AGES 3-5

NUMBER OF TITLES IN LET’S TALK ABOUT: 32 (22 book titles are currently available)

BASIC PREMISE OF LET’S TALK ABOUT:

Raw emotions, as well as emotionally charged situations are the source of a child’s first inner conflicts and discomfort. This inner turmoil can manifest in unacceptable behavior that can be troublesome to parents as well as children.

The LET’S TALK ABOUT products are based on the premise that emotions are neither good nor bad. Instead, it is how one handles an emotion that is good or bad. Therefore, rather than categorizing emotions as good or bad, the LET’S TALK ABOUT products categorize emotions as comfortable or uncomfortable. In addition, LET’S TALK ABOUT teaches that uncomfortable emotions can be positive as they often motivate a person to do something that needs to be done.

The purpose of the LET’S TALK ABOUT products is to educate young children regarding their emotions as well as the emotionally charged situations they encounter so that they can handle these emotions and situations in positive instead of negative ways.

DEVELOPMENTAL ORGANIZATION OF LET’S TALK ABOUT:

Children 3 - 6 years of age are naturally egocentric. Even their concern for other people is based on whatever personal benefits can be derived from others. Therefore, interest in personal emotions precedes a young child’s interest in interpersonal emotions, and interest in personal emotional situations precedes a young child’s interest in social emotional situations.

Given every child’s normal developmental progression from being egocentric to being social, from the concrete to the abstract, and from simple to complex, it is recommended that the LET’S TALK ABOUT subjects be presented in the following developmental sequence:

GUIDELINES FOR USING LET’S TALK ABOUT:

In order to derive the maximum benefits from the LET’S TALK ABOUT books it is recommended that adults use the books in the following ways:

Phase One – Adult Resource: The adult reads the books for information, insights, and encouragement.

Phase Two – Adult-Child Activity: The adult uses the books with the child and encourages the child to question or comment on the subject matter.

Phase Three – Independent Activity: The child is encouraged to use the books independently of the adult for entertainment and to reinforce the subject matter.

Phase Four – Reference Material: The books are placed in the child’s library along with other resource materials and used whenever specific situations need to be addressed.

DESCRIPTIONS OF LET’S TALK ABOUT SUBJECTS:

Feeling Afraid defines fear as well as its causes and explains how to handle fear in positive instead of negative ways.

Feeling Worried defines anxiety as well as its causes and explains how to handle anxiety in positive instead of negative ways.

Feeling Frustrated defines frustration as well as its causes and explains how to handle frustration in positive instead of negative ways.

Feeling Defeated defines feelings of defeat as well as its causes and explains how to handle these feelings in positive instead of negative ways.

Feeling Guilty defines guilt as well as its causes and explains how to handle guilt in positive instead of negative ways.

Feeling Sad defines sadness as well as its causes and explains how to handle sadness in positive instead of negative ways.

Feeling Lonely defines loneliness as well as its causes and explains how to handle loneliness in positive instead of negative ways.

Feeling Angry defines anger as well as its causes and explains how to handle anger in positive instead of negative ways.

Being Shy defines shyness and explains how to replace it with positive social skills that can ward off negative attention.

Being Away from Home acknowledges the difficulty of parent-child separation and explains how to make these separations positive instead of negative experiences.

New Situations explains why new experiences are sometimes intimidating and how these experiences can become less scary and more productive.

Getting Hurt explains how the normal fear of getting hurt can be good as long as it does not inhibit one from doing the reasonable things he or she needs or wants to do.

Getting Lost explains how the fear of getting lost can be replaced with positive behavior that can prevent one from getting lost.

Being Afraid to Fail explains how the fear of failure can be replaced with positive behavior that can help one succeed.

Being Patient explains the value of being patient and how to develop and exercise patience.

Being Good defines what it means to be good and what can be done to replace misbehavior with good behavior.

Feeling Neglected defines feeling as though you are not cared for explains what can be done to get needs met.

Feeling Embarrassed defines embarrassment as well as its causes and explains how to handle embarrassment in positive instead of negative ways.

Feeling Inferior defines feelings of inferiority as well as its causes and explains how to handle these feelings in positive instead of negative ways.

Feeling Jealous defines jealousy as well as its causes and explains how to handle jealousy in positive instead of negative ways.

Feeling Disappointed defines disappointment as well as its causes and explains how to handle disappointment in positive instead of negative ways.

Feeling Cheated defines feeling cheated as well as its causes and explains how to handle this feeling in positive instead of negative ways.

Feeling Rejected defines feelings of rejection as well as its causes and explains how to handle these feelings in positive instead of negative ways.

Feeling Resentful defines what the causes of resentful feelings and explains how they can be resolved.

Needing Attention acknowledges every child’s need for attention and explains how to get positive instead of negative attention.

Saying “No” explains when and why it is appropriate to say “no” and teaches how to say no in a kind, yet effective way.

Accepting “No” defines when and why “no” is a valid answer and teaches how to accept a “no” answer graciously.

Being Cooperative explains how to work and play with others in ways that will benefit everyone involved.

Being Fair defines fairness and its importance in all relationships and encourages fair play.

Playing with Others teaches how to recruit playmates and how to treat them appropriately.

Being Helpful explains how being helpful can be positive for everyone and tells how to help others.

Making Others Angry explains why making others angry can be detrimental and how doing so can be avoided.