If you have children or work with children, you probably recognize all the star qualities in your kids. In fact, many school settings showcase a star of the week throughout the year. Star of the Week by Monica Wyrick is my pick for this month’s theme (school) for Poppins Book Nook club. Whether you have a child in a traditional school, a homeschooler or a child not school-age yet, this book can help your child discover all the star qualities within themselves.
Full Disclosure: Peak City Publishing provided a review copy of Star of the Week by Monica Wyrick. All opinions expressed are my own!
I love when I discover books for kids from small publishing companies. Small publishers offer the opportunity for many writers and illustrators to see their ideas in print. When I find a book I enjoy from a small publisher, I feel like I just discovered a hidden treasure! Peak City Publishing sent me a few books to review. I immediately was drawn to Star of the Week by Monica Wyrick.
Star of the Week is about Hildie, a young mouse, who has been chosen to be the star of the week in her classroom. When she sits down to fill out the information sheet about herself, she starts out a little hesitant that she will be able to find words that describe her. However, the more she thinks about herself, the easier the words start to flow! Creative, strong and brave are just a few of the words that she comes up with.
This is a great read-aloud for teachers who utilize star of the week in their classroom. But, it’s also perfect for anyone who wants to help a child discover all of the things that make them special!
Literacy Activity Extension: I Am A Star!
I believe that as caregivers it’s important to help kids explore, discover, and recognize all the qualities that make them unique. Children who have a good sense of self tend to feel more confident with decision-making.
I Am a Star is meant to be a visual representation and ongoing reminder of all the star qualities your child possesses.
Materials needed: 52 star cut-outs (approximately 4 x 6 each), crayons or markers, a prominent display area (ex.-child’s bedroom or a special notebook)
Each week, sit down with your child and reflect on things they may have accomplished or learned during the week. Here are a few questions that you could ask.
What are you most proud of about yourself this week?
What is something you learned to do or figured out this week?
Tell me some ideas you had this week.
Did you discover something new about yourself this week?
How did you make the world a better place this week?
These questions not only help your child reflect on their actions and thoughts from the past week, but can also be a springboard into a planning session on future behavior.
Have your child select one star quality about themselves and draw or write it on a star. Place the star in your designated spot. Review the stars each week and anytime your child is feeling down or needs some encouragement.
My hope is that your child will feel confident and empowered to be the best that they can be! You may also enjoy reading more books about promoting the best in yourself in this post I previously wrote- Redirecting and Promoting Good Behavior. What are some things you do in your family or school to help kids feel positive about themselves?
Now it’s time to see the books that the rest of the Poppins Book Nook crew has to share. Please visit the other bloggers below and if you have a post related to school, please link up! And, don’t forget to enter the giveaway that Enchanted Homeschooling Mom is offering. You can enter below (US only) for a chance to receive a copy of It’s Back to School We Go!: First Day Stories From Around the World.