Here is part 3 of Jennie’s excellent series on talking about death and dying with children.
In Part 2, I talked about the dreaded “D” words – death and dying – that teachers and parents fear. I introduced a gentle and friendly book, City Dog, Country Frog by Mo Willems, that may be helpful in starting a dialogue with children. Ask. Listen. Answer. Talk. And read aloud.
Death is really the grand finale to the circle of life. It encompasses all we experience; friendship, sadness, love, fear, joy… it is a fitting end to the memories of living. One book that gives the greatest tribute to life, death, and everything in between is Charlotte’s Web, by E.B. White. It is my #1 read-aloud every school year.
When I finish reading our first chapter book of the school year, Charlotte’s Web, children are engrossed in this book because it is a story about the heart – and my most important job…
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