When a hospitalized child or a child with a chronic illness is grappling with illness or loss in his or her family, these Soaringwords Book Club selections can be a powerful way for them to pass the time in fun and productive ways. We recommend that you invite the parents to tell the patient’s teachers about this opportunity to create a bridge between the student and the rest of the classroom.
All of these Book Club activities are perfect to share in the pediatric playroom, or invite patients to do on their own. There are many wonderful books about courage, resilience and people doing kind and thoughtful actions that are a perfect vehicle to elevate a child’s well-being and give an ill child the opportunity to do something positive and “pay it forward” for another person. Each Book Club selection has companion activities that can be donated to other patients. Many times patients make projects for parents, siblings, friends, hospital roommates, nurses or doctors.These activities can also provide patients the opportunity to connect 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-appropriate 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.