The ABCs Of Living...Words To Live By
the Conversation with Children
child to the POWER of words is the first step.
When children realize first hand that words make a difference, they will
learn to use them with power. Children know about the ABCs of reading and
writing, so understanding that there are also ABCs for Living, draws a parallel
between what they already know and what you’ll be discussing. As we become more consciously aware on the
impact of our words, we’ll all begin to see and feel the parallels between the
importance of the ABCs in our reading and writing and the importance of the
ABCs of Living…in our life.
QUESTIONS TO ASK:·
Asking questions can open up a revealing
conversation about what children already know about the POWER of words. Following are some questions that can be
used to begin such a conversation.
ever been very kind to you and caring?
Can you remember how that made you feel?
ever been unkind to you? Perhaps they said unkind words to you. How did that
make you feel?
Now can you
shift that feeling by remembering the kindness showed you by another?
you use kind words, you uplift others.
you use unkind words, you create negative energy for yourself and others.
can you say kind about yourself
In future writings there will be much more information on how to support children in addressing difficult situation and still be kind. In addition, I'll share my experiences on having children role play with various words.
INTRODUCING CHILDREN TO THE BOOKMARKS: Classroom
INTRODUCTION: Give one bookmark to each child to view
or keep. If your group is larger than the number of bookmarks you have, pass
them around. Allowing the children to handle them will give each child the
opportunity to experience them first hand. Read and discuss the ones they are
drawn too. For the more formal introduction
to the power of words, I invite you to set aside a period of 30 minutes and see
the section above, “Starting the Conversation
with Children” for specific questions to ask and discuss.
USE:As a classroom teacher for many
years, I feel that a brief discussion about the power of words, in the morning
and just before dismissal can be a very effective way of instruction.
AM: Daily, choose one word to focus on. Read the
bookmark. Discuss. Have the children say what the word means to them. Children
also love acting out what these words mean. Doing this makes what the word stands for, come
alive for them. Encourage the children to “live” that word during the day.
At the end of the school day have the children share what they experienced
that day. Encourage the children to
practice these qualities at home too.
INTRODUCING CHILDREN TO THE BOOKMARKS: In the home
When you show the bookmarks to the children, allow them to handle the bookmarks
and enjoy their beauty. Read and discuss the ones the children are drawn too. For a more formal introduction to the
bookmarks, I invite you to set aside a period of 30 minutes for your
conversation and see the section, “Starting
the Conversation with Children” for specific questions to ask and discuss.
USE: These bookmarks can be kept in a
mug or box in a visible place in your home where they can be easily
reached. Perhaps having them on the
kitchen table, in clear sight, might encourage a discussion about them during breakfast. Setting the tone for the day can happen with just
a brief 5 minute discussion before everyone goes their separate way for the
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