Charissa Boyd has taught peace to children in Asia and the US, in the classroom and at home, with teens and toddlers. In this conversation, Charissa shares some of the resources she uses to explore peace themes in the educational setting.
Charissa Boyd has a BS in Social Work from Union College and an MA in Curriculum and Instruction from Andrews University. She worked in South Korea for 3 years teaching English and writing language textbooks. She has a wide range of teaching experience in the United States, including three years teaching unaccompanied children, who were primarily from Central America. Charissa has also been a social work case manager for a faith-based nonprofit, where she worked with unaccompanied refugee minors. Currently, Charissa is a work-at-home mom, taking care of and homeschooling our 4-year old son and editing dissertations and books in her few spare moments of silence.
- Living Values: An Educational Program – http://livingvalues.net/
- Go Noodle Website – https://www.gonoodle.com
- Flow Channel – https://family.gonoodle.com/channels/flow
- Think about It Channel – https://family.gonoodle.com/channels/think-about-it
- “Engaging in Culturally Relevant Teaching: Lessons from the Field” (Charity Garcia & Charissa Boyd, Journal of Adventist Education, July-September 2019, 17-23)
- Gentle Hands (Michael DelMain) – https://childrensmusic.org/songs/peace/gentle-hands
- Salam Alaikum (Harris J) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_-McEvEGvI&sns=fb
Peace Books for Preschool:
- Salam Alaikum: A Message of Peace (Harris J, 2017) https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34228243-salam-alaikum
- Cain & Abel: Finding the Fruits of Peace (Eisenberg Sasso, 2001) https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/350662.Cain_Abel
- Grandfather Gandhi (Gandhi & Hegedus, 2014) https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/14999726-grandfather-gandhi
- Peace Is an Offering (LeBox, 2015) https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22107227-peace-is-an-offering
- A is for Activist (Nagara, 2016) https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16065924-a-is-for-activist
- Peace Week in Miss Fox’s Class (Spinelli, 2009) https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5627498-peace-week-in-miss-fox-s-class
War Books for Young(ish) Children:
- Rabbit & Squirrel: A Tale of War & Peas (LaReau & Magoon, 2008) https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2977194-rabbit-squirrel
- Lost and Found Cat: The True Story of Kunkush’s Incredible Journey (Kuntz & Shrodes, 2017) https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31277777-lost-and-found-cat
- Silent Music: A Story of Bagdad (Rumford, 2008) https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2262162.Silent_Music
- The Librarian of Basra: A True Story from Iraq (Winter, 2005) https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/111000.The_Librarian_of_Basra
- The War (Anaïs Vaugelade, 2007) https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2470496.The_War
- Grandpa Stops a War: A Paul Robeson Story (Robeson, 2019) https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39952532-grandpa-stops-a-war
- Manneken Pis (Radunsky, 2002) https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/337714.Manneken_Pis
- Children in our World: Global Conflict (Spilsbury, 2015) https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35259696-global-conflict
- Why War Is Never a Good Idea (Walker, 2007) https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/352605.Why_War_Is_Never_a_Good_Idea
- The Day War Came (Davies, 2018) https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38659075-the-day-war-came
- My Grandfather’s War (Harper, 2018) https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36342326-my-grandfather-s-war
- How the Children Stopped the Wars (Wahl, 1969/2007) https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1373457.How_the_Children_Stopped_the_Wars
Sources for Children’s Books:
- Book: Give Your Child the World (Jamie C. Martin, 2016) – https://www.zondervan.com/9780310344131/give-your-child-the-world/
- Website: Growing Book by Book – https://growingbookbybook.com/
- Website: Raising Luminaries – http://booksforlittles.com/
- Website: A Mighty Girl – https://www.amightygirl.com/
- Lots of Amazon and Google searches
- A Peace Reader (Sider & Keefer Jr., eds., 2002)
- Ch 14, “Teaching Peace to Children Who Play War” (Bicksler)
- Ch 15, “Ideas for Teaching Peace to Children in the Church” (Weatherford)
- The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig (Trivizas & Oxenbury, 1997) [Note: This is a ridiculous little book, but some of you might get a kick out of it.]
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