One night while I was putting my daughter to bed, I read her the book I Love You Because You’re You. I grabbed it off of her shelf of board books and thought it would be a quick, sweet read. Right away I was moved by the simple message – no matter what you do or how you act, you are loved. You are loved by your teacher, by your family and by God.
Educating students in academic subjects may be our job. But so many times students come to us without their basic needs met and we have to fill in the gaps. It’s important for our students to know that they are loved and are safe in our classrooms. Whether you’re teaching in the public/private school setting, a Sunday school class or at home with your own children, this companion for I Love You Because You’re You has everything you need to help foster a loving and welcoming environment.
I LOVE to use cross-curricular activities. I always saw the greatest results when I used one book or topic to shape our week’s lessons around. In this companion you’ll find the following skills:
– Reading Comprehension – compare/contrast and text-to-self connections
– Writing – brainstorming and composition (What Makes Me Feel Special)
– Grammar – adjectives
– Phonics – rhyming words
– Bible Study – love
– Social Studies – how to make others feel special
– Craft – self w/adjectives
How Can I Use Them?
One of the great things about book companions is that they have just as many uses as they do components. You have so many choices! My favorites are for leaving with a substitute, using for a multi-day study, or as an enrichment project for my higher students who can work independently. Below is a picture of the companion as an enrichment project. (Click on the picture to find this product in my TPT store!) Simply store the worksheets and activities ready to go in a storage container with the book and allow students to work at their own pace during station or intervention time!
Sometimes we leave these important character building activities out of our plans because we think we don’t have time for them. But with some cross-curricular connections, there’s always time to teach our kiddos how to love and appreciate each other. Enjoy helping your students feel loved!