The Family Book
by Todd Parr
A colorful story about families.
We Are Family
by Patricia Hegarty
A story about the beauty of differences in families.
The Mindful Jar:
*Recipe: For a container that holds 8oz
1. ½ cup + 1tbsp hot water, ½ cup + 1 tbsp cornstarch (mix until dissolved together)
2. Add 1.5 tsp fine glitter and shake your jar well
3. Add 3 drops of dish soap (or more depending on if the glitter is not sinking to the bottom), shake well.
4. Super glue lid closed
**If you use a plastic container, mix the hot water and corn syrup in a glass bowl and pour once cool enough.
“Imagine that the glitter is like your thoughts when you’re stressed, mad or upset. See how they whirl around and make it really hard to see clearly? That’s why it’s so easy to make silly decisions when you’re upset – because you’re not thinking clearly. Don’t worry this is normal and it happens in all of us (yep, grownups too).
Now watch what happens when you’re still for a couple of moments. Keep watching. See how the glitter starts to settle and the water clears? Your mind works the same way. When you’re calm for a little while, your thoughts start to settle and you start to see things much clearer” (Karen Young, 2017).
An informative website focusing on tolerance
Giraffes Can't Danceby Giles Andreae
Year Published: 2012
Gerald the Giraffe wants to dance like all the other animals. From the kindness of another, he learns how to dance by finding his own tune.
The Black Book of Colorsby Menena Cottin & Rosana Faria
Year Published: 2008
This is a story meant to be explored with your fingers, not your eyes. This extraordinary book allows sighted readers to experience colors the way blind people do: through the other senses.
Elmerby David McKee Year Published: 1989
A story to share about accepting and appreciating our physical differences among others.
Oneby Kathryn Otoshi
Year Published: 2008
Blue is a quiet color. Red's a hothead who likes to pick on Blue. Yellow, Orange, Green, and Purple don't like what they see, but what can they do? When no one speaks up, things get out of hand — until One comes along and shows all the colors how to stand up, stand together, and count.
Our October focus was on kindness. Students got to hear a wonderful story called "One" by Kathryn Otoshi. It only takes one! Here is a great resource to help support your student and child around bullying.