When a child in your classroom is ill or is encountering illness or loss in his or her family, these Soaringwords Book Club selections can be a bridge between the student and the rest of the classroom. There are many wonderful books about courage, resilience and people doing kind and thoughtful actions that are a perfect vehicle to connect the child who is missing school to the rest of his or her classmates. When Lisa’s son Jonathan missed four months of third grade, each week the students created GET WELL cards which actually made everyone feel pretty miserable. This well-intentioned action reminded Jonathan and all of his friends that he was still absent from school. Instead of making get well cards, we recommend using the Book Club selections as an effective teaching tool to facilitate conversations about illness and loss in age-approriate healing ways that will motivate students to share. When a friend or classmate is ill or dies, often many students naturally tend to withdraw and not want to share their feelings.
All of these books and companion activities have been created with our Soaringwords Advisory Board and leaders in the field of positive psychology. We know that these activities will make a positive, healing care package that will elevate the patient/child who is away well-being and allow all your students to focus on taking positive action, rather than feeling hopeless