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On Our Way Home

A book modeling all the wonderful interactive and learning opportunities between child and caregiver in an urban setting while commuting.

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On Our Way Home

 

Oh Mommy, Oh Daddy, Pop Pop, Aunt June!!

I love when it’s time to go home with you!

 

We walk down STEEP steps, call out all the NUMBERS, 

Finding our TRAIN while I’m waiting in WONDER 

 

On our way HOME, I hear the click clack,

Of trains rolling by, 

All the way down the TRACK.

 

On our way home, I hold your hand TIGHT 

Cause sometimes there’s DANGER in alleys at NIGHT.

 

On our way home, I LISTEN to your voice

Because learning from you is the only choice.

 

On our way home, I look up to the SKY.

“Our buildings so tall, so tall and so HIGH!”

 

On our way home, push the button for “UP”

Slowly it comes and stops with a thump.

 

On our way home, we take a long RIDE

Up Up Up with a jiggle and jive.

 

We laugh and we COUNT at each FLOOR we pass

Learning my numbers before I start class

 

You open the door with the GREATEST of ease.

There’s no place like being at home on your KNEES.

 

I ask many QUESTIONS, you answer your best

Keeping it SIMPLE, not like a school test.

 

I speak with 1 word while you speak with 3

Stretching a bit…

It’s how I learn you see

 

There’s really no other PLACE like home. 

Except of course when we’re out and we ROAM. 

Because I LOVE it too, to be …

On our way home. 

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

The vision of this book is for it to be a model for caregivers how to make every day routines meaningful and engaging, even something as simple as commuting through the city back home. I envision that through reading this book, caregivers will learn new strategies to engage with their 0-3 child such as talking about things going on around them, speaking simply and repetitively, keeping interactions positive and playful and elaborating/extending upon their child's simple language.

Share your suggested book title

On Our Way Home

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).

On Our Way Home Oh Mommy, Oh Daddy, Pop Pop, Aunt June!! I love when it’s time to go home with you! We walk down STEEP steps, call out all the NUMBERS, Finding our TRAIN while I’m waiting in WONDER On our way HOME, I hear the click clack, Of trains rolling by, All the way down the TRACK. On our way home, I hold your hand TIGHT Cause sometimes there’s DANGER in alleys at NIGHT. On our way home, I LISTEN to your voice Because learning from you is the only choice. On our way home, I look up to the SKY. “Our buildings so tall, so tall and so HIGH!” On our way home, push the button for “UP” Slowly it comes and stops with a thump. On our way home, we take a long RIDE Up Up Up with a jiggle and jive. We laugh and we COUNT at each FLOOR we pass Learning my numbers before I start class You open the door with the GREATEST of ease. There’s no place like being at home on your KNEES. I ask many QUESTIONS, you answer your best Keeping it SIMPLE, not like a school test. I speak with 1 word while you speak with 3 Stretching a bit… It’s how I learn you see There’s really no other PLACE like home. Except of course when we’re out and we ROAM. Because I LOVE it too, to be … On our way home.

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

As a speech-language pathologist who specializes in the early childhood population, I used what I know about language development and positive interactions and how they help to build a child's language. The book is written with a repetitive rhythm and rhyme tempo. The vocabulary is a mix of both simple Tier 1 and a few Tier 2 words. Functional vocabulary words were chosen that may be of high use to a young child's developing vocabulary. The caregiver demonstrates the strategy of expanding the child's utterance. Within the story, the caregiver is using many known strategies to build language and maintain engagement. The caregiver is attentive and uses affect to maintain the child's interest. The caregiver talks with the child about what they are seeing around them and points often to draw attention. The caregiver uses simple but meaningful language. The pictures should be rich and colorful but not too busy so as to connect the written words to the pictures to build understanding

Please describe any familiarity you may have with Philadelphia and its residents? (optional question)

As a Northern, NJ native, born and raised, Philadelphia has been a place for weekend get-a-ways many a times. It is home to many museums, history, restaurants and the like to entertain those familiar with its city and neighborhoods as well as those that are new to it. I also have a family member who has studied and resides in Philadelphia today who has fallen in love with the city. It has a wonderful, eclectic and inviting feel to all that visit it.

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

The imagery of the picture scenes as planned in the attachment are going to reflect common city scenes such as hustle and bustle of multi-cultural people. Markets, laundry mats, buildings that are close together, city buses and subways. The descriptive words within the story further describe many city like scenes and objects. Examples include, antique style elevators with the large, black buttons, tall apartment buildings with many steps and fresh air fruit markets. The main characters along with the people passing by will reflect the rich, diverse culture that makes up Philadelphia as well as many other urban settings.

Location: Country

United States

Location: State or Department

New Jersey

Location: City

East Orange

Website URL (optional question)

I am a speech-language pathologist that works with the early childhood population and their families. I offer therapy, evaluations, parent and teacher trainings. I have been invited to speak on several occasions to families and early childhood educators/stakeholders about how to develop young children's language and many other related developmental topics. www.dontwaitcommunicate.com

Tell us more about you / your team

I am a mother of 4 young children, 1 with special needs. I am a speech-language pathologist that passionately serves the families I work with. I am also a "creative". I love to write, read, create and connect with people. I value empowerment, enlightenment and uplifting and encouraging others. I am a constant cheerleader. I live in an urban area and the challenge audience is much like the families I currently serve in the Early Intervention System. I believe that family, faith and love are at the core of everything. And that uplifting "some of us" is uplifting "all of us".

Provide an example visual identity for a look and feel you might like to achieve. ( (optional question, 3-5 visuals)

I envision illustrations much like those of the illustrator Kadir Nelson. It will be important to have very richly defined facial expressions to express the emotions and interactions in the story. The background will be equally important in richness of color and detail as it is the background imagery that will connect the reader to the setting such as fruit markets, cheesesteak shops, laundry-mats, etc. The imagery will also extend the learning and conversation among the reader/listeners.

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)

  • William Penn Foundation website / social media

What best describes you? (optional question)

  • I am/we are creatives, writers, or artists
  • Small-Business Owner, Speech-Language Pathologist

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The joy of a child in the little this they do and say. The learning is fun concept is seen throughout this thoughtful story. Good luck

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Thank you for the feedback!
Same to you!

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You are welcome Alexis.
Can you share your thoughts on my story

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