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Sulky, Rowdy, Rude?

Why kids really act out and what to do about it

Authors: Bo Hejlskov Elvén and Tina Wiman

The book, Sulky, Rowdy, Rude? is primarily written for parents, using the lens of the Low Arousal Approach. It flows easily using common language instead of scientific terms. Each chapter begins with a scenario between a child and parent, followed by an analysis of what went wrong and how it can be improved. The book is divided into 3 parts. The first part goes through 13 principles that are necessary to understand what the Low Arousal Approach is. Part 2 describes case scenarios with action plans. Part 3 gives extra study material.

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In Memory of Eric Carle

CISS celebrates the life and the achievements of Eric Carle, the author and illustrator of more than 70 books for very young children including his most well-known title The Very Hungry Caterpillar!

The secret of Eric Carle’s books’ appeal lies in his intuitive understanding of and respect for children, who sense in him instinctively someone who shares their most cherished thoughts and emotions.

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Beyond the Book Story Kits

Book: Five Little Monkeys Jumping on The Bed, by Eileen Christelow

This is a board book with beautiful illustrations with pastel colors. This book tells the story of a classic childhood nursery rhyme that can be sang or read. The book is an engaging story of five little monkeys who go through their bedtime routine and decide to jump on the bed.

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Beyond the Book Story Kits

Beyond the Book Story Kits are a great way to make stories come to life. The story kits are geared towards the toddler and preschool age groups. Each story kit comes in a soft bag which is labeled with the name of the book and the specific contents. Each kit contains a book, a tip sheet and concrete objects that relate to the specific story. Each tip sheet describes implementation strategies, considerations when using the story bags, benefits of including props or concrete objects during story time and tips on how to expand the story experience beyond story time to create more opportunities for learning.

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As parents and educators, we strive to give our children their best chance at lifelong happiness. We work tirelessly to equip them with the tools that will allow them to succeed and achieve their goals. In The Yes Brain, Dr. Daniel Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson draw on their many years of research and experience in the field to teach us what children really need to thrive. This enlightening book encourages responsive caregivers to foster curiosity and risk-taking within the framework of safe and secure relationships, to promote the development of insight, balance, resilience and empathy—also known as, The Yes Brain.

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