Story Power: Help Children Grow and Thrive in Today's World
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
- Pen, paper and an open mind!
Parents and educators have extraordinary power in young children’s lives, and we know it.
We offer children our careful attention to meet their needs, safety, learning and joyfulness.
We want our children to grow and thrive - whether they are in our homes, our care, or in our learning programs or classrooms.
Yet I remember the uncertainty I felt as I began my career as an educator. Over the years, in my various roles as a daycare and preschool teacher; as a resource consultant working with families to support their children’s special needs/rights; as a teacher in kindergarten classrooms; and as an early literacy specialist working with parents, educators and young children, I have been aware of the limits of my knowledge.
When I became a parent, even though I had educational and experiential background in children’s early learning, I felt that same uncertainty. I was keenly aware of what I didn’t yet know about being a parent.
I am increasingly aware, too, that our world is changing rapidly.
The global COVID-19 pandemic is poignant evidence of how quickly what we think we know becomes unknown; and what seems solid, tried and true, can abruptly crumble. We often look to the past for how to parent and how to teach, but are assumptions and strategies that are rooted in the past helpful for the present and future?
Our young children are facing environmental challenges, for example, that we and our predecessors exacerbated rather than resolved.
Though our teaching and parenting knowledge does grow with intentional study and experience, our knowledge will always be incomplete because no two children are exactly the same, and the circumstances in which we live are ever changing. Rather than focus on knowledge, I believe we need to focus on the ways in which we empower children as learners, problem-solvers and carers of one another and the world.
Children learn through relationships – relationships to us, to others and to the environments in which they live. Our disposition to be curious learners alongside our children is what will help them thrive.
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
12 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
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
Children are the main characters in the story of their life.
Can we help them identify their central character as being filled with creativity, empathy, cleverness and resilience? Will the stories we share with them about how we see them help children find comfort and pride in who they are and are becoming? The stories we tell, share and create with children are powerful in shaping children’s identity and learning.
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
Who this course is for?
Parents, grandparents, adoptive and foster parents of children from birth to early primary school-age
Early leaning educators in childcare, preschools, and intergenerational programs
Educators in kindergarten and early primary classrooms
This course is intended for adults who:
Live, work, or care for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, or young children
Want to nurture thinking, problem-solving, creativity, empathy and resilience in young children now and in the future
Want to prepare children to face the challenges of a rapidly changing world
The course is divided into 10 lectures. Lectures run on average for approximately 15 with additional time required for reflective activities. Each lecture ends with an invitation to personalize the ideas to students’ unique context.
Students are encouraged to record their reflections in a journal or digital file, and to engage in conversation with one another in the discussion section. Self-reflection and conversation with others are key to deepening students’ learning.
Please join with me to explore Story Power: Growing Resilient Children.
I look forward to meeting you in the course - enrol now!
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
Paul Jenkins is a dedicated professional with a wide range of skills and experience. As a documentary film director, writer, publisher, and business owner, he has had the opportunity to explore and excel in various creative fields. On Udemy, Paul has created several bestselling courses, and has been privileged to collaborate with talented individuals to create a number of online courses that have achieved bestselling status. These courses were developed using his instructional and production methods, which have proven to be effective in delivering valuable content to learners.
Susan Ramsay has long been inspired by children — their sense of wonder, their ways of seeing the world, and their joy in everyday moments. This inspiration led Susan to study and work in the field of children’s early learning for almost 30 years. Her work experiences have included teaching in childcare, early learning, and intergenerational programs, as well as kindergarten classrooms. She also worked with families and educators as a resource consultant, and as an early literacy specialist for 15 years. In each of these roles and contexts, her greatest teachers have been children who ground her practice in purpose and meaning.
Susan values inclusion, democracy and justice for children, parents and communities. These values have found a home in Reggio-inspired philosophies and Susan continues to study this teaching philosophy with the Ontario Reggio Association.
She is founder of Inspired to Learn – an online access point for parents and educators to explore ways of nurturing their children’s learning.
Susan is co-founder of Early Learning Café an online gathering place for early learning educators to discuss teaching practices with leaders and thinkers in the field of early learning from around the world.