The news of bombings fills me with dread of what those people must have felt, what those families who have lost must be feeling and even what the parents and friends of the bomber must be going through.
It fills me with fear about the world that my children are growing up in and concern about how they might feel if they one day hear about or experience these things.
There is hope.
As parents and teachers we can prepare our children for the world by displaying how to be more empathetic towards others through our actions. Think about how you talk about other people, news events and the world.
As parents and teachers we can allow our children to experience what life might be like for other people so that they can be more empathetic. We can do this through conversations and picture books.
If we help our children to understand how the world is different then perhaps we have a brighter future where everyone gets along as best as they can, treats everyone with respect and helps anyone in need.
Try these books that link to refugees.
LOTS. The diversity of life on Earth by Nicola Davies and illustrated by Emily Sutton is a creative, eye catching non -fiction picture book that conveys the message of the amazing diversity of life we have on our planet Earth.
Nicola Davies invites us to look everywhere and when we do we will find so many different types of life. Through magical storytelling the reader finds out small facts about different creatures, how they live, how many species there are and where they hide. Emily Sutton illustrates with care, bringing the natural world into focus and helping us to se the intricate details of each animal, plant and insect.
LOTS is a great book to ignite your child’s interest in animals and perhaps a future in animal and habitat conservation.
LOTS is a gentle way to teach children about the importance of all life forms and how we all play a role in caring for them.
An informative and entertaining book, LOTS is one for the science lesson, literacy lesson and just the quiet book before bed.
So what can you do with this book?
Before you read – write down three things you know about life on earth.
After you read – write down two facts you learnt. Write down two things you would like to know more about. Write down two ways you are going to help make sure no more animals become extinct.
- read about an animal in this book who has become extinct. Work out why they became extinct and actions that may have saved them.
- List and group all of the different animals in this story. How many groups of animals are there?
- Look at the page on food/life cycles – can you investigate other animals and how they link in with each other for food and life?
- Donate money to an organisation or do some volunteer work that would help restore habitats for animals.
Use this book as a springboard to help your child to be aware that everything they do makes an impact. Every piece of rubbish, every flick of a light switch and every trip in the car impacts another.
How can you make a difference as a family?