5 out of 5 stars: Amazon Verified Purchase—The activities are geared towards preschool and primary students. The book is divided into three sections: Introducing Tanner and Manners, Be Cool in Public Places, and The Magic Words 5+4+3. Each lesson is written so that very little to no prep is needed…perfect for busy teachers. In addition, the lessons include upbeat and catchy songs. I especially like the lessons on being cool in public places. They teach the students about appropriate behavior that can quickly be reviewed before going on a field trip. Overall, the activities in this book are simply teaching children to be respectful, responsible and safe.
5 out of 5 stars: Amazon Verified Purchase—This book gives parents quick, easy, fun ways to teach their children the skills they need to counteract bullying. Bullying has become so prevalent in today’s society. A lot I think has to do with the fact that our kids have no respect for anyone, not even themselves. They do what they want, to whom they want, when they want with no repercussions. They have the sense that they are infallible. The bad thing is, the recipient of the bullying often can’t take much of it, and rightfully so, shouldn’t have to. It often ends in tragedy. Self-esteem becomes very low and finally the victim just can’t take anymore. Something needs to be done and needs to be done NOW! Being COOL isn’t being a bully! Being COOL is being kind and polite and respectful. You get a lot farther in today’s society by being respectful of others. Parents, teachers, focus groups take heed. We have to step up as adults and teach our children about being COOL. This book is probably appropriate for ages 4-9 or really for anybody who needs a little refresher course on being COOL. The author, Ms. Gilmour has created a handbook with challenges, songs and what if’s that will help in teaching children what is right and what is not. We need more authors like Ms. Gilmour who realizes what our children face day in and day out in our schools, neighborhoods and homes. If we don’t step up as adults, who will? –Children’s Book Reviewer