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By Lindsey O'Connell
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About this project

As a stay at home mom and former kindergarten teacher, I am always being asked these two questions: What does my child need to know to be prepared for kindergarten? How do I get my child motivated to learn those skills? My Owl Pal is the answer... It's the Elf on a Shelf for LEARNING!

I started by creating the story of My Owl Pal.  The story tells about Jack and Mary Kate, a brother and sister who found an owl perched on a book in their home.  From the book, they learned of a magical forest full of knowledge.  The wise owls from this forest are looking for boys and girls who wish to learn.  The owls fly to their homes each day with a skill to work on and then return to the forest at night.  Jack and Mary Kate begin their learning adventure by taking the owl oath:  “I pledge to you, my dear owl pal, to always do my best, to learn each thing that you will bring, while during the day you rest.”

The product is designed for anyone wishing to help young children learn foundational skills needed to be prepared for kindergarten:  parents, grandparents, preschool teachers, kindergarten teachers, homeschoolers, but most of all... KIDS!

In the end, our goal is to increase basic foundational skills in young learners and make that learning adventure FUN!

The funds raised via Kickstarter will be used to cover the costs of the first production run of 500 Owl Pal toys, as well as the development and production of the Owl Pal book and packaging.

Progress on the project is as follows:

-The concept and logo are complete

-The manuscript to the book is written

-Toy design and packaging process has begun

With the funds from Kickstarter, next steps are to:

-Complete illustrations

-Complete packaging

-Complete initial production run of 500 owls and books

-Ship product in time for summer break

Risks and challenges

This project is my heart and soul. With my background in Family Studies and Elementary Education/Special Education, I know that this will be a fantastic educational tool! For every step of the process in which I am not an expert, I have found one.

I do not expect any issues delivering our product to young learners everywhere!

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    YOU'RE A HOOT

    YOU'RE A HOOT: Every little bit counts and your dollar is a reminder that people are hooting for My Owl Pal!

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    YOU'RE A PAL

    YOU'RE A PAL: Receive a personalized email from the Owl Pal Team for your support. We will even share 3 fun activities for letter, number or shape recognition!

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    BOOK BUDDY

    BOOK BUDDY: Receive your very own copy of the My Owl Pal hardcover book, signed by the author!

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    OWL PAL PACKAGE

    OWL PAL PACKAGE: Receive 1 Owl Pal plush toy and a signed My Owl Pal hardcover book.

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    OWL PAL'S PAL

    OWL PAL'S PAL: Receive 1 Owl Pal plush toy and signed book AND have your name put in the book on the last page of the first edition of the book as an Owl Pal's Pal.

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    OWL PAL PLUS

    OWL PAL PLUS: Receive 1 Owl Pal plush toy and signed book, have your name on the last page of the first edition of the book as an Owl Pal's Pal and get a My Owl Pal toddler t-shirt (pick size - 2T, 3T, 4T or 5T and color - gray, pink, or blue ).

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    OUTSTANDING OWL PAL

    OUSTANDING OWL PAL: Receive 1 Owl Pal plush toy and signed book, have your name on the last page of the first edition of the book as an Owl Pal's Pal and get TWO My Owl Pal toddler t-shirts (pick sizes - 2T, 3T, 4T or 5T and colors - gray, pink or blue ).

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    CUM LAUDE OWL PAL

    CUM LAUDE OWL PAL PACKAGE: Receive 1 Owl Pal plush toy and signed book, have your name on the last page of the first edition of the book as a CUM LAUDE PAL - quite the distinction! Get TWO My Owl Pal Toddler t-shirts (pick sizes - 2T, 3T, 4T, of 5T and colors - gray, pink or blue) AND an adult size t-shirt (pick sizes S, M, L, XL - and colors - gray, pink or blue ).

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    MAGNA CUM LAUDE OWL PAL

    MAGNA CUM LAUDE OWL PAL PACKAGE: Receive 5 plush toys and signed books delivered to your doorstep. Also have your name on the last page of the first edition of the book as a MAGNA CUM LAUDE PAL - with great distinction!

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    SUMMA CUM LAUDE OWL PAL

    SUMMA CUM LAUDE OWL PAL PACKAGE: Receive 10 plush toys and signed books delivered to your doorstep. Also have your name on the last page of the first edition of the book as a MAGNA CUM LAUDE PAL - with highest distinction!

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    CINCINNATI ONLY - PARTY PACKAGE

    OWL PAL PARTY PACKAGE: Throw an Owl Pal party! Have the best birthday party in town or an epic playdate :) Receive 10 plush toys and signed books hand delivered by the author along with awesome owl decorations for the party. Plus have your name on the last page of the first edition of the book as a MAGNA CUM LAUDE PAL - with highest distinction!

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    KICKSTARTER ONLY - COLLECTOR'S EDITION

    COLLECTOR'S EDITION PACKAGE: Receive 10 plush toys and signed books delivered to your doorstep. Each plush toy owl will come with it's very own owl sized t-shirt personalized with the owl's name chosen by you! These are great as unique gifts for special toddlers. Your name will also be listed on the last page of the first edition of the book under MAGNA CUM LAUDE PAL, with a special star.

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    PERSONALIZED PAL

    PERSONALIZED PAL PACKAGE: Choose to have the likeness of two children, and their names, written into the My Owl Pal book. Also get 10 plush toys and signed books delivered to your doorstep. Lastly, your name will be listed on the last page of the first edition of the book under MAGNA CUM LAUDE PAL, with two special stars.

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    SCHOOL SPONSOR

    SCHOOL SPONSOR PACKAGE: This is for the education activist! The package includes 20 Owl Pal plush toys and books hand delivered by the author to the preschool/neighborhood/group of your choice within the United States. The author will not only do a private read aloud for the group, but will also do a workshop with parents.
    Lastly, your name will be listed on the last page of the first edition of the book under MAGNA CUM LAUDE PAL, with three special stars.

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