Thursday, October 23, 2014

National Bullying Month

As a school social worker, I am always dealing with bullying and this topic is becoming so important to discuss because it is becoming so common in our schools. October is National Bullying Prevention Month, did you know that? 160,000 students stay home from school daily as reported by NEA due to bullying. That number is way to high. We need to do something about that. 

One way to be effective about teaching about this topic is to start teaching social skills and the values of social skills. We are becoming a society that is deficit in this area and I count on parents to start instilling these skills in their children. One of the best things you can do is to start having conversations with your children when they are young. I had the oppportunity to take a new series called the  The Principle Gang, which helps parents have conversations with their kids and teach them stories they can relate to.   

I read book one: Don't Judge A Lizard  By His Scales and book two: Wizard Lizard Rides the Subway.

Book 1: Don't Judge a Lizard By His Scales

Danny is the Wizard Lizard who really wants to be friends with Bli the Fly.  Bli's mother is nervous about this friendship between her child, Bli and Danny, the Lizard. Danny decides not to eat flies, so he can prove to Bli's mom that they can be friends and that Danny should not be judged just because other Lizards will eat flies. Bli's mother allows him to go to movie. When they arrive, they are confronted by Lousy Lizard Gang, but they don't know that Danny is with them until he stands up against them. As Danny stands up to the bullies and defends Bli and his mom, he gains respect and Bli's mother realizes she mis-judged him. This is a cute story and a learning lesson for Bli's mother too.

Book 2: Wizard Lizard Rides the Subway

In book two, Danny and Bli are recognized by their school counselor for their anti-bullying display. Due to their recognition they are sent to NYC to an anti-bullying conference. At the conference they are asked to share three rules for preventing bullying. While at the conference, they leave with over 100 new members who have signed up to be a part of their Principal Gang because they want to stand up against bullying. Many of the new members pledge to start up clubs in their own schools. 

Both of these books have great lessons, wonderful values on friendship, prejudices and lessons on Anti-bullying. I love the beautiful color and pictures throughout the stories, which grab a hold the attention of the reader, especially a child. I cannot wait to read these to my students.
Thank you PRBY the book for providing me these books for review purposes. I was not compensated for a positive review, but I enjoyed these books.

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