Cleo gets a new toy and doesn't want to share it. Cleo learns that it's
no fun playing with a new toy without your friends.
Learning to share is a big step for every young child. "Mine!" is
a healthy expression of self-worth and individuality. Going beyond "Mine!"
to "It's mine, but I'll share it with you," is a long way toward social
and emotional maturity. Giving up anything interesting or fun—even at
the level of sharing it for a few minutes—is hard for a child. By sharing
stories of how good they felt inside when they shared something, children
- social skills
- emotional skills
A Book-Swapping Party is a great opportunity for children to share
their favorite reading treasures. Include parents as well as younger
and older siblings on your guest list. Young children learn the value
of sharing while older children get to be teachers and storytellers.
First, make invitations with a book theme in mind. Help the child make
invitations in the form of book covers with an invitation page inside.
These pages can include drawings of favorite books and characters. Be
sure to leave enough room for party details.
Ask guests to bring books from their own collection that they once
loved to read and would like to share by trading them for other books.
Consider asking guests to bring their books wrapped in paper so that
the children at the party get to open their new treasures.
When the guests have arrived, spread the books out on a table and have
each child select a book to unwrap. Keep going until all of the books
Leave plenty of time for storytelling and reading aloud. Older children
may enjoy the opportunity to read out loud to the younger ones.
With a Group:
In addition to the Book-Swapping Party, Invite parents, siblings,
grandparents, and other adult members of the community (such as librarians,
senior citizens, or police officers) to come to your classroom to read
their favorite books and stories to your children. Remind them that
stories must be age-appropriate and suggest several dates and times
to help them fit the classroom visit into their schedules.