Stores everywhere are running their back-to-school specials. Perhaps your little one is starting preschool or kindergarten this year. If you are like me, you are stocking up on pencils and paper either way. My kids often take for granted the many boxes of colorful crayons, the abundant paper, and a miscellany of other things. To be honest, so do I.
In many parts of the world, such treasures would be considered just that - a treasure. "Rain School" by James Rumford is a wonderful book to start exposing your children (no matter how small) to the realization that not everyone has the things they do. Learning is a gift. Working hard is a virtue. And we should never waste a thing.
Books for Children Ages: 4 to 6 years old
Recommended for Family Reading: Yes
Related Discussion Topics: Being thankful, helping others, the value of learning and education, doing something for the first time.
- Find a way to help other children who may not have everything they need for school. Perhaps purchase extra supplies and drop them off at a local charity, sponsor a child in another country, or find some other way to help. Get the kids involved in the project (let them pick out some of the supplies, or write a letter to the child, etc.) so they can feel the joy of giving first hand.
- Find the country of Chad on a map. Find your hometown on a map. Skills: geography.
- Build your own "rain school" model. Use play clay for the mud, popsicles sticks for the sticks, and pieces of grass, straw, or string for the straw. What do you think it would smell like inside? What do you think it would look like? How do the different parts feel to the touch? Skills: imaginary play, the senses, creativity, fine motor.
Children's Book Review Rating: 5 Stars - Beautiful Book