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A Sunny Day at the Park, Step by Step

Inspire caregivers to communicate by using the concept of a step by step conversation which also helps children learn new words.

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Barky barks, barks, barks. 


“Yes Barky !”says Tom with excitement, “a sunny day means a day at the park !”

I need to get ready:

First, I eat my breakfast

Then I brush my teeth

Now lets get dressed


Barky barks, barks, barks.


Oh Wait Barky, I can’t go barefoot

First I put my socks on 

Then I put my shoes on 

Then I put my hat on 

and now we’re ready to go!


Barky Barks, barks, barks.


Oh Wait Barky! we can’t go without Nanna 

First I call for Nanna 

“”Nannaaaa!!!!”

Then I hold her hand 

Now we are finally ready to go 


At the park, Barky runs around in circles 

He’s chasing butterflies, 

And Tom plays with some neighbourhood friends

First, they play on the slides and on the swings 

Then they go on the train and in the coloured tunnels

And now they’ve joined Barky on the grass


Suddenly, Tom and Barky feel a raindrop

And then another raindrop


“Oh no Barky!”you know what this means 

First we feel a raindrop 

Then we feel the rain 


Barky barks, barks, barks.


Okay Barky says Tom laughing, 

First we play a little in the rain 

Then we hide under nanna’s big umbrella 

and now we go back home

“Barky, I sure hope tomorrow will be another bright sunny day !!!”




Describe the intended vision for your early childhood book manuscript in 1-2 sentences

My 20 month old son made me realize how children respond fast and with so much e to dogs and animals in general, so I felt inspired to add the dog Barky to the story, and give him a fun rôle, in the intention of getting the child engaged in the story. Also, the step by step concept allows a conversation during the reading, for example, the caregiver can ask: When you are barefoot, what do you put on first?. Finally I feel that everybody, old and young, can relate to a sunny day at the park!

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A Sunny Day at the Park, Step by Step

PLEASE USE THE VERSION OF THIS QUESTION AT THE TOP OF THE SUBMISSION FORM: Share a draft of your manuscript (250 word limit, not including title).

Barky barks, barks, barks. “Yes Barky !”says Tom with excitement, “a sunny day means a day at the park !” I need to get ready: First, I eat my breakfast Then I brush my teeth Now lets get dressed Barky barks, barks, barks. Wait Barky, I can’t go barefoot First I put my socks on Then I put my shoes on Then I put my hat on and now we’re ready to go! Barky Barks, barks, barks. Wait Barky! we can’t go without Nanna First I call for Nanna “”Nannaaaa!!!!” Then I hold her hand Now we are finally ready to go At the park, Barky runs around in circles He’s chasing butterflies, And Tom plays with some neighbourhood friends First, they play on the slides and on the swings Then they go on the train and in the coloured tunnels And now they’ve joined Barky on the grass Suddenly, Tom and Barky feel a raindrop And then another raindrop “Oh no Barky!”you know what this means First we feel a raindrop Then we feel the rain Barky barks, barks, barks. Okay Barky says Tom laughing, First we play a little in the rain Then we hide under nanna’s big umbrella And now we go back home “Barky, I sure hope tomorrow will be another bright sunny day !!!”

How has this book been informed by early childhood language development research and evidence? (response minimum 250 Characters)

First of all, this manuscript provides with mainly Tier 1 words that are found in every child's home, nursery or daycare environments like the words: breakfast, teeth, slides, swings, butterflies. It also provides with Tier 2 words like: excitement and bright. Secondly, this story can be read to children from birth to a couple of years old and can help the child learn and understand better the concept of doing things step by step. Studies show that the brain develops rapidly and children 0 to 3 are fast learners ( ref to Dr, Alison Gopnik studie on broccoli and fish crackers). Finally, this story is a nice story to read aloud and make the children participate. For example the child can participate by reading " Barky barks,barks,barks " or yell "Nannaaa" and this can help create connections with their caregivers and makes it fun to read. ( ref to tips given in "Talking is teaching").

How have you crafted this manuscript to resonate with and/or reflect the experiences of those living in urban contexts? (optional question)

I was a resident of Montreal for 15 years of my life before recently moving to a neighbouring town. I know how important parks are to children living in urban cities especially since so many live in apartments houses with no lawn. Montreal is multi-cultural city and when the kids go out to play in their alleyway or their playgrounds, they find friends from many cultural backgrounds.

Location: Country

Canada

Location: State or Department

Quebec

Location: City

St-Hubert (which is a suburb to the city of Montreal)

Tell us more about you / your team

I am a stay at home mom of a 20 month old boy. I am very creative and express my creativity though writing, dancing, painting. I was always very attracted to writing stories for children, but all my ideas and short stories never left my house and I am glad to start sharing this passion today and with this challenge. I believe that learning is better taught when its fun. I like the idea that a child is independent in a very secure environment. I value human connections, I believe we learn a lot by making friends and Like my mother always told me since my childhood, books are our best friends !

Multiple Choice - Have you been previously published (online, self-published, and print included)?

  • No

Do you have an agent?

  • No

How did you hear about the Challenge? (optional question)

  • My husband follows IDEO and knowing my desire to write a children's book, suggested I participate.

What best describes you? (optional question)

  • I am/we are creatives, writers, or artists

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Very sweet. Best of luck.

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Team

Thank you ! Same to you !

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