Title: They Didn’t Use Their Heads
Author: Jo Ann Stover
Description: A cute story that has “mini- lessons” that encourages children to think about others.
- Perspective Taking
- Early inferencing and predicting
- Why questions
- social skills/friendship
- body language
Why I like this story: Simple drawings that are great for prediction, and allow good discussion about thinking about others for school, friends and in the community.
Ideas for use:
- Have kids look at the picture on the left, and then make a guess as to what might happen on the right if the child doesn’t think about others. For example, a boy swinging his yo-yo in the air without looking around….
- Use thinking and speaking bubbles around the characters.
- The pictures offer great opportunity to discuss body language. Have kids identify, and even act out.
- There are lots of “lessons” in this story. Pick and choose. Some you may not feel are appropriate for your children. You can use one or two to highlight a concept, especially in a social group or dyad. For example one “lesson” talks about including everyone. The story says “Two can have tea, but three can have a party.” You can use this to highlight joining play, or encouraging including more than just one friend. Another “lesson” discusses sharing toys. The story says “A gift for one can be a joy for all.” Can use to highlight with younger children the importance of sharing. The pictures highlight how others feel when you don’t.
Submitted by Meghan G. Graham M.S. CCC-SLP
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