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Gary Nelson (garymnelson) | 3 comments The Ultimate Tree House Project

Best friends Ben, James, Tim & Tom find a huge tree in a forest near their school and begin to build the Ultimate Tree House. Things start with a bang, and get even worse when Ben's sister Amanda discovers them working on their secret tree house. Next thing they know, the girls are building their own - in the same tree - and it looks even better than the boy's! How are they doing it? What is their secret weapon?

After the accident, everything changes and the boys are forced to team up with the girls - as if that would ever work! This book introduces basic Project Management concepts to school age children through an entertaining, funny story and simple lessons taught to one of the children by her father who is (of course) a Project Manager. She applies what she has learned and suddenly the girls are leaping ahead of the boys who had "just started building" - without a plan.

Come join this unlikely band of tree house builders - four girls, four boys - as they end up working together to complete the Ultimate Tree House Project!

Ages 8-12

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Gary Nelson (garymnelson) | 3 comments How old do you have to be in order to become a Project Manager? 20? 30? 40?

...or 10?

Managing projects does not have to be tough. Managing projects can be fun, and not only that, managing projects is actually so simple that a child could do it. Of course, they may not be quite ready to tackle a multi-million dollar project, but I assure you that children can - and do - manage projects every day. The big difference between their projects and an adult's is scale and language.

Project Management concepts are actually not that hard to understand, but you do need to consider the language you use when teaching children and young adults. You would not use the same terminology with an adult as you would for a 5th grader, but you can convey the same important concepts at any age.

With the Project Kids Adventures series of books, the aim is to impart important life skills - like planning, estimating, scheduling and organizing - while having fun reading full-length chapter books.

With a fun story line and core characters that readers can readily identify with, the response from children, parents and teachers alike has been overwhelmingly positive.

We hope you enjoy reading and sharing these books as much as I enjoyed writing them, and Mathew enjoyed doing the artwork!

Have fun with your projects, and enjoy the story-based lessons.

Gary Nelson

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Gary Nelson (garymnelson) | 3 comments The Scariest Haunted House Project - Ever! (Project Kids Adventures #2)

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With the summer adventure in the Ultimate Tree House now a fading memory, Amanda is finding it hard to adjust to Middle School. New faces, new teachers, stuck in a different class than her friends - and if that was not bad enough, now she is a little kid again. How much more of this could she take?

Meanwhile, Ben is on top of the world and enjoying school with his friends. His sister is in a different school and finally out of his hair - life was great!

All of this changes when a surprise announcement brings the Project Kids back together in a two-school competition to build the best Halloween display. Armed with Vampires, Goblins, Zombies, Ghosts and the lessons they learned on their previous adventure, it seems like there is no way they can lose!

This book builds on the Project Management concepts learned in The Ultimate Tree House Project, with a few more key lessons to help them handle more complex projects. Forced to handle constant changes, near-disasters and an immovable deadline, it is going to take their very best to get their project completed on time.

Join the Project Kids as they embark on their bravest adventure yet to build the Scariest Haunted House Ever. The kids get started on the project and soon learn that it is not just Haunted Houses that can be scary!

Ages 8-12

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