Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Show Me a Story Book Review and Giveaway!!

I'm so honored to be doing a review for Show Me a Story by Emily K. Neuburger. Ms. Neuburger is a teacher and crafter who compiled over 40 activities into this book with the intent to spark kids' imaginations.

She couldn't have done a better job in choosing the activities. The projects are creative, inclusive and hands on. They encourage thinking, discussion and participation.

One of my favorite things about this book is that it encourages play as a way to spark imagination. I strongly believe that imagination is a stepping stone to good writing.

The book is divided into 4 sections: Story Starters, Story Evolution, Story Activities, and Story Play. They can be done consecutively or randomly. I started with the first section because it made sense for us to start with a simple, easy activity.

As a homeschool mom to a very creative 2nd grader, I never thought writing would be a challenge. Boy, was I wrong. This year started with a big roadblock called writing. My daughter simply refused to write.

When I was asked to review Show Me a Story, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to try something new, something different. And I could put this book to the test with a real life challenge.

We started with story disks. I made them with card stock instead of wood and it worked just fine. We used to pictures on the disks to create all kinds of stories; silly ones, funny ones, realistic ones.

As we got more comfortable with the book, I decided to jump around and try different activities. We tried writing simple things, like a list of favorite toys, coming up with and writing down the toys character traits, and more.

Now that the focus has shifted from the mechanical aspect of writing to creativity, the roadblock is gone. No more tears!!

Emily Neuburger is graciously offering one lucky Adventures of a Homeschool Mom reader a copy of her book. US residents only please!

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Happy Homeschooling Adventures!


  1. I would love to share this book with my five year old son, or my 6 year old nephew both would love it for Christmas! Thanks!

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  2. I would love to win this for my daughter when she gets older. She is having a very tough start at life. She is only 2 months old and she has been in the NICU since she was born. She has to have surgery in two weeks because she has a condition. I think this would be nice to be able to give her and do with her when she is old enough. :)

  3. I would like this for my children!

  4. This would be great for my granddaughter who is homeschooled.
    pkildow at gmail dot com

  5. I am a literacy professor - this sounds like a great resource to share with my students!

  6. I am always looking for new projects for my kids & getting them to tell stories (our problem right now is saying them outloud)

  7. I would like to win this book because I homeschool my son and it would be very useful.

  8. this would be great for my niece

  9. My boys LOVE to make crafts and we also like to make things as gifts. I think this would be a great book to get some wonderful ideas out of.

  10. I would love to have this for my daughters!

  11. I place a high value on reading and would love to do some craft projects that would help her start storytelling. It would be her beginning writing crafts. :-)

  12. I am always looking for ways to be more creative with my boys. This book looks wonderful!

  13. I want to win this for my daughters birthday in Dec! She would have a lot of fun with this

  14. My daughter would love this. I would love this for her but would also love to use with my therapy kids (I'm a pediatric SLP).

  15. would love to share this with my nephew