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Books in Learning to Get Along�� series

  • Cool Down and Work Through Anger

    Cheri J. Meiners M.Ed.

    Paperback (Free Spirit Publishing, May 1, 2010)
    Everyone gets angry, so it’s never too early for children to learn to recognize feelings of anger, express them, and build skills for coping with anger in helpful, appropriate ways. Children learn that it is okay to feel angry—but not okay to hurt anyone with actions or words. They discover concrete skills for working through anger: self-calming, thinking, getting help from a trusted person, talking and listening, apologizing, being patient, and viewing others positively. Reassuring and supportive, the book helps preschool and primary-age children see that when they cool down and work through anger, they can feel peaceful again.
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  • Know and Follow Rules

    Cheri J. Meiners M.Ed., Cheri J. Meiners

    Paperback (Free Spirit Publishing, March 31, 2005)
    A child who can’t follow rules is a child who’s always in trouble. This book starts with simple reasons why we have rules: to help us stay safe, learn, be fair, and get along. Then it presents just four basic rules: “Listen,” “Best Work,” “Hands and Body to Myself,” and “Please and Thank You.” The focus throughout is on the positive sense of pride that comes with learning to follow rules. Includes questions and activities adults can use to reinforce the ideas and skills being taught.
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  • Talk and Work It Out

    Cheri J. Meiners M.Ed.

    Paperback (Free Spirit Publishing, March 15, 2005)
    What’s the best way to solve problems between people? By talking them over and working them out. It’s never too soon for children to learn the process of peaceful conflict resolution. This book distills it into clear, simple language and supporting illustrations. Children learn to calm themselves, state the problem, listen, think of solutions, try one, evaluate results, and even agree to disagree when a solution isn’t possible. Includes skill-building games and role plays for adults to use with children.
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  • Respect and Take Care of Things

    Cheri J. Meiners, Meredith Johnson

    Paperback (Free Spirit Publishing, Sept. 15, 2004)
    Everything has a place. Things last longer when we take care of them. Respect, responsibility, and stewardship are concepts that even young children can relate to—because they have things they value. This book encourages children to pick up after themselves, put things back where they belong, and ask permission to use things that don’t belong to them. It also teaches simple environmental awareness: respecting and taking care of the earth. Includes ideas for adult-led activities and discussions.
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  • Try and Stick with It

    Cheri J. Meiners M.Ed.

    Paperback (Free Spirit Publishing, Sept. 15, 2004)
    It’s hard to try new things—for adults as well as children. It’s even harder to stay the course when something is more difficult than we thought it would be, or when things don’t work out the way we hoped. Yet flexibility and perseverance are essential to success in all areas of life, at all ages and stages. This book introduces children to the benefits of trying something new and the basics of stick-to-it-iveness. Includes suggestions adults can use to reinforce the ideas and skills being taught.
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  • Join In and Play

    Cheri J Meiners

    Paperback (Free Spirit Publishing, Dec. 15, 2003)
    It’s fun to make friends and play with others, but it’s not always easy to do. You have to make an effort, and you have to know the rules—like ask before joining in, take turns, play fair, and be a good sport. This book teaches the basics of cooperation, getting along, making friends, and being a friend. Includes ideas for games adults can use with kids to reinforce the skills being taught.
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  • Be Careful and Stay Safe

    Cheri J. Meiners M.Ed.

    Paperback (Free Spirit Publishing, Nov. 15, 2006)
    The world can seem so perilous, especially where our children are concerned. But even very young children can learn basic skills for staying safe in ordinary situations and preparing for emergencies. Without scaring kids (or alarming adults), this book teaches little ones how to avoid potentially dangerous situations, ask for help, follow directions, use things carefully, and plan ahead. Includes questions, activities, and safety games that reinforce the ideas being taught.
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  • Accept and Value Each Person

    Cheri J. Meiners M.Ed.

    Paperback (Free Spirit Publishing, April 15, 2006)
    The world is becoming more diverse, and so are the daily lives of our children. Accepting and valuing people and groups who are different from oneself and one's immediate family is a critical social skill. Accept and Value Each Person introduces diversity and related concepts: respecting differences, being inclusive, and appreciating people just the way they are. Includes questions, activities, and games that reinforce the ideas being taught.
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  • Share and Take Turns

    Cheri J. Meiners M.Ed.

    Paperback (Free Spirit Publishing, March 15, 2003)
    Sharing is a social skill all children need to learn—the sooner the better. Concrete examples and reinforcing illustrations help children practice sharing, understand how and why to share, and realize the benefits of sharing. Includes a note to teachers and parents, additional information for adults, and activities.
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  • Listen and Learn

    Cheri J. Meiners

    Paperback (Free Spirit Publishing, March 15, 2003)
    Knowing how to listen is essential to learning, growing, and getting along with others. Simple words and inviting illustrations help children develop skills for listening, understand why it’s important to listen, and recognize the positive results of listening. Includes a note to teachers and parents, additional information for adults, and activities.
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  • Understand and Care

    Cheri J. Meiners

    Paperback (Free Spirit Publishing, Aug. 15, 2003)
    Empathy is key to positive, healthy relationships. This book builds empathy in children. In clear, child-friendly words and illustrations, it helps them to understand that other people have feelings like theirs—and different from theirs. It guides children to show they care by listening to others and respecting their feelings. Includes questions to discuss and empathy games to play.
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  • Be Polite and Kind

    Cheri J. Meiners, Meredith Johnson

    Paperback (Free Spirit Publishing, Dec. 15, 2003)
    When children are kind, courteous, and respectful, people enjoy being around them and reciprocate with the same behavior. This book helps kids understand the importance of showing politeness, speaking kindly, using basic courtesies (“please,” “thank you,” “excuse me”), and respecting the feelings of others. Scenarios and role-play activities help adults reinforce the book’s lessons.
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