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Weekend Links: Ways to Celebrate Screen-Free Week 2019!

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Are you planning on celebrating Screen-Free Week 2019?

Screen Free Week 2019

The thought of being “screen-free” or “unplugged” may strike fear into the hearts of most kids (and adults), but taking the time to put down devices and live in the moment is an exceptionally healthy way to live.

Over the years, we’ve watched the screen debate evolve as families choose between having a “screen-free” or a “screen-filled” home. Some technology is indeed needed to stay abreast of what is happening in the world and having access to the WWW for research and learning is an added bonus. But technology also tends to become the “electronic babysitter” for all ages of kids, robbing them of human connection and socializing.

ll of that is well and good until all this connectivity starts encroaching on our little domestic bubble.  It quickly dawned on parents that the conversation that was not being voiced was the one about balance.

That’s why I am always thrilled to be supporting and embracing going “screen free” for a week in order remind all of us all how important it is to stay grounded and present while discovering what “technology balance” is best for our homes and lives.

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Celebrating Screen-Free Week 2019

“With so much free time spent on screens, children are missing out on the joys of such offline activities such as reading, gardening, exercising, exploring, volunteering, crafting, and so much more….” Rinny Yourman, Outreach Coordinator for Screen-Free Week. Read Rinny’s guest post on Screen-Free Week HERE.

We couldn’t agree more with Rinny and that’s one of the many reasons that A Year in the Secret Garden by Valarie Budayr and Marilyn Scott-Waters is such a hit with parents and kids alike. This gorgeous book was created as a way to bring the kids’ classic tale, Secret Garden, to life in a modern way. This book contains the things Rinny spoke of (offline activities such as reading, gardening, exploring, crafting)  along with cooking and even a little history! Here is one of the many wonderful activity and book review blog posts we’ve done on A Year in the Secret Garden and you can see there are many more ways to delve into this robust book!

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Get Busy with Crafts and Activities!
Shannon Philpott-Sanders has created and written a wonderful book called Screen-Free FUN that is filled with over 400 activities and this activity guide is a guarantee for a fun-filled week of No Screens.
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Go on a field trip! 

25 Mini Adventures in the Library from Mama Scout is really fun and your kids will learn a lot about where things are in your local library.

Have a Read-A-Thon in your home or classroom!

It’s not hard to find great book ideas for a Read-A-Thon adventure. One tactic would be to search Pinterest for {fill in the blank} booklists and watch the treasure trove of books ideas fill your screen. Here are some of our more popular booklists on JIAB:

5 Kidlit Books that Help us Appreciate HOME

The “Like Percy Jackson” Booklist for Middle Readers

15 Coding Books for Inquisitive Young Minds

Beautiful Picture Books that Address the Effects of Deforestation on Animals

What will YOU do to be Screen-Free?

A Year in the Secret Garden

As parents, we want/need quality books with extension activities to help our young ones unplug and create memories. Pulling books from shelves, and stories from pages is also an important act that will the habit of being life-long readers. Quality books with companion book extension activities are not only working to create special family time, it allows kids to solve the world’s problems without major consequences. A Year in the Secret Garden is just such a book.

This delightful children’s book that is co-written by Marilyn Scott-Waters and Valarie Budyar and it offers original month-by-month activities that allow readers to delve deeper into the classic children’s tale, The Secret Garden.

A Year in the Secret Garden

Within the 120 pages (with 150 original color illustrations and 48 activities)families will find many activities inspired by The Secret Garden that encourages them to step away from technology and enjoy getting hands and feet into the black earth of a family garden. This book will make a great gift and be the catalyst of many hours of family growth, learning and FUN!
A Year in the Secret Garden

Grab your copy ASAP and “meet me in the garden!” More details HERE!