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Poetry Will Save Your Life: A Memoir
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Watch Me Disappear
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Peak Performance: Elevate Your Game, Avoid Burnout, and Thrive with the New Science of Success
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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

5 Books to Teach Your Child to Behave in Class

Do you have a class clown? A Chatty Cathy? A Silly Billy? A child who falls out of his chair at school just for laughs? Surely, I’m not the only one. Why else would there be so many great books out there dealing with these issues?

My son is full of life and imagination and silliness. While he has a sweet heart, he has a hard time knowing how to control all of his silliness. He likes to talk to everybody all the time. And he likes to be the center of attention. This probably explains why we had our first parent-teacher conference in K3. Parents of the year, y’all.

Now, he is in kindergarten. Since he started K3, we have been adding books to our collection to help teach our son proper classroom behavior. While he still has plenty of silliness and his teacher needs lots of prayer (bless her, Lord), the books have been great helps in effectively showing why we should not act the way we always want to act. There is a time for silliness – and there is a time to just “stay cool."



My Mouth is a Volcano! by Julia Cook is terrific for your young guy or gal who struggles with talking constantly and interrupting. The book shows how difficult it can be to keep all the words inside, but also shows why this is important. It has been a great tool in our home when we explain he is acting like he has a "volcano mouth."

      Clark the Shark by Bruce Hale is a perfect fit for the child who is full of excitement all the time. Poor Clark just loves everything so much and can be a little too excited. Too rough. Too loud. Too much. His kind teacher helps teach him that sometimes it is best to just "stay cool."

      Too Loud Lily by Sofie Laguna is another great book for the little person who is often "too much." Lilly is loving and full of life...and loud. It is a problem at home and at school. She struggles to know when and how to use her loud voice until a new drama teacher arrives. Finally, Lilly knows just how to use her special loud talents - in the school play! This is a fantastic fit for my theater loving, dramatic son.             

      Lacey Walker, Nonstop Talker by Christianne C. Jones is the right choice if you have a child who talks all the time and never lets anyone else get a word in. Sweet Lacey Walker just talks, talks, talks all day long. Her talking even gets in the way of her completing her tasks. She eventually talks so much she loses her voice! When this happens, Lacey learns why listening is even more important than talking.

      Hunter's Best Friend at School by Laura Malone Elliot has been a tremendous help in dealing with situations where our son gets in trouble with a buddy. This children's book is a great way to introduce the idea of not doing what your friends do (if they are doing something wrong). It teaches that while it is fun to laugh and play with your friend, if your friend is causing a disruption, you should try to encourage the friend to behave rather than misbehave yourself. It shows little ones how easily they can influence they friends, both positively and negatively. 

      What other books would you add to this list? Share your titles in the comments!

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