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Memories of Back to School
Parent's Review
Behavior Patterns of Prophecy
Educator of the Month

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Memories of Back to School
July 23, 2019

Dear, Anna's Friends!

Here we are again! Back to school -- a fun time for so many children. I remember with great fondness as a child, nearly every year that we prepared for back-to-school.

Generally, getting to see my friends after a long summer break to share stories with about what I did during vacation; 2nd grade - showcasing my new brown plaid dress; 3rd grade - going shopping for new clothes and black and white saddle oxford shoes. They were as valuable as Dorothy's red glass slippers; 3rd to 9th grades - showing off the glowing tan I received after spending days upon days in the Manatee River--our back yard--swimming, running from a school of fiddler crabs that lay hidden beneath a fallen palm-frond, watching the dolphins swim so very close to our dock; 5th grade - telling my friends we had gone way up north to PA to visit our new family; 6th grade - telling my friends we had gone not so far up north to visit our Aunt and Uncle on their farm out in the country; 10th grade - being the new kid at a new school after moving to GA; and 12th grade - ecstatic about proudly starting school as a senior.

Whether your children are home-schooled, go to public, private, or Christian schools, I'm willing to bet that you have some memories to share as well.

Anna and her friends are no different. In book #2, Anna's Friends Save the Animal Shelter, on the first day of returning to 3rd grade, the clan of friends are really excited to see one another and share about their summers. Distracted by reconnecting, Anna is hit in the head with a basketball that some careless boys were tossing back and forth in the crowded hall; then bumping into Maria, her BFF, she gets a concussion and misses the first week of activities. Being safe is very important as your children take all their excitement with them to school.

The excitement about starting another school year is generally NOT about becoming more educated. That's why making your lessons exciting and engaging can motivate children to want to learn. Allow them the time to catch up and get back into the swing of the real reason they are in school: to gain knowledge; learn tasks; and develop social skills.

Thank you for growing with Anna's Friends!
Yvonne Williams
Creator of Anna's Friends
Parent's Reviews
Janice DiCarlantonio shared her experience with Anna's Friends

Anna's Friends is an amazing series of books.  At first glance it seemed interesting and then Yvonne Williams description really wet my appetite. The real delight came when I began to read the first book...My twin 8-year olds were mesmerized...They LOVED IT! They could not get enough...they totally related to the characters and were doing a lot of thought processing to see how they were similar or dissimilar to the characters. I was also amazed at how much these books drew ME in. They really got me thinking and wanting more. Our reading time increased because we all wanted more. We have since read the entire series of books and have enjoyed them so much...we are bugging the author for the next one...Please Yvonne. I have recommended these books to tons of families with confidence that they will enjoy and grow. Thank you Yvonne for a lovely, REAL series for an often overlooked age and topic.
Behavior Patterns of Prophecy
Challenges that the child with the motivational gift of prophecy have and suggestions to help them overcome.

They’re not interested in groups and they are not joiners of the clubs. They just have strict moral standards and the ability to stay true to themselves. Their friends may think they don’t like them because of this. 

Their desire to convey truth makes them seem like they are not willing to compromise or collaborate in conversations; they can appear to be no it all’s. This may appear that they feel proud of their expression and persuasiveness.

The child with the motivational gift of prophecy believes they are either all good or all bad depending on how their parent’s (or others) communicate to them.

Children with this motivational gift have an ability to solve problems due to their insight and perception. Be sure to listen to them when they offer suggestions. Ask their advice even if you know what to do in a matter so they will feel that you value them.

Educator of the Month
One does not need to be a teacher in a classroom to be an Educator. Children learn from so many others; those we fail to think of as educators, both positive and negative influencers in our children's lives. Here is what the AACAP (American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry) tells us about role models:

A role model is a person who serves as an example by influencing others. For many children, the most important role models are their parents and caregivers. Children look up to a variety of role models to help shape how they behave in school, relationships, or when making difficult decisions. Children also look up to other relatives, teachers, coaches, and peers. Children may try to copy the behavior and appearance of celebrities, such as athletes and entertainers, and characters from books, TV, movies, or video games. Some parents may want to help their children choose positive role models. Here are some helpful suggestions for discussing role models with your child and for serving as a positive role model yourself:
  • Have your child identify what qualities he admires in his role model
  • Give examples of people in your community who you feel have positive qualities and are a good influence on others
  • Talk about people you look up to for guidance and inspiration
Negative role models, however, may also influence children. Sometimes widely admired public figures can make poor personal choices. Young children may assume that the behaviors of negative role models are typical, safe, and acceptable. Parents and caregivers can intervene by emphasizing that role models who embrace inappropriate behavior, violence, racism, sexism, and drug and alcohol abuse are not acceptable.

Some suggestions to help you talk to your child about role models who have made mistakes are:
  • Remind your child that all people have both good and bad qualities and that anyone can make a mistake. Explain that it is important to apologize and to learn from our mistakes
  • Ask your child what he thinks of the role model's behavior
  • Ask what he would have done differently in the situation
  • Give examples of more positive and healthy ways to handle the situation
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