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Magic Moments

My contribution gives parents simple ideas about how to turn everyday moments into teachable magic moments.

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When life gets too busy with so much to do

And I wish there was more time for just me and you

For more hugs and kisses, more learning and play

I’ll add these magic moments throughout the day.

When you wake in the morning, I’ll sing a song to you.

While getting you dressed, we’ll play peek-a-boo.

Even walking down the street will turn into great fun

As we creep as slow as a turtle and then fast like a lion we run!

In the grocery store, I’ll be sure to teach

The names and colors of the foods that we see. 

When I cook in the kitchen, I’ll bring you along too

And with bowls and spoons we’ll play our own tune like bam bam tap or boom boom boom.

When we sit down at the table and it’s time to eat

You’ll learn numbers as we count the peas.

To make bath time special, cups are all we need

Fill them up, dump them out and then shout “empty”.

When the day is done and it’s time for bed

We’ll cuddle and remember all the fun we had.

Adding moments like these is easy to do. They’re fun and they help you learn a lot too.  

But the real magic of little moments like these

Is that they show you how special you are to me.

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

My vision is to show busy parents that teaching language can be easily incorporated into every part of their busy lives using fun experiences and games. It is meant to serve as a guide to get parent and child engaged in activities to facilitate language development.

Share your suggested book title

Magic Moments

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

This story provides caregivers with concrete examples of ways that language development can be easily incorporated into any part of the day through the use of teachable moments using play. While obtaining my Master's in Early Childhood education, I learned about best practices for teaching language development to young children. I relied on my educational background and teaching experience in the creation of this manuscript.

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

As a busy mom from Chicago and a teacher, I know that the days can seem never ending with so much that needs to be done. Often times, it is hard to find all the time you want to spend with your baby, laughing, teaching, and just creating special moments. I hope to show that making simple adjustments and adding something special to the things we already do everyday can accomplish these things without being too intimidating or time consuming.

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Tell us more about you / your team

I am an early childhood teacher and mom of two. I have spent over 10 years teaching preschool in Chicago. I have worked in programs with a diverse populations from teen moms to grandparents caring for grandchildren. Through newsletters, classroom websites, and family nights, I have always focused on giving parents practical ways to incorporate learning in everyday activities in fun, creative ways.

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)

  • Facebook

What best describes you? (optional question)

  • I am an early childhood teacher and mom.


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Photo of Ashanti Antonio Prescott

Jasmine, this is indeed a very nice story line, but you know what would bring out those moments even more brilliantly, those key areas where you peak at the main points, eg. play songs with pots and spoons insert a lil rhythm will increase the interaction, another area we will count, introduce the numbers. These are the ares that the caregiver and child bond the most. The language development initiators.
All in all wonderful story

Photo of Jasmine Ross

I agree with you. I felt a bit restricted with the word count. But I really envisioned using the illustrations to incorporate those things through speech bubbles if that makes since. So giving a little song in the illustration of the parent singng to baby or adding the numbers in the other scene about counting. Thanks for sharing.

Photo of Ashanti Antonio Prescott

Oh, okay then this will help with the interaction.

Photo of Ashanti Antonio Prescott

Good luck

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