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Creating a Book of Thanks

Creating a Book of Thanks The true meaning of Thanksgiving is a tough, yet important topic to talk about. A lot of conversations can work around items discussed in the month of November. Writing and drawing books about the holiday allows children to be able to talk about their views. Once finished making this project, you can have them lead you on a book walk (see earlier post). This helps to foster creativity, model what was previously learned, and build confidence in sharing information. Thankful Brainstorming During a session or two, plan on making a Book of Thanks. This book would be great to start around Thanksgiving and use for the children to present to family members for a December holiday gifting. First up is talking about what being thankful means to them. Lead by example and share some items in your life. Then have the child brainstorm items on their mind. Remind them to think about life at home, school, and other places that they travel to. This can easily become a list of people, places, and things. Remind them that they can be thankful for things that they can do. Do they like dancing, singing, running, or other activities? For older children, this is a chance to discuss different parts of speech. Read More »

Autumn Stroll and Book Making

Autumn Stroll and Book Making Sometimes, it is nice to head outside with children during sessions to have a change in scenery. This also allows nature to be the guide for a lesson. Weather during the fall often cooperates to allow this type of activity and children adore using their senses to note differences with the world outside. This activity will incorporate vocabulary usage and also conversational skills. Taking a Walk to Talk When you begin your walk, start with asking what changes the child sees in the landscape over the last few weeks. Prompt them with some examples if you need to. See how specific they can be when they describe the changes. As you ask them questions about the trees, grass, animals, and other items, be sure to allow them to ask you questions. It is important to encourage them to seek information from others as well. Promoting social skills during conversation is another goal that children may have if they lack confidence in their language. Preset that items seen during this stroll will be used later for a project. Let them know that you will be making a book that will be taken home about their autumn observations. To add a technology twist, bring a recording device to take audio notes of your trek. Let the child record what they see that has changed from summer to fall. They can then use this later when they are making their book to hear how they sound and to recall information. Read More »