Friday, April 6, 2012

G is for Guide as in Educator’s Guide for your Children’s Book by Donna McDine

It is my great pleasure to host the talented and multi-faceted award winning author, Donna McDine on the blog today.  Welcome, Donna!

After I signed the book contract for The Golden Pathway I took the time out to discuss with teachers what sparks their interest in children’s books for their classrooms beyond what the school provides. Many times over I heard they are under strict confinements with their curriculum and books need to fit into their daily teachings.

I then took to task to research state curriculum guidelines and learned the creation of an educator’s guide for The Golden Pathway needed to be a comprehensive across the curriculum guide. After meeting homeschool specialist, Amy O’Quinn through the Working Writer’s Club I approached Amy about hiring her to write an educator’s guide for The Golden Pathway. The end result was beyond my expectations!

The educator’s guide is a teaching tool for English, Social Studies, Math, Science, and Art teachers, as well as for Homeschooling families. Activities include:
  • Language Arts: Writing/Vocabulary
  • Integrated Language Arts/Social Studies: Topical Study/Presentation Boards
  • Social Studies: Timeline, Mapping and Geography
  • Math: Map Work Mathematics, Calculations, Time, Recipe Math, Quilt Math
  • Science: Astronomy, Skin, Plants and Crops, Alcoholism, Five Senses
  • Role Playing, Disguises and Escape/Safe Houses
  • Toys and Games of the 19th Century: Make a Rag Doll, Make a Nettie Doll, Information on Games/Toys
  • Songs of Slavery and the Underground Railroad: Background Information and Lyrics
  • More Fun Art Projects, Activities, and Resources: Coloring Sheets, Printables, Juneteenth, Make A Tin Can Lantern
Donna McDine
It is in my opinion well written children’s books have a better chance of finding their way into schools when it is accompanied with an educator’s guide. By having this guide for The Golden Pathway it has certainly helped spark additional interest with school visits. 
Case in point, when I participated in the New York State Reading Association, October 2011 I had the opportunity to meet with teachers from across the tri-state area (NY, NJ, and CT) and many commented on the educator’s guide I was chatting up with them as they stopped by my table. They were delighted and impressed to learn of this complimentary addition to The Golden Pathway, explaining their time is at a premium and to have activities already planned for them saves them valuable time.
 At this point in time, one of these conversations has turned into a week long visit to a local elementary school. The Parent Teacher Association purchased The Golden Pathway for each classroom and when I presented each teacher with the complimentary CD of The Golden Pathway Educator’s Guide their responses where overwhelming positive. Knowing even beforehand how essential an educator’s guide is, I’ve already hired Amy O’Quinn to create educator’s guides for my future books.
As writers many of us can and do create our own educator’s guides, but for myself I wanted someone with the expertise of being in the trenches of teaching to formulate my educator’s guide. By outsourcing this project, it has freed me to up to work on new manuscripts, marketing, and client work.
Details of my author school visit workshops, visit:
Literary Classics 2011
Silver Award Recipient
Picture Book Early Reader
To learn more about my writing career or to order an autographed copy of The Golden Pathway visit, Gift with purchase: The Golden Pathway Educator’s Guide.
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  1. Hi Nancy:

    Thank you for hosting me during the A-to-Z Challenge and the lovely intro! It's a pleasure to be here. Looking forward to hosting you on April 12th for Katrina and Winter: Partners in Courage.

    All the best,

  2. Donna, what an excellent idea to have a pro help with your educator's guide.

    Thanks, Nancy. You chose the perfect "G" word for today.

  3. On your suggestion, Donna, I hope to hire Amy soon as well. Your guide is outstanding! And I know nothing about curriculum guidelines. Thanks for sharing this information.

  4. It was a pleasure, as always, Donna. Thanks for the marvelous information on the importance of creating an educator's guide!

  5. Hi Barbara and Kai,

    Thanks for visiting and for your lovely comments of support! Amy is absolutely terrific. Can't wait to see what she has planned for my next books!

    Hi Nancy,

    Thank you for hosting me during the A to Z Challenge, it was a pure delight to be here.

    Warm regards,