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Books About Working Things Out

6 Aug

Matthew and Tilly (Picture Puffins) (Paperback)
by Rebecca C. Jones

Let’s Be Enemies (Paperback)
by Janice May Udry, Maurice Sendak

The Hating Book (Paperback)
by Charlotte Zolotow, Ben Shecter

The Quarreling Book (Paperback)
by Charlotte Zolotow, Arnold Lobel
Great book about passing on negative/positive emotions.

Conflict Resolution
Hey, Little Ant (Hardcover)
by Phillip M. Hoose, Hannah Hoose

The First Strawberries (Picture Puffins) (Paperback)
by Joseph Bruchac, Anna Vojtech

Bullying, I recommend each of these Ludwig books as required reading:

Just Kidding, Trudy Ludwig (boy focus)

My Secret Bully (Hardcover)
by Trudy Ludwig, Abigail Marble (girl focus)

Sorry! (Hardcover)
by Trudy Ludwig, Maurie J. Manning

On the Truth:
The Honest-to-Goodness Truth (Paperback)
by Patricia C. McKissack, Giselle Potter


Book Reviews: Why do we Fight? Forgiveness, Enemy Pie, and Amazing Grace!

20 Jul

1. Why Do We Fight? By Niki Walker

A great book for teachers to read and then to teach from. E2 could probably read it on their own.

It teaches that while “conflict may be inevitable but war isn’t”. It could an especially good resource to connect to the Peace Game

2. Enemy Pie by Derek Munson

How do you turn an enemy into a friend? How does one turn those virulent caustic emotions of anger, vengeance, and retribution to those of love? Understanding. And getting to know your enemy can make him into your friend. One boy learns this lesson thanks to some clever instructions from a caring dad.

“It was the perfect summer. That is, until Jeremy Ross moved into the house down the street and became neighborhood enemy number one. Luckily Dad had a surefire way to get rid of enemies: Enemy Pie. But part of the secret recipe is spending an entire day playing with the enemy!

In this funny yet endearing story, one little boy learns an effective recipes for turning your best enemy into your best friend. Accompanied by charming illustrations, Enemy Pie serves up a sweet lesson in the difficulties and ultimate rewards of making new friends.”

3. Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman
” ‘You can be Peter–that’s a boy’s name.’ But Grace kept her hand up.

‘He isn’t black.’ But Grace kept her hand up. ”

Luckily Grace has a Ma and a Nana who believe in her.

“You can be anything you want, Grace, if you put your mind to it.” They tell her in the classic book my Mary Hoffman. There’s also a sequel: Boundless Grace

4. Forgiveness by Cynthia Amoroso

This is part of a series, called “Values to Live By” there are almost 30 books in the series, many by the same author. The text is simple and there is a glossary with terms defined: accident, disappointed, etc.

The content is didactic, not subtle, but it would make a good read aloud so the class all has the same language. Each page has general situations to apply the skill which would make great role plays for Grace and Courtesy.

Published by Child’s World, they have more info on other books on their website, including a biography of Gandhi also entitled “forgiveness” :



Amnesty Activity 2: Everyone has a right to….

1 Jul

Here are some books that help support the goals:

1. Students will develop the idea of rights form their own perspective

2. Students will develop an awareness of Children’s rights and way of life around the world.

Hopes and Dreams for the School Year–What is our Cosmic Task?

1 Jul

In Responsive Classroom, we begin the elementary school year by establishing our Hopes and Dreams for the year. By setting attainable goals, we create a REASON for being in the classroom. By beginning with intention and purpose, we invite our students to buying in to our goal of education. We create ownership and responsibility by then using these individual dreams to create a contract of daily responsibility. i.e RULES.

There’s a wealth of info on that on the Responsive Classroom Blog.

More info here:

ideas and read alouds here:

How do we tie all this to the Elementary Montessori concept: WHAT IS OUR COSMIC TASK?



Seven Blind Mice

23 Jun

Is this a metaphor for looking at different aspects of identity? Reality? Problem Solving?

Yes. A great classic tale that has many applications in the classroom.


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