Hi everyone! It’s Mandy (mother of 2 – a 5-year-old boy and a 1-year-old girl). I am blogging on Be the Difference, recapping some valuable tips from Empowering Kids With Character – The Show!
September’s theme is FAIRNESS and on the 26th, Maria talked about using books to explain this with children! You can watch the video here.
Maria shared that using children’s picture books to explain the difference between fairness and equality is a great tool! One of the books is Not Fair, Won’t Share by Sue Graves and is about children who don’t want to share. It talks about how to solve this problem without the teacher getting involved. What is FAIR? This book teaches children to problem-solve in the classroom setting.
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The second book is Cookies by Amy Rosenthal (which is actually the first book in a series). This book talks about many different character traits, using cookies as the main focal point. Patience (waiting for the cookies to bake), cooperation (working together), fair (I get a bite, you get a bite), and unfair (you get a bite and I get the rest) are just a few of the traits discussed.
Maria went on to talk about how important emotional intelligence is in our children. Reading these picture books to children will help them with their emotional intelligence because they can better IDENTIFY how they’re feeling and what emotions are by seeing, in the books, what the characters are feeling and how they look.
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