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Learning to cope in the world through stories with ideals

Ideas and ideals behind the stories

The One To Grow On! Series is designed to be fun for children, and while they are actively using their imaginations, they are also being infused with ideas and ideals that help them cope with issues they may encounter while growing up.  

As parents, so often we are unaware when a child is feeling unworthy, lacks confidence, is being bullied or doesn’t know how to go about coping in a relationship. These stories involve children and animals in situations in which they must learn how to cope.  

Timothy Chicken learns that whining doesn't work

They learn relationships skills, for example, by listening to a story in which Timothy Chicken whines, complains and blames, and eventually finds out that doesn’t work. As parents, we can often encourage our children to talk about their feelings by first talking about the character’s situation and how they feel about it. Then we can transition into asking, “Do you ever feel that way?” Asking, “What would you do if you were Timothy Chicken?” is a much less intimidating way to transition into a conversation that directly relates to a child’s issues.

Stories can help children deal with real life problems and situations

Children often listen to the same story many times. Parents frequently write to us about how a particular story gets listened to over and over. Very often, the story may be dealing with an issue that a child finds particularly troubling. For instance, “Lily’s Big Lesson” revolves around Lily telling a lie and how she must cope with the feelings about it, and what she does when she is found out. A father reported that his daughter listened to Lily’s story repeatedly and later found out that she was coping with a lie that she had told her teacher. The daughter took action herself and was able to cope with her actions and reach a positive outcome.  

 

Ideas to make listening more fun and effective


Audio stories make great travel companions

Great travel companion

Listening to audio stories is a great way to pass the time when the child must sit quietly for long periods (airplane and car travel, doctor’s offices, meetings, etc.).

Scrapbook

Pick up a scrapbook in which the child can be encouraged to draw pictures of the characters in the stories, for example, Lionel the Lion’s big bump the size of a coconut that happens when he falls out of a tree, Boo the fire-breathing dragon, or Aurora the dolphin in “Maylene the Mermaid.” These are all great sources for drawings and becoming involved in the story.

Computer/Printer fun

Scan your child’s artwork in black and white and print it out; then use crayons or paint to bring the artwork to life. Give your child the opportunity to write captions for each of the drawings. Encourage your child to put them in order and ask which one comes first, etc.

Talk about the story

Talk about the story

Help your children understand that each story has a structure - a beginning, middle and end. Encourage them to retell the story in their own words and how they felt about the different characters. Ask them about what part they liked best about the story.  Talking about a story or book helps children to develop vocabulary. As they learn to speak, they learn to listen. They begin to understand how words are strung together to make sense, the patterns of language and the ways language changes when used for different purposes, such as giving directions, explaining, or entertaining.

Help your child send a letter or e-mail to family or friends: You can type as your child dictates the letter, offering ideas and prompts that introduce the concept of letter writing.

Stories help kids learn to socialize

Socializing

All forms of playing games, talking, and socializing are fundamental to a child’s development. Fit these into the stories whenever possible. If you are listening together, you can take a snack or bathroom break and then ask the child, “What do you think “Egar” is going to do? What would you do? What do you think will happen next? I can’t wait to find out, can you?” Sharing the story time with your child will teach them that audios, books, or TV are not necessarily solitary experiences but can be shared and thus be very interactive. 

Bedtime stories

Audio stories are great bedtime treats. Those children who aren’t so interested in bedtime will actually start to look forward to it. You can encourage them to close their eyes and see their characters and situations by using their imagination. You can tell them if they happen to fall asleep that tomorrow night you will find the place to start again and finish the adventure.  It will give you the opportunity to ask them to tell you about the story and what they remember. 

Computer & printer fun: making up stories

Drawing/Writing their own stories 

Encourage children to use the characters from the stories and continue the adventure by drawing or writing in their own words or introduce new characters. Help them with their writing skills and encourage them to make a picture book.
 

Audios & reading books 

Listening to audio stories and reading books to your child are great ways to introduce your child to the value of reading. The fact is that anticipation of a good story – and fun – are all hidden inside the wonderful world of books, and it is up to us to show our children how exciting that can be.  Every parent wants his or her child to be a successful reader.  Reading provides the foundation for a great education as well as a lifelong skill that brings not only knowledge but also pleasure.

Encourage the imagination 

Stories are opportunities for great learning, especially those in which the child listens and must use their imagination to see the characters and situations in their mind. Imagination is one of the most powerful tools that we humans have in helping to create what we want in our lives.  

Studies in brain/mind research and university laboratories have brought to light the ease of programming the subconscious mind. One of the initial tests was the recording of actual brain wave patterns under specific conditions. The purpose of this study was to determine if the mind can distinguish fantasy from reality – if it accepts as programming what is real or if it also accepts what isn’t.

Stories are opportunities to encourage the imagination of children

In this test, subjects were placed in a room and wired to an EEG machine. The researchers then created several situations to see what affect the event had on the brain-wave patterns of the subjects.

For example, someone ran into the test subject’s room and performed a dance, a dog barked, or a color was created on a screen. As each situation occurred, the test subject’s brain was monitored and marked as to which situation created each brain-wave pattern. The next step was to have the subject mentally recreate the situations, imagining them as they were described by the researchers. For example, the researcher might say, “I now want you to imagine you are watching a woman doing a dance. See it in your mind, fantasize it, conceive it with as much imagination as possible. OK, now imagine you hear a dog barking.”

While the subject was concentrating on the imagined situation, his brain wave patterns were again being recorded. The test results showed that exactly the same brainwave patterns were evident when the subject actually experienced the situation as when the subject only imagined it. The brain waves were identical, so the computer part of the brain was obviously incapable of telling the real from the imagined.

imagination is a powerful tool for children

Using this knowledge 

So, our imagination is a powerful tool. The more we use our imaginations, like our muscles, the better it performs, the stronger it gets. The more we can perceive these fantasy stories in our minds, the better we get at creating mental images. The part of our brain that can’t tell the difference between fantasy and reality actually can assist us in coping, performing, and dealing with life and what we want out of it. 

If we can see ourselves being successful at a task, having higher self-esteem, more confidence, performing better in sports, etc., we will.  In order to program this part of our consciousness to work for us, we must first see ourselves performing successfully in our minds. All of this starts with using a good, active, well-exercised imagination. Then, as parents we can encourage our children to actively see themselves performing well in their studies, sports or activities. We can encourage them to be proud of themselves and seeing themselves as being strong, healthy and balanced individuals. These are all tools that can help our children cope in a way that helps them achieve their best life possible. 

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