My first book, Words and Your Heart was written in response to one of my children experiencing unkindness in school. I believe that kindness can be caught and taught, and the book was written to help children understand the power of their words. 

“Someday we’ll be able to measure the power of words. I think they are things. They get on the walls. They get in your wallpaper. They get in your rugs, in your upholstery, and your clothes, and finally into you.
Maya Angelou
 

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The initial draft of You was written in an afternoon. It was really an overflow of the work I had been doing on the Culture of the Heart schools resource. The resonating theme of the resource is that we are totally hardwired for relationship. Our humanity demands the value of every life. We are all beautiful in our uniqueness and a gift to and for each other. We are more together than apart. 

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The schools' resource is an unfolding project. There is a beautiful way of thinking in Japan, whereby ideas emerge as seedlings and are then nurtured and allowed to grow into shape. The schools' resource is still growing. It began as a series of workshops with primary school children on the power of words. The workshops were so successful and had such a positive impact on children that I was approached by a Multi-Academy Trust in the UK to write down the content with English Literacy Lead, Danielle Towe. We worked together creating the first few cultures, cross-referencing the PHSE/SEL learning with creative disciplines. The work kept growing and has become the seven-culture resource that is currently available. Another 5 cultures are in development, including an emotional literacy program for ages 5-7, that centers around developing empathy and emotional literacy. Longer term, the programme will be split into different academic year groups.

 

The resource is great to use with children ages 7-11 and there is so much more coming. These are exciting days!

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