Welcome to the World School Book Club!!
While nonverbal communication adds a substantial amount to an in person conversation, in our digital world, verbal communication is key! Effective reading and writing skills are fundamental to our children learning to interact with the world in a more meaningful way. In this regard, practice makes perfect, well, OK, practice makes better.
We have all struggled at some point to motivate our children to engage in the lesson at hand. How can I make it more interesting? How can I make it more interactive? How can I add motivation so my child WANTS to do this?
This is where the Book Club comes in to play. Children are natural entrepreneurs. They want to have a lemonade stand, sell rocks, and “trade for money” as my kids put it. This will give them a platform to do exactly that. Monetize their school projects. Children can publish their OWN books on Amazon’s eKindle platform for FREE. Then they can begin to market it. This will inspire them to write better stories, longer stories and more often. They can also read other member’s stories to get more ideas. It’s a win-win here!! If you are not comfortable with your children having and managing money, consider donating the money from the book to a local charity. Maybe if the book is about Fiji, they can donate to Sea Mercy who works to provide medical care for the local area. Or if it’s about Africa, they can donate to an organization there. Now it’s a win-win-win!!!
The kindle platform was selected because it is simply the most user friendly and FREE way for children to engage in the process. If they get as far as publishing, they can then begin to advertise or market what they’ve accomplished. We can host a book of the month club to highlight a specific project as we begin getting more entries. We can also use the chat room to notify other members of a new posting. There are other platforms to self publish. If your child has used one of those sites, please notify us of their publication so we can enjoy it too!
You don’t need a kindle to publish or read stories. You can also read kindle books on an ipad through a free kindle app. But if you, like many of us, are struggling with screen time, but would like to allow them to read more freely, having a kindle dedicated to reading only makes it easy to manage their “screen time.” There are basic kindles made for kids and more elaborate kindles with lots of options, like backlighting, etc. All have 4 and 5 star reviews, so mostly it depends on what features are important to you.
To get started:
- You want to go to this page and download a FREE app for easy publishing of kids books with illustrations.
- Write a story either in .doc or PDF
- If you use .doc, then you’ll create the cover, add text and add photos/graphics, then format it in the program
- If you do a PDF, you will format it all offline before uploading, each page will already be designated, then your page 1 WILL be your book cover.
- Upload the book with World School as the publishers
- Search for each other’s books to support other World Schooling families
For sharing our awesome adventure books from all around the world, there are many options! You can buy each individual book that you’re interested in. If you’re not a big reader or don’t have good internet often, this is going to be your best choice. But if you’re a big reader, the Kindle Unlimited plan is quite reasonable at only $9.99/month for all you can read. This is enabled for up to 10 books/magazines at a time on up to 6 devices, but there is not family sharing of the membership. There is a 30 day free trial, so you can go check it out, read well for a month, then cancel it if it’s not a good fit for you. If you’re in an area of internet and your family enjoys reading, this is the way to go. If you are a member of Amazon Prime, you are automatically enrolled in the Kindle Library. You are allowed to “check out” one book per month for an unlimited amount of time. Amazon Prime also has a 30 day free trial which includes free 2 day shipping.
I am encouraging my children to write about their daily adventures. I tend to lean more toward the nonfiction stories of simply “tell me about an adventure you’ve had.” Take a picture from a memorable event, then build a story to tell the world about it. I think it would be amazing if this community could share our experiences around the world through the eyes of our children, all the while supporting the children’s educational efforts and entrepreneurial skills. Of course, one of my children loves that idea, while the other has started his story about “The Crazy Man,” but I am incredibly happy that he’s thinking, outlining and writing. And so, the mission is accomplished. And yet, the journey has just begun.
Please share ideas on how to make this experience even better and more fulfilling for everyone involved, both parents, publishers (kids) and readers (all of us). How fun it would be to have a story night each night reading a different child’s experiences throughout the world!!