As parents, we want our children to be kind and understanding to all people. This includes people who may look, speak, or walk differently than a child expects. It is vital to introduce kids to the fact that everyone is different and books are a great tool to open the door for discussion.
Books allow children to put themselves in the character’s shoes. Once they empathize with the character, they may feel more comfortable to ask questions. Asking questions about things that make us different ARE okay. It helps children understand! Often children just want an honest, to the point answer and it clears up any confusion. After-all, underneath our differences, we are all people who want to be accepted by others.
Recently, my boys’ have asked a lot of questions about cultures that differ from ours. We have also worked through the curiosities of someone in a wheelchair, someone who is deaf, or someone who walks with the aid of braces. I am blown away by how simple it is for my children to ask questions, reply with a term of acceptance, and ask the child to play.
Because of this, I have been seeking out books that feature characters who posses qualities that aren’t expected. I just stumbled upon this fantastic list of books from Brightly featuring individuals who have autism . The list is geared towards tweens, but I feel that I could read many of these to my 5 and 6 year olds and explain the plot on their level.
Teaching our kiddos that being different does not equal being less is what will make the world a better place.
The closer we get to park weather, the longer these colder days feel. Are you looking for some fun activities to occupy your kids while we shake off the last of winter? Check out these great spring projects!
Holly from Kids Activities Blog shared this great spring inspired gak. Her blog includes the recipe for this parent approved, less messy, slime like material. I love the glitter green color!
This activity from The Imagination Tree goes over so well with inquisitive little minds. It is quite amazing how fast the bean plants grow. My children were surprised at the length of the roots.
We LOVE sidewalk chalk! My kiddos and I spend many days making towns, racetracks, hopscotch, and now the list can go on! A Girl and A Glue Gun shared fresh ideas and we can’t wait to begin a game of Twister.
Enjoy the warming weather, and as always, happy reading!
We love interactive books and so does our little friend, Annalise! Her mama was impressed by how quickly Annalise began to trace the letters just as the book shows.
This story has a lot to offer! In S is for Sofia, your kiddo will go on a journey through the alphabet with the royal and her friends. Children will be engaged before they even open the cover of this book because of the well-loved and recognizable main character. With over 100 flaps to explore, this book is sure to be a success for busy, little hands.
Learn more about S is for Sofia by visiting Disney’s publishing website. Happy reading!
We all know it takes a village to raise a child. A vital role in that village is that of an educator. Our children look up to the individuals the moment they lay eyes on them. Every single day educators change the world.
Dr. Belinda George made being a part of that village personal. Elementary students are told to read a book each night or to have someone read to them. This activity is crucial in instilling a love of reading in children. Dr. George took the responsibility into her own hands.
The Washington Post writes ‘“I don’t know if they are read to or not at home,” said Belinda George, 42, a first-year principal at Homer Drive Elementary in Beaumont, in Southeast Texas.’ Every Tuesday night, while donning her pajamas, Dr. George sits down in her living room and logs on to the school’s Facebook to go live with a story. She engages scholars of all ages by asking questions, using animated voices, and encouraging families to watch together.
Her live videos are a joy to watch. Dr. George’s love shines through her stories. Be sure to check it out!
“Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!”
It is Read Across America Day! We use this day to celebrate the joy of reading, and the magic we can find in books. We honor the work of Dr. Seuss who had brought us over 60 children’s books that are a mainstay in the book community. There are so many ways you can find fun in this day. Here are some of our favorites:
- A Night Owl Blog shared this adorable and EASY Cat in the Hat Party Hat. You likely have the supplies at home and this is a quick way to celebrate with your littles.
- Feed them Seuss style with these snack ideas from Inner Child Fun. We thought this cheestick and goldfish combo was a catch!
- Slime is a science project that is sure to be a hit. Check out this awesome Cat in the Hat Slime from Little Bins for Little Hands.
- Coloring pages provide entertainment for everyone. We loved these from Costume Supercenter Blog
End the day with a book, of course! What is your favorite from Dr. Seuss?
Hey there Monkey Subscribers, The Feet in the Gym by Teri Daniels may included in a box heading your way! This sweet, and funny story gives a behind the scenes look at one of the hardest jobs at a school.
Handy Bob needs to keep on his toes at the lively Lakeside School gym. He swings his mop and swabs with pride and flings soapy suds aside. This lovable school custodian is soon at his wits’ end, however, as bustling students trek dirt, grime, grit, and slime across his freshly mopped floor. But help is afoot! Without missing a beat, the children help clear the mess.
Find out more about The Feet in the Gym and Teri Daniels on Winslow Press’ website..
Valentine’s Day is almost here! Has your child decided what type of box they will make? If your children are anything like mine, they change their minds a hundred times before settling on an idea. It can be helpful to give them some inspiration. Here are some of our favorites:
The most important part is to have fun and let your kiddo’s creativity shine. Happy Valentine’s Day from Kids Reveal Book Box!
With all the pressures children are faced with and bullying, how do you educate your kiddos who to look up to? Of course we can lead by example. We can tell them who we look up to. We can teach them right from wrong, but is that enough? Do you know of peer role models for your children? Do you tell them what qualities they should look for in a role model?
Every family educates their children differently in this area. I like to show my boys which traits to look for in a peer leader. We talk about how actions make others feel but using flash cards that display an emotion. Their school teaches five habits that display personal responsibility as well as leadership skills. We reenact situational conflicts that require a reaction out of them. I want the best for my children in all aspects of the world, but above all else, I want them to be kind.
At ages five and six, their acceptance of all people is admirable. I want them to always hold on to that. This article from Roots of Action incredible. I believe it is timeless and for any age. The story gives examples of qualities to look for in a child role model, while allowing your kiddos to choose their own influences. Check it out!
Stay kind, and happy reading.
My children are quickly approaching 100 days of school. For little ones, this is an exciting accomplishment! 100 days of learning. 100 days of making friends. 100 days of a different environment, that now feels like home!
Our schools love to celebrate this day. Does your child’s school do anything to mark this day? My kiddos dress like they are 100 days old and they also bring 100 pieces of a small item to count. I like to see all the different ways schools make 100 days special.
At Kids Reveal Book Box, we love to give back. It inspires us when children do the same! Meet Jake and Max Klein. When these teens were denied volunteer opportunities because they were too young, they took matters into their own hands.
Jake and Max launched Kids That Do Good, an online database for children of any age to search for volunteer opportunities in their area. The search engine is user friendly and allows families to search by age, location, or interests. Kids That Do Good is growing every day and charities include everything from helping the homeless to launching a food drive to providing Thanksgiving meals for the needy and working with wildlife at animal rescue center.
The twins didn’t stop there. They added a teacher resource page which includes lesson plans, readings, and tools for educators to teach children why giving back is important and how to do it.
Motivated kids like this are changing the world! Great work Jack and Max.