Welcome to day three of Laurie Monopoli’s 6-day NWFCC February Author Showcase tour.
At first glance you will think this is the ideal book to help children overcome their fears of the first day of school. However, just like the expression, “don’t judge a book by its cover”, there is much more depth in learning encompassed in this little picture book. First of all, the story is interactive and children are invited to actively participate with the characters. Through active participation children become engaged in the story and its message; aiding in comprehension, memory and recall. Additionally, all children have different learning/reading styles. It is important that we respect these differences in children. Some children can sit for long periods of time for story, after story. While others may get fidgety after you turn the first page. Some children actually require a level of movement to keep their brains focused. This story offers restless readers a splash of movement and motion that their brain requires to maintain focus. Accordingly, The Book About Tony Chestnut attracts the interest of ALL children — even the most reluctant reader.
To assist educators in their daily planning I developed a comprehensive curriculum that correlates with The Book About Tony Chestnut. Kindness Counts: Exploring Random Acts of Kindness is a curriculum where children are invited to learn through active; hands-on experiences how their actions affect others. United they create a kindness tree that beautifully blooms with their expressions of sharing, caring and being kind towards others.
The Kindness Counts curriculum is based on integrated units that allow educators to make certain their children are learning relevant knowledge that they can easily apply to real life situations. Theme teaching with correlating projects also allows classes to cover a variety of material and effectively teach many concepts and skills. This approach builds on children’s interests, as it allows them to learn at their own individual pace, and connect this knowledge to their daily lives. A learning environment rich in meaningful opportunities for children to explore is a holistic and natural way for them to learn. It is vehicle that demonstrates respect for the classrooms diverse learning styles and individual developmental needs.
Link to Kindness Counts: Exploring Random Acts of Kindness: http://www.tonychestnut.com/BookAboutTonyCurriculum.pdf
Follow Day 4 of Ms. Monopoli’s tour tomorrow at www.mayrassecretbookcase.blogspot.com. Leave a comment and your name will automatically be entered to win a Three Angels Gourmet Co mug and a package of Divine Dill Dip Mix – at the end of the month, provided by the National Writing for Children Center.