Millie’s going to school. The first three picture books about Millie and Turkey Baby and their farm pals now have their own teacher’s guide, for students from Kindergarten through Grade 3. Packed with background, vocabulary, questions, ideas and activities, the guide will enhance students’ experience of the books.
Here is an excerpt from the introduction to the series:
The books in the Millie’s Farm Family series are designed to open children’s eyes to the diversity around them. While making children more aware of rural and farming life, they also encourage discussion about the many kinds of families in which children live. They also inspire acceptance of differences and empathy for those marginalized by circumstances outside their control.
Children introduced to the series see the world a little differently. Chickens and turkeys (and all the animals that will be introduced in future books) are no longer unfamiliar and, to be honest, lacking because they aren’t human. Instead they are creatures with feelings, longings and intelligence.
Seriously? A chicken with feelings? A turkey with intelligence?
Absolutely, and children introduced to these stories, all based on events that actually happened, will come away with more respect for animals we too often dismiss as uninteresting and unworthy.
Millie’s Farm Family also deals with challenges faced by children who are adopted into multi-racial families, who grow up in foster families, or whose families and identities are different in a myriad of ways.
As a discussion starter, Millie and Turkey Baby are sure to lead to some interesting conversations.
The free teacher’s guide is a PDF file on Dropbox. Download it by clicking here.