Instructor: We’re so proud and pleased to have Suzanne Andersen as our newest crew member on board the good ship LitWits! She’s a kindred spirit with a giant heart for kids, a passion for books, and an experiential teaching philosophy.
Suzanne’s been an Ocean Grove tutor for many years, and has extensive experience teaching children of all ages and capacities in loving, creative ways. Her training, knowledge, and abilities are matched by her extreme kindness, compassion, and patience. Suzanne is much beloved by all, and we know your littles will love her!
LittleWits ties in to the literature workshop we’re holding upstairs at the same time, for older kids. (Book list below, under Dates.) Of course, you don’t have to have older kids in our workshops to sign up for LittleWits, but if you do, the whole family can now have LitWits fun! Including you, because now you’ll have three whole hours to yourself!
In LittleWits, Miss Susie reads picture books that focus on the same setting, culture, themes, or character traits as the novel being workshopped upstairs. Between readings, she’ll lead creative activities and projects that help the stories stick in younger minds. And of course, throughout all that, she prompts conversations about the things that matter.
(Here’s an example of how Miss Susie connected an earlier LittleWits class to our literature workshop.)
LittleWits is so much fun, and so packed with teachable moments! We all know how important it is to read aloud to young children, and picture books offer such gentle, simple “ways in” to talking about feelings, ideas, and character. It’s especially rich ground for conversations about coping skills, kindness, and courage.
All this, and lifelong memories of wonderful picture books. Because our goal is the same as yours: to have your littles grow up to love great books!
Scroll down for the Schedule and Details.
Dates: The schedule is below; when you register, you’ll see all the session options. LittleWits is offered during our literature workshops (for kids 7+/10+, upstairs. The picture books chosen for LittleWits connect to the workshop books, so that siblings in both groups can share what they’ve learned with each other. (Of course, it’s not necessary to have a sibling in a workshop to register a child for LittleWits.)
Here’s the LittleWits schedule, along with the titles older kids will be workshopping upstairs.
Th Sep 5 AM and PM, Fr Sep 6 AM: picture books relating to A Single Shard (Linda Sue Park)
Th Oct 3 AM and PM, Fr Oct 4 AM: picture books relating to Caddie Woodlawn (Carol Ryrie Brink)
Th Oct 31 AM and PM, Fr Nov 1 AM: picture books relating to Homer Price (Robert McCloskey)
Th Nov 14 AM and PM, Fr Nov 15 AM: picture books relating to Gentle Ben (Walt Morey)
Th Dec 12 AM and PM, Fr Dec 13 AM and PM: picture books relating to The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe (C.S. Lewis)
Th Jan 23 AM and PM, Fr Jan 24 AM: picture books relating to Freedom Train: The Story of Harriet Tubman (Dorothy Sterling)
Th Feb 6 AM and PM, Fr Feb 7 AM: books relating to Snow Treasure (Marie McSwigan)
Th Mar 5 AM and PM, Fr Mar 6 AM: books relating to Along Came A Dog (Meindert DeJong)
Th Apr 16 AM and PM, Fr Apr 17 AM: books relating to The Boxcar Children No. 1 (Gertrude Chandler Warner)
Th May 14 AM and PM, Fr May 15 AM: books relating to Misty of Chincoteague (Marguerite Henry)
Please note that LittleWits is a drop-off class.
Cost: The cost of $70 includes a snack (cheese sticks and organic apples), all supplies, and all administrative fees. LitWits Workshops is an approved vendor for Ocean Grove Charter Schools. Charter school parents, please enter promo code CHARTER to register, then request a purchase order.
Cancellation Policy: If you need to cancel, please let us know 30 days before to get a refund or makeup. Within 30-7 days, you may re-register for another class using code MAKEUP (please remind us, in the Notes field, which class was missed). There are no refunds or makeups within 7 days except for illness or emergencies, as we pay our teachers based on registrations not attendance. Thank you for understanding!
The Idea Behind LittleWits: When parents show up to drop off their 7-12-year-olds for our literature workshops, they often have younger siblings in tow. Sometimes the family had to get up early to make a long drive, and the little ones are rubbing their eyes, but they’re excited. Almost every time, they’ve listened in as a parent read the book to their big brother or sister. Some will rush to our table to see what props we’ve brought straight out of the story, and to guess at what “BookBites” will be, or what meaningful thing we’ll make that a character made. As the parent is leaving and tugging the youngers away, we catch them looking over their shoulder with a wistful expression.
So with those younger siblings in mind–and the desire to give at least some parents a whole morning off–we launched LittleWits in the fall of 2019, for 4-6-year-olds. LittleWits is NOT just for siblings, but it’s held at the same time as our literature workshop for older kids, upstairs, and it centers around picture books related to the big-kid book. Those picture books might have the same setting, or the same themes, or the same emphasis on a certain character trait. Our beloved and experienced teacher, Susie Andersen, has chosen beautiful, thoughtful stories for ALL kids! But if LittleWitters do have siblings in the big-kid workshop, the whole family has lots more to talk about on the way home, or at dinner that night.