Molly's Family by Nancy Garden
Molly is in kindergarten and her class is having an open school night. As the class prepares the room by cleaning and decorating, Molly works hard drawing a picture of her family. She has a mommy and a mama. Tommy says, "That's not a family". If you can read that sentence without getting choked up and feeling every piece of little Molly's confusion, then you are probably on the wrong website. This is a story about what makes a family a family and how people can really hurt with their words. A great teaching tool to have on hand.
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Building empathy - Age 4+
This task could be adapted for any book really. Using a simple emotion chart to help kids identify different feelings, try reading out sentences from the story and ask them to identify how the character might have been feeling at that point. This is extremely difficult for younger children since they are still very egocentric until between 5-7 years of age. That doesn't mean you can't work on building empathy and practise putting yourself in other's shoes.
- Hold a class discussion about what makes a family, a family
- Role play how to be a supportive friend in the face of unkind comments
Read an interview with the author about the story behind the story, HERE.
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