Explore New England, New York & The Capital Region
Explore New England, New York & The Capital Region
I’d like to expand the Explore Books series by adding three new travel activity titles based on the historical, Eastern United States!
I’d like to expand the Explore Books series by adding three new travel activity titles based on the historical, Eastern United States! Read more
About this project
About Explore Books
This activity book series takes a fun approach to teaching History, Geography, Social Studies, Language and Art by placing them into a ‘travel’ theme. Explore Books presents different cultures, places, events, landmarks and monuments as engaging, interactive activities for kids, ages 6-12. ‘Playful Learning’ is the key.
Great for road trips & airborne travel, kids can get familiar with Europe & Asia while on the go. Engaging the kids during the trip makes for a higher quality experience and will lead to more interesting conversation and interaction. These books are appropriate for the classroom or home-school, on-the-go towards your destination, and for time well spent unplugged.
Unique in execution, the activities bring out the essence of the content, so kids will step into the moment and absorb the material better.
I’ve recently added digital interaction, which brings the activities to life through the iBook format (Best viewed on iPad).
Kid tested & teacher approved
My proposal: To explore the USA’s East Coast
I would like to create the next three books in the series, exploring the rich history of the Eastern United States.
To become a teacher of something, I believe you need to have experienced it yourself. To achieve this, like all the other books of the series, I have researched the area and designated the most important places of interest. My proposal is to visit all these areas, in one trip, lasting twenty-seven days: 10 August to 05 September 2014.
Upon return, I will bring this newfound wealth of experience and local knowledge together to create:
- Explore New England - Beauty - From Mark Twain and Plymouth Rock, to Acadia National Park and the Appalachian Trail, these states steward early US and epitomise east coast culture.
- Explore New York State - Melting Pot - From world class museums and the Statue of Liberty, to the Baseball Hall of Fame and the Adirondacks, this state a vast and special world unto itself with Rip van Winkel and Sleepy Hollow, in the Hudson Valley, being yet one more additional aspect of New York that every child should be exposed to!
- Explore The Capital Region - Historic - The City of Brotherly Love and Civil War Gettysburg, these states are where the nation’s history was written. Washington D.C., is on the same stage as London and Beijing with what it has to offer. Add to that: Arlington, Mt. Vernon, Monticello, the Shenandoah Valley and Williamsburg and we will have captured the essence of America’s beginnings.
Each book will be between thirty-six and fourty-four pages and include:
- Travel Activities: Twenty-five to thirty pages filled with more than fifteen different types of cultural activities from dot-to-dot, language speak and write, mazes, drawing, memory games and more. (Most activity books only provide four or five different activities, disconnected from the subject)
- Teachers Guide: Small paragraphs of text explaining the history and origin of each activity is provided. Thus creating a deeper learning experience. History, Geography, Social Studies and fun facts are expanded on here. The book’s owner can also read this section as part of an assignment to fully understand the subject matter.
- Answers Section: Make sure you can get it right and test yourself in the process. Some activities have more than one right answer and originality is encouraged.
What are the costs?
Why I need your support
To get the needed content, I need to experience the many different places and local activities. This comes at a high price. Travelling through the states is expensive, and driving during the summer peak will influence cost even more. A rental car, hotels (hostels where available) and flights will be the major costs.
Yet the rewards will be endless, not only for children around the globe and the Explore series, but also for myself (I will have seen fourty-four states!) and those of you who enable and support this epic celebration of America.
And now, the Rewards!
The rewards come in many different shapes and sizes, check ‘em out:
A PERSONAL THANK YOU PRINTED IN EACH BOOK
A personal thank you in the back of each book will be printed and you will be legendary. Who will read your name? Where will it travel to? They will know one thing, your pretty cool! YEA
POSTCARDS FROM THE ROAD
They will be signed and sent off with a personal message, from a random destination on the trip. What will you get?! How fun! These will also have exclusive Explore Books stamps attached. How cool is that?
SIGNED BOOKS, HOT OFF THE PRESSES!
How does a signed copy of either one or all three of the books sound? Any collector will love to have this set in their collection. How many signed books do you have? Not enough. Grab three more right here! You’ll love them as a set.
PICS FROM THE ROAD - SIGNED!
The best photos from the trip will be posted in an album on the Explore Books Facebook fanpage. Choose the one you love the most, leave your pick in the Comments tab above, and I will sign the A3 (11x17") glossy print and send it directly to you! SWEET
NEW USA SKATEBOARD DESIGNS FROM THE TRIP - SIGNED!
I create skateboards based on countries I’ve visited from around the world. I have four available at the moment based on Southeast Asian designs, and USA can be next! Skateboard designs can be really cool, but signed boards, come on, that’s AWESOME! You won’t want to ride around on these boards, you’ll want to display them on your wall. Your cool factor would go through the roof! IMAGINE!
The newest designs to choose from will be posted in an album on the Explore Books Facebook fanpage. Take your pick, and tell me in the Comments tab above, and I will sign it and send it to you. That simple.
ONE-OF-A-KIND SKETCHES FROM THE ROAD
The sketches up for grabs will be posted in an album on the Explore Books Facebook fanpage. Take your pick, and tell me in the Comments tab above, and I will sign the back of it and send it to you. So easy.
CO-CREATE AN ACTIVITY WITH ME
If you’ve got a great idea for an activity, or want to have an extra special part of this process, then co-create an activity with me! We will be in direct contact before, during and after the trip. We will come together to bring about the activity that best represents the subject you have in mind and make it all it can be! We start with a general area and then do the on location research and communicate the findings. When back in the studio, we’ll create a unique together that will go into one of the books and you will have a credit in the book. NOW THATS COOL.
A PERSONAL VISIT
After this is all said and done, there’s going to be one last stop to make on the journey to this lucky backer. I will come with gifts aplenty from the road, signed rewards of your choice and with all the stories and fun tales and pictures to show from an outstanding journey through America. We will relive the best and worse of times and you will be amazed by the things that will have occurred. I can’t wait to share all this! Sounds like a great ’ol time to me! Let’s dance!
Risks and challenges
Challenge: Not feeling rushed. I’ve budgeted a flexible final departure ticket so the end of the trip can be extended (maximum 7 days) if needed, granting more flexibility if needed.
Challenge: Taking a wrong turn at Albuquerque. Rental cars in the US come equipped with GPS as does my smart phone, so I’m covered. If disaster strikes, I can always look up to the sun or navigate via the stars also, the way we did in Laos, so bring it on ;-)
Challenge: Accidents can happen. Much of the trip will take place through some very remote places and driving will be avoided in New York City, the subway system there will save significant capital, avoiding parking and car rental fees. Between the coverage for the rental car and travel insurance for myself and my belongings, there will be little to worry about.
Challenge: Road Fatigue. My body is built for long haul driving, hiking, museum tours and the like. For intense travel, I am tried and true, and get loads of energy from being in the air and on the road. :D
Challenge: Producing three books and reward delivery. This is the fun part. I am working on this project full-time, so this has 100% of my attention. I have been designing for more than a decade and working within this concept for most of that time.
I Produce. I’ve never missed a deadline in my design career.
I generally work twelve to fourteen hour days, depending on the workload, happily going about my creative day, achieving results with a smile.
I will provide progress reports, keeping you up to speed the entire way! With your investment and subsequent support, I know we will do it! Together with your feedback and encouragement, we will finish strong providing you and the kids the best quality books and rewards possible!
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