Cindy Hewitt is a retired teacher with a passion for children's literature. Read-aloud stories add quality to a child's life experiences.
Characteristics of Being a Good Human
Fun Read for Young Children to Learn the Characteristics of Being a Good Human
Matt Forrest Esenwine's A Beginner's Guide to Being Human is a fun read for children ages 4-8 to discover all of the attributes that make a good human. It is increasingly important to teach our children to be kind, empathetic, and thoughtful in their everyday life. Picture books like this one are a great tool to introduce the topic of being a kind person in life.
Esenwine begins his story and picture book with telling the benefits of being a human being and that there are many other things about being human that one needs to know. Children and their families are featured in many life situations throughout the story in which the characteristics of being kind,empathetic, and compassionate to others. He gives tips to young readers for using these characteristics. He gives a description of what a family should be. He presents a situation in which a child is encouraged to be empathetic with another child just by being a good listener. He presents a situation in which a little boy makes a mistake in his baseball game and how forgiveness is a part of life when people make a mistake. Young children can see themselves in all of the situations that are portrayed in this picture book and the basic idea that love connects everyone as humans. Esenwine writes with humor and great ideas for young children to practice being a good human.
Andre Ceolin contributed his talents as an illustrator for A Beginner's Guide to Being Human. The colorful illustrations fill the pages with life situations in which young children will find themselves. The illustrations are reminiscent of old-fashioned picture books with the illustrative style that Ceolin uses.
A Beginner's Guide to Being Human was published by Beaming Books and is recommended for ages 4-8. It has an ISBN of 978-1-5064-8173-9.
Colorful Illustrations That Depict Life Situations to Practice Being a Good Human
Bring A Beginner's Guide to Being Human Into Your Early Childhood Classroom
Picture books and stories were always my go-tool for teaching a variety of concepts to my young students. Matt Forrest Esenwine's A Beginner's Guide to Being Human is a fun choice for teaching the concepts of being kind and helpful to family and friends. It is becoming increasingly important to teach the concepts of kindness, compassion, and empathy to our children in the world that we are now living in. Bullying is still a part of many children's lives and teaching these concepts can improve situations in which they might find themselves a victim of a bully at school or on the internet. Teachers play a vital role in teaching these concepts in that they see the children for more hours than parents do in many cases.
*Read A Beginner's Guide to Being Human in a story time session. Call attention to the first group of being a family means. Take a class poll of how many childrn have brothers and sisters. Engage the children in a discussion of ways to be kind to your family members.
*Engage children in a discussion of ways to be kind to their friends. Provide drawing paper, crayons ,and markers for children to draw pictures of friends being kind to friends. Call attention to the illustration of the children letting another child board the school bus first.
*Introduce the vocabulary word "compassion". Call attention to the illustration that depicts one child listening to another child. Divide the class into partners for two children to practice listening to each other.
*Call attention to the characteristic of being a forgiving person. Engage children in a discussion of a situation in which someone hurt their feelings and provided an opportunity to practice forgiveness.
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