What are books that SAFE consultants and members have found helpful?
Below are some potentially useful books for families in Asia.
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How To Grow A Connected Family – James & Lynne Jackson
How to Grow a Connected Family teaches four compelling principles that become a guide for life and relationships. These simple but profound ideas will fuel authentic love and faith at home and beyond. Through real life stories, engaging teaching, and reflective questions, you will learn to:
• Be peaceful and wiser for the challenges of parenting.
• Keep your love and God’s love for your children alive in their hearts.
• Integrate Biblical teaching in everyday life, and effectively train your children in respect, responsibility, faith, and a sense of calling.
• Discipline in ways that strengthen your children’s character and relationships.
Families that learn these principles find more joy and peace at home, AND they contagiously share their love with the world around them!
Raising Kingdom Kids: Giving Your Child a Living Faith – Tony Evans, PhD
From the bestselling author of Kingdom Man and Kingdom Woman, Raising Kingdom Kids equips parents to raise their children with a Kingdom perspective and also offers practical how-to advice on providing spiritual training as instructed in Scripture.
Dr. Tony Evans begins with an overarching look at the need for Kingdom parenting, our roles and responsibilities in raising God-following children, and how to prepare children to take on the assignments God has for their lives. He then takes a practical turn, with examples and illustrations to help parents understand and provide specific training for kids in the power of prayer, wisdom, loving God’s Word, getting through trials, controlling their tongues, developing patience, the surrender of service, and much more.
This book is for every dad or mom who wants to fulfill the parenting role God has given them―not just in raising healthy kids intellectually, physically, and socially, but in contributing to their child’s relationship with God and alignment under His plan.
Grace Based Parenting: Set Your Family Free – Tim Kimmel, PhD
Parents in our post-modern world tend to be committed to but anxious about their child-rearing responsibilities. They’ve tried the countless parenting books on the market, but many of these are strident, fear-based books that loving parents instinctively reject, while still searching for direction.
Now Dr. Tim Kimmel, founder of Family Matters ministries, offers a refreshing new look at parenting. Rejecting rigid rules and checklists that don’t work, Dr. Kimmel recommends a parenting style that mirrors God’s love, reflects His forgiveness, and displaces fear as a motivator for behavior. As we embrace the grace God offers, we begin to give it-creating a solid foundation for growing morally strong and spiritually motivated children.
Loving Our Kids on Purpose combines the principles of the Kingdom of God and revival to form a powerful strategy for parents.
Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom (2 Corinthians 3:17). Rather than the traditional approaches that train children to learn to accept being controlled by well-meaning parents and adults, this book teaches parents how to train children to manage their freedoms and protect their important heart-to-heart relationships.
Loving Our Kids on Purpose introduces paradigms, perceptions, skills, and ideas that will help parents reduce fear by eliminating the tool of punishment and strengthening the core character of their children by empowering their self-control and value for their relationship with their parents.
The stories we read–and the conversations we have about them–help shape family traditions, create lifelong memories, and become part of our legacy. Reading aloud not only has the power to change a family–it has the power to change the world.
But we all know that connecting deeply with our families can be difficult in our busy, technology-driven society. Reading aloud is one of the best ways to be fully present with our children, even after they can read themselves, but it isn’t always easy to do. Discover how to:
• Prepare your kids for academic success through reading to them
• Develop empathy and compassion in your kids through books
• Find time to read aloud in the midst of school, sports, and dinner dishes
• Choose books across a variety of sibling interests and ages
• Make reading aloud the best part of your family’s day
Raising Kids in a Screen Saturated World – Eliza Jane Huie
Our lives are influenced by technology like never before. Screens and devices have become a part of our daily lives bringing many benefits, as well as challenges not least to the area of parenting.
Our kids are digital natives, never having known a world that wasn’t saturated with screens, their knowledge and experience rapidly outstrip that of even the most technologically literate parents. Raising them to make safe and godly choices in this area is difficult as many of us are still working out how to use technology wisely ourselves.
Eliza Huie, a parent and Christian counselor, gives 5 tips to help us parent in this screen-saturated world. Her advice is biblical, practical, and non-judgmental as she explores how we can use our access to technology to help ourselves and our kids grow in love for God and service to one another.
In Screen Kids Gary Chapman and Arlene Pellicane will empower you with the tools you need to make positive changes. Through stories, science, and wisdom, you’ll discover how to take back your home from an overdependence on screens. Plus, you’ll learn to teach the five A+ skills that every child needs to master: affection, appreciation, anger management, apology, and attention. Learn how to:
• Protect and nurture your child’s growing brain
• Establish simple boundaries that make a huge difference
• Recognize the warning signs of gaming too much
• Raise a child who won’t gauge success through social media
• Teach your child to be safe online
This is the revised edition of “Growing Up Social”.
Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in Their Digital World – Devorah Heitner, PhD
Screenwise offers an encouraging perspective on how to thoughtfully guide kids in the digital age. Many parents and educators worry that kids are addicted, detached, or distracted because of their digital devices. Digital Citizenship expert Devorah Heitner, however, believes that technology offers huge potential to our children–if parents help them.
Screenwise helps parents recognize that the social wisdom they have gained throughout their lives is a relevant and urgently needed supplement to their kid’s digital savvy. These skills can help set kids up for a lifetime of success in a world fueled by technology.
As children spend more of their time on tablets and smartphones, using apps specially engineered to capture their attention, parents are concerned about the effects of so much technology use–and feel powerless to intervene. They want their kids to be competent and competitive in their use of technology, but they also want to prevent the attention problems that can develop from overuse. Lucy Jo Palladino shows that the key is to help kids build awareness and control over their own attention, and in this guide she gives parents the tools to do exactly that, in seven straightforward, evidence-based steps.
Parents will learn the best practices to guide children to understand and control their attention—and to recognize and resist when their attention is being “snatched.” This approach can be modified for kids of all ages. Parents will also learn the critical difference between voluntary and involuntary attention, new findings about brain development, and what puts children at risk for attention disorders.
Screen time is rapidly replacing family time, and for teens especially, it is hardwiring the way they connect with their world.
In Screens and Teens, Dr. Kathy helps you make sense of all this and empowers you to respond. She:
• Exposes the lies that technology can teach your teen
• Guides you in countering those lies with biblical truths and helpful practices
• Shares success stories of families who have cut back on technology and prioritized each other
Kathy’s research, experience, and relatability all come together for an inspiring book, sure to help you be closer with your kids.
Serving Well: Help for the Wannabe, Newbie, or Weary Cross-cultural Christian Worker – Jonathan & Elizabeth Trotter
Are you dreaming of working abroad? Imagining serving God in another land? Or are you already on the field, unsure about what to do next or how to manage the stresses of cross-cultural life? Or perhaps you’ve been on the field a while now, and you’re weary, maybe so weary that you wonder how much longer you can keep going.
If any of these situations describes you, there is hope inside this book. You’ll find steps you can take to prepare for the field, as well as ways to find strength and renewal if you’re already there. From the beginning to the end of the cross-cultural journey, Serving Well has something for you.
For more than a decade, Third Culture Kids has been the authority on “TCKs” – children of expatriates, missionaries, military personnel and others who live and work abroad. With a significant part of their developmental years spent outside of their passport country, TCKs create their own, unique “third” cultures.
Authors Pollock and Van Reken pioneered the TCK profile, which brought to light the emotional and psychological realities that come with the TCK journey, often resulting in feelings of rootlessness and grief but also an increased confidence and ability to interact with many cultures. Through interviews and personal writings, this new, expanded edition explores the challenges and benefits that TCKs encounter, and also widens the net to discuss the experiences of CCKs, cross-cultural kids, who are immigrants, international adoptees or the children of biracial or bicultural parents.
Highlighting dramatic changes brought about by instant communication and ever-evolving mobility patterns, Third Culture Kids reveals the hidden diversity in our world and challenges traditional notions of identity and “home” – and shows us how the TCK experience is becoming increasingly common and valuable.
Over 200 million people currently live abroad; more than 50 million are temporary residents, intending to return to their country of origin. Misunderstood explores the impact international life can have on the children of such families – while they live overseas, when they return, and as they mature into adults. Similarities in their shared experiences (regardless of the different countries in which they have lived) create a safe space of comfort and understanding. Tanya Crossman introduces this space – the Third Culture – through the personal stories of hundreds of individuals. Whether you grew up overseas, are raising children overseas, or know a family living abroad, Misunderstood will equip you with insights into the international experience, along with practical suggestions for how to offer meaningful care and support.
Between Worlds: Essays On Culture And Belonging – Marilyn R. Gardner
“In the hall of an old Inn by the ocean is a sign that reads ‘Home is Where Our Story Begins.’ But if home is where our story begins, what happens when we can’t go back?” Marilyn Gardner was raised in Pakistan and went on to raise her own five children in Pakistan and Egypt before moving to small town New England. Between Worlds will resonate with those who have lived outside of their passport country, as well as those who have not. These essays explore the rootlessness and grief as well as the unexpected moments of humor and joy that are a part of living between two worlds. Between Worlds charts a journey between the cultures of East and West, the comfort of being surrounded by loved ones and familiar places, and the loneliness of not belonging. “Every one of us has been at some point between two worlds, be they faith and loss of faith, joy and sorrow, birth and death. Between Worlds is a luminous guide for connecting—and healing—worlds.” – Cathy Romeo, co-author, Ended Beginnings: Healing Childbearing Losses
Where is home? What is home? For kids who are raised internationally, these are massive questions. The essays in Finding Home explore the delights and the struggles of TCKs. Who are Third Culture Kids? Why does it matter? From adoption to transitioning to university, deciding to live abroad as an adult or not, healing from trauma, and developing roots in passport or host countries, these stories highlight the unique joys and challenges of a global life.
Life is filled with transitions. Sometimes they happen in one geographical place. We move from childhood to adulthood, singleness to marriage, health to chronic illness. Other times they occur when we relocate from one place to another. In Life in Motion, we see how ever since Adam and Eve had to leave the Garden of Eden, humans have had to deal with the reality of making geographic transitions. Amazingly, we discover that people who made such transitions in ancient times responded in remarkably similar ways as we do today. Through their stories, we gain insight into the normal stages of transition, how we often respond during each stage, and how we can grow through all transitions with strength and hope.
When you go abroad to serve, you’re thinking about the language, the losses, and the excitement. When you return home you’re thinking about your friends and family, the losses, and the relief. Most aren’t thinking about the process of transition—and yet if you do, it can make the difference between a smooth entry and re-entry, or a decidedly bumpy landing. Veteran of serving abroad Amy Young is the perfect companion to guide you through the much-neglected process of transitions. Practical in nature, Looming Transitions places a strong emphasis on:
• Keeping your soul fertile as you stay grounded in Christ
• Looking for the lighter moments
• Learning about yourself
• Helping others
• Making lists
• Leaning into grief as you prepare for your transition
An accompanying activity book is also available.
Just like a space shuttle struggles and strains to re-enter the earth’s atmosphere, so those returning from living overseas can find themselves confused and in a state of panic at coming home. While people anticipate that going overseas will require major changes in their lifestyles and thinking, few anticipate the difficulties they will face upon return. Intended to aid the re-entry process, this encouraging, and insightful book deals with these important subjects:
• adapting to the passport culture
• identifying areas of potential struggle
• dealing with the emotional challenges
• finding a new job, a new place to live, learning the social mores
• returning is not coming home it is leaving home
• facilitating a smooth transition for those on the receiving end
Arrivals, Departures, And The Adventures In-Between – Christopher O’Shaughnessy
Everyone’s got a story to tell. If your story involves growing up among different cultures – either moving between them or having them move around you – then read this book. Growing up and transitioning cross-culturally can present unexpected challenges and bestow surprising skills. This is a book of adventures to help identify some of those challenges and use some of those skills in your own life – which is important because you’ve got more to contribute to the world than you realize.
Raising Global Nomads – Robin Pascoe
A lot has changed since well-known Canadian author Robin Pascoe wrote Culture Shock! A Parent’s Guide. The world has become globalized, digitalized, and sadly, terrorized. That’s the big picture that Pascoe examines in Raising Global Nomads. In her own life, the author’s day job raising her two children has ended as her daughter begins a career as an environmental activist and her son heads to university. In her fifth book for expatriate families, the author recounts with honesty and trademark humour what worked for her family and shares the hard lessons learned. Parenting styles in general, and of Third Culture Kids in particular, have changed dramatically, prompting this timely and comprehensive reexamination of the challenges of parenting abroad.
A Parent’s Guide To Raising Kids Overseas – Jeff Devens
Being an effective parent isn’t about being perfect; it’s about being intentional.
Parenting is tough enough in your own backyard, so when an opportunity leads you and your family abroad, it seems like parenting takes on a whole new dimension. Dr. Jeff Devens, psychologist, counselor, and twenty-two-year veteran educator in the international school community, skillfully addresses many of the issues parents face today in the context of living in an international setting and raising “Third-Culture Kids.”
Raising Up A Generation Of Healthy Third Culture Kids – Lauren Wells
If we could ensure that our TCKs would grow up healthy and resilient, we would do it in a heartbeat. In Raising up a Generation of Healthy Third Culture Kids, Lauren Wells has gifted us with a gentle guide and a preventive health primer, unique in the field of third culture kid literature. This book is a goldmine of wisdom, organized in a practical and readable format. While we cannot know all our TCKs will go through, we can take a giant step forward by learning how to multiply the benefits of a global life and conversely pay attention to the challenges that can become stumbling blocks to healthy development. If you are working with, raising, or love Third Culture Kids from any part of the globe, this book will give you practical ways to be proactive about the way you raise up Third Culture Kids.
The question “Where are you from?” isn’t normally a source of stress, unless you’re a Third Culture Kid. It’s hard out there for a TCK, but it’s even harder for a TCT (a Third Culture Teen) — not only stuck between different cultures, but stuck between childhood and adulthood. The Third Culture Teen: In Between Cultures, In Between Life Stages denotes how being an expat means a life of journeying — not only a physical journey around the world but a psychological one within yourself. The author shares her struggles with identity; lacking the confidence to call herself a true Korean. She describes how she has felt like a mish-mash of all the cultures within her, which enhanced her insecurities about her “unfinished,” “incomplete” self. If you feel misunderstood and uncategorized as a teenage TCK, you are not alone. This book will help you see that you do belong somewhere.
Expat Teens Talk is specifically targeted to expatriate teenagers and those who work with this unique population. It addresses the needs and different challenges that Expat Teens face throughout their lives (in particular, their adolescent years), and enables them to learn more about and understand that most of what they are going through and what they feel as a result of constant change in their lives is ‘normal’ and shared by many other Expat Teens worldwide. Expat Teens, worldwide, shared with us their stories, questions, challenges, fears, and experiences. In return for their submissions, we provided them with support, advice, and solutions from the perspective of their fellow Expat Peers, as well as the perspective of other Expat Parents and Expat Professionals, as these are the three groups that Expat Teenagers most want to hear from. It is meant to be a ‘dip in, dip out’ book, as opposed to feeling like it has to be read from cover to cover. We hope to provide the tools and information that Expat Teens can use to empower themselves and their peers, worldwide.
Hiding In The Hallway – Jeanne Harrison
Written specifically to missionary teens, Hiding in the Hallway offers MKs a biblical context for their faith in light of their unique circumstances, challenges, and opportunities. Filled with personal anecdotes, former MK Jeanne Harrison champions gospel relevancy and the need for MKs to continue to filter their lives through a biblical worldview. Covering seven main areas relevant to the missionary teen life both on and off the missions field, this book also includes a chapter for parents to help foster discussion with their teens.
Third Culture Kids: A Gift to Care For – Ulrike Ernvik
Third Culture Kids are Global Nomads who have moved in between cultures many times and therefore are a part of many cultures. Their beauty and challenge in life is to integrate and embrace all their experiences into a life story that reflects who they are. Using interactive and reflective activities to accomplish this, the whole brain and body are involved in the processing. Deeper relationships are built as families and groups do the activities together. Young and adult TCKs, parents, teachers, sending agencies and others who care for TCKs can all find meaningful activities that bring understanding, integration and joy.
Emotional Resilience and the Expat Child: Practical Storytelling Techniques That Will Strengthen the Global Family – Julia Simens
Emotional Resilience and the Expat Child provides a step-by-step guide that is designed to increase a child’s emotional vocabulary and emotional intelligence. Doing this will enable your child to achieve his or her fullest potential. The bond between an adult and child is key to the psychological health of the child. For the expatriate child, this bond is more vital than ever. This workbook has been created for you to use together and will provide the perfect place to connect for you and your family. With easily understood and practical steps any parent can apply, you can start to create and enjoy your family’s ’emotion stories’.
Featuring a carefully curated reading treasury of the best children’s literature for each area of the globe, as well as practical parenting suggestions and inspiration, Give Your Child the World helps moms and dads raise insightful, compassionate kids who fall in love with the world and are prepared to change it for good.
Well-chosen stories connect us with others, even those on the other side of the globe. Build your kids’ lives on a story-solid foundation and you’ll give them armor to shield themselves from the world’s cynicism. You’ll give them confidence to persevere in the face of life’s conflicts. You’ll give them a reservoir of compassion that spills over into a lifetime of love in action.
Give Your Child the World includes more than 600 children’s book recommendations from around the world. Reading lists are organized by region, country, and age range (ages 4-12). Each listing includes a brief description of the book, its themes, and any content of which parents should be aware.
Slurping Soup and Other Confusions: True stories to help Third Culture Kids during transitions – Ahmad, Emigh, Gemmer, Menezes, Tonges & Willshire
Slurping Soup And Other Confusions is a collection of twenty-three real life stories from Third Culture Kids. Each story is followed by a related activity. The activities are suitable for three to twelve year olds and include brainstorming, problem solving, party planning, family tree, quirky word games etc. The book aims to help children cope with the challenges of living internationally. The stories explore: – Adapting to new environments -Who am I? Where do I belong? – Home and family adjustment – Cultural differences – Friendship change. This charming book is a catalyst for crucial discussions every expat family needs to have.
Kids On The Move: 25 Activities to Help Kids Connect, Reflect & Thrive Around the World – Leah Moorefield Evans & Jodi Harris, MSW
Any globally mobile kid will tell you it’s not just the suitcases that get heavy with each move. Sometimes it feels as though every emotion, every up and down, every worry and every bit of new adventure gets packed up for the journey. It can feel like a lot to carry, but it doesn’t have to be a burden. In fact all of these experiences provide an incredible opportunity for growth, insight, curiosity and self-compassion. With these 25 invaluable activities, young people learn to turn toward what they’re experiencing and to seek to understand what they find there, so that a life lived between worlds becomes truly a life of opportunity.
This book is out of print (thus the high retail price). However, you can purchase the digital version directly from Cathy Duffy.
102 Top Picks makes it easy for home educators to select the right curriculum for each family situation and each child’s learning style. Widely-recognized curriculum expert Cathy Duffy walks you through the curriculum selection process: goal setting, figuring out which educational approach to use, developing your own philosophy of education, determining your teaching style, and identifying your children’s learning styles. “At-a-glance” charts highlight key features of each Top Pick selection. Scanning through the charts allows you to quickly identify products likely to be of interest. The charts are followed by extensive reviews of each of Cathy’s Top Picks. This is an updated and extensively revised edition of 101 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum.
Yardsticks: Children In The Classroom, Ages 4-14 – Chip Wood
Written with warmth and humor, Yardsticks offers clear descriptions of children’s development. This comprehensive, user-friendly reference helps teachers and administrators use knowledge of child development to shape classrooms and schools where all children can succeed.
For each age, this book includes:
• Narrative description of developmental traits
• Charts summarizing physical, social, language, and cognitive growth patterns
• Suggestions for curricular areas: reading, writing, mathematics, and thematic units
• Favorite books for different ages.
Parents who are deeply invested in their children’s education can be hard on themselves and their kids. When exhausted parents are living the day-to-day grind, it can seem impossible to muster enough energy to make learning fun or interesting. How do parents nurture a love of learning amid childhood chaos, parental self-doubt, the flu, and state academic standards?
In this book, Julie Bogart distills decades of experience–homeschooling her five now grown children, developing curricula, and training homeschooling families around the world–to show parents how to make education an exciting, even enchanting, experience for their kids, whether they’re in elementary or high school.
This new, revised, and first print edition of Sarah Mackenzie’s best-selling eBook version contains 35% new content! Those who have made the decision to homeschool their children have done so out of great love for their children and a desire to provide them an excellent education in the context of a warm, enriching home. Yet so many parents (mainly mothers) who have taken up this challenge find the enterprise often full of stress, worry, and anxiety. In this practical, faith-based, and inspirational book, Sarah Mackenzie addresses these questions directly, appealing to her own study of restful learning (scholé) and her struggle to bring restful learning to her (six) children.
The Global Nomad’s Guide To University Transition – Tina L. Quick
This is the first book written to and for students who have been living outside their “passport” countries but are either returning “home” or transitioning on to another host country for college/university. It addresses the common issues students face when they are making the double transition of not only adjusting to a new life stage but to a cultural change as well. Parents will appreciate the chapter dedicated to how they can come alongside their students, prepare them for the journey and support them throughout this major transition.
The Truth About College Admission: A Family Guide to Getting In and Staying Together – Brennan Barnard & Rick Clark
The Truth about College Admission is the easy-to-follow, comprehensive, go-to guide for families. The expert authors―with inside knowledge from both the high school and university sides of the experience―provide critical advice, thoughtful strategies, helpful direction, and invaluable reassurance during the long and often bewildering college admission journey. From searching for colleges and creating a list of favorites to crafting an application, learning what schools are looking for academically and outside the classroom, and getting insight into how colleges decide who to accept, this book covers every important step. Helpful sections like “Try This,” “Talk about This,” and “Check In” show your family how to have open and balanced conversations to keep everyone on the same page, feeling less stressed, and actually enjoying the adventure together.
The College Conversation: A Practical Companion for Parents to Guide Their Children Along the Path to Higher Education – Eric Furda & Jacques Steinberg
From an Ivy League dean and a college admissions expert, a guide to help parents support their children as they navigate their way to college
The College Conversation is a comprehensive resource for mapping the path through the college application process that provides practical advice and reassurance to keep both anxious parents and confused children sane and grounded. Rather than adding to the existing canon of “How to Get In” college guides or rankings, Eric Furda and Jacques Steinberg provide a step-by-step approach to having the tough conversations on this topic with less stress and more success.
College Admission Essentials – Ethan Sawyer
You can take control of the college admission process, and you can do it in a way that’s as effective as it is empowering. Ethan Sawyer (the College Essay Guy), along with dozens of top admission experts, will help you stand out by showing colleges and universities how your values and your drive will change you, your alma mater, and the world.
Inside you’ll find…
•Advice and insight from a team of counselors, advisors, and deans of admission
•Interactive exercises that quickly and easily provide the best content for your application
•Access to a massive database of online resources, including organizational tools and in-depth guides
•Guidance for veterans, students with learning differences, minority students, students interested in women’s colleges or HBCUs, and more
Many parents question whether it’s even possible to find a college that is satisfying to both parent and child, that will offer college scholarships for high school students who were homeschooled. In The HomeScholar Guide to College Admission and Scholarships, college admission consultant and homeschool expert, Lee Binz, puts these concerns to rest. In a clear, step-by-step manner, Lee lays out a virtual college admission 101 course on how she helped her students earn admission and get scholarships for college.
Learn the secrets to successfully navigate the college process from start to finish, including selecting a college, negotiating college fairs, earning college scholarships for high school students, and marketing your student effectively. Receive gentle encouragement and practical help from Lee Binz, a homeschool coach and mentor who really understands.
Setting the Records Straight will provide you the tools and information you need to understand homeschool record keeping and create homeschool records to perfectly document your amazing homeschool education in a way that will demand attention. You CAN craft high school transcripts and records that gain choice college admission and win BIG scholarships.
Here is what you will learn:
• How to build winning homeschool high school transcripts, regardless of your homeschool methods or style.
• How to become a champion homeschool records organizer and use them to create a beautiful homeschool portfolio.
• How to create credible grades and homeschool credits, even if you don’t give tests.
• How to demonstrate the perfect homeschool record keeping that colleges are looking for.
Language Learning for Children: A 20-Lesson Curriculum to Help Children Feel Welcome in Any Language – Alyssa Johnson, Christine Lewis
Language Learning for Children is a 20-lesson curriculum designed to start children learning a new language and culture. This curriculum utilizes (and requires) a native speaker of the language you want to learn. It is designed to be run by parents with small groups of children of almost any age range. Each lesson is scripted for consistency and includes activities that will engage a variety of learning styles (story time, drawing/coloring, active game, etc).
Children will learn how to respond to basic questions found in all languages. They will learn over 200 words that are relevant to young children (colors, foods, body parts, daily activities, good manners) as well as discover how to participate in the new culture in an appropriate way (shopping at a store, hosting a guest). This curriculum will help your children engage in a new language and culture!
STEAM AHEAD! DIY FOR KIDS is an easy-to-follow, step-by-step instruction book for parents and children. It introduces kids between the ages of four and ten to the magic of electronics, game and toy designing, printing, understanding basic scientific principles and most importantly, they’ll have a blast making them. Inside this book you will find projects on LED cards, dance pads, handmade soaps, bubble blowers, Play-Doh circuits, cloud lanterns, scribbling bots and more!
Created by NASA STEM certified leader, Sumita Mukherjee, this book is jam packed with projects that will engage any bored child. The hands-on projects are broken into areas of practical implementation: Party, Build, Toys and Art. They have also been sorted according to levels of difficultly and STEAM relevance. Adding one or two experiments per week can get your child excited about science, inventions, science fair projects and overall classroom performance.
Disability in Mission: The Church’s Hidden Treasure outlines a radical change in approaches to missiology, missions, and praxis for the twenty-first-century global cultural context. It explores a pattern whereby God works powerfully in missions through disability and not in spite of it. No matter what our disability or vulnerability may be, God can use us; and if the body of Christ is supportive, people with disability can be effective agents of transformation in the mission field. Via a number of case studies of people with disabilities who are involved in missions, and with robust biblical and missiological justification, this book examines the role of those with disability in missions.
A how-to, a manifesto, and a wise and reassuring companion for parents of neuro-atypical children, who often feel that they have no place to turn, Differently Wired offers 18 paradigm-shifting ideas—what the author calls “tilts”—that will change everything, including how to Get Out of Isolation and Connect, how to Help Your Kids Embrace Self-Discovery, and how to Show Up and Live in the Present. And through theses “tilts,” how to stay open, pay attention, and become an exceptional parent to your exceptional child.
Smart But Scattered: The Revolutionary “Executive Skills” Approach To Helping Kids Reach Their Potential – Peg Dawson, EdD & Richard Guare, PhD
There’s nothing more frustrating than watching your bright, talented son or daughter struggle with everyday tasks like finishing homework, putting away toys, or following instructions at school. Your “smart but scattered” child might also have trouble coping with disappointment or managing anger. Drs. Peg Dawson and Richard Guare have great news: there’s a lot you can do to help.
The latest research in child development shows that many kids who have the brain and heart to succeed lack or lag behind in crucial “executive skills”–the fundamental habits of mind required for getting organized, staying focused, and controlling impulses and emotions. Learn easy-to-follow steps to identify your child’s strengths and weaknesses, use activities and techniques proven to boost specific skills, and problem-solve daily routines. Small changes can add up to big improvements–this empowering book shows how.
The Executive Function Guidebook: Strategies to Help All Students Achieve Success – Roberta I. Strosnider & Valerie Saxton Sharpe
Teaching executive function skills doesn’t have to be difficult. This unique guidebook—designed with busy teachers in mind—introduces a flexible seven-step model that incorporates Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles and the use of metacognition. Features include:
· Descriptions of each skill and its impact on learning
· Examples of instructional steps to assist students as they set goals and work to achieve success.
· Strategies coded by competency and age/grade level
· Authentic snapshots and “think about” sections
· Templates for personalized goal-setting, data collection, and success plans
· Accompanying strategy cards
Executive Functioning Workbook: Simple, Effective Advice and Checklists to Help Build Executive Functioning Skills – Melissa Mullin & Karen Fried
In The Executive Functioning Workbook for Teens, a licensed school counselor provides an evidence-based, easy-to-use, and practical workbook written directly for a teen audience. The book is designed to provide teens with the skills needed to get organized, retain information, communicate effectively, and perform well in school and in everyday life. Based in proven-effective cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), the book offers activities that will help teens better understand their disorder and cope with it effectively.
In The Executive Functioning Workbook for Teens, a licensed school counselor provides an evidence-based, easy-to-use, and practical workbook written directly for a teen audience. The book is designed to provide teens with the skills needed to get organized, retain information, communicate effectively, and perform well in school and in everyday life. Based in proven-effective cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), the book offers activities that will help teens better understand their disorder and cope with it effectively.
The Study Skills Curriculum: Developing Organized Successful Students Elementary – High School – Patricia Schetter & Victoria Murphy
The Study Skills Curriculum is the answer to the expressed needs of educators to systematically teach executive functioning skills, organizational skills, increased independence and improved overall student behavior. The long-term result of systematic instruction in these areas is greater success in school and as adults.
All of the lessons in this curriculum were derived from the concepts found in the popular book Learning the ROPES for Improved Executive Functioning Skills (Schetter 2003). Each of the seven units begins with an objective followed by lessons which are broken down into activities to build students executive functioning skills. Instructional forms and bonus forms are available to download. All other required materials are listed in each unit.
The Zones of Regulation – Leah M. Kuypers
The Zones of Regulation is a curriculum geared toward helping students gain skills in consciously regulating their actions, which in turn leads to increased control and problem solving abilities. Using a cognitive behavior approach, the curriculum’s learning activities are designed to help students recognize when they are in different states called \”zones,\” with each of four zones represented by a different color. In the activities, students also learn how to use strategies or tools to stay in a zone or move from one to another. Students explore calming techniques, cognitive strategies, and sensory supports so they will have a toolbox of methods to use to move between zones.
Raising a Sensory Smart Child: The Definitive Handbook for Helping Your Child with Sensory Processing Issues – Lindsey Biel & Nancy Peske
For children with sensory difficulties – those who struggle process everyday sensations and exhibit unusual behaviors such as avoiding or seeking out touch, movement, sounds, and sights – this groundbreaking book is an invaluable resource. Sensory processing challenges affect all kinds of kind – from those with developmental delays, learning and attention issues, or autism spectrum disorder to those without any other issues. Now in its third edition, Raising a Sensory Smart Child is even more comprehensive and helpful than ever.
The Well Balanced Child is a passionate manifesto for a “whole body” approach to learning, which integrates the brain, senses, movement, and play. This fully revised edition includes a new chapter with a story and movement exercise that parents can use to help children reach their potential.
From the award-winning author of Autism Spectrum Disorders, comes Adolescents on the Autism Spectrum, a complete guide to the cognitive, emotional, social, and physical needs of preteens and teenagers with autistic disorders, ranging from the relatively mild Asperger’s Syndrome to more severe ability impairment. Using clear examples, practical advice, and supportive insights, this book covers:
• Health risks such as seizures and depression
• Treatments, therapies, and teaching strategies
• Teaching skills to cope with puberty, self-care, and social skills
• Teenage emotions, sexuality, appropriate relationships, and dating
• Middle school, high school, and developing an Individual Educational Program
• Preparing for life after high school
Thinking in Pictures: My Life with Autism – Temple Grandin
Originally published in 1995 as an unprecedented look at autism, Grandin writes from the dual perspectives of a scientist and an autistic person to give a report from “the country of autism.” Introducing a groundbreaking model which analyzes people based on their patterns of thought, Grandin “charts the differences between her life and the lives of those who think in words” (The Philadelphia Inquirer).
For the new edition, Grandin has written a new afterword addressing recent developments in the study of autism, including new diagnostic criteria, advancements in genetic research, updated tips, insights into working with children and young people with autism, and more.
Homeschooling The Child With Asperger Syndrome – Lise Pyles
Packed with inspiring ideas and tips that can be used with any curriculum and on any budget, Homeschooling the Child with Asperger Syndrome explains how to design a varied study programme built around the child’s own interests, making use of simple material as well as computers and on-line resources. Parents planning to homeschool their child with Asperger Syndrome will appreciate Lise Pyles’ encouraging and practical advice, including step-by-step instructions on how to assess and improve body language and social skills, accommodating the child’s need for ritual or perfectionist tendencies, and how to develop handwriting and coordination skills.
Home Schooling Children With Special Needs – Sharon C Hensley
Do you have a child with a learning problem, and you feel apprehensive about teaching him at home? Do you need help locating the best resources for home schooling your child with special needs? Do you find yourself confused and intimidated by the professional jargon related to special education? Do you struggle with discouragement related to your child’s progress in learning? If you answer “yes” to any of these questions, Home Schooling Children with Special Needs will help you. You’ll gain confidence to teach your child at home. You’ll find resources and guidelines for planning an effective home school program. You’ll learn to understand the vocabulary and ideas that you need to make good decisions for your child. You’ll discover emotional strength and learn to identify the attitudes that support effective teaching.
Whether you already homeschool, are considering it, or just want to help your child after school, Homeschooling Your Struggling Learner helps you teach your child at home. Kathy Kuhl homeschooled her struggling learner for 4th-12th grades. After he graduated, she interviewed 64 homeschoolers with children with different learning problems, including autism, learning disabilities, ADHD, and other conditions. She distills their wisdom while conveying her own experience and insights.
Often, families will choose homeschooling because they have children who cannot cope or thrive within traditional educational environments due to special physical or emotional needs. Homeschooling the Challenging Child addresses these special education issues, offering potential and current homeschooling families qualified and expert advice. Experienced homeschool mom and author Christine Field will offer hope and direction for those seeking to offer their children the best educational opportunities available.
Homeschooling Gifted Kids gives parents a great deal of practical support and confidence to meet the academic needs of their bright and twice-exceptional learners. Written by a veteran homeschooler, this book clearly and concisely teaches parents how to homeschool their advanced learners, focusing on special considerations that often go along with gifted children such as providing challenging curriculum, offering outlets for artistic and creative talents, accelerating students into college courses early, and finding them true intellectual peers. Homeschooling Gifted Kids covers everything from curriculum choices and learning styles, to integrating technology and online courses, to finding social support for both children and parents. From making the decision to homeschool to planning for the transition to college, this book has the answers parents need to help their children succeed!
Leaving Home: Third Culture Kids Confront the Coronavirus Pandemic – Tamara L. Ballast
Readers, enter the charmingly illustrated world of nine-year-old Alana and her younger brother Aiden as they struggle to understand the coronavirus pandemic. See how Alana faces her fears as her family prepares for a big move. As you take time to consider Alana’s questions, you will no doubt find answers to some of your own.
Swirly – Sara Saunders
Lila, born in the Blue Country and having lived in the Yellow Country, then the Red, has swirls of all of those colors in her but wonders if she belongs in any one place until a swirly boy’s mother tells of Jesus, who was also swirly and has prepared a home for them all.
B At Home – Valerie Besanceney
Emma is only ten years old, but has already moved twice. Now, her parents are telling her the family is moving again. She’s furious, sad, nervous, and a little excited, all at the same time. Unsure of how to tackle these conflicting emotions, she turns to B, her faithful teddy bear. While trying to come to terms with the challenges of another move, what Emma really wants is just to ‘be at home’. As the journeys of Emma and B unfold, home changes once again, but home also begins to take on a new meaning that Emma can take with her wherever she goes.
Here I Am – Patti Kim & Sonia Sanchez
Newly arrived from their faraway homeland, a boy and his family enter into the lights, noise, and traffic of a busy American city in this dazzling wordless picture book. The language is unfamiliar. Food, habits, games, and gestures are puzzling. They boy clings tightly to his special keepsake from home and wonders how he will find his way. How will he once again become the happy, confident kid he used to be? Walk in his shoes as he takes the first tentative steps toward discovering joy in his new world. A poignant and affirming view of the immigrant experience.
The Big Move – Clare Rowe
Join Tortoise on his journey through change, experiencing denial, resistance, exploration and commitment. At first, he has a hard time accepting that he’s moving. They tell him it will be an ADVENTURE and so much FUN, but Tortoise doesn’t believe anyone. This colourful, rhyming picture book is told from the viewpoint of a child moving to the other side of the world and how he experiences the emotions that accompany change. This story is a great resource for schools, children and parents alike, whether you are an expat or the parent of a child moving home or starting school. It provides helpful talking points and useful tips for parents dealing with transition too.
Sammy’s Next Move – Helen Maffini
Sammy’s Next Move is a wonderful story about a snail named Sammy who lives around the world with his parents. He is a ‘third culture kid’, TCK or global nomad. He often moves to new countries and has to change schools and make new friends. Sammy experiences the feelings and thoughts common to children in similar situations. Sammy is a snail and so he carries his home with him wherever he goes, just as a third culture kid does by knowing that home is where their heart is! Look for more Sammy stories coming soon!
Moving Planet Isn’t Easy – Catalina Del Rio Faes
Flup is a happy, young alien living with his family on Xtron when one day he gets some surprising news. His parents have new jobs on a planet millions of miles away, a scary place called Earth. How will Flup manage without his best friend? Will humans be as strange as he thinks? Join Flup as he discovers life on Earth isn’t quite what he expected… For children, a big move involving changes to their environment, food, language and culture can be very challenging. Through Flup and his engaging story, parents can begin to talk to their children about moving country. An advice section written by expat parents adds another dimension to this book, making it a valuable tool for families relocating abroad.
Patches the Moving Bear – Leah Moorefield Evans
Patches moves to a new home with his family every few years. So far, he has lived in Russia, Ecuador, Ukraine, and Paraguay. Luckily, he has a couple of strategies to help him say good-bye and remember the home he is leaving. Learn about his story in this full color picture book!
Gila Monsters Meet You At The Airport – Weinman Sharmat
“I live at 165 East 95th Street, and I’m going to stay here forever.” says the young hero firmly. After all, out West nobody plays baseball because they’re too busy chasing buffaloes, and you have to ride a horse to school even if you don’t know how, and you can’t sit down because of the cactus. But his parents are moving West, and they say he has to go, too.
Once there, however, the boy doesn’t meet the Gila monsters he expected. And on the ride to his new home (by taxi, not horse) he discovers the West is neither as different nor as bad as he’d imagined.
Alexander, Who’s Not (Do you hear me? I mean it!) Going to Move – Judith Viorst
Alexander is not going to leave his best friend Paul. Or Rachel, the best babysitter in the world. Or the Baldwins, who have a terrific dog named Swoozie. Or Mr. and Mrs. Oberdorfer, who always give great treats on Halloween. Who cares if his father has a new job a thousand miles away? Alexander is not — Do you hear him? He Means it! — going to move.
Alexander’s back, facing another of childhood’s trials and tribulations with Judith Viorst’s trademark humor and keen sense of what’s important to kids.
Alexander and The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day – Judith Viorst
The perennially popular tale of Alexander’s worst day is a storybook that belongs on every child’s bookshelf.
Alexander knew it was going to be a terrible day when he woke up with gum in this hair.
And it got worse…
His best friend deserted him. There was no dessert in his lunch bag. And, on top of all that, there were lima beans for dinner and kissing on TV!
Who Moved My Cheese?: For Kids – Spencer Johnson
Young readers will enjoy following the story of the four little characters, Sniff, Scurry, Hem and Haw, who make their way through a maze looking for the “Magical Cheese” that makes them happy. And once they find the Cheese, it seems like it will last forever-until one morning when everything changes. Who moved their Cheese? Will it come back? Or will they have to look for different Cheese, venturing onto strange paths, around corners they’ve never explored? As children follow these friends through the maze of change, they can try to figure out which character they’re most like-or which they most admire-and what their own Magical Cheese might be.
The Heart and The Bottle – Oliver Jeffers
There is a wonder and magic to childhood. We don’t realize it at the time, of course . . . yet the adults in our lives do. They encourage us to see things in the stars, to find joy in colors and laughter as we play.
But what happens when that special someone who encourages such wonder and magic is no longer around? We can hide, we can place our heart in a bottle and grow up . . . or we can find another special someone who understands the magic. And we can encourage them to see things in the stars, find joy among colors and laughter as they play.
It Will Be Okay is a book about a seed that lives on shelf and loves it. But Farmer had other plans for the seed. One day, a fox comes in the shed where the seed is after a traumatic experience and meets Seed. Fox wants to be Seed’s friend. Seed didn’t want it at first. But then, they decide to be friends. They grew a friendship. Throughout this time, Farmer always watches over them, Fox and Seed. But the farmer has other plans for the seed, to grow. The seed was scared but the farmer said “trust me”.
School is starting in the forest, but Chester Raccoon does not want to go. To help ease Chester’s fears, Mrs. Raccoon shares a family secret called the Kissing Hand to give him the reassurance of her love any time his world feels a little scary. Since its first publication in 1993, this heartwarming book has become a children’s classic that has touched the lives of millions of children and their parents, especially at times of separation, whether starting school, entering daycare, or going to camp. It is widely used by kindergarten teachers on the first day of school. Stickers at the back will help children and their parents keep their Kissing Hand alive.
What Should Danny Do? The Power to Choose Series – Adir & Ganit Levy
With 9 Stories in 1, the fun never ends! What Should Danny Do? is an innovative, interactive book that empowers kids with the understanding that their choices will shape their days, and ultimately their lives into what they will be. Written in a “Choose Your Own Story” style, the book follows Danny, a Superhero-in-Training, through his day as he encounters choices that kids face on a daily basis. As your children navigate through the different story lines, they will begin to realize that their choices for Danny shaped his day into what it became. And in turn, their choices for themselves will shape their days, and ultimately their lives, into what they will be.
What Have You Lost? – Naomi Shihab Nye
This collection of 140 poems reflect on the provocative question posed by the title of this book, and includes poems by a shoe, a house, a father, innocence, and more.
Home, James – Emily Steele Jackson
From debut author Emily Steele Jackson, Home, James is an entertaining and heartwarming story about finding yourself in a place you never thought you’d call home. Everyone else in thirteen-year-old James’ family is thrilled to be moving back to the USA, but James doesn’t see why their wonderful life in China needs to end. Even though his passport says he’s American, James feels like he’s arrived in a foreign country. He’s sure eighth grade in this new place will be a disaster. With mysteries like cheese knives, drama llamas, and the Pledge of Allegiance, will Missoula, Montana ever feel like home?
Home Keeps Moving – Heidi Sand-Hart
Home Keeps Moving follows Heidi and her missionary family on their many moves through the eyes of a Third Culture Kid (TCK) and the unique phenomena of having four very different home countries to relate to. It tells the true story of being catapulted from continent to continent constantly: leaving friends and starting all over again, her unquenchable search for a ‘home’ and sense of belonging in this world, her desire for a life-partner with the odds all but against her due to constantly relocating (even into adulthood). You will laugh and cry along with Heidi as she recounts hilarious and heart-breaking tales from her childhood as West blends with East.
When Taylor Murray arrived in Japan, she felt like she was on an adventure-an adventure that God had called her family to take. The unique food, the strange language and the foreign culture were exciting and new. But the novelty of life overseas wore off, and Taylor became overwhelmed with frustration, loneliness and the sorrow of leaving everything she knew-the States, her home, her extended family-for everything she didn’t know. She kept these emotions hidden in her heart until they reached a boiling point. Written as a series of individual prayers to God, Hidden in My Heart tells Taylor’s story as she transparently unloads her grief and anger on Him and, surprisingly, finds Him willing to listen and bring her to a place of healing and-ultimately-joy. Taylor, a homeschooler, became a TCK when she was nine years old. She realizes that TCKs live between two worlds and often experience unique struggles. Her desire is to help other TCKs reflect on their emotions and pursue God’s perspective.
This is the twenty-fifth anniversary of Jean Fritz’s award-winning account of her life in China, and to honor this story, it is only fitting that it be added to our prestigious line of Puffin Modern Classics. This fictionalized autobiography tells the heartwarming story of a little girl growing up in an unfamiliar place. While other girls her age were enjoying their childhood in America, Jean Fritz was in China in the midst of political unrest. Jean Fritz tells her captivating story of the difficulties of living in a unfamiliar country at such a difficult time.
So Far From Free – Rachel A. Steffen
Sheila Williams is a missionary who feels comfortable and confident in the land she’s called home for many years. A reckless teenage visitor turns her comfort into chaos, putting in jeopardy everything she holds dear. The son of a prominent local family is dead, and Sheila’s own son now stands accused of murder. With each passing day, she feels less confident about obtaining her son’s freedom, and more fearful of the vengeful, bereaved local family. Will a foreign court find their son innocent? Will he be freed from the grimy jail cell that holds him? Will he suffer an even worse fate, at the hands of those seeking revenge?
The Mountain Dreamer – Rachel A. Steffen
Young Sarah Jansen lives with her American parents in a small country far from where she was born. Her childhood is a joyful one, surrounded by friends who feel like family. It is an exotic life that she eagerly embraces. Her mother and father are pleased that she has blended into the culture of rural Thailand.
Until they’re not.
When Sarah falls in love for the first time, her dreams for her future collide disastrously with the expectations of her parents. The Mountain Dreamer takes you on a fascinating journey that will first intrigue you, then make you smile, and finally, break your heart.