Let’s Explore!

ADVENTURES WITH GRAMMY: LET’S EXPLORE is a proposed series of nonfiction books that will take grandparents and their grandchildren, toddlers to teens, on magnificent romps across the United States. Each book will answer three important questions every grandparent asks: How do I ensure a special place in my grandchild’s heart? Where can I take my grandchildren that is budget-friendly and fun for all of us? How do I ensure the good times we share will become long-lasting memories my grandchildren will cherish forever? The works in progress are Let’s Explore the Mid-Atlantic and Let’s Explore Virginia!

ADVENTURES AT GRAMMY CAMP is a proposed chapter book for elementary-age children. Grammy holds a week-long summer camp for her three grandchildren, 8- and 10-year-old siblings and their 7-year-old cousin who uses a wheelchair for mobility. The fun story line is educational and features the Adventures with Grammy plush animals

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What is in the Book?


Adventures with Grammy is a proposed series of fun, educational books that provide grandparents with specific destinations for day, weekend, and summer outings with their grandchildren. The adventures are a mix of hands-on, action-packed, contemplative and thrilling. The activities have many levels of complexity and capture the interests of grandparents and grandchildren from toddlers to teens.

Stealth Learning

Travel is “stealth” learning; when kids are having fun, they don’t realize they are learning! When children study in school the people and events associated with the places they visit, they will have the background knowledge necessary to understand the significance of the new knowledge they are acquiring. That’s how learning happens—prior knowledge plus new knowledge equals true learning!

Career Exploration

At a chocolate factory, grandson #2 announced he wants to be a chocolatier when he grows up. Until that visit, he didn’t know the word chocolatier, or that the career existed. After a visit to a video arcade, grandson #3 said when he grows up, he wants to work there. Grandson #1 replied, “You don’t want to work there; you want to own it.” Elementary school children are thinking about career options!

Skip-Gen Travel

“Skip-gen” trips, grandparents vacationing with their grandchildren and leaving mom and dad at home, is a fairly new trend happening worldwide. Whether a day trip, a weekend getaway, or a two-week excursion, grandparents and grandchildren are loving their time together! The key to an awesome time is picking the right combination of activities—activities all physically can perform and find enjoyable.

‘Travel is one of the greatest gifts grandparents can give their grandchildren. Well-planned travel makes that gift even greater, and Carolyn Berry does a lot of the homework for you in Adventures with Grammy: Let’s Explore Virginia!’

– Bill Lohmann, a columnist for the Richmond-Times Dispatch, and the author of Backroads & Byways of Virginia: Drives, Day Trips & Weekend Excursions