Excuses probably go back as far as Ogg the caveman when he said he couldn’t get the saber tooth tiger because the sun got in his eyes. Well, maybe not, but it sounds like a good excuse. As I said in my blog this week, as a teacher, I’ve heard all kinds of excuses. As a parent I’ve heard more. Although many excuses are pretty funny, especially from the little ones, as both a teacher and a parent, I’d prefer to turn an excuse into something positive. This week’s book recommendations are all about excuses and how they’re handled.
Homework Hassles (Ready, Freddy!) by Abby Klein is for kids aged 4 – 7. “There’s a new kid on the block! It’s Freddy Thresher, a 1st grader who knows it’s a jungle out there. Freddy Thresher has a problem: a really, really, big problem. His teacher wants the class to do reports on nocturnal animals, and everybody but Freddy has a really cool animal to study. How will Freddy find one? When his best friend, Robbie, says the two boys should have a sleepover and sneak outside at night, Freddy makes a huge mistake and ends up getting his late-night wish in a very unexpected way!” Amazon book description.
No Excuses!: How What You Say Can Get In Your Way by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer is for kids aged 4 – 8. “In his fourth book for children, Dr. Wayne W. Dyer focuses on the topic of excuses and how they can do more harm than we realize. The book demonstrates how excuses go far beyond “my dog ate my homework,” and can actually become words that prevent your child from reaching his or her potential.
This book follows a boy with a seemingly impossible dream who almost lets excuses (“I’m not smart enough” . . . “It’s too hard,” and so on) get in his way. He discovers, as will your child, that by following a few simple ideas and eliminating excuses . . . anything is possible!” Amazon book description.
The Dog Ate My Homework by Sara Holbrook is a book of poems for kids 10 – 15 years old. The poems are all about situations that middle school kids experience each day. Some are personal, others are about school and relationships. They really relate to the real lives of pre-teens and early teens.