26 March 2017

Write your own story book

A fantastic write-in book that helps children learn to write their own stories. Includes lots of different writing activities including a fictional school journal, writing a comic strip, and forming a story around a picture. Packed with writing tips and a 'storywriting toolkit' to inspire budding authors. Concealed spiral binding that allows the book to open flat but doesn't get in the way as you write.

Author/Editor: Louie Stowell and Jane Chisholm  Illustrator: Katie Lovel
Age 8+      ISBN: 9781409523352      Extent: 96 pages

16 March 2017

05 March 2017

Emotional education

Educating children for life. Equiping them with the basic tools to understand this complex world, to develop positive emotions, to understand and tolerate, to improve the world. Emotional intelligence is a fundamental component of human potential that has to work in class by creating situations that encourage performance, the establishment of a favourable climate in the classroom and specific attention to the development of this competence. Aware of its importance, the teachers of our centre in full, are immersed in a training programme on emotional competence through the Centre for Teachers of Seville, advised by Almudena Serra.

 
Transcript:
"When a child is born we do everything we can to protect them, nurture them, love them. A child’s heart and mind are fragile. As they grow we want to teach them everything that we know; we send them to school to fill their minds with wonderful knowledge, to give them the tools they need for life. At school they get a taste of what things are like in the world outside; there’s friendship, romance, disappointment, embarrassment, discrimination and bullying. But are the tools we give them enough to prepare them for this world? We have an enormous responsibility and an amazing opportunity. If we truly want to prepare them for the world outside, we must also educate the heart, because to navigate the world outside with compassion, acceptance and tolerance, we need to teach them compassion, acceptance and tolerance. This can begin in our schools and it can start today; it can happen at hockey practice, dance class, at day camps and music lessons; and it’s already happening around the world with astonishing results. If we want our children to grow into socially and emotionally capable young people we must ask for a balanced education that puts importance on educating both the mind and the heart."