Each session a story is shared with the children based around the theme of creative thinking and ideas. Then, creative activities help them link the learning within the story to their everyday lives. Daily mindfulness activities are included to help the children learn to manage their emotions, as well as a daily ‘mission’ which is a simple task to help them embed their learning. Brilliant ‘Billy the Bunny’ accompanies the children throughout the week and is used to help the children talk about how they feel. Talking about how Billy might feel about sharing his ideas can sometimes be easier to do than talking directly about how it feels for us.
The stories shared in the Brilliant Me & My Ideas course are based around the following themes:
- Developing our imagination and curiosity
- What do you do with an idea?
- There are many different ways to be ‘smart’
- Making an idea into something
- Thinking outside of the box
One of the books shared on the course is ‘All the Ways to be Smart’ by Davina Bell. This brilliant book celebrates all the wonderful qualities that make children who they are. Being smart doesn’t just include reading, writing and maths… it also includes being creative, artistic and curious. The children listen to all the different ways to be smart listed in the book, including ‘building boats from boxes’ and ‘being mermaids and riding dragons’. After being inspired by the ideas in the book, the children are then invited to use the resources provided to run wild with their imagination and ideas. What will they create, build, invent, draw, paint?