Let's Stop Bullying!

    Help put an end to bullying and violence by focusing on and teaching positive peer interaction. The 12 Character Readers are motivational readers that allow you to double your instructional time by teaching children important character-building values while promoting practice with their reading skills. The books complement a CD or cassette that includes a narrative reading of each book as well as the lyrics presented as a song. Invite students to listen to the catchy tunes as they follow along in their books. Soon, your students will be singing their way toward building a more caring classroom community. 16 pages each.

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Regina Burch, author

Regina is a published author of children's books promoting character education. Topics include courage, compassion, honesty, sharing, friendship, cooperation, respect, perseverance, self-discipline, and responsibility.

Regina's Character Education Resource Guide gives parents and teachers strategies for teaching children character in tandem with the children's books.

Regina is available to teach parent and teacher workshops to meet your children's needs. Contact her at artists-unlimited@nc.rr.com.

"If we had a star system, this one would get a four!" --Patricia Broderick, Editorial Director, Teaching Pre-K-8 Magazine

"Straightforward lyrics with simple melodies make this collection an easy-to-use resource for both and classroom teachers." --InfoTech Review, Southern Regional Educational Board

Information for Parents of Young Children

by Regina Burch

Each child grows and develops at his/her own rate. It is very important for a parent to accept and value a child's efforts as the child attempts new skills. Giving the child encouragement to "have a go" at an activity will help build the confidence that it takes to keep trying until he/she is successful. Each day of my 30 years of teaching Kindergarten and First grade I have been thrilled by the excitement generated as my youngsters achieved their goals...the tying of a shoe, the correct writing o f an alphabet letter, the creation of a clay sculpture. Children learn best by playing.

I hope you and your child will enjoy the following activities:

To improve visual memory, have your child sit or stand while you blindfold him/her. Make a noticeable change in the room, such as opening the curtains or moving a chair. Let your child look at the room again and tell you what is different. Keep adding or changing objects in the room for variety.

To improve language skills, play a game to build a sentence. Each person gives one word that would make sense. For example, Mom might say "The", the child may say "toy", Mom could say "is", the child could say " big." To make the game more advanced, play it with the whole family or a group of friends, adding color words and more descriptive words. This would be a fun game for meal time.

To improve listening skills, set up an obstacle course in your house. Give the child directions such as "Step over the broom" or "Pick up the box and sit beside the TV." Increase the difficulty by using commands such as "Walk around the third chair" or "Skip to the left of the window."

To help your child with fine motor skills, let your child trace large shapes such as a friend or a large stuffed animal on paper. To make a follow-up activity, cut the large shapes apart and make it into a puzzle.

To help your child improve gross motor skills, cut odd shapes from cardboard and let your child decorate them. Then tape the shapes to the floor. Ask the child to jump from one shape to the next. As the child gets more adept at jumping and maintaining his/her balance, move the shapes further apart. To increase the difficulty, ask the child to do the activity standing on one leg.

It is very important to read to your child every day! Here is a great list of books to look for...