We are always on the hunt for books that encourage kids to go beyond simply reading them. So when we were approached to review this book I was intrigued.
I grew up reading Choose Your Own Adventure books and this one is a modern day one that focus on a young boy named Danny. The concept here is that a child has the ultimate super power: the power of choice. Such an important message not just for children but for everyone.
This book allows a child to make the choices of Danny’s behaviour and to find out that one positive choice has the power to change the entire day of not only oneself but of others. It’s a great book for groups, and children have fun making the choices and finding what happens next.
We have enjoyed it so much that we are giving away two copies of the book on our Instagram feed found here. Follow the link to enter. If you have ideas of ways to empower children with the power of choice we would love for you to share them. Leave a comment and we will share some of them in an upcoming post.
We wanted to start the new year of our Book Club off with a good one and so when The Book Report sent this over we new it would be the one.
The sweet and tear jerking story of a boy and an elephant who are in need of a friend. It’s about putting on your best red scarf to go to the party only to have your friend turned away.
And it’s the story of making those hard decisions when the time comes to be a friend, and stand up for those that are different, alone and excluded.
While some in the Montessori world may raise a fuss at the lack of realism in this book due to the miniature main character, we would like to suggest that the message of Peace Education is far greater than worrying about whether or not a child will be confused by the tiny pachyderm.
This is the message that is so very needed in today’s world. It is a must have book for any classroom and home and the discussions it starts will last through a lifetime.
It’s hard to believe I started this little book club two years ago. There have been so many amazing books over the years and 2017 was no different.
One of our very favourites was Here We Are. We are madly in love with Oliver Jeffers children’s books.
The artwork asks the audience to stop and take a closer look, something that’s important to me. So many books miss this critical aspect of a good children’s book.
Then there’s the written message. Does it speak to you and the child who is absorbing the story? This book speaks to us very very much.
If you haven’t had a chance to read this one, go and see it out. You won’t be disappointed.
Thanks for joining us on this journey of seeking out well written, gorgeously illustrated, diverse books.
We will be back early in the new year with our latest finds.
We have so many favourite Montessori compatible Winter books and were going to post them today, but we have been patiently waiting for someone (anyone really) in the Montessori social media world to post this book as it is one of the very few traditional Christmas themed books that is truly compatible with Montessori.
It’s not that it’s a new book, it’s just I suppose a little less popular than others.
We all have our favourites from our own childhoods or ones with beautiful art, but when we are looking for a truly Montessori compatible book for teaching the traditional message of Christmas, just as we do with all other books we seek for our children what are we looking for? What are we choosing?
Are we choosing books that are reality based or are we choosing books with a very whitewashed version of a humble family of Middle Eastern decent looking for shelter in Bethlehem?
Above all, are the books we choose broadcasting a strong message of inclusivity, love, hope, and peace for everyone?
This one does.
Originally read by Angelou herself at the White House Christmas tree lighting in 2005, it is a stunning book.
Focusing on the traditional message of Christmas, it brings together Christians, Muslim’s, Jews, Atheists and many more by acknowledging that whatever our differences, we can come together.
We can do what Maria Montessori asked of us.
We can build peace not only in ourselves but in the world.
The air was crisp and the skies sunny today.
We spent it quietly together.
We spent all Summer growing this sweet pie pumpkin in our garden and it was perfectly ready for harvesting this weekend.
Scooping out a pumpkin whether for a jack o’ lantern or for a pie is a favourite Practical Life work around here.
This process is so amazingly rewarding because the child is a part of it right from the beginning months ago.
There have been many Nature walks in the forest lately but today was about leaf gathering to compliment our newest book on the bookshelf.
We loved finding many of the leaves found in the gorgeous book Fall Walk.
It is a beautiful poem of a family out enjoying an Autumn day and the information regarding so many different leaves is fascinating and easily could be used for many years to come both at home and in the school classroom.
As we Canadians sit down with our extended families over a meal this holiday weekend we wish all of you much happiness and we are so extremely grateful to have you all following along here and our other media outlets.
As October ushers itself in today I thought I would share one of our favourite Autumnal books.
Goodbye Summer Hello Autumn is the perfect story for a 3-6 child of a girl exploring her neighbourhood, taking in all the sights and sounds of the seasons changing.
Today we chose to pack it into Quentin’s backpack and head out in search of our own changing seasons.
All of a sudden we find ourselves back in jeans and layers. Walking through the forest on the way down to the Pacific Ocean, the air was cool and we noticed many of the leaves had already started to fall.
We love taking books with us outdoors! Such an easy way to expand on the story.
Happy October everyone!
Every once in a while a book comes a long that is so absolutely stunning that it kind of knocks us off our feet. And then of course despite us rarely buying books because of our fantastic small town library network, we fine ourselves on the hunt for this new treasure.
Leaf by Sandra Diekmann is a gorgeous tale (perfect for a Montessori child in the Second Plane) of a strange and seemingly menacing stranger that finds itself in a wild wood. The other animals are fearful and avoid and distrust him. Until the crows offer a suggestion: maybe he just needs some help.
Although this book gently but poignantly highlights the plight of polar bears and their rapidly declining habitat it also touches on an all too important topic these days.
That although there may be “different ones” that have come to our neck of the woods, the right thing to do is to:
“Share your smile, lend a hand and spread a little peace.”