A mission statement
Earl H. Roberts
BooksForChildren Dot Club officially began opening its doors on 10 July in 2016 CE.. and now has 325 more books already being lined up for club members. “The Tooth Fairy Has A Problem” is a PDF book available right now for free download to family computers and mobile devices from http://booksforchildren.club/children/
There are all kinds of motives out there for writing a book or singing a song. Hope, love, revenge, and many others, but I have been watching the posts made within our excited discussions in the Children’s Book Writers group, and I think the highest preponderance of the motives in our group of dedicated book authors is love.
I believe that there within our group our special, most unifying motive is also love. It might take first, or second or third place in each author or illustrator, but I believe each one of these great authors has love somewhere high in the ranking of their motives for trying to write great books for our children, for our nation.
One thing I know: Motives Really Matter in the creation of art. It controls the shape, it marshals the choices we make and it is the grit that polishes the final product we deliver unto the world.
When love is a big point of our overriding motive for doing anything in life I believe that good things will happen all around us.
Russell T. Osguthorpe asked the rhetorical question, what if our only motive was love? I believe that is a good question to ask ourselves every time we take up our tools to work on, read or enjoy our next book from BooksForChildren.club
On LinkedIn members one author eloquently declared himself of the opinion that writers (and authors) should write well ANYTIME they begin to write ANYTHING. Here is a small portion of Phil Silver’s poetic declaration:
Far too often in this group of authors, I have seen posts with misspelled words, missing or inappropriate punctuation, and abbreviated words such as “btw” “lol”. That’s just flat out unprofessional. It shows a complete lack of caring and laziness as a writer.
Writers need to be professional whenever they write. Everything you write should be edited as closely as you would have your book edited… no misspellings, punctuation errors, or abbreviations. If you post a request for the group to read your newly released book, and your posting has been obviously dashed out and sent without proofing and editing, and contains many errors, you’ve lost me as a potential reader/buyer. If you can’t write a proper post, why should I expect your book to be any different? Do your due diligence; post a clean post, and let’s keep Children’s Book Writers as a group of, and for, professional writers.
That is the end of almost a quote. So far all those from our 4,647 member group who have responded, have seconded his motion and they have liberally embellished it.
My esteemed colleague, Mary Arete Moodey, of MarMooWorks.com fame went so far as to write: “putting your best foot forward”; in fact, that is the message I told all my writing students, be they in third grade or college seniors.
Mary’s reality check: hard core proofing requires that writers read their work backwards and have at least three objective outside sources comb through the work. (Friends and family don’t count.)
She continues: I “proof” every post I write and cringe when I find errors, after I’ve hit “send.” Does it mean I don’t care? Absolutely not. I’m sure, after you read through your post, you’ll understand the feeling.
A very high ratio of My LinkedIn group either are, or were TEACHERS. My mission call for running my LinkedIn group and guiding this club is to teach young children that True education BEGINS with and ends with learning how to learn. To be more specific, true education starts when the student learns how they learn best.
There are those who say the best way to learn how to swim is to be thrown into a pool of water and flounder around until you sink or swim. Even if this is the method you learn best in you might agree it is best not to be thrown off an ocean liner in dark of night for your first lesson. And if you have dreams of Olympic Gold you might choose an even better course for learning how to swim.
Our world is bigger and better than it was just 6 decades ago. Most of us here have long ago learned how to read and many of us with dreams of making a difference in the world have even learned how to fashion a story from the pool of words thrown carelessly around them — rather like the man thrown in a pool of water has learned how to flounder about successfully. My mission statement must include the belief that the words we decide to use for thinking with are the most important tool of education we can employ. As Neil Armstrong once pointed out, he had spent decades cramming for the test no one could teach a course for. In short, he and his partner in space had to be ready for anything.
Perhaps we have little choice which language our tongue first clutches as a life saver but all of us have the option of how proficient we shall become in the use of that language. Well-written books can be a power tool in learning how our language can dissolve or resolve some of the problems we might someday face ourselves. Personally, I want to write and distribute the best books I can produce; Professionally I want to introduce YOU to some of the best books available that will entertain, entertrain and assist children in learning to learn. Secondarily I wish to assist parents in finding and using the best books available that will help them learn and then teach their children how to learn.
My colleague, Mary Arete Moodey, has told me that the easiest way for young children to learn anything is to introduce it, through motion, to them.
After many years of teaching Mary can mesmerize large audiences of young children through motion and the invitation to get out on the dance floor or gymnasium floor to perform the validity of what they are learning, through their own kind of motion. I have watched these phenomena with open-jawed amazement! Most of her books have similar impacts.
As is the case with all great teachers, Mary also applies a stricter side to the learning process. “You must hold yourself to a higher standard, a regime of hard work and esteemed excellence.” Or, as she told her own children “I never clipped your wings.”
Kumbi Johnson, the poet Queen Mother of my group on LinkedIn insists that Play is the work a child employs for learning and it teaches longer than any other classroom. Poetry is a play on words, Learn how to play.
“PLAY IS SERIOUS BUSINESS – Children learn through play. Whether playing with a toy or running around. She then asks this riddle. Q. How do you know carrots are good for your eyes?. A. Because you never see rabbits wearing glasses !”
“The play must go on!”
When school is out no more tests loom in your future. That feels like a happy day at first, but there is one exam ahead. That exam is the course called life.
Elder James E Faust points out that we came to this earth to learn for an eternity. Books can be a significant portion of your continuing education.
So here are the steps I believe necessary to learning for life.
- First, learn how to learn.
- Second, hold yourself to a higher performance of excellence.
- Third, put your thoughts into action because this will trigger the memory and imagination which will set your learning process free.
- Fourth, define why you are learning. This will help you to set yourself on a course of learning that will constantly improve your preparation for life.
- Fifth, pray always. Joe Louis said one time that having money in your pocket makes you feel better even if you don’t like the stuff. Prayer works even better than that because there really is a God and he does love you.
- Sixth, peer ahead as best you can and search for future opportunities where you can put your learning to use serving others.
James E Faust told us that no halfway education will ever suffice (the true learner)
The running mission statement of our club is to find and deliver thoughtful, wonderful, and terrific books that can make a meaningful impact on our young minds. We shall not be limited to the output of our current member authors or even insist that selections be made from the newest books; our first criteria is excellence.
We are looking for books that will start the child out with a basic set of tools that will never wear out in the game of life and could play a pivotal, fundamental part of learning how to think through the brain and the mind, and then also learn how to reason with the intelligence our hearts can deliver..
Our brain can acquaint us with physical truth and power. How to run, make music, and train our muscles for work or play are examples of this. .
Using our mind examples might include math, logic, persuasion, art, writing, poetry, inventions, etc..
These are not separate disciplines; they are separated only by man-made distinctions. Different problems require different approaches; some problems are so important they require an investigation verified by all three disciplines at once or more stages of the final resolution.
By the same token we acquire information about the world we live in through the overlapping modalities of Taste, hearing, sight, tactile impressions, smell and other stimuli. Pain has a score of faces and teach physical appreciation and may spin off spiritual concentration. Hunches may be welcomed as a godsend by some, scorned as worthless by others. Balance, cadence, patterns, acceleration, temperature, and labels that fall under the heading of proprioception and chemoreceptors.
There are some who would discount all of these last modalities as preposterous: “I don’t believe in anything I can’t see!”
“Oh? Let’s see now: You don’t believe in videos, electricity, computers, telephones, x-rays, and other such truck? Golly, don’t you realize the last 16 years have gradually pushed everything else off the shelf except those things that thrive on forces we can’t see or even understand!
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