There are two pages of "Sharing Shy Mama's Halloween with Children--Suggestions for Parents and Teachers" at the back of the book (Moving to a New Home, Thinking About Anya's Life, Thinking About Your Life, Halloween and Other Traditions). The judges in the Teachers' Choice Awards gave these ideas for how to use the book:
-- "I would use this product during my lessons on immigration to the United States. I would show that holidays in America are not always celebrated in other countries."
-- "My class had a discussion of the differences among people and the possible reasons for these differences. This discussion led to where and how people live. I extended the discussion by posing the questions of life in other countries. When Russia was named we located it on the globe completed a K-W-L chart and read the story Shy Mama's Halloween."
-- "I would use it as a read aloud and use the guide for writing prompts.
-- "We read it and discussed it as things people find frightening and new experiences."
-- "We will use it as a thematic unit on Halloween."
-- "In an immigrant unit, with the idea of wanting to enjoy life as a child and celebrate special holidays, which makes for a wonderful study apart from the October/Halloween time."
-- The book has wonderful insights to use with students to have them think about moving and the many feelings associated with a new move to a new country or even to a new town."
Teachers comment on the book
Expanding on SHY MAMA with Students
Shy Mama's Mini Pumpkin Pies
Make SHY MAMA'S MINI PUMPKIN PIES. A fun and easy recipe kids can do with minimal supervision.
Click here for the recipe.
Click here to view a coloring page for printing.
Click here to view a printable page of Shy Mama's Halloween bookmarks
Shy Mama's Halloween Activity Sheet
Do you or your students need more author info? Check out the Author Bio and a three-page Spotlight on Anne Broyles.
Shy Mama's Halloween Kids page
Visit the Kids page for games and other ideas!