New Feature: Beyond The Pages…a Blog Book Study!

Published on: August 5, 2015

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Today’s the big day!  We’re excited to announce our newest feature on the blog: Beyond The Pages. Beyond the Pages is an online blog book study.  This feature acknowledges the importance of reading books while taking you beyond the pages and creating group dialogue.  Stacie Goffin has charged those in early childhood education to “continue the conversation” and we believe that this is one method to do that.

Our first book this fall will be Rae Pica‘s What If Everybody Understood Child Development?  We highlighted her book on the blog last May.  You can learn even more about this book in Rae’s candid interview.  Find her online at Rae Pica’s Bam-Radio Facebook page and on Twitter @BodyMindChild #AskingWhatIf . What If Book Study Marketing Pic

We’re also pleased to announce that we have an amazing lineup of early childhood experts (see below) to assist in leading the conversation around this book!  In the coming weeks, the names of those participating as content experts will be announced.  We realize that some of you may be new to the idea of an online book study.  Don’t worry…there are no pre-reqs for participation. Everyone is welcome!


  1. How does this study work?
    Order your book right away as this study begins on Aug. 31st, 2015!  Please note that this study is organized around topic chunks, rather than chronological order.  Follow along and read with us by using our Book Study Timeline (below). You may check in at your convenience each week. If you have the chapters read by the week of release, you can fully participate and join in the conversation. We’d love to have your voice added!  Because this is an online study, the commentary will be available at a later date should you get behind.  Please note that the Access The Author feature is only guaranteed during the live book study dates.  Visit our Blog, Twitter, and/or Facebook each week (Aug. 31-Dec. 7) for inside access and additional commentary about the book chapter(s). JOIN this event!
  2. How do I get the book?
    *You could order direct from the publisher- Corwin. Receive a 10% discount by using the code ECE and ordering directly through Matt Minney at Corwin Press. or #1.800.831.6640 ext 7278. This discount offer is good through Aug. 31st, 2015.
    *RedLeafPress (here in MN) has it available for online ordering.
    *You can also find it on Amazon.
  3. How do I access the blog book study?
    You may access our book study a few different ways:
    Visit our Blog– and subscribe (upper right-hand corner)
    Like on Facebook–
    Follow on Twitter–
    *On this page, see below. To learn about the experts, click on their names below. To read the expert commentary for a specified week, click on the Chapter titles.
  4. Do I need to register?
    Simply follow along each week to access the new discussions about the book, unless you are a MN participant and are seeking a certificate for training hours.
  5. Is there a fee?
    No fees except the cost of the book. (Approx. $24)
  6. Can I participate?
    Absolutely!  You may participate a few different ways: read the book, follow along with the study, share on social media, post chapter comments on our blog and/or Facebook page, and/or blog your responses to chapter topics on your blog and link back to our expert commentaries. Twitter hashtag #BeyondThePages
  7. What is Ask the Author?
    The author of this book, Rae Pica, has generously agreed to follow along and participate in our blog study by answering questions from participants!  How cool is that?! #AskAuthor
  8. What if I miss the LIVE study? Can I still participate?
    Yes- Absolutely! This book study will be available online afterwards. This allows you to join and begin at any time. Decide on a pace that works for you. Read the  assigned chapters for each session and then click on the chapters below to access the expert commentary. Be sure to still comment on the blog so we can all be part of your conversation as well!

Book Study Timeline
(click on chapter(s) or name below to access that content)

4 Responses to New Feature: Beyond The Pages…a Blog Book Study!

  1. Shawn says:

    I don’t really understand how this works. Is the conversation online? In writing or a webinar style? Does it happen at a particular time on the dates you list above?

  2. Dawn Braa says:

    Great questions Shawn! Thanks for asking. Each week (per the timeline) content experts will provide commentary here on this blog regarding the book topics. Blog posts are also shared on our Twitter and Facebook pages. Participants are able to provide insights/ideas/thoughts/etc. by commenting on each blog post (as you just did here), by commenting on the post through our Facebook page, by replying to the tweet on Twitter, or by blogging about it on their blog and linking back to us. Yes, there may be different conversations happening through the varied social media sites, but we want to be somewhat inclusive to the sites people prefer. If you only use one, you can participate there. If you happen to use all three, then you’ll have access to all the conversations if desired. The beauty of having these discussions in this format is that participants will have the entire week to respond and participate in the conversation at their convenience. In fact, conversations can continue on afterwards and we hope they do! Hopefully that provided some clarity…

  3. Jane says:

    I am looking forward to learning and participating.

  4. Lynda Smith says:

    Chapters 1,2,7
    Children need to be children, but also need to be taught the basics. Some may need more encouragement than others. With educational toys, games and interaction with other children they will learn the various skills.

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