As parents and teachers, we want our children to understand A LOT of things. One VERY important lesson we need to teach our children is one that trickles down to other life lessons – perspective. BUT not necessarily just the idea of perspective, but the idea that every story has two sides.
Why is it important for kids to understand that every story has two sides?
As children grow up, the first decade and a half of their lives they are learning that the world does not revolve around them. Yet, in their mind, it does. And, when someone does something they don’t like, it upsets them, or hurts them. But, what if we could help each child to understand that there are two sides to every story? That what they think is a direct attack on them, might not be!
How can we do that?
Well, I was hanging out with a friend while our kids played and she asked me if I had read the book below. I had not and then proceeded to do so. It’s a lower elementary level book. So, it didn’t take me long. 😉
WOW! I LOVED this book! It so eloquently and simply shows children that there is more than one perspective to be observed in every situation. Likewise, the Weinstein Company’s first fully animated film (which got only mediocre reviews, but I really like it!), Hoodwinked, and its’ sequel, shown below, also gives children an interesting foray into how everyone has their own point of view.
Any other resources?
So, if you’re wondering how we can help our students see different points of view in the classroom, I’ve created a PPT presentation that I went through with my 6th students. This presentation has two activities. One extremely simple, but fun activity that I found in a book in our teacher library and another deeper activity that requires trust. Check it out by clicking on the picture below!
Your Challenge: Comment below with your own ideas for teaching children that there are two sides to every story!
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