Send your kids to the ISLAND OF THE BLUE DOLPHINS!

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 Island of the Blue Dolphins

by Scott O’Dell


August 13, 2020 –  Ages 7-13 – Limited Availability
Register your child for this workshop, or teach it yourself with our guide and supplies!

Left alone for years on an island, waiting to be rescued and reunited with her people, a young girl learns how to survive on her own—building shelters, fighting off the wild dogs, and seeking food.  But Island of the Blue Dolphins is not about hardship or abandonment — it’s about the discoveries Karana makes only because she is on her own. This empowering book, written with respect, care, and skill by a man who knew her island well, is based on the true story of Juana Maria, the Lone Woman of San Nicolas Island.

We’ll teach this great book to your kids in our fun, experiential workshop!

It’s like a field trip to Island of the Blue Dolphins!

We’ll spend three sensory, creative hours doing what the characters and author did,  and learning all kinds of valuable lessons from them!  Kids have a blast opening their LitWits Kits boxes in class, removing each item step by step in a “slow reveal,” as we talk, work, and play our way through the story’s narrative arc.

In this workshop on Island of the Blue Dolphins, kids can feast at Karana’s table, paint her stories on sandpaper stone, learn about the real Lone Woman who inspired the author, pick up some “Island” vocabulary, set green stars on black felt skies over silky ribbon seas, pick up some astronomy facts, identify strained metaphors, and so much more!!


The Details

Ages:  7-13

When: Thursday, August 13 – your choice of AM (9am-12pm PST) or PM (1pm-4pm PST)

Format:  We’ll do this on Zoom, which has been working GREAT so far! Trust us, those three hours just–well, zoom by.  And yes the kids will get to stretch, and do some things away from the screen.  Our meetings are password-protected, and we’ve taken precautions to prevent intrusions.

Prep:  None!  About 10 days prior, we’ll ship a LitWits Kit (a box containing the book and workshop supplies) to each registered child; all s/he needs to do is read the book (or listen to it). The confirmation email will include the Zoom link and other details.

Cost:  $65 for one child, or $55 if you’re registering more than one in the same session. Cost includes a LitWits Kit of everything needed for your child to participate. The box will contain:

  • the book (unpack this, then set the box aside until the workshop)
  • a personalized note to your child
  • narrative arc and creative writing worksheets
  • a book-related, nut-free snack
  • all project materials and supplies except the most basic (like crayons and scissors)
  • anything else we decide to add at the last minute!

Cancellation Policy: If you cancel at least 30 days before the workshop, we’ll be happy to issue a full refund. Within 30 days we’ll refund 50%, as we’ve incurred per-child costs by then. Unfortunately, we can no longer offer makeups.

ISLAND OF THE BLUE DOLPHINS by Scott O'Dell - LitWits Workshops

. . . OR you can teach it yourself, with our LitWits Kit supplies and Explorer’s Guide!

Want to TIY? We’ll make it easy and fun!

The same LitWits Kits of supplies and materials that we send to our workshop kids can be purchased for $39 each, including first class shipping and handling. Your LitWits Kit(s) will ship no later than August 3rd; please note that kit orders are nonrefundable. Once we’ve finished teaching, we’ll send you our fine-tuned, kid-tested workshop agenda.

Besides your LitWits Kit(s),  you’ll get FREE access to The LitWits Explorer’s Guide for Island of the Blue Dolphins, an $18 value. It’s a private web page packed with everything we did in our live workshop for this book, before the virus sent us online.  There are a few things in there we can’t do via Zoom, but you can do them at home.  The guide (which includes a printable version) will give you more fun activity ideas, worksheets, discussion starters, prop suggestions, and links to audiovisual and learning resources.  We’ll also invite you to a day-after-the-workshop live Q&A on Zoom.

If you enjoy gathering your own supplies (we sure do!) or are keeping an eye on costs (we sure are!) you can just buy access to the guide, of course.


Option 1.  Register Your Child for the Workshop 

All supplies are included! Fill out the form below, and click REGISTER. Within 24 hours you’ll get a confirmation email with everything else you need to know.  This workshop is nonrefundable.

Option 2.  Order TIY Supplies

Fill out the form below, and click ORDER.  Within 24 hours you’ll get a confirmation email with more information and your coupon code.  This order is nonrefundable.