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What Can the Shape Children Teach Your Children

00B0B_dGlSBFfHl9M_600x450      Hi this is Terri Borman, author of “Shapes Go to School.”  This week I want to blog about what the shape children can teach your children.  The shape children will teach your children about shapes and colors, but what I really want to talk about is how the shape children will teach your children about diversity, self-esteem, and being a good friend.

diversity1     The shape children will teach your children about diversity.  The Merriam-Webster definition of diversity is as follows: “the condition of having or being composed of differing elements:  variety; especially:  the inclusion of different types of people (as people of different races or cultures) in a group or organization <programs intended to promote diversity in schools.”  When reading “Shapes Go to School,” your children will learn that all children come in different shapes, sizes, and colors.

self-esteem     Now let’s talk about self-esteem.  Is having a positive self-esteem something we are born with like a personality characteristic (trait) or is it learned?   I believe it is something that is learned and at a young age.  According to an article titled “Self-Esteem” published by CMHC UT Counseling and Mental Health Center “Our self-esteem evolves throughout our lives as we develop an image of ourselves through our experiences with different people and activities.  Experiences during childhood play a particularly large role in the shaping of self-esteem. When we were growing up, our successes, failures, and how we were treated by our family, teachers, coaches, religious authorities, and peers, all contributed to the creation of our self-esteem.”   The shape children from “Shapes Go to School” will teach your children to have a positive self-esteem and to believe in themselves.

good friends      Lastly, I would like to tell you that the shape children will teach your children how to be a good friend to each other.  They will teach your children how to pick someone up who is down through encouraging words.  I would like to end with this, “the only way to have a friend is to be one.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

I would like to thank these resources:

http://cmhc.utexas.edu/selfesteem.html

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diversity

http://en.wikipedia.ord/wiki/Self-esteem

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What Readers Will Take Away From Children’s Book “Shapes Go to School”

00B0B_dGlSBFfHl9M_600x450 “Shapes Go to School” is a fun and educational book for young children.  The very cute shape children from “Shapes Go to School” are going to elementary school for their first time.   Some of the shape children are excited to go to school while some are sad and scared.

Their teacher, Miss Heart, has asked each child to come up and introduce themselves.  One by one the shape children come up and introduce themselves and tell the readers the name of their shape.  They also tell the readers how many sides they have and what colors they are.  Readers will learn about ten shapes and colors.

One of the shape children, Circle, is sad and scared.  He feels like he doesn’t fit in because he is different.  He doesn’t have any sides like the other shape children because he is a round shape.  Miss Heart and Star comfort and encourage Circle.  In the end, Circle realizes that his teacher and friends are right.  He is special and useful just the way he is!

Overall here is what readers will take away from “Shapes Go to School.”  Readers will learn about ten basic shapes and colors.  They will learn about diversity because all the shape children are different shapes, sizes, and colors just like other boys and girls.   Most importantly readers will learn about having a positive self-esteem and realize that they are special and useful just the way they are!