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      All Creatures Great and Small: Experiential Literature Workshop in Santa Cruz

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      March 21, 2014

      Friday   9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

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      All Creatures Great and Small: Experiential Literature Workshop


      Mar 20 or 21, 2014

      LitWits Workshops

      We can’t wait to bring this book to life! We'll explore the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and feel of this wonderful story through prop-based discussion and creative activities, including drama, art, writing, history, geography, science, and more!  (See for our gallery and more details.) When children learn with their senses, their enthusiasm and curiosity increase, and teachable moments abound.

      Note:  This book may be too mature for some children.  Please see the footnote* for an alternative Herriot book that still prepares kids for this workshop.

      About this book, from Goodreads: Whether struggling mightily to position a calf for birthing, or comforting a lonely old man whose beloved dog and only companion has died, Herriot's heartwarming and often hilarious stories of his first years as a country vet perfectly depict the wonderful relationship between man and animal-- and they intimately portray a man whose humor, compassion, and love of life are truly inspiring.. more 

      Workshop Details

      How it works:  Each four-hour LitWits workshop focuses on a single work of literature that the children have read before they arrive.  Heavily abridged and audio versions are perfectly acceptable! Though we encourage completion of the book before the workshop, it’s not necessary in order to enjoy our creative, immersive activities. 

      Ages:  We don’t have age restrictions – as a parent, you know best what your child is ready for, interested in, and capable of. Having said that, we find that ages 9-12 are almost always "ready to LitWit"!

      Time and Place: Workshops are held Thursday mornings from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on the campus of Vintage Faith Church at 350 Mission Street, Santa Cruz, upstairs in the Children & Youth Building.  The Abbey coffeehouse is right next door, if you’d like to jumpstart your four hours of free time!

      Cost for each 4-hour workshop: The cost of each workshop includes all supplies and snacks; children bring their own lunch. If you are registering one child, each workshop is $65.  If you are registering siblings for the same workshop, each workshop is $60/child. LitWits Workshops is an approved vendor for Ocean Grove Charter School. 

      Cancellation policy: We purchase materials several days in advance of each workshop, so please let us know as soon as possible if your child won’t be able to attend. We appreciate your consideration!

      *All Creatures Great and Small contains some 1930’s style British cursing and some pretty intense veterinary moments that might be a little much for your kids. As an alternative that would still prepare them for the James Herriot/LitWits experience, we’d like to recommend James Herriot's Treasury for Children. It’s full of time (and kid) tested animal stories without some of the roughness of All Creatures Great and Small. Either book (or any of his story collections) is fine to read in preparation for this workshop. We want your kids to really enjoy a peek into the very special place, way of life, and work ethic depicted in James Herriot’s writing.  So we’ll be focusing on the life of the author, the beautiful setting, and the work of veterinarians in general, rather than the narrative of one particular book.


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