We are so excited about our latest project. After much work, revision, discussion, and more revision, we have published Kids on the Move, a Relocation Workbook on Amazon.com. The book is meant for children in pre-school and middle school. Younger children will need help from their parents to complete the book, but older children will be able to use it as a private journal to record their thoughts, frustrations, hopes, and dreams during a move to a new house, neighborhood, city, or country. With plenty of space for pictures or drawings, lots of room for reflections, and plenty of activity ideas, the book is sure to please kids of any age and their parents as well.
The book starts off with an “All About Me” section to help kids ground themselves and reflect on what is important. A section on family history allows them to connect with similar struggles that ancestors might have faced and to see how they fit in the larger scheme of the world. They will work to identify what is important to them and who they are.
The second section allows children to collect memories about their former, or soon to be former, home. They record key information like addresses, favorite restaurants, and holidays celebrated in the home. The draw or paste pictures of friends, their bedroom, and their favorite places to visit. They also record their feelings, concerns, and hopes for the future.
Third, we celebrate the actual move! Physical exercise suggestions include games with boxes and empty floors. Kids color their favorite items in an outline of a box, and do a crossword puzzle on transitions. This is where we share our suggestion of leaving a bit of yourself tucked into a secret corner, and selecting a small piece of your former home to take with you.
Finally, the new home. Suggestions include collecting new favorite places, finding new friends, and finding time to explore. Activities include comparison charts, spaces to record new information, places for pictures, and map activities. Children record their first impressions and collect their first memories.
This workbook is also a depository for memories, a scrapbook, and an activity book. It is something to work on when all of your stuff is packed up and you don’t have anything except for a few toys and some crayons. It is to be pulled out in the midst of the move when you want to look back and talk about your favorite things and what you will miss. It is to keep and treasure and share when you later make your own children move to a new location. It is designed to be your child’s on-call coach, counselor, and friend during a difficult time.
To buy your book, visit amazon.com at http://www.amazon.com/Relocation-Workbook-Leah-Moorefield-Evans/dp/1503196585/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1416960609&sr=8-1&keywords=leah+moorefield+evans