Monday, September 5, 2016

Teaching kids that they have choices!

We've all had bad days--you know the ones...flat tire in the rain, everyone getting on your nerves, you spill your coffee that you've been waiting for all morning, etc...  Well everyone has bad days-- even superheroes!

I LOVE this book- Even Superheroes Have Bad Days by Shelly Becker. What a great message to send to kids. It's hard for kids to express their emotions and what they're feeling, so we want them to understand that it's okay to have a bad day. We all have them--even superheroes. However, the tricky part is teaching kids to control their emotions when they're having a bad day and might be upset.  That's where this book does an amazing job.

Yeah--superheroes could throw trucks and buses across several states, they could use laser eyes to ignite forest fires, or maybe even knock over buildings like towers of blocks when they're upset. But they don't. I know in my class, I'm constantly teaching my students that they have choices. By using this book, we can remind them that superheroes have choices, too. Even though they could choose destruction (just like we could), they don't. Instead, they find other ways to acknowledge their emotions and wait to calm down. Maybe, perhaps this will remind our students to do the same and they'll be able to channel their inner superhero!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

The Color Monster A Pop-Up Book of Feelings

Hello friends! It's been way too long for me to post a book review- I know! Let's just say that life gets in the way sometimes--you know things like grad school, teaching your first year of kindergarten and still raising two kids. Phew. Nonetheless, it's summertime and it's time to slow down with a good book! I have a lot of summer reads to tackle and I've also been planning ahead for another year of kindergarten. That's when I stumbled upon The Color Monster: A Pop-Up Book of Feelings by Anna Llenas.

I can't wait to read this to my kinders! It not only covers colors, but also feelings! And you all know we want those little ones to get better at expressing their emotions and using their words. First off, the engineering for The Color Monster is fantastic! I mean, who doesn't love a good pop-up book? This one's full of monsters, bottled-up emotions, and even rain! Young readers will love the visuals. As for the story, a little girl introduces us to her friend the color monster and explains that he's feeling all mixed up. That's when she teaches him to separate his feelings--yellow (happiness), blue (sadness), red (anger), black (fear), and green (calm).  But in the end, there's one feeling left over--pink (love). The Color Monster provides a great opportunity to have young readers connect to the story by asking them which color they relate to; to discuss colors; and to also talk about feelings. And any chance you can throw in a monster, the better!