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Personal Space Camp [Paperback]

Julia Cook , Carrie Hartman
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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: National Center for Youth Issues (Jun 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931636877
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931636872
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 22.9 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 227,456 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Personal Space Camp 28 Feb 2014
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I love this book! I used it over a couple of days at school, implementing three suggested activities to reinforce personal space. The kids made their own space mats for the carpet and my favourite was the walking rope, where I tied bits of coloured wool to a long rope to practice walking in a straight line up in the corridors as well as lining up in the classroom. Did get a few strange faces from other teachers as we walked up and down the corridor, but the book/activity definitely made a difference to the children's understanding. I have now bought about half of Julia Cook's books. Beware that as an American counsellor/writer the book does contain some Americanisms, so best shared with a class, rather than children reading the text directly.
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By Kerry M
I love this book. I work with young children who often have problems with Personal Space and this book is a regular part of the therapy plan. There is a workbook that goes with it that is also. I love the pictures and the story, but most of all I love Lewis. Great book, great resource and one of my favourites.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny book on serious topic 21 Nov 2007
By James Guilford - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is great for those k-3rd grade kids who don't seem to understand that not everyone wants them in their face. Lois goes about his day crashing into people (flying through space) and is told he would have to go to Personal Space Camp. He is all excited because he imagines that he'll be flying rockets or getting to eat astronaut's ice cream. When he sees hoola hoops on the floor, he is confused... I love the gray pictures of Lois's imagination and how he views his world (or more appropriately, his out-of-this-world) experiences. At the end he finally realizes that he had misunderstood what others had been saying all along. The humor is just what this topic needs and it allows the kids to grow without being embarrassed.
33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review from Books That Heal Kids 23 Jun 2010
By Books That Heal Kids - Published on Amazon.com
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Julia Cook's books are an absolute hit with our students. I was ecstatic when I found Personal Space Camp. I'd already been using My Mouth Is A Volcano to reinforce school skills like raising your hand and waiting your turn to talk. But what about when kids are in each others space during 'carpet time' or pushing and shoving in the cafeteria line? These behaviors can make instruction difficult and cause a lot of teacher angst. I don't know how many times I've had to say, 'Please, keep your hands to yourself.' Personal Space Camp is a life saver book. Angst will be decreased!

Okay, so in defense of the kids - developmentally it's really difficult to sometimes be in control of yourself. Kids need to move and wiggle around. However, they need extra guidance building awareness of themselves and those around them before the wiggling offends another student. When there are 20 some bodies in a classroom - we have to learn to work and live together. And newsflash - negative reinforcement doesn't build awareness - it just makes kiddos feel bad. I use Personal Space Camp as a social awareness teaching tool because it makes kids feel GOOD about themselves. They love learning about the concept of personal space and how it can affect others positively and negatively. Most importantly, the story is engaging and Louis is a VERY likeable character. We also copy Louis and use the same strategies in the book. The kids love being jammed into a hula hoop and reflection gets those light bulbs flashing about personal space. And here is the best part, author Julia Cook wrote a supplementary activity and idea book!! Activities galore! I got my hands on it this Spring and started integrating the lessons in small groups. The main reason the guide rocks is because the activities provide cool visuals for the students. Yep, your lessons on personal space just got even MORE engaging! Educators, get this one on your shelf. When teaching classroom routines, make this part of your curriculum.
24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book! Great for kids who have "space" issues 16 April 2008
By Jennifer Hegerty - Published on Amazon.com
I use this book as a teaching tool in social groups to talk about personal space and respecting others space. The book gives great examples of what is personal space when sitting, standing, waiting in line, etc. I love the humor used by the author to help kids understand that not everyone gets it at first about space. The main character finally gets it at the end about his relationship to others and that he wasn't attending a planetary space camp! Great story!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Book about Personal Space! 29 Oct 2008
By Dana Lehman - Published on Amazon.com
I am a huge fan of Julia Cook! I have just recently discovered her books.

Louis has a problem with personal space, so he is sent to personal space camp. Louis thinks he is a space expert, outer space expert, so he is excited to go to space camp. It takes him awhile to realize that the principle is not talking about outer space. She is talking about personal space. The author gives examples that children can easily relate to about personal space.

Louis is a funny, and charmingly sweet character. I enjoyed the story as much as my children!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From Satellite to Sun 21 April 2009
By BeatleBangs1964 - Published on Amazon.com
This is an excellent book for young children, toddlers to early grades who need gentle guidance on respecting the personal space of others. Louis, the main character appears to have Asperger's Syndrome. His social skills are not up to speed and one of his biggest problems appears to be recognizing that invisible boundary that constitutes personal space.

Like a little satellite, Louis orbits around people; like a comet or meteor, he comes crashing down when his overtures are rejected. Louis is given an ultimatum - he will have to attend Personal Space Camp.

Instead of viewing this with trepidation, Louis is eager to attend because he figures he will be doing areo-space themed activities and enjoying space themed treats.

This is an excellent teaching tool to help kids learn where to stand when talking to somebody; how to wait on line and how to guage personal space based on the invidivual and the setting. The pictures, drawn based on Louis' image of Personal Space camp are funny and endearing. He is a lost space ship, who like John in "Captain Tommy" will need some guidance in being brought back into orbital alignment. It just goes to show you that children on the spectrum need not fear a lifetime sentence of being a satellite revolving around popular suns - everybody has a chance to be a Sun!

George Harrison's stellar 1969 classic "Here Comes the Sun" is the soundtrack for this book. This is an excellent companion book to Captain Tommy
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