When Kira Solomatova was seven years old she decided to become a teacher. Since then she made every effort to learn all that she could about child development. In Russia, she graduated from college with a major in child development. After moving to America, she continued taking courses in college while raising her daughter and working at a preschool. She wanted her daughter and her students to become confident, happy, and successful individuals.
While working in preschool, she noticed how teachers and parents tried to solve and eliminate conflicts that occurred between the children. At first this seemed like a logical solution. We naturally want to“put down the fire.” But then it occurred to her: How will these children learn to tackle and comprehend conflicts if the conflict is quickly brushed under the rug? In fact, she found many textbooks suggesting that discipline should be positive, conflicts should be
resolved constructively, and children should find their own solutions to problems. However, these books did not explain how to do this.
Toby is MY Bear!
Toby MY Bear is a story about Sam and his experience with sharing in preschool. Written with open-ended questions to encourage discussion, the story allows readers to solve the conflict and answer questions themselves. With the help of a fun story and endearing illustrations, young children can relate to the conflict and understand the character.
While it has always been difficult for her to find good books on conflict resolution for adults, it has been even more difficult for her to find good books for young children on the subject. She decided to change that by writing her own book on conflict resolution for the children. Her first book is called “Toby is My Bear” and focuses on sharing in preschool through a simple and engaging story.