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Two New eBooks Coming Out to Support Literacy at a Local Elementary School~One Written by 8th Grade Students

As our mission statement confirms, our goal is to share the good in education.  Given that our company is not even a year old, we have donated most of our time and talent to giving back and trying to make a difference in some of our local schools.

One of the schools we have taken under our wing to support, is St. Mary Elementary School in Royal Oak, Michigan.  It is a sweet little school with a diverse population striving to meet the needs of all students in a 21st century fashion.  They love to collaborate and every time an idea is given they are open to explore the possibilities.

"All Around our Town" Written by Denise Ball, Trisha Vaughn and Sue Atwell from Unlock the Teacher and all Proceeds Donated to St. Mary School in Royal Oak, Michigan to Promote Literacy

Last March, Unlock the Teacher LLC donated “All Around our Town” to St. Mary’s.   This academic eBook is aligned with K-2 National Social Studies Standards and places emphasis on sight words. Along with coloring pages, this 23 page eBook also includes a Parent/Teacher Resource Section.  All proceeds from this eBook goes towards promoting literacy in St. Mary School.

"Building Blocks of our Nation" written by St. Mary School's 8th Grade Class 2012 in Royal Oak, Michigan

This month, the 8th grade class has been studying the Core Democratic Values.  Their teacher, Mrs. Linda Irwin, utilizing Gardner’s Multiple Intelligence Theory, had students work in groups and create  Lego models representing  researched documents and the Core Democratic Values of our country.

We are excited to announce that both books will be available at Barnes and Noble and Amazon this month.

It is  exciting for us to see students get so excited about their curriculum, that they want to write and share it with others.  This is why we love to go into schools and share with teachers and students the eBooks process. It is a win-win for students, teachers and school; a positive synergistic process!

Stay tuned as we announce more eBooks we have been working on and our plan for book I in our Unlock the Teacher series.

May we continue to seek knowledge in all things,

Denise

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Academic eBooks get Praise from Parents and Teachers…Sneak Peak Inside Five eBooks

We are thrilled with sales of our academic eBooks!  Given the fact that all of our advertising has been word of mouth, we want to say thank you to all our readers and supporters of our work!  Most of the profit from the following eBooks goes directly to promoting literacy in local elementary schools.  We have  received some positive feedback from both parents and teachers.

As we work to finalize the first book in our Unlock the Teacher series for “traditional” publishing, (which we plan to create an app for and publish in multiple languages), we also have two new eBooks coming out by end of summer…which is so soon 🙂

We are immensely grateful and realize, that we would not be able to do what we hope to do, if we did not have your support.

If you haven’t already, please check out our academic eBooks:

Phonics Friends

Amazing what five friends can teach to emerging readers!

A page from "Phonics Friends Share their Love for the Short Vowel Sounds"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mysteries of the Beach

This was so fun to write, it is a true mystery...kids love it!

A page from "Mysteries of the Beach" ~ painting by Mary C. Sharon who lost her battle with cancer in August 2005.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All Around our Town

"All Around our Town" an academic eBook. This is a charity eBook, where all proceeds goes to a local school's literacy fund.

A page from All Around our Town...a great Social Studies Resource for Grades K-3

Katie’s Farm Adventures

"Katie's Farm Adventures" and academic eBook with coloring pages to print. This is a charity eBook, where all proceeds goes towards supporting a literacy fund in an elementary school.

A page from "Katie's Farm Adventures"

 

 

Spring into Art and Poetry

A wonderful book of poetry and a great resource that describes developmental stages in art.

A page from "Spring into Art and Poetry".

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May we continue to seek knowledge in all things,

Denise

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First Graders’ Second eBook “Katie’s Horse Adventure” is Now Available at Barnes and Noble.com~All Proceeds Go Towards Promoting Literacy at Elementary School

"Katie's Horse Adventure" an eBook Written by Kids for Kids

First Graders’ Second eBook Katie’s Horse Adventure is Now Available at Barnes and Noble.com Thank you to everyone who has supported the Katie’s Farm Adventures series.  All Proceeds Go Towards Promoting Literacy at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Elementary School.

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/katies-horse-adventure-olqm-1st-grade-class/1104176954?ean=2940013605886&itm=1&usri=katie%2bs%2bhorse%2badventure

We have been busy working on additional eBooks to donating to elementary schools for the 2011/2012 school year…stay tuned!

If your school would like to have Unlock the Teacher LLC come in and facilitate one of our writing workshop for a class or series of grades, we would be happy to come and share this wonderful writing process that gets children so excited about writing and reading their own work.

Recommendations are available upon request.

I wish everyone a fabulous summer filled with many learning moments~

Denise 😉

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1st Grade Authors and Illustrators Third eBook in “Katie’s Farm Adventures” Series Available at Barnes and Noble.com Saturday, July 10th

Katie’s Farm Adventures Series

Book I ~"Katie's Farm Adventure" with Coloring Book and Parent/Teacher Resource

“Katie’s Farm Adventures” is just that, a 32 page children’s literature book that describes all the adventures one can have on a farm through Katie’s eyes. This book is one of four eBooks where all proceeds will go to selected elementary schools to develop literacy funds; the academic focus for this book is sight words. This eBook includes a parent/teacher resource section and 12 coloring pages, the sketches used for the paintings.

Book II~ "Katie's Exploring Adventure" Academic Focus: Sight Words and Includes a Parent/Teacher Resource

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This 23 page book is written and illustrated by a 1st grade class.  “Katie’s Exploring Adventure” is the second book in “Katie’s Farm Adventures” series.  In this book, Katie goes on a hike through the woods with her parents and discovers some colorful insects, falls into a huge pile of mud and through it all maintains a great sense of humor and sense of adventure.

All proceeds from these books go towards promoting literacy at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs School at http://www.olqmcatholicschool.org For further information about having your class participate in a “Writing ePublishing Workshop” please contact Unlock the Teacher LLC at  or visit our website at http://www.unlocktheteacher.com

Book III~"Katie's Horse Adventure" Academic Focus: Sight Words, Includes a Parent/Teacher Resource

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Katie’s Horse Adventure is twenty pages of colorful and fun-filled reading.  This book focuses on strengthening sight words and each page identifies sight words to help emerging readers.

We had so much fun working with this first grade class and seeing them get so excited about writing, illustrating and reading their collaborative efforts.  Thank you to all who have already purchased one of these eBooks that promotes literacy.  collectively, this series has sold over 50 books thus far.  All proceeds go directly to Our Lady Queen of Martyrs School Literacy Fund.  The principal and teachers can then utilize this money for professional development, new technology and/or new books for library. Unlock the Teacher LLC is just thrilled to be a part of this process.

If your district, school or youth group would like us to come and conduct one of our Writing and ePublishing Workshops, please email us at teachme@unlocktheteacherllc.com Additional information on all of our student and teacher workshops can be found at www.unlocktheteacher.com.  We are scheduling events, workshops and conferences now for the 2011/2012 school year.

**We work with schools and youth groups who need financial assistance~together we can make a difference!

May we continue to seek knowledge in all things,

Denise

 

 

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Sneak Peak at the Cover for the Third eBook in the “Katie’s Farm Adventures” Series~All Proceeds Go Directly to Elementary School to Promote Literacy

"Katie's Horse Adventure" Book III in the "Katie's Farm Adventures" written and illustrated by a wonderful and creative first grade class...who love to write!

We love going into schools to work with teachers and students.  This year, we have had great experiences working with talented educators wanting to be ahead of the pack and correlate their curriculum to the Common Core State Standards; one year ahead of the CCSSI criteria set.  In fact, the teachers we worked with this year were so excited about the Common Core State Standards, that they not only correlated the Math as expected (one year ahead of schedule) but the ELA as well.  Thank you to all the educators who allowed us to work with them and be apart of the positive synergistic curriculum change for our children, our future!

With this said, out of all of our workshops conducted in schools this past year, from “How to ePublish for Teens” to “Writing Workshops for grades 1-5”, we had so much fun with the OLQM First Grade Class.  We enjoyed each and every workshop and all the excitement that the students brought, specially the teens so excited to learn how to use their writing to benefit their college future.
OLQM was the recipient of Unlock the Teacher LLC’s  first donated eBook  (“Katie’s Farm Adventures“) for the 2010/2011 school year.
The first grade class explained how they were so excited about the book, that they wanted to write another adventure for Katie.  Since January 2011, this first grade class has not only written and illustrated one adventure for Katie, but two”
Katie’s Exploring Adventure and Katie’s Horse AdventureKatie’s Exploring Adventure has received great review(s) from other educators and Katie’s Horse Adventure is due to be published with Barnes and Noble.com by the end of the month.
Unlock the Teacher LLC is thrilled to be a part of this amazing experience and look forward to writing and donating more of our own work to new elementary schools in the upcoming 2011/2012 school year.
On behalf of all the students who will benefit from your eBook purchase, we thank you for promoting literacy!
If your school would like to receive one of our donated eBooks next school year or would like to participate in one of the many workshops we offer, please feel free to email us @ teachme@unlocktheteacherllc.com or visit our website at www.unlocktheteacher.com
Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend,
Denise, Trisha and Sue
The Unlock the Teacher LLC team

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1st Grade Student Authors are Taking The Writing Process to an Excitng Place

We shared with you the wonderful 1st grade class who we worked with a few weeks ago in one of our Writing Workshops. This class was so excited about the writing process and seeing their work published in an eBook that they wrote another “Katie Adventure”.

The first book in this series, “Katie’s Farm Adventures” was written by our very own Denise Ball, with collaboration from our whole team here at Unlock the Teacher LLC. The paintings were illustrated by Denise’s mom, Mary Sharon who lost her battle with cancer in 2005. This was the first book written in Unlock the Teacher LLC’s Promoting Literacy Campaign…where all proceeds from books go directly to designated elementary schools for promoting literacy programs.

Our Lady Queen of Martyrs School receives all proceeds from this series. OLQM’s 1st grade class wanted to write an adventure about Katie, so we went in and conducted our workshop and the response to their work has been great! The 1st grade teacher, Mrs. McMahon has empowered this group of young writers. The six and seven year olds are excited to brainstorm and write down ideas, collaborate and vote on which ones work and which ones do not and then illustrate the scenes for book. After viewing their work in complete form and having their eBook, “Katie’s Exploring Adventure” published at Barnes and Noble online, they were ready to do the process all over again. 🙂

Given this, we are excited to share that sometime next week, the third book in this series will be available for purchase at Barnes and Noble.com. The book is titled, “Katie’s Horse Adventure” and the story is really quite cute. We will announce here and on our facebook page when it is available for all to see. All proceeds go directly to OLQM’s school…thank you for your support!

May we continue to seek knowledge in all things,

Denise, Trisha and Sue
The Unlock the Teacher LLC Team

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Literacy Campaign +Website Receives 600 Hits This Week…We Are Grateful, Thank You!

 

Unlock the Teacher LLC - "May We Seek Knowledge in All Things"
Welcome!
Unlock The Teacher was born out of the understanding that we are all teachers. In what we do, how we act and who we are, we educate others at all times. From its inception, Unlock the Teacher has always been about helping all those who play a role in the life of a child to “unlock the teacher” within. Our goal is to share knowledge, not hoard it. We believe if we continue to choose what is right and good, to be the difference, a beacon of light, our efforts will be fruitful.
Through project-based learning, Unlock the Teacher tackles academic curriculum in ways that are engaging, meaningful and adaptable to a variety of learning styles.
Unlock the Teacher specializes in curriculum and instruction packages, CCSS curriculum alignment workshops, training and development for educators and industry employees, familiarity with needs assessment, grant writing, business plans, teen writing workshops in schools, ePublishing workshops, writing and publishing children’s literature books and producing non-fiction educational books and materials.
We’re prepared to meet the educational needs of teachers, students and YOU!
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This is a THANK YOU blog for all of you who have so generously responded to our invitation, passed on the word and through your generosity, allowing us to share the good in education.  Our new website @ http://www.unlocktheteacher.com has received over 600 hits in the first week…we have received approximately 30+ emails of comments about our literacy campaign for elementary schools.  The comments about all the art work my mom painted has been both touching and healing for me as well.

Our Unlock the Teacher LLC team is so grateful for the support, the positive comments and the dialogue with local and …not so local school districts about our training packages.  Our “ePublishing Workshop for Teens” is a hot topic and we will post some mini clips of our next workshop this Friday on our website, to share the enthusiasm that young people are having when they see the wonderful opportunities for their writing.  As an educator, it always gives me goose bumps to see students get excited or find validity in the work they produce in the classroom; it is a win-win for educators, students and families.

Recently, our company was asked to provide a min-ePub training for 8 students and parents at a private home.  Everyone in attendance came prepared with laptop and samples of writings: short stories, poetry, cartoons etc.  It was a teachable/learning moment for me as an educator, for the parent realizing the amazing work their children were capable of producing and for the teens as they discovered that their authentic work, their ideas, dreams and creativity were not only good, but inspiring for all the adults in the group.  The coup de grace of the training was when all participant realized the opportunities that were available with ePublishing this authentic work. They discovered, that they could utilize proceeds to  establish college funds, travel adventure funds etc. with publishing authentic, creative and current writings for the reader of today…exciting!

We give our next ePublishing Workshop this Friday to 100+ teens for a local school district, and personally…I cannot wait!

Did you know that the author of that amazing Eragon series was a teen when he published Eragon as an eBook? Of course, Knopf Publishing, a part of Random House, picked it up and signed the whole series within two months. 🙂  An example of “daring to dream” and living intentionally!  A true family affair…

May we continue to seek knowledge in all things…and again we are truly grateful for the support and kind words,

Unlock the Teacher LLC Team

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Unlock the Teacher LLC and Academically Focused Children’s Books with Coloring Pages to Come

 
 Unlock the Teacher LLC, will be launching two new academically focused children’s books with coloring pages and parent and teacher resource section.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The goal of The Many Mysteries of the Beach is to introduce and enhance academic science vocabulary and sight words. This book will also have a resource section for parents, pre-K and elementary educators. The paintings for this book were painted by Mary Sharon, my mother, who while living with my husband and me for the last ten years of her life, would sit out on the back deck and paint.  She lost her battle with Colon-Rectal cancer in 2005. Her passion for life, reading and art are evident in her work, as her paintings tell a story all on their own. 

 The academic focus for The Many Mysteries of the Beach are sight words and science facts.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The goal of Phonics Friends’ Adventure with Ms. Beatrice Bee in Search of a Blueberry Bush, is to promote literacy while enhancing the cornerstone of reading, phonics.
 
The academic focus for this book are phonics, sight words and science facts.
 
This book will come with a parent/teacher resource section.
 
 
These books will be published and available for all young readers within a few days.  The Many Mysteries of the Beach will be available for $3.99 and Phonics Friends’ Adventure with Ms. Beatrice Bee in Search of a Blueberry Bush will be available soon with a great reasonable price. 
 
 
Together, through positive collaboration, we all can make a difference for our children, our future.
 
May we seek knowledge in all things,
 
Denise 😉
“acte non verbe”

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“Katie’s Farm” to “Katie’s Farm Adventures” Promoting Literacy Campaign

All Proceeds Dedicated to Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Literacy Fund

My mother named this series of paintings, Katie’s Farm.  Her birth name was Catherine and when she visited her grandparent’s farm, they would call her Katie.  However, given that there is a fabulous story already in print titled Katie’s Farm, we will be modifying title. 

We found this to be fitting, given all the amazing adventures Katie enjoys on the farm with her cousins, friends and her favorite horse Sarah.
 
Thank you again for all the amazing support via email, Facebook and Twitter.  We will keep you posted on details and hope that you will begin the thought process of supporting this literacy campaign, through purchase of books to enhance literacy across the curriculum for all these schools.
 
Reading is the foundation that supports all learning!
 
May we continue to seek knowledge in all things,
 
~Denise
 

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