topic, or simply want to sensitize your students to the issues of …
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