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IN THE NEWS D aystar Academy had the privilege of welcoming award-winning author Mrs. Julia Cook to Beigao and Sanlitun Campus on April 15th and 16th. A highlight of one of the many activities during April’s Library Literacy Month, her visit was greatly anticipated and warmly welcomed. Julia Cook, a parenting expert previously recognized on CNN’s Headline News, is known worldwide as the author of over 90 storybooks for children and young adults on social and emotional development topics. Some of her 90+ titles include: My Mouth is a Volcano – Interrupting others The Judgmental Flower – Valuing the differences of others But It’s Just A Game – Video gaming balance / Digital citizenship Julia Cook Visits Daystar Academy Students at Beigao and Sanlitun campus have been reading her books for the past two months in preparation of her visit and were thrilled to meet the author in person. Julia read aloud a few of her books and discussed with students the implications and reasoning behind the titles. Addition, she explored some of her book’s themes through the use of different engaging activities. For example, Julia asked a student to squeeze out the contents of a tube of toothpaste and then asked them to put it all back. This was to metaphorically replicate an insult, demonstrating that once you have said something insulting to others, you can’t take it back. Not only did Julia engage students from K-8, but she also presented to parents at both campuses. Almost 50 parents in the audience were enthralled by Julia’s accounts of her own parenting experiences as well as how to utilize various professional tips and techniques to foster social and emotional well-being in their children. According to Huang Ming Yu, parent of a 6-year old student, “Julia gave so much good advice I almost don’t know where to start. I liked her so much I bought many of her books.” A big thank you goes out to Julia Cook and all of those who took part in her presentations. Daystar Academy Spring/Summer Edition 2019