Stories to Support Your Child
The Day the Lines Changed – Kelley Donner
Theme: Change during a pandemic and the impact of a vaccine.
Read Along: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QeP5nPN_DMk
Talking Time: Tell your child about how you feel about the changes and say one thing you are looking forward to. Encourage them to do the same.
Art: Share the illustrations from the book and talk about the buildings and the people. Use any art resources you have to draw lines for your own family or class.
The Invisible String – Patrice Karst
Theme: Separation Anxiety and Loneliness
Read Along: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WlUxXexjhYI
Talking Time: Tell your child who your string is connect to. Ask them to name the people their string is connected to.
Craft: Decorate hearts with the names of loved ones to attach to a piece of string.
Art: Draw strings on paper with white (invisible) crayons or candle wax. Use watercolours to paint the page to reveal the invisible strings.
Here and Now – Julia Denos
Theme: Mindfulness and Meditation
Read Along: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NJqPcZFAKo
Talking Time: Have your child say, "Right here, right now I am ..." or "I hear" or "I think". They could tell about their feelings or what they are doing or thinking about.
Art: Listen to some relaxing music and paint the colours that the music makes in your mind.
Outdoor: Head outside and with a clipboard, paper and sketching pencil. Find a quiet area for children to sit. Encourage them to use their five sense and draw the world around them.