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When I gave my Books-in-Action programs, I didn't allow any electronics. Once I saw a 3 or 4-year-old sitting in a shopping cart next to me at the grocery store check. He was playing video games on his mother's cell phone. He never looked up at his surroundings or people who spoke to him. I thought, I hope he doesn't show up at any of my programs. And guess what, there he was the very fir
st day of camp. When he arrived, we were already singing, reading and playing "roll down the hill." He took a look at us and said, "I don't want to do that!" I said, that's fine, you can go play in the fort, which was right next to us. He disappeared under the sheets.
We kept playing, singing and reading. I saw him peek out a few times to see what was going on, but he'd disappear under the sheets again. After a while, he came out of the fort and watched at closer range. Then, he joined the group. He played everything, made new friends, had fun and experience a lot of hands-on-play from across the years like marbles, dress-up and hula hoops.
BOOKS-IN-ACTION (The Nutcracker--imagination, reading, visualization, expressive movement, dress-up, interpreting music, rhythmic meters that build better speech, visual focus)
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