Category Archives: Activities to do with children

Links Relating to Storybook Selection and Purchase

Caldecott Winners   (Hosted by Association for Library Service to Children)           http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia/caldecottmedal/caldecottmedal
Parents’ Choice  http://www.parents-choice.org/allawards.cfm
The Kindergarten Canon, by Fordham   https://edexcellence.net/commentary/education-gadfly-daily/flypaper/2012/the-kindergarten-canon.html
Redeemed Reader https://redeemedreader.com/
Some Christian mothers review books:  https://ccbreview.blogspot.com/
Advance Publishing, owned by Author and Activist for Character Education, Carl Sommer (fyi aimed at elementary age, but still many books may be good for the 4s and the 5s)  http://advancepublishing.com/ 
 
These were the resource additions to a handout for a session on how to better read/tell stories at a conference for church related preschools.

Stories with Morals

Since the 70s, morals to a story have been specifically not permitted in most paid writing. Why not? Since we now know that academic success is predicted foremost by character training, we need to reverse this.
On second thought, all stories have moral points. So what we need to do is to articulate, specifically, the good moral points. Further, we might reflect upon moral points that are bad. And then disallow them. We really don’t need stories like that, do we?
I recommend the books of Advance Publishing, by Carl Sommer. All of these books were written to be used in elementary public schools, so many may be useful to my CDC clients. I do have some of these one hand, for my Austin clients.

Peter Yarrow's Anti-Bullying Campaign is Gentle, Playful, and Useful

Many of my clients are directors of preschools. They will immediately see the usefulness of this anti-Bullying campaign. Other managers or trainers might find the music of Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul and Mayr) pleasant enough to add to their programs, too.
Here is a report on Yarrow’s anti-bullying campaign (and curriculum)
http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-1052335
Here are the lyrics:
https://www.lyrics.com/lyric/2584328/Peter%2C+Paul+and+Mary/Don%27t+Laugh+at+Me+%5B%23%5D
 
Here is how to get in touch with Mr. Yarrow. https://www.peteryarrow.net/
 
I don’t think I have to report the sad news of the day to see that we need lots of help in this area. This is a really good beginning with children — and even adults. I have seen the whole anti-bullying idea used by institutional bullies against good employees, whistle-blowers, and activists, so I have been rather careful about getting on this bandwagon. Yet, Yarrow gentle reminder has stood the test of time. Don’t laugh at others because they are different. We need to all have a common feel for the fact we are all human.
We still offer diversity training and conflict reduction seminars.

Great Find for Educators!

Most of my clients are managers of preschools. Most such have little business and managerial background, so to fill that need, and the usual interest of most managers, I have been posting current management topics. However, most preschool educators care most about education and young children. So today, with all due respect to the typical manager, I am going to fill a need for those educators.
I HAVE A GREAT FIND FOR YOU!
Teachers and grandmothers alike have been telling me they just can’t find good books to buy for their children. One said she made a concerted search. Nothing at Scholastic Books, nothing in any of the bookstores in town, nothing anywhere was satisfactory.Then, when I joined Christian Educators Association, I was given a book, entitled, Character under attack. It told of one teacher/author’s frustration that stories with moral or didactic intent were disallowed. I know this is true. It has been true since the early 70s since I’ve tried to write. Well, this fellow just opened his own publishing house. He has written series of children stories, and young adult stories, and some curricula too. Check it out: www.advancepublishing.com
And sneak preview: type in “Great” as a promo code and get a 35% discount! You will have new, well bound, fun and useful books for your classroom, school library, — or even your grandchildren.
Best on your new school year.

4 Ways to Throw Gas – not water – On Dreams — Leadership Freak

People are excited to do what they want to do, not what you want them to do. The sooner you embrace this idea, the more successful you’ll become. Control resources. Release people. Frustration: Leaders think: You could do …. You could become … You should … I’ve always seen the great things others could do. […]

via 4 Ways to Throw Gas – not water – On Dreams — Leadership Freak
Many who would lead are only covertly controlling. Many who would mentor are only distracting toward their own visions. Real help shows the way, knowing the alternative paths and the potholes.
Even within a company, employees can be allowed to dream as long as their dreams are a subset of the company’s vision and those dreams are achievable and measurable.  Apple, for instance, gives employees enough “head” to let them suggest what needs to be done, how it should be done, and what the measures should be used. It is for this reason that Apple is the vibrant, creative, competitive company that it is.

CONFLICT REDUCTION FOR CHILDREN!!! yay!

Since I do many workshops on conflict reduction for school personnel, I am frequently asked to provide something on teaching conflict reduction to children. Finally, I have it!
Aware of the controversies, I didn’t want to speak until I had something to say. Now I have it! Time tested method and some new research. Bam! We now have peanut butter AND jelly! Together, great sandwiches!
So call me for a four hour workshop for your staff. Normally $480 + mileage & expenses outside of Austin metro, but now, through February 2017, only $420.
Call now 512-534-5425. Be sure to get your date! My schedule is filling up.
Think of how much good you will be doing for the world. Think of your parents, and even your students, grown, coming back to thank you. Think of how much better your classroom could be.

Colors of Christmas Free Object Lesson for Church related Schools

Certain colors are associated with Christmas. You can use these colors to teach children about Christmas by showing different color ornaments or decorations. Red Red symbolizes Christ was born on Christmas so He could shed His blood for the sins of the world. Romans 5:9 Now that we have been justified by his blood, how […]

via Colors of Christmas Free Kidmin Object Lesson Sermon — Revival Fire For Kids

Time to Plan Again : By Connecting

Many of my clients are schools and preschools. It is a busy time there, fresh with planning the new year and meeting new students.
Whether or not you are in that environment, you probably feel the freshness of the new school year. It is a great time for planning and a great time to hit the mission again with your team.
For some fresh ideas on planning with you team, how about some words from a new source? Kay Orr writes how she handles first of the school year planning and how she brings the stakeholders together. Read with an open mind and open heart and I’m sure you will be refreshed.
https://www.thsc.org/2016/08/5-simple-points-for-planning-the-academic-year-23997/

Sharon Sarles offers extra value on character curricula

Those of you who follow me know that my current hot topic is character training. You also know that I try to offer the greatest value to my clients. Character First is a publishing entity that offers curricula on character, some for preschool children and others for elementary school children. I’ve seen this used in a church and adapted for the age group. It is written so that it might be used in a variety of settings. They are having a sale on their elementary curricula : 20 lessons on 20 traits : 20% off!! CharacterFirstEd.com
Discount code: CELEBRATE But only thru 5/9/2015