The stories of wonder and discovery that we create, share and tell with children each and every day shapes their engagement as learners, understanding of themselves, and relationships to one another and to the natural world.
In this course we will explore ways in which parents and educators can be more intentional about affirming and building qualities within young children that nurtures their thinking and problem-solving, their creativity, empathy and resilience in a world of rapid change.
This course features:
- a series of 13 sequential lectures
- 13 PDF resource file downloads
- stories of young children and youth
- research findings and theoretical perspectives
- multimodal reflective activities
- invitations to personalize topics explored in each lecture
Who this course is for:
- Parents, grandparents, adoptive and foster parents of children from birth to early primary school-age
- Early learning educators in childcare, preschools, and intergenerational programs
- Educators in kindergarten and early primary classrooms
- Anyone seeking to improve their parenting skills, grandparenting skills, or involved in caregiving with children
What you’ll learn
- How our values and beliefs underpin what we communicate to our children
- How our view of children impacts the ways we communicate and affirm children’s interests and strengths
- How business talk and play talk impact children’s sense of self as thinkers and problem solvers
- How listening and perspective-taking skills deepen children’s empathy and resilience
- How sharing stories in books, nature and in conversation can grow children’s resilience
Are there any course requirements or prerequisites?
- Pen, paper and an open mind!
Upon completion of this course you should have:
- increased awareness of how our words and stories nurture children’s thinking, empathy, creativity and resilience
- practical and playful strategies for nurturing children’s unique interests, abilities, and learning
- greater confidence as an educator or parent that you are offering children the foundational tools that they need to thrive in a rapidly changing world
- a sense of joy in being a parent, educator, and learner with children