Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Tip of the Week: Words to Inspire!

As a parent and someone who works with children, I am always looking for
ways to build a child's self-confidence. It's one of the hardest things to
teach, and one of the most important life lessons to learn.

“The Dot” and “Ish” by Peter H. Reynolds<>are
two short books that teach this lesson in a simple and touching way.
The author received the Irma S. and James H. Black Award for Excellence in
Children's Literature, and it is well deserved.

"The Dot" is about a girl who is frustrated because she thinks she can’t
draw. All she can put on paper is a single dot. Even so, her art teacher
encourages her to sign her name and hand it in. When she comes to class the
next day, her dot is framed and hanging above her teacher’s desk.

In “Ish,” a little boy is devastated when his older brother makes fun of his
artwork. He is so ashamed that he crumples up his latest piece, and his
younger sister grabs the discarded work and runs to her room. As he opens
her door to confront her, he sees that all of his art has been hung on her
bedroom walls!

Both of these books illustrate the unlimited potential of children and
encourage them to reach it!

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