k-2 Special Education
My personal favorite it The Dot. :). THen use dots throughout the year when you want to encourage students.
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I often kick off the year with The Kissing Hand, or Wemberly Worried
Another vote for The Kissing Hand, and The First Day Jitters
My favorite book is ... Zoom. My intent is for the students to see that we all look at things or events from a different perspective based on their personal experiences. The book is very interactive and lends itself to an in-depth conversation. Typically I stretch reading the book into several days to pique their enthusiasm.
Love to start with Louis Sachar's Sideways Stories From Wayside School.
I have 3 children and this year my youngest started kindergarten. When each of the girls started kindergarten I have read "The Kissing Hand." This year my eldest started 6th grade and even though she reads at a very high level, we had the discussion of what middle school can bring and how the choices she makes will lead her to different places. So while this may sound cheesy I read to her "Oh the places you'll go." For me I just read "The Promise of a Pencil: How an ordinary person can create extraordinary change." the book was thought provoking and deeply meaningful. It will inspire you to dream big. the only con with the book was that I wish it the book could have focused more on the children, the parents, and community volunteers.
I love to start the year with "Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon". It teaches students that it is ok to be different and use their differences as their strengths.
Kids Take The Stage
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"The Day the Crayons Quit" or its sequel "The Day the Crayons Came Home".
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