Raise your hand if you own any book(s) written by the fabulous Maria Dismondy (I'm raising mine)? In case you're wondering Maria wrote Spaghetti in a A Hot Dog Bun, The Juice Box Bully, The Potato Chip Champ and Pink Tiara Cookies for Three. I love how all her books give children tools to empower themselves to be who they are and model great character traits (perfect for school counselor class lessons). Now Maria has a new book out....Spoonful of Sweetness which I had the opportunity to read and want to share with you how it can be used at your school
This book is geared towards birth-Kindergarten aged children. So I used this book with my Pre-K students at my school. What I like about it is that it covers character traits and brings up good talking points to discuss with the students. I'll also add that when sharing the book with the class, I used the document camera to display on the Smartboard (the book is made for little hands, which I don't have and it was easier for everyone to see the pictures).
After each page, I shared examples of how to show the character traits (kindness, friendship, responsibility, empathy, respect & courage). I then asked the students did they show any of those traits at school or at home (of course they all nod yes). Some students even wanted to share how they showed those traits (I just love hearing those stories)! I loved this book because it allowed me to expose my youngest students to character education (it's never too early).
I have great news to share... one lucky school counselor will receive an autographed copy of the book! To enter for a copy of the book leave a comment below, like my Facebook page and follow me @jyjcounselor at Twitter. Enter by midnight Friday, January 18th. Good luck!
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