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A running commentary on life as an online bookstore owner after 25 years in Early Childhood Education.

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Ahem! Yes, I have neglected my blog! So Here’s a little crumb…

Posted by Talula on September 3, 2009

I know! I know! I haven’t written very much lately. For my online buds – I just have to say I’m sorry that i’ve been a little distracted!  

I have been checking to see if anybody left notes, though. And I have been trying to keep up with my buddies’ regular postings, occasionally leving a note on your blogs. However; I’ve been in the midst of job hunting and redecorating  my writing office (still not quite finished) with minimum funds. (Lots of re-purposing and recycling!)

So Yes – I haven’t had much to say that could be considered encouraging, lately. Haven’t had much luck with my ‘fulltime’  job hunt, maybe i have been out of the field too long (5 years, but not so long really, IS IT?) I dunno what’s up with that avenue. But that is neither here nor there at the moment!

I do have some good news, though, I think?? We’ll have to see how it works out.

I have signed on to take a part-time job teaching beginning computer and Spanish classes to toddlers & Pre-K children. The classes are taught in childcare centers as an extra enrichment class.  I have just spent the first week shadowing the owner of the franchise and meeting all the admin & teachers and children that I will be working with (its a LOT of new folks).

Once I have the routine down; it will be mostly morning hours with one afternoon a week.  I am looking forward to getting over the ‘newness’ and settling down to routines with the children in the classes. I will have to polish up my Spanish conversational skills – I haven’t used them much in 30 years – in order to stay ahead of the children’s progress! But that can only be a good thing, right? I am hoping the practice will finally help me to think fast enough in Spanish to eventually be fluent! I also think it be help in future work with children and writing. That is certainly a plus!

The computer classes are very basic.  It teaches the names of the parts of computer literacy (hardware vs software, mouse, optical mouse vs ball mouse, desktop vs laptop)  keyboarding and how to use basic young children’s software, etc.

Hey! – since I am a very basic user this should be very easy to teach them. Some of the 4 yr olds may actually know more than me when it comes to projects like making pdfs, printing your books, and photoshopping. I will have to do some studying of my own prior to those classes in the schedule.  This information could help me in my writing work, too; I think.

So all in all; this job could be very rewarding! The extra plus is getting to work with children again; and in a capacity where I am not the sole responsible person for those children’s care, safety & emotional security. Yippee! The JOY without the GRUMP part!!!!

Now don’t get me wrong – I’m still looking for a way back into the field of my lifelong career; but at least this is a small step in the right direction.

AAAANNNNDDDD…..wait for it….”I will have time to write with a part-time schedule!” 

Well; I know its not much to report yet, but I hope to say more later! I will come back with regular reports on the children’s (and my own) progress! Bye for now!



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Happy 200th Birthday, Charles Darwin!

Posted by Talula on February 19, 2009

boy reading reclinedHappy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you — You belong in a Zoo! Happy Birthday Charlie!

Err…if it weren’t for you, we probably wouldn’t have zoos so kids could marvel at the wonders of the animal kingdom! Or kids who excitedly want to grow up  to be botanists, biologists, earth scientists or veterinarians!

If you haven’t guessed already, today is the 200th worldwide celebration of Charles Darwin’s birth! And if you are still clueless — he is the renowned English naturalist who traveled the seas; exploring, cataloguing, & documenting with notes and illustrations, new species of plants and animals. Many folks around the world study his work at some time in their academic life, especially if they take biology class in high school. Much of the details of his work on animal life in the Galapagos Islands; still stands as reputable facts today.

And we have just the book to introduce young children to his scientific facts. Sailing to Galapagos , written by Laurie Krebs with vibrant illustrations of exotic wildlife and the islands that are home to his most renowned studies, done by Grazia Restelli. See facts about the most famous resident of all – the Galapagos Tortoise; and other species in the endnotes at the back of the book. Use this book to introduce science to your young children, provide them with a few props and then watch them sail away to dream about all the exotic new animals and flora in their imagination. ‘Sailing to Galapagos’ on their own little homemade boat. And don’t forget to pack them a snack; they will certainly be hungry during all that exploring!

You can find Sailing to Galalpagos at the Barefoot Books/Talula’s Wagon link in the blogroll on the right. >>>

Enjoy science again with your little ones! Love, Talula.

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Second Barefoot Partner This Week- PBS Kids Parents Collections!

Posted by Talula on November 26, 2008


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WOW! Barefoot Books is adding to it’s partner line fast & furious!

The home office has just introduced our collaboration with the wildy popular Public Broadcasting Station (PBS Kids) organization in the U.S. and has just today launched our new webpage to showcase our PBS Parents Choice Collection. <<Link Here Now Repaired!

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 See some of it here ~ then order your picks online from the banner above while savoring your 2nd slice of Thanksgiving pumpkin pie. What could be easier than getting all your shopping done a in one-site visit to Barefoot Books for reasonable priced gifts for every child on your list!

And won’t you look smug when you go back for that turkey sandwich with cranberries snack and tell everyone that your gift shopping is “All DONE!”

PSSST! and if you don’t know whether your brother’s little boy would like pirates, dinosaurs or Knights books — then just grab one of our gift cards (with no shipping cost & comes with a neat card to tell him who sent it) and no one will be the wiser. Just think of his excitement when he gets to pick his own books out! 

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“Books For Africa” Is Now A Barefoot Books Partner!

Posted by Talula on November 25, 2008

 Would you like to delight the children in your world with great Barefoot Books; and make a wonderful difference in a child’s life in an African village school on the opposite side of the globe at the same time? Read below to find out how to make your purchases count for the future of children half a world away!  

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See their mission statement at http://www.booksforafrica.org  and read how they have sent over 20 MILLION books to Africa since 1988! 

Or visit our Barefoot Books “Books For Africa” page here for more information. Then use the Barefoot Banners above to order your donation books; they will be sent to “Books For Africa” by Barefoot Books at no cost to you for shipping and don’t forget to pick a few for your own child’s holiday gifts!

“Books For Africa is a simple idea, but its impact is transformative. For us, I have said before, literacy is quite simply the bridge from misery to hope. Literacy provides the keys to learning and empowers the individuals to expand their choices and opportunities for the future. In doing so, it is a crucial bulwark against poverty and a necessary foundation for sustainable development. For everyone everywhere, literacy is, along with education in general, a basic human right. Over the last two decades, Books For Africa has made tremendous progress helping to extend this right in Africa.” ~ Kofi Annan, former U.N. Sectretary-General

This amazing partnership has currently resulted in a very large book donation from the founders of Barefoot Books already on their way to the African continent!

And now, beginning on Wednesday November 26, 2008 you, too; can donate Barefoot Books to be shipped to the children of Africa!

To donate a Barefoot Book to “Books For Africa” for a very small sum; it takes only:  

$5.00 (choose “We’re Sailing Down the Nile“,  “Mama Panya’s Pancakes“, “Hidden Hippo” or “We All Went on Safari“)

or $3.00  (choose a board book ~ “How Loud Is a Lion?” or “Zoe and Her Zebra“.

Plus; a Limited Time Offer Free Gift! for your ‘Thanksgiving Weekend Buyers’ purchases over $50.00 when ordered before midnight on Sunday November 30, 2008! Hurry In to Get the Free Book Offer!

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