Magazine article Parenting for High Potential

Focus on Young Children

Magazine article Parenting for High Potential

Focus on Young Children

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If you have a young child at home (in the age four to seven range), or know a special youngster to whom you would love to offer unique resources, this column is for you. We found many new items that can motivate, challenge, and build creativity and self-esteem for children of those ages. From awesome new books that have themed messages about self-worth and building friendships, to cool new plush items that glow in the dark, to unique science kits that can develop scientific thoughts and ideas each month, there are a wealth of new items that will bring fun and creativity to your home!

Books

I Am a Loveable Me! Series

Finding the right ways to help children build their self-esteem can be tricky at times. Do we simply offer compliments or do we teach tools for children to independently build their self-image? How can we help children build and develop these skills at a young age? Through the I Am a Loveable Me! Series of books and CD's, children will learn skills such as deep breathing to calm yourself, how to love yourself, how to keep fit, and why exercising is important and how to develop a sense of belonging and friendship in todays world. Authors Sharon Penchina and Stuart Hoffman use the characters in the stories and the "loveable me" bugs to show pride and feelings of self-worth from within. Book titles include; I am a Loveable Me (ISBN: 0-9740684-5-4, $15.95), I Take a Deep Breath (ISBN: 0-9740684-6-2, $12.95), and Bend at Your Knees if you Please (ISBN: 0-9740684-7-0, $12.95). You will find these books to be a positive addition to your bookshelf.

Scottsdale, AZ: 2Imagine Publishers.

1-866-2imagine.

Website: www.IAmaLoveableMe.com

The Olive Series of Books

From author Roberta Baker and illustrator Debbie Tilley come a series of books that are colorful, fun, creative, and that stress important messages for children about making new friendships, adult relationships, being yourself, and using your imagination. In each book Olive faces, a new challenge. In Olive's Pirate Party Olive is so excited for her pirate birthday party until her parents tell her that her elderly aunt will be in charge. Disappointed and certain that her aunt will make her party a flop, Olivia is sad until she remembers how much she loves her aunt. Then her aunt surprises Olive about how much she really does know about pirates! This message really conveys generation gaps and how adult friendships can be formed and respected. In other books Olive faces several challenges that are common to young people today. Olive and the other characters in the stories are compassionate and unique - and they learn how to solve their problems in innovative ways! Each story offers a realistic storyline along with really cute illustrations and positive endings that can help children find their way in these difficult situations. The tides in the series include: No Ordinary Olive (ISBN: 0316073369. $15.99); Olive's Pirate Party (ISBN: 0316167924. $15.99); and Lizard Walinsky (ISBN: 0316073318. $15.99). From the Little, Brown Young Readers series.

Website: http://www.hachettebookgroupusa.com/ books/2/0316073369/index.html

Thinker Doodles: Think, Draw and Color

If you can't seem to pry the crayons out of your child's hands but you'd like to use that love of coloring to build critical-thinking skills then the series of books called Thinker Doodles by The Critical Thinking Company could be a great fit for you and your child. With lots of room for coloring pictures while combining important activities to build on analysis and motor skills, your child could be strengthening some critical thinking areas such as completing missing parts to pictures or using dues to solve questions. With a variety of tides to choose from and many themes to pick, there should be something that will be of an interest to your child.

Approximate Cost: $8.99 (depending on book)

Website: www.CriticalThinking. …

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