Activating teachers to change - Training, tools and books to promote social emotional competencies for better coping and learning.
By: Michelle Korenfeld
Creative Children Like the Animals of the World -
Be a good teacher by the 5 E's strategy
Explore - Introduce learning by stories, poems, and art.
Experience - "Play" with the new information by nurturing creative conversations. Invite coloring of the book's drawings to incubate ideas.
Ignite writing and drawing by surprising prompts becoming coauthors.
Foster social-emotional skills based on insights the learners express.
Examine - Check the ideas the students drew on.
Elevate - Recommend how to develop them into original educational products.
Express - Acknowledge ingenuity as students present their products,
and continue to learn from each other.
Social emotional learning by the stories, poems, art and creative questions
of this book:
Stories and Poems
My Uncle Angel – What is nature. Openness. Imagination.
Cute and Cuter – Butterfly life cycle. Cooperative behavior. Being brothers and sisters is more than being friends. We sometime take it for granted.
If I were a Butterfly – Maybe in my imagination I can be a… Growth mindset.
Secret Friendship – Perspective taking, seeing the broad picture.
The Dawn of a Smile at the Heights – Reaching higher. Prosocial behavior.
What Did You Think? I’m a Zebra Finch! – Emotion and behavior regulation. Purpose. Self-esteem. Constructive behavior.
Such a Heart – Empathy and loyalty like man’s best friend, the dog.
A Smile for Only You – Playfulness, independence, and loyalty like the cat.
Honey: The Bee Who Wanted to Fly – The bee must learn all the tasks of the hive before fulfilling its purpose as a forager. Behavior regulation. Optimism.
The Glow of a Morning Stroll – Meeting an ant that prepares for winter. Planning, self-efficacy and self-directness.
An Eye at the Tip of a Feather – Showing our true beautiful colors like the peacock confidently displays his tail feathers.
The Chubby Cub and the Child of Courage – Native American story about care, leadership, and values (the child). Enthusiasm and support (the bear).
In the Shade of an Old Tree – Emotion and behavior regulation. Perspective taking. Cooperation instead of competition.
Sensational Senses – Discovering the senses. Cognitive flexibility.
It’s All about Eyes –Survival strategies (the butterfly) and behavior regulation.
Why Do Trees Need Birds? – collaboration. Win-win situations.
Coloring the Parrots in Red and Green? – Playful experience with colors.
Lots of Brains in Little Heads – Small parrots–much intelligence. Not judging by looks.
What Stories Do Colors Tell? Do people make things harder on themselves in order to convey social messages?
A Domesticated Mouse? – Dogs are responsive to social cues. Cats protect their territory. Mice adapt to new situations. What can we learn from each?
The Bee Nest: Not a Place to Rest – Time to grow and time to glow. Motivation to become better students toward potential fulfillment in the future.
A Rainbow of Colors – The spectrum of colors visible to humans. Ultraviolet and infrared. Building up motivation to learn science. Cognitive flexibility.
A Rainbow of More than Seven Colors? The primary colors in art and the primary colors of light.
How does the butterfly see the rainbow? Openness. Curiosity. Imagination.
Symmetry: It’s Not Only a Matter of Beauty –Do people prefer symmetrical faces? Would it affect how they perceive the person?
Nature’s Wise Fair Share – Mother nature likes her creatures diverse. There’s room for everybody.
Letter to children – Connect to nature = connect to inner strengths. Grow to be creative children of the world. Values. Purpose.
"I liked the book it was fun to learn about plants and animals and to draw lots of things in the book. "
Francesca, aged 10, Canada.
"It is a very good book especially for kids from 7 years and especially interested to learn about art."
Mwangi, aged 10, Kenya.
"It was extremely marvelous. The pictures were like Monet's."
Noah, aged 8, New Zealand.
"...it is wonderful! The more I look at the book, the more I like it."
English Literature Professor Emeritus Yehudi Lindeman, McGill, Canada
"Michelle Korenfeld's book Creative Children is a great addition to a teacher's toolbox. With many activities that help promote creative learning through art, science and environmental activities and opportunities for children to draw and create, this book can help stimulate a more creative learning."
Helen Maffini, MindBe Education
"Michelle, I love the idea of the book! Creativity is something computers and automation will most likely never conquer. Advising my own children about their careers, my husband and I stress and encourage creative fields or focusing on creativity in pragmatic fields."
Jeanne Jeup, Co-Founder - Institute for Multi-Sensory Education
"What a brilliant informative well written activity book for all ages. I know it is aimed for children but as an adult I too enjoyed reading the stories."
Barbara, reader from Goodreads
"Creative Children Like the Animals of the World by Michelle Korenfeld is an interactive journey for kids that will encourage them to develop a good attitude toward and respect for the environment.
The collection of poems, stories, illustrations, and interesting facts about animals will not only stimulate young readers to think more about the environment and make them love nature. It's a book that will bring out the creativity and aesthetic side of the young reader's imagination.
The book is perfect for read aloud sessions in classrooms and school libraries. It is a good book to read to kids at bedtime. The page where the child is given the opportunity to become the co-author of the book is wonderful and it will definitely help them explore their hidden creativity."
"Terrific interactive journal for students who need some writing inspiration. Your children will love adding their own writing, doodles and pictures to this treasure trove of poems, short stories, sentence starters and watercolors. A great addition to every classroom and bedroom for those seeking to inspire youth to greater environmental empathy and awareness."
Dr. Danny Brassell,
America's Leading Reading Ambassador
Science, art, and nature spring from the pages in this interactive journey that fosters creative thought, respect for the environment, and a curiosity that will last a lifetime!
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See what the experts are saying
The organization of the practices: Explore, Experience, Examine, Elevate and Express are nicely laid out sequentially but can stand alone as in their own right as a way to foster creativity."
(Review of The Raising Creative Thinkers Guidebook)
CEF - Creative Education Foundation,
Chair of the Board of Trustees
"Your books were very helpful because they not only include science/nature, art and social emotional learning but they are designed in a way that provide opportunities for deep discussion and learning...
Again, thank you
for such excellent tools!"
Dr. N'Quavah R. Velazquez
Specialist in Educational Leadership and Effective Character Education,
Achievement Heights Academy
"The qualities of critical and creative thinking, knowledge acquisition, appreciation of nature are evident throughout the book and will enlist the learning response of all readers-teachers, parents, children."
Joan F. Smutny
Founder and Director of The Center for Gifted and Midwest Torrance Center for Creativity,
For educators who feel teaching means more and who need coping skills to channel anxiety into creative 21st century learning, we provide up-to-date research and lifelong practice-based support and motivation.
Stimulating teacher training, creative online teaching tools and best elementary students book leverage recommendations for anxiety in school, to build social emotional competencies and become a good teacher overcoming current challenges.
We help teachers feel more satisfied by their work, gaining their students’ love and respect and being recognized as educators that contribute to children’s and youth’s lives. Our tools, training and books instigate meaningful and lifelong learning, therefore driving students toward success and higher education aspirations.
Our resources help teachers practice care in the classroom and model ethics, becoming not only better teachers but also better persons. Our vision is to raise gen Z students to care for the future of our world and for the diversity of its people.
How to Be a Good Teacher' strategy sums up into 5 E's. These are 5 core practices for applying a creative project based learning approach: Explore, Experience, Examine, Elevate and Express.
Director, Michelle Korenfeld is a lifelong creativity educator, Amazon author, 21st learning curriculum developer, facilitator, painter, and poet.
Creative Children Like the Animals of the World offers a treasure trove of fun educational moments. It sums up Michelle Korenfeld’s teaching at The Dr. Erica Landau Institute for the Advancement of Youth to Creativity and Excellence.
Our tools, books, training and tips are also based on conversations with Dr. Moshe Rishpon, who established the Clore Garden of Science and The Science Oriented Youth Department in The Weizmann Institute. This is a pioneer program in science education and a leader of that field worldwide.
They are based on Michelle Korenfeld's life research and on raising her daughters, who were students at the Dr. Erica Landau Institute. Already 17 and 22, they still teach her creative thinking lessons every day.
Jump-start your teaching. Engaging students will not only become easier, but you will become a part of a global community of educators driving innovation in education.
Click to listen to Michelle's storytelling inspiring kids to read and write well as part of The World Literacy Foundation's Read-a-thon!
Click to learn more about the process of developing our resources and about how the 5 E's can help you, by listening to episode 4 of the Amplifying Optimism in Education podcast featuring Michelle Korenfeld