This Book Could Spell Success For Your Fearful Preschooler


    This Book Could Spell Success For Your Fearful Preschooler

    in between the ages of 4-8 are learning and growing everyday.  Not only are they beginning to develop academic skill such as reading and math, but they are also figuring out life.   are powerful teaching tools.   While many deal with concepts such as letters, numbers and colors, few cover topics such as diversity, self-care, , and conflict resolution.  For this reason, we are big fans of Free Spirit Publishing’s Learning to Get Along series.  These colorful , beautifully illustrated by Meredith Johnson and written by Cheri Meiners, M.Ed., encourage social-emotional skills and self-regulation.

    Each book is told in the first person, with sensitive and empowering language. There is an element of comfort in the writing that lets know that their are ok.  Better yet,each book ends with a special “parent section” which outlines how to support through that particular topic.  So you’re really getting two in one.  An empowering ’s book and a ful parenting book.  Some of the even include game ideas to reinforce the concept with your child.   that reinforce social and emotional skills are also setting your child up for success in and in life.  They may be the most important you own.

    We’ll be reviewing the whole set.  Starting with…



    When I Feel Afraid (click to buy from the publisher)

    First line:  “Sometimes I think about things that could happen…”

    From the author: today have many , both real and imagined.  This book s understand their and teaches basic coping skills. Simple words and inviting illustrations show little ones that they’re not alone, there are many people they can talk to, and they can even themselves feel better, stronger, safer.”

    Our thoughts:  The best part of this book is the simple language.  Since it is written in the first person, will feel like a friend is talking to them.  One of the trickiest parts of feeling for young is figuring out what is real and what isn’t.  This book touches on real vs. , as well as letting your imagination get the best of you.  It also discusses that bad and things do happen sometimes but there is always an adult that can talk to about their .  An adult can be , neighbors, babysitters or community ers ( which the book identifies as nurses and doctors, religious leaders, teachers and police officers).  The book encouraged to also identify ways that they can take care of themselves when they are worried, such as with , read and draw pictures.  There is also the suggestion that might find a quiet place to breathe, tell themselves something nice, or say a prayer when worry and has them down.  Most importantly, are taught that they can take control of their and feel better.

    Wouldn’t it be nice if we all had that ability?

    Let Them Fly!






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