One of my student's brother was diagnosed very early into the school year with a pretty rare type of cancer. My little one for the most part is doing pretty good in school. He has some behaviors that I have overlooked and cut him some slack on homework and other things since I know his world has been turned upside down. We live in a pretty rural community so the brother and Mom are gone quite a bit to get treatments. Thank goodness he did get to spend sometime with them over the Thanksgiving holidays, although they did leave yesterday and will be gone for a little while for another treatment. My class knows that his brother is sick but to them it's like he has the flu or something. Well today in the course of the conversations that were happening in my room the word cancer was used and how sick his brother really happens to be. I had some kids who looked horrified and confused. I just gently diverted the conversation to safer topic, and went on. Later I talked with my student to ask him how he felt if we talked about what was going on in his life and he said we could. So I asked my principal and she thought it was a great idea if we talked about things in class so that my little one knows that he has friends that understand what is going on so that they will understand how he is feeling. This young man is very bright and is well liked in my class so I really think that the other kids would rally around him and help support him in his time of need. I need some suggestions on what to do for him. Books I could read to the class, projects we could do for him and his brother. Just anything you guys can think of that would make this time for him easier.