What Do Children Wish For on the First Days of a New School Year? by Esther Sokolov Fine, Author of Raising Peacemakers
A few words from Esther Sokolov Fine, author of Raising Peacemakers (Garn Press)
What do children wish for on the first days of a new school year? They want know that they will be safe and included. They want their teachers to learn names quickly and pronounce them correctly, so that the whole class will begin to get to know each other right from the start. They want to be know where things are – the paper, the pencils, the markers, the bathrooms, the water fountain, the library. They want to feel trust in themselves and in those around them. Our children want and deserve to be welcomed and inspired in the elementary classroom. A good way to help prepare children for those first few days might include asking them what they hope for and how they think they themselves can reach out to make new friends and help make the classroom a real community.
My book Raising Peacemakers (Garn Press) offers exciting ideas for getting off to the right start and then going on to build a healthy and challenging social and academic environment for kids.
My new book Playing the Bully (co-authored with Jim Head, illustrated by Victoria Shearham) is a chapter book with a story that helps young kids with their reading and leads them to contemplate ways to build healthy happy relationships at school, how to think about and handle some difficult situations, and how to open discussion for solving social problems.
If you visit on Amazon.com Raising Peacemakers, you’ll see what I mean. I hope you like what you see, Esther Sokolov Fine.
Esther Sokolov Fine, 2017
Author: Esther Sokolov Fine
Garn Press (132 pp.)
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About Raising Peacemakers
Raising Peacemakers by Esther Sokolov Fine tells a twenty-two year story of kids growing up with peacemaking as their foundation. At Downtown Alternative School (DAS), a small public elementary school in Toronto, child-to-child conflicts were understood as opportunities. Children and adults worked hard to create a warm inclusive community where differing viewpoints and disagreements could be handled fairly and safely.
While the book includes documentation and transcripts, it’s a narrative rather than an academic text. It’s the author’s story and many stories. It’s a trail of re-thinking, negotiating and re-negotiating, solving and re-solving (occasionally resolving) teaching and learning dilemmas. It’s a tale of one school’s brave and optimistic effort to create and sustain healthy, safe, equitable, and academically relevant conditions for and with people whose lives were and are at stake in public education. It’s about children and adults growing together as they discover more about what it means (and what it takes) to become responsible citizens who care about each other, about their community, and about the world.
“Raising Peacemakers shows that an authentic approach to managing child-to-child conflicts, learned in kindergarten, stayed with young children as they grew into adolescence and adulthood. It demonstrates by contrary example the profound error of standardized programs-in-a-box for “conflict resolution” and, by implication, much else in education” –Carole Edelsky. Learn more about Raising Peacemakers and Esther Sokolov Fine.
“Raising Peacemakers shows that an authentic approach to managing child-to-child conflicts, learned in kindergarten, stayed with young children as they grew into adolescence and adulthood. It demonstrates by contrary example the profound error of standardized programs-in-a-box for “conflict resolution” and, by implication, much else in education.” – Carole Edelsky
“Esther Fine’s stories let readers learn how “doing peace” made and sustained lasting, positive changes in students’ lives.” – Patrick Willard Shannon
“Raising Peacemakers” is so much more than a well-designed blueprint for creating an alternative dispute resolution system in public schools. It is a deeply felt, albeit subtle, argument for the need throughout society for similar methods to resolve the disputes that separate and divide.” – Amazon Customer
“Raising Peacemakers” is an inspiring look at the effects an innovative elementary school program had on the lives of the parents, teachers, and students involved. But even more than that, it shows what children are capable of when they’re empowered to solve their own conflicts and take control over their lives.” – Amazon Customer
A stellar book for parents, teachers and all who care about the next generation. Clearly, we’d be living in a different kind of world if those holding the reins of power had been nurtured by the likes of Esther Sokolov Fine. Brava for sharing your experiences and ideas in this “fine” book! – Amazon Customer