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Honesty Book
Type: Crafts   Skills: Language & LiteracyPlay & CreativitySocial & Emotional Skills
All children exaggerate and make up stories at one time or another, but what is often surprising for parents to learn is that in many cases, the child is not intentionally being untruthful. In this activity, learn how an honesty book can help your child become more truthful. Honesty Book
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Pre-literacy skills
Language development
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Use an honesty book to reinforce the importance of telling the truth. For example, letís say that your child doesnít want to eat his vegetables. Instead of eating them, he hides them in his pocket, but he tells you that yes, heís eaten his vegetables. Use that example as the basis for a story in your honesty book.

Make up a story about how a dinosaur doesnít want to eat his vegetables, so instead of eating his vegetables, he hides them under the table. The difference in your story is that when asked if heís eaten his vegetables, the dinosaur actually tells the truth and says, no, that heís hidden the vegetables under the table.

You can simply use a blank notepad to create your honesty book or you can create your own book using sheets of paper tied together with string.

Make up the story alongside your child. You and your child can draw pictures to accompany your story or you can take photographs of toy dinosaurs to paste in the book.

As youíre telling the story to your child, be sure to ask your child open-ended questions about whatís going on in the story. Reinforce the positive message about how the dinosaur in the story was honest, rather than being untruthful about not eating his vegetables.
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