Your child's teacher may not use Tucker McBride in the classroom. If they do, they may use the Teaching Guide to Tucker McBride by Victoria Borgman as their teaching aid.
Read Tucker McBride as a family. Use the teaching prompts to have lively family discussions. No writing necessary. Just brainstorm together. Remember, in a good brain storming session, there are no wrong answers.
The goal is to allow each family member to participate and have their opinion counted. We've forgotten how to talk to one another, to discuss without arguing, to value the suggestions and ideas of all, young and not-as-young.
The family can appoint a new discussion leader for each session. No one is assigned to determine an "idea-winner." The leader sums up the ideas and protects the owner of unusual suggestions. "That's an idea I wouldn't have thought of."
Children often feel they are not heard. Listen and respect what everyone has to offer. Laugh, not at anyone but with them when they laugh.
Classroom and family discussion ideas to accompany Tucker McBride, and Tucker McBride's Many Lives, novels by Doris Gaines Rapp, Ph.D. Blog Copyright 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 Doris Gaines Rapp.
Return to a time when a boy could be a boy; when life was more clear from the top branch of a tree; when a kid could trade anger and disappointment for action and adventure; when the whole neighborhood was his playground; and the sloppy kiss from a dog could make everything right.
Saturday, July 27, 2019
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