Teachers do so much more than just teach academics. They build a sense of community within their classrooms, creating a home away from home where they make their students feel safe, included, and loved.With its heartfelt message and colorfully whimsical illustrations, “Our Class is a Family” is a book that will help build and strengthen that class community. Kids learn that their classroom is a place where it’s safe to be themselves, it’s okay to make mistakes, and it’s important to be a friend to others. When hearing this story being read aloud by their teacher, students are sure to feel like they are part of a special family.“Family isn’t always your relatives. It’s the ones who accept you for who you are. The ones who would do anything to see you smile, and who love you no matter what.” -Unknown
May 5, 2020
File Size: 35 MB
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Language: English, Francais, Italiano, Espanol, Deutsch, chinese
Shannon Olsen is a second grade teacher from Southern California, with a Masters of Arts in Teaching from University of California, Irvine. Shannon is an elementary education blogger and the founder of Life Between Summers, a business in which she creates resources for teachers to use in their classrooms. She loves traveling and spending time with her husband and two daughters. <div id="
Our Class is a Family is my new favorite book. As a teacher myself, I could not have asked for a better book that represents our family at school. My students could relate to every page in this book. As we read about the different families they thought of their own families. As we read about the classroom families my student remembered how 2 of our friends had the same shirt, just like in the book. Also they remembered how in our morning meetings we talked about how mistakes help us grow and they were excited to see that in the book. They kept saying, “that’s just like us!” This book also shows how important kindness is and how we showed that the entire year. I read this book on the last day of school (at our last zoom) and it brought tears to their eyes. We talked about how those are tears of joy and how we will always have this special bond. I will use this book throughout the year. I can’t wait to start the new school year with this book too! I would recommend this book to every teacher. This also makes a great gift to any teacher. I will definitely be buying this for both of my children’s teachers.
LOVE THIS!!! I teach first grade and I have been working on two important things: 1. building a library for my classroom that is inclusive of all abilities and ethnicities and 2. building a strong classroom family (community). It’s difficult to convey your thought process into words, but this book does it perfectly. It takes every concept I’m trying to get across to my students about community and puts it into beautiful rhymes and pictures. Having such a diverse group of students, they can finally see themselves (all of them!) represented in a book and how they fit in to our classroom structure.I can’t wait until fall! This will be the first activity we do! (aside from the washing hands routine because covid, you know ✌🏼)
I absolutely LOVE this well beautifully written book! As a parent of young children the message of treating your class as you would your family is paramount. I teach my kids about acceptance, diversity, and empathy daily and that’s exactly the message of this books. The illustrations represent the written word perfectly and both are appealing to young kids, even my 2 year old understands and positively reacts to the concept of school being a family. I highly recommend this books for preschool/elementary school kids!
I just got this book delivered from Amazon today and it is absolutely adorable and perfect for reading the first and last days of school. It was written by a teacher, and talks about how all those hours spent learning together at school make us a family and is especially poignant and bittersweet this year when we look back to being in our classrooms. This book is just precious with a perfect, positive message (and rhyming text) and I highly recommend it! ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜
The sweetest book to share with your students at the beginning of the year, as well as the end of the year. It brings home all of the feelings about what a classroom family is really like. A classroom is a place where we get to be ourselves, we celebrate what makes us each unique, we love and respect each other, we make mistakes, we grow in many ways, and we cheer each other on. A classroom is a safe place where we love each other and we are loved. The book brought tears to my eye. I also LOVE that the book is written by a second grade teacher!!!!
This book is PERFECT for building a classroom community. It addresses a wide variety of family styles (including a class family), and part of it talks about celebrating each others’ differences. There are a few pages that cover making mistakes and how to support each other when we make mistakes because they help us grow. The beautiful illustrations show a diverse set of children, which I think is so important. I think this book could be used as a read aloud with all grade levels! I plan to read it with 4th graders in the fall and hope for good conversations to come from it. 10/10 recommend!!
I just got this beautiful book today! I am SO excited to read it to my class ! It will definitely be a book that will become a part of our Family Meetings! I am so excited thinking about all the lessons I can do to follow the reading of this book! The message that this book gives to students and teachers is POWERFUL! I strive for my students to feel a part of a class family and this book does a beautiful job at delivering that message and why we are a class family ! I can’t wait for my second graders to make a connection with this beautifully written book! I can already see their sweet faces and hearts falling in love with the illustrations and message. EVERY TEACHER NEEDS THIS BOOK!
My daughter will be starting preschool in the fall and this is a great book to help get her excited and emotionally prepared about being in a classroom for the first time. It’s hard to find good books with good messaging AND nice artwork (sometimes you only get one or the other) and I appreciate that this one focuses on things like being a good friend to others, which is something I want to instill in my daughter aside from just “be a good student” or “listen to the teacher.” Great book and I think I will also gift one to her classroom this fall, too!
This book is not appropriate for young children. I am a teacher of young children and could not share this story with them as intended because according to the author all families have a ‘mom and dad and live in a house. ‘ Not great for those who don’t have both parents or can’t live with a parent. Shockingly poorly written as well. How this was ever published is a mystery. I wish I hadn’t wasted my money.
I have been looking for a good book to welcome my new class and I am delighted that I have finally found one! It has beautiful illustrations and the message throughout is lovely. I was a bit concerned that it may be full of Americanisms but the only words were ‘mom’ and ‘stepmom’, which can easily be substituted when read aloud. I have taken one star off due to the quality of the book, as it is rather flimsy compared to other children’s books.I really can’t wait to read the book to my class! Thank you!
Super cute book. Bought for my 4 year old to take in on his first day at school in September as a gift to his teacher and class. Perfect.
This book is a new favourite for us. The illustrations are beautiful – as is the story. It’s a perfect way to build your classroom community and family. I love it – and highly recommend for every teacher to purchase.
I always collect books for my class, and this promotes diversity in a beautiful manner.
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