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Mother’s Day is in just a few days!  While we should show our love and appreciation for the mothers in our lives EVERY day, this is a special day to place her in the spotlight.  I like to think of Mother’s Day as a day to celebrate the important women in our lives; the ones that inspire us, nurture us, support us, and challenge us.  This may be a mom, neighbor, a friend, an aunt, cousin, niece, or sister… but whoever it is for you, please take a moment to say ‘thanks’ for all that they do.

~Liz Comparetto

BOOKSHELF ESSENTIALS

Where the Wild Things Are

By: Maurice Sendak

ISBN-10: 0060254920

The world lost a true visionary author/illustrator this week.  Maurice Sendak, who is best known for his Caldecott Medal book, Where the Wild Things Are, passed away on Tuesday May 8th.  I want to honor him by highlighting this extraordinary book that I, undoubtedly, consider a bookshelf essential.  Where the Wild Things Are is a modern children’s classic that follows a little boy named Max into a magical nightmare.  Yes, it is a nightmare… but it is truly a magical place in which Max finds strength, acceptance, and conquers his fears.  Children love to act out the wild rumpus, portraying their favorite ‘Wild Thing’.  Taking on the role of something previously considered scary, is very empowering to children (and adults, honestly!)  If you don’t have this book in your collection, I HIGHLY recommend it!

FAMILY FUN

Since Mother’s Day is just a couple days away, I pinned a bunch of fabulous Mother’s Day ideas on one of our Pinterest boards.  Go check it out!

Ask Liz

Liz,

I am a first grade teacher and I have a female student in my class who’s mother died last year.  What are your thoughts on celebrating Mother’s Day in my classroom?

-Sarah (SC)

Sarah,

What a tragic loss to experience at such a young age!   From my education and experience with death and grieving, children need to feel free to communicate these very tough emotions.  Some children (and adults) do this in a private way, in which they wouldn’t feel comfortable with a group Mother’s Day activity.  Other children are very vocal about their emotions and want to share these feelings and memories with those around them.  I have had experience with both types of reactions to significant loss.  I would recommend taking the girl aside, privately, and having an informal chat about her feelings regarding Mother’s Day.  At 6 or 7 years old, she should be able to tell you how she feels about the celebration and activities.  Follow her lead.  If she appears uncomfortable at all, that is your answer.  Another direction you could go is to make the activity more about celebrating important women in our lives, not necessarily mothers.  I’m guessing (or hoping, rather) that a female family member has stepped up and has become the nurturing influence in her life.  This could be an opportunity to celebrate significant women in general, which could be less intimidating and emotional for the girl.  I hope my advice was the slightest bit helpful.  Good luck with this tough situation!

-Liz

Bubbling Bonuses

Make sure to head over to our Summer Camp post to find out more about all of the fun camps that CHS is offering this year!

Our sister-blog, Diary of a Museum: The Story of Savannah Children’s Museum is a great behind-the-scenes scoop on what we’re doing to get Exploration Station ready for opening day!

Thank you! Until next week,

~Liz

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