Beginning in March of 2020, Crafted Thought LLC will be offering various Buddy the Book® enrichment and special interest classes throughout the US. These classes are primarily being organized with city or town parks and recreation departments as tuition-based, special interest classes. We also plan to offer enrichment classes through school districts, private, and charter schools. Below are the details for the classes that we are offering.

Class Title: Buddy the Book® Workshop

Ages: 6-12

Class Type: Group class that includes writing, illustration, and arts & crafts activities

Length: In general, the Buddy the Book® Workshop is organized into a 4-Week session that meets once a week for a period of 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Description: The Buddy the Book® Workshop is a writing enrichment program for elementary-aged students. The class begins by introducing Buddy the Book® through a read-aloud of the children’s book, The Book That Wanted to be Read. After this, each student will imagine themselves or another individual as a book. Through the perspective of this “Book Character” (narrator), they will create an illustrated narrative, opinion, or informative text. This is all completed in a custom Story Booklet, which is printed in the shape of a Book Character like Buddy. The booklets, which the students get to keep, have legs, movable arms, and 10 internal pages to write and illustrate. After finalizing their illustrated texts, the students will finish the class by designing the covers of their Story Booklets to resemble the Book Characters that they developed. Additional curriculum material is provided to assist the students in each activity. You can learn more at www.buddythebook.com.

Objectives: Students of this class will gain an understanding of:

  • Narrative, opinion, and informative text types.
  • Techniques to generate and structure ideas, which are based on the text type that they are writing.
  • Ways to convert these preliminary ideas into a finalized, written text.
  • Methods to group their text onto pages and generate illustrations to visually represent that text.
  • Strategies for finalizing those illustrations and designing the cover of their Story Booklets.

Required Student Materials: Pencil, pen, notebook, and folder. Everything else is provided by Crafted Thought LLC, which includes the Story Booklet that each enrolled student gets to keep and bring home. Some classes may have a separate supply fee for this booklet, but that will not raise the overall price of the class from its normal amount.

Below are all of the classes that are either scheduled already, or are in the process of being scheduled. Registration information and scheduling will be added as soon as that is made available.

Arizona

  • Goodyear
    • Dates & Times:
      • Session A) TBD
    • Location: Goodyear Community Center (420 E Loma Linda Blvd, Goodyear, AZ 85338)
    • Instructor: Linda Hall (30+ years of teaching experience. Most recently taught at Litchfield Elementary School District for 12 years, which included 9 years at Mabel Padgett Elementary)
    • Registration: Goodyear class registration and enrollment at goodyearaz.gov/register. Search “Buddy the Book” to find the class. *You must pay the enrollment fee separately*
    • Enrollment: You can enroll for these classes today at https://buddythebook.com/product/goodyear-class-enrollment. It does not matter what order you enroll or register in, you just need to do both before the first day of class for the session that you enrolled in.
  • Mesa
    • Dates & Times:
      • Session A) TBD
    • Location: Red Mountain Multigenerational Center (7550 E Adobe St, Mesa, AZ 85207)
    • Instructor: Pam Clabaugh (15 years of teaching experience. Currently teaches 4th grade at Falcon Hill Elementary)
    • Registration: Mesa class registration at https://apm.activecommunities.com/mesaaz/. Search “Buddy the Book” to find the class. *You must pay the enrollment fee separately*
    • Enrollment: You can enroll for these classes today at https://buddythebook.com/product/mesa-class-enrollment/. It does not matter what order you enroll or register in, you just need to do both before the first day of class for the session that you enrolled in.
  • Queen Creek
    • Dates & Times:
      • Session A) TBD
    • Location: Queen Creek Library Recreation Annex (21802 S Ellsworth Rd, Queen Creek, AZ 85142)
    • Instructor: Krissy McLean (15 years of teaching experience. Currently teaches 3rd grade, among other roles, at Frances Brandon-Pickett Elementary School)
    • Registration & Enrollment: Queen Creek class registration and enrollment at https://apm.activecommunities.com/qcparksandrecreation/. Search “Buddy the Book” to find the class. Registration and enrollment is currently open.
    • Supply Fee: A supply fee is to be paid in person on the first day of classes IN CASH. More information can be found in the registration process.

If you have any questions, please reach out to me at isaac@craftedthought.com. Most of the information will be provided either on the registration portal or on the enrollment page on our website.