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Character-Building Reading Helps Children Garner Power in their Lives

This summer, I led my first four-session reading series and shared all of my books. It was a lot of fun! Kids of all ages and parent partners took part in the character-building reading and sharing. In the 1st session, I read my 1st book, The Can-Do Karate Kid, and we also learned how to write positive affirmation-goals for building a healthy habit, using a worksheet.

In the 2nd session, I continued the chronological order and read The Two True Karate Kids. We talked about body language and how to detect lies. Then we tried to get real with ourselves to create our own Bliss Lists.

In the 3rd session, our book was The Follow Through Karate Kids, and I offered a dynamic goal sheet, thanks to the inspiration of Minimalist Focus. I also encouraged fighting the Quitting monster – a plushie with a hand target in the middle. And talked about the obstacles you can encounter as being the Quitting monster trying to get you to give up.

4th and not least, I read The Nice, New Karate Kid, and led my favorite workshop. That is a brainstorming session where all participants are encouraged to share ways to show respect. We also learned to write the word “respect” in Japanese and children made bookmarks with that kanji symbol.

My new Youtube video has some footage of the summer fun. The venue was Modern Allo in Chandler, AZ: a coffee and smoothie café that also offers self-care such as eco manicures, pedicures and massages with on-site childcare. The café is keeping a small display of my books in their retail area, so feel free to stop by, check it out, and maybe buy some of my books and a drink (I recommend the chocolate date smoothie – yum!). I really appreciate everyone’s ongoing support! 

Jenifer Tull-Gauger Kyoshi

Children's picture book author/illustrator. Traditional karate teacher and practitioner. Loves drawing and all kinds of art. Also into animals, plants and Mother Nature.

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