We are excited to offer a unique program that is a combination of some of our own favorite summer pastimes – a recipe for an uncommon summer experience!

  • Start with a Summer Book Club
  • Combine it with Pen Pals from across the country, except that they’re on Zoom!
  • Add a little Movement to Music
  • Receive a few surprise packages shipped to your door with fun “Do-It Activities”
  • Add a dash of social skills learning

And you have a delightfully fun Summer Virtual Joy Circles Program.

Children entering 4th, 5th, or 6th grades can participate in an imaginative journey across the country without leaving home as they connect with new friends in other cities and states. We have selected a central time of Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:00-5:00 CDT so that American children in any time zone can participate even if they log in from a child care location. All they need is access to a computer with a camera and the internet. All else will be shipped directly to their home. There will be 12 sessions offered over a 6-week period starting June 25th.

Together, the Joy Circles groups will read an award-winning novel by Jewell Parker Rhodes, Towers Falling, about a fifth grader named Deja starting at a new school. She learns to navigate the challenges of being different than her classmates. Her class explores what happened on September 11, 2001 and Deja discovers that the events of that day had a great significance for her family and for her country. The book is rich with contemporary topics for discussion. “Models for Life” will be introduced in conjuction with the reading. The synergy created by the combination of these activities is why the program is called a Reading Empowerment Program.

A parent orientation session will be offered on Thursday, June 20th, 6:00 p.m. CDT online so that parents can understand the format of the program and have an oportunity to have all of their questions answered. The fee for the 6-week program is $225, however, for those registering prior to June 1st, an early-bird rate of $179 applies. Registration may be accomplished at https://bit.ly/VirtualJoyCircles

Sessions will be facilitated by Joy Circles program creator Barbara Thomason. Individuals with questions my email bthomason@joy-circles.com