Frieda B. The Whole Child: for Schools & Families
Encouraging the Whole Child. After the urging of an educational doctorate to create English Language Arts/Social-Emotional Learning curriculum for schools and families based on the Frieda B. books and lessons, we spent two years researching, writing, piloting, refining and then publishing Frieda B. The Whole Child (FBTWC).
The premise of the program is this: Every child – each and every one – is precious, with a unique wiring that consists of much more than academic intelligence; it also includes gifts and interests that are physical, social, emotional, spiritual. Each child’s combination– when fully realized – is capable of fueling a story that no one else in all time can duplicate.
Think about that.
Take a moment to let your mind rest on just one child. Just one. Picture him or her in your mind. Now consider this truth: that child – via his own unique combination of gifts, interests and experiences (way more than just intellectual) – can do something in this world no one else can do. But what happens if he doesn’t know that or believe it to be true? What if he goes through his elementary, middle school, high school, adult years not truly being seen for or believing in his worth? Is his story realized, told? And if not, who misses out? Everyone. His story is a gift to the world. It needs to be told.
Frieda B. The Whole Child provides resources for families and schools to help encourage the whole multi-faceted story within each child… using the imaginative stories and social-emotional lessons found within the Frieda B. series of picture books. Research (and common sense) substantiates that a child who understands and believes she has a unique and important worth:
- will more readily and successfully engage academically and in the world around her (autonomy);
- will more readily embrace and support the stories of others (community);
- is more likely to turn challenges into chapters of greatness (resilience).
FBTWC FOR SCHOOLS
Wondering how to fit Social-Emotional Learning into your school day? We pair it naturally with ELA, through the Frieda B. The Whole Child Program for PK-5 schools. Based on the Frieda B. series of books, the lesson plans, activities and educational videos are designed to help a school fulfill both ELA mandates and Social-Emotional Learning initiatives, simultaneously. All the while helping to build a school-wide culture of authentic autonomy, community and resilience that helps students learn to thrive in daily life. Learn more here.
FBTWC options for schools include the following:
Author Visits for students, with Renata. Click here to learn all about them.
An FBTWC Toolkit, neatly bundling everything you need to successfully bring this ELA/SEL Whole Child initiative into your school: an Educator Handbook, Guide for self-led PD, an ELA/SEL Lesson Plan for each Frieda B. book, teaching aids, printable activities, 15 Educational Videos, electronic files for all content, and more. Click here to view and purchase.
In-person Educator Support Sessions with Renata. Click here for all the details.
FBTWC FOR PARENTS & CAREGIVERS
Free Book Guides. For each book, Renata has written a letter to you, containing a guideline of talking points she’s developed while reading her books to children, designed to encourage fun and meaningful discussions. "Purchase" them - for free - in our online store!
A Whole Child Blog. This is Renata’s professional blog where she posts about all things related to encouraging the whole child. Follow her at AWholeChild.com.
Parent/Caregiver Events. Want to learn more about your child’s story? How about your story? (It’s incredibly important, too.) Renata would love to tailor a whole child presentation or workshop specifically for your group. For more details, click here.