Book of the Month – January 2020

Two by Kathryn Otoshi

Two is best friends with One. Whenever they’d get the chance, they’d dance! She’d sing and snap. He’d tappity-tap. What a pair they made! At the end of each day, they’d always say, “ONE, TWO, I’ll count on you, ’til the end, we’ll be best friends.” Until Three jumps in between them . . . Suddenly One only wants to play with Three. “ONE, THREE, odds we’ll be!” they chant. Two feels left out. But what can she do? Another character-building counting book by award-winning author Kathryn Otoshi, Two is a powerful story of friendship, loss, letting go, and self-discovery.

Home-School Connection

LISTENING AND SPEAKING Good listening and speaking skills are important for children to learn in healthy relationships. Have children practice these things through role-playing, discussion time (learning not to interrupt, speaking respectfully when it’s your turn), and through family activities in which everyone is required to participate equally.
SHARING Being able to share with friends and peers is important in helping students get along with others unselfishly. Help them by giving them scripts for practicing this important skill. Sometimes just providing them the words and sentences they can use in a situation requiring them to share is all it takes to empower them to do so.
INCLUDING OTHERS Emotional cues and behaviors can show whether someone feels included. Good friends try to pay attention to that. Explain to your child how to recognize when they have the opportunity to make another child feel welcome as a friend.
TAKING TURNS The ability and willingness to take turns is a necessary skill for young children to adopt. Especially in the younger grades, these skills take a lot of practice and time for children to understand. They don’t use them naturally due to their stage in emotional development. So help them by repeating and practicing often with friendship activities!
HOW TO BE A GOOD FRIEND Children should be able to describe what a friend is. They should be able to demonstrate how to be a good friend through words and actions. Give them the vocabulary and the understanding they need to apply to their own relationships with others. You can do this by brainstorming ways to be a good friend, sorting good and bad ways to be a friend, and giving them concrete descriptions of ways they can be a good friend.

One Book, One School Community…

“The idea is that… (a community) that opens the same book does it in greater harmony.”

-Mary McGrory, 2002