Have your students think, pair, and share verbally or have them write their responses to the following prompts.
- When do you think a kid’s birthday party is too much? Explain your answer with reasons and examples.
- Do you think expensive gifts mean more to kids than less-expensive ones? Why or why not?
- Some people believe that a person who has had too much as a child will always be looking for more and more stuff and bigger and bigger celebrations to make him or her happy as an adult. Do you agree or disagree? Why?
Read more about birthday parties at Birthday Parties, Part 1.
Writing Prompts and Discussion Topics on the subject of sadness.
- How long should it take a person to “get over” being sad? Explain the reasons for your answer.
- Can a person feel happy and sad at the same time? Explain your answer.
- Replacing something a person has lost (bicycle, pet, favorite toy) can prevent him or her from learning how to deal with sadness. Tell or write whether you agree with this statement. Explain why or why not.
Teachers, you can use this blog in classrooms. Here are two ideas about how.
- For middle or high school parenting or child development courses:
- Use the blog for discussion topics
- Require students to research the topics and agree or disagree with what the blog is suggesting.
2. For all courses, especially English Language Arts:
- Use the blog for writing prompts for paragraphs, theme papers, journal entries, class starters, etc. Have students read the blog and respond to:
- Do you agree with what is being said about kids? Do kids really act, think or feel that way?
- Do you agree with what is being said about parents, grandparents, teachers and child caregivers? Do or should they act, think or feel that way?
- What would be your advice on this topic?
- What was left out of this article?
- If you were a parent, would you use any of this information? How?
Why can this blog be a useful teaching tool?
- Students that see connections between their coursework and their lives do better in school.
- Most students will either be parents one day or have children in their lives that they care about, so the topical information can help them build their knowledge about children and parenting and develop a positive image of the type of parenting they want to do.
- The new core literacy standards adopted by most states call for frequent writing in all courses.
- Newly developed end-of-course assessments to be used by many states will require that students demonstrate that they can think critically. These prompts help students practice critical thinking.
- Newly developed end-of-course assessments to be used by many states will require that students demonstrate that they can analyze what they read. These prompts help students practice analysis.