Grandma Grace’s Farm Multilingual eLearning mission is to empower children, ages two to ten, to unlock their imagination, by encouraging a revolutionary way to read a book.
Sandra Michelini was inspired by Monteiro Lobato’s work to develop Grandma Grace’s Farm book series. Lobato was a prolific author of children’s literature in Brazil who sold more than 200 million books. Lobato’s engaging stories empowered children by giving them a voice! His stories were timeless and transcend borders, conveying a universal truth: when children are listened to, their ideas are respected.
IMAGINATION DEVELOPS COGNITIVE FUNCTIONS THAT SUPPORT LITERACY and INTELLIGENCE
We create music, storytelling and opportunities to help children interpret the book and unlock child's imagination through freedom of thought and exploration through play.
Decoupage is a movie industry method of organizing ideas and text, which opens up creativity while promoting self-knowledge and critical thinking. We adapted this method to the use of the book in the classroom. It helps children dive deep into the story.
Creative and reciprocal storytelling can empower children to think for themselves and speak up, to become active participants in the story and become aware of their valuable input. This process helps children develop imagination and self esteem as they become active creators of their own understandings, ideas and thoughts. Children have an innate curiosity about the world and its mechanisms. Giving children ample opportunities to listen and to partake with stories that are evocative and relevant can help them to embark on an early journey of discovery, inquiry and self-directed learning. Children are more engaged when learning is authentic and meaningful to them. As children create their own versions and/or endings to stories, as they consider resolving conflicts in stories, they develop problem solving skills and critical thinking; they learn to hypothesize and draw conclusions.
Storytelling is the first gateway to a strong reading foundation.
Studies show that once the ability to visualize while listening to stories is strongly developed, an individual can recall not only images but also related details, concepts with an expanded vocabulary. Highly developed mental imagery is relevant to being able to think critically and solve problems, including the capacity to focus, be attentive,follow and recall course of events and content. Modern reading research (NIH Publication No. 00-4769, 2000) has shown that readers who have highly developed mental imagery are more effective in understanding and interpreting written text.
Social consequences of the inability to read are immense:
• A student who finishes second grade without being able to read has only a 1 in 4 chance of reading at grade level by the end of elementary school.
• The current approach to reading failure is remedial, not preventative, forcing students to acknowledge failure before receiving help.
• Thirty-five percent of children with reading disabilities drop out of school, a rate twice that of their classmates.
• Twenty-five percent of adults in this country lack the basic literacy skills required for a typical job.
• Fifty percent of juvenile delinquents manifest some kind of learning disability, primarily in the area of reading.
In an age where a child can ask a question and instantly have an image or answer at their fingertips via the Internet, there is no need to engage the imagination or the creative part of the brain. The pre-literacy stage for children ages 2-5 years old is therefore largely overlooked. The joy of lying in bed and hearing a story your parent makes up or watching a story teller at the library bring characters to life is rarely, if ever, experienced by most children. Children grow up seeing stories in movies, animated books and video games. They are bombarded by visual imagery at every level. The sad result is that they become passive observers, relying on other people’s imagination in many aspects of their lives.
Listening to a story requires creating an image in your own head of what the characters look like, and what the setting and scenery would be like, the plot and the possible outcomes. This type of imagination provides a solid foundation for creating things that we can't see but we dare to create in our mind: “What is now proved was once only imagined” William Blake.
This vital skill is taught through a process known as development of Executive Functions. This involves creating a plan, setting goals and breaking down the steps needed to achieve it, mental flexibility, and adjusting actions to fit the situation through trial and error to help generate new and creative solutions for problems.
"A lack of executive functions are related to poor school performance, drug abuse and offending behavior."
Anita Taub, MSc, Neuropsychologist.
The step by step process taught in the Guide for Using Grandma Grace’s Farm book in the Classroom teachers children how to make use of their imagination. Soon, the child will automatically ask and answer the reflective questions all by themselves.
The notion of time and space, attention, memory, motor skills, and language are paramount to imagination.
The use of mental imagery with music and body movement greatly contributes to the learning process.
These skills once developed, affect every area of life and can determine whether a child is creative or not.
Empowering children by giving them a voice through meaningful storytelling opportunities is a practice of inestimable value that will transcend through a lifetime.
A child has to learn these skills through practice.
However, a child cannot practice something they've never learned. As adults we are told to visualize the outcome we want and we can do it because we have been taught to imagine. Today’s children also need to be taught the art of imagination.
Help us to spark children’s imagination through the wonders of storytelling, so that many generations of kids can benefit!
VERBAL INTELLIGENCE & EXECUTIVE FUNCTIONS
High linguistic intelligence has been linked to improved problem solving, as well as to increased abstract reasoning.
Verbal tasks may involve concepts such as:
• Concrete or abstract ideas
• Internalized language-based reasoning
Verbal tasks involve skills such as:
• The ability to listen to and recall spoken information
• Understanding the meaning of written or spoken information
• Solving language-based problems of a literary, logical, or social type
• Understanding the relationships between language concepts and performing language analogies or comparisons
• The ability to perform complex language-based analysis
Verbal intelligence is the ability to analyze information and solve problems using language-based reasoning. Language-based reasoning may involve reading or listening to words, conversing, writing, or even thinking.
Children 2 to 10 years old - Parents/Families - Teachers/Educators
With your help over time, we aim to reach over: 18,000,000 children (ages 2-10 years old)
Elementary Schools enrollment– 38,716,000 (5-12 years old / US numbers)
Preschool Enrollment – 1,338,737 (3-4 years old)
Total average children 18,000,000 (2-10 years old)
Total average Teachers 1,380,000 (for 2-8 yr. olds)
Children with cognitive disabilities can also enjoy this inclusion tool. This is an excellent tool to assist teachers and parents in teaching the art of imagination. Through the educational use of music, storytelling and Grandma Grace’s Farm Multimedia Educational Program, they can learn how to train and develop many skills based on imagination and enrich their students and/or children’s creativity.
Help us at Grandma Grace’s Farm Multimedia Educational Program to meet our goal to support children find joy in the learning process through meaningful creative arts and literary opportunities!
Please help us to spread the word about the Grandma Grace’s Farm Multimedia Educational Program.
Ask your local school to register in our website and connect with our team in Grandma Grace’s Farm Multimedia Educational Program. Share this video, handout, or sample email.
Ask us about anything. It will be our pleasure to respond to your questions and to turn YOU into one of us.
The work we do touches students’ lives in meaningful ways. The reaction seen on children’s faces when they participate in the Educational Literacy program and stories is priceless. Our mission is to see kids fully prepared to go forward in life, feeling safe about their abilities.
Every book you buy will support our work. We and many generations of children will thank you.
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We know we can make a difference with Grandma Grace's Farm: Elementary School Free eLearning, by bringing the literacy work of this famous author to the children in the United States and many other countries as well the method developed to teach how to use the book to develop Executive Functions. To reach all American children, we will engage in a long process that requires the participation of schools, teachers, administrators, parents, grandparents and community members.
Help us reach many children with Grandma Grace's Farm: Elementary School Free eLearning!
The first country involved in the project is the United States, where books, audiobooks and music were developed in English and Spanish, respecting the diversity of cultures, as has been done in Brazil. Once the first step of the project is complete, we will refine the model for the other countries, like countries in Latin America, other English-speaking countries and China.
The participation of community members in the project is essential for our success: its collaboration is unique and extremely important to begin and give continuity to the project.
Phase 1: Literature through Audio-book and E-books in English, Spanish, Portuguese and Chinese (Teachers and Homeschooling Parents)
Phase 2: Grandma Grace’s Farm Multimedia Educational Program and Guide of cognitive functions development for application in classroom (educational technology, classroom resources and resources and documentation, engaging curriculum ideas, etc.)
Phase 3: Literature through Music – two music and animation videos per language: English, Spanish and Portuguese Creation and production of more 10 music and animation videos and their version in each language
Phase 4: Educational videos to support the Guide for Using the Book Grandma Grace’s Farm in the Classroom and produce their version in each language
Phase 5: Spread the word about Grandma Grace's Farm: Elementary School Free eLearning to be used by schools and homeschooling parents:
Traveling shows/play (storytelling and workshop about the “Decoupage” method)
Phase 6: Develop Grandma Grace’s Farm App which includes children’s literary program to be used by the students in school and at home
Grandma Grace's Farm: Elementary School Free eLearning includes:
Website with engaging illustrations and videos to present Grandma Grace’s Farm book and Guide for Using the Book in the Classroom
Audio-book and eBook translated into English, Spanish and Portuguese
Music for children 2 to 8 (English, Spanish and Portuguese)
The Book Program Guide (English, Spanish and Portuguese)
Do you remember the first story you heard? Children get more engaged through what is meaningful to them and when their creativity can be set free. Grandma Grace’s Farm Multimedia Educational Program helps children to know themselves through their own imagination and involves them by inviting them to share their thoughts. Thus, they get to discover and contribute their innate gifts, which help them develop critical thinking and respect for others.