Helping children make good choices in social situations by teaching GENTLENESS.
‘When I’m shining with GENTLENESS’ is about being helpful, humble and even-tempered, balancing life and wellbeing.
Through GENTLENESS children learn the social skills to enter play, have empathy toward others and achieve satisfaction in friendships.
This book describes how being gentle with others uses kind, thoughtful words with understanding.
The ‘Shining with Light’ series:
This series has been written for young children (ages 3+) in a way that captures a child’s sense of wonder and learning, encapsulated in fun rhyme and story telling. The stories develop life skills such as friendship and social skills that children can relate to and put into practice in their everyday lives and experiences.
In this series our helper-light is depicted through a star on the chest of our friend Stellar Bear. ‘Stellar’ means constellation or star. Stars shine with light and are unique just as we are unique. When we turn on our light our true qualities can shine through. The star reflects the emotions of Stellar, and whispers trusting and true solutions when things go wrong. The star is our companion, our problem solver, our helper to make things right.
The ‘Shining with Light’ book series have been typeset in OpenDyslexic font. OpenDyslexic is a new open source font created to increase readability for readers with dyslexia. The typeface includes regular, bold, italic, and bold-italic styles. It is being updated continually and improved based on input from dyslexic users.
Dip. Teach (E.Ch.), B.Ed. (Prim.), Grad. Dip. (Mus), MA Ed.
Wendy is currently the Director of Early Learning at an Independent School in Melbourne. Her teaching experience spans the breadth of Early Childhood services, Primary schools and as a lecturer at TAFE. She has been involved in early childhood education for over 30 years.
Engaging with the professional development arena, Wendy is in demand nationally as a speaker at education conferences and events. She presented ‘Building Resilience in the Early Years’ at the Resilient Kids conference. She is also a contributing author in collaboration with other authors from the Raising Resilient Kids conference.
Whilst working collaboratively with early childhood educators Wendy has presented workshops to inspire quality programs on topics such as developing resilience, building sustainable practises, encouraging hands-on learning, benefits of nature play, emotional well-being, creating beautiful learning spaces and teaching social skills.
Wendy conceptualised and created ‘Music for Young Children’ and ‘SPLASH into Music’. This innovative children’s music program has original songs to support teaching children important life skills and send a positive message about self through singing, movement, dance and using instruments. She has also written and produced a music CD resource and presented her program in various Early Childhood settings.
Wendy is passionate about children having a strong sense of wonder and curiosity about the world we live in. She values the uniqueness of childhood and encourages hands on learning through exploration, discovery and play.
B.A. (Youth Affairs), Grad. Dip. (Counselling), MA (Counselling).
A counsellor and youth worker for over 25 years, Lisa has extensive experience supporting children, young people and families. A former case worker in the community sector, Lisa found her passion working with ‘complex cases’ which included assisting and advocating for homeless and disadvantaged children, young people and families.
Lisa currently works as a school counsellor at a K-12 Independent school in Melbourne where she is responsible for the welfare of students, parents and teachers, and she pioneers programs for primary and secondary students. She also works as a Carers Counsellor for a not-for-profit organisation to equip, encourage and empower those who support children on the Autism Spectrum to flourish.
Lisa is passionate about encouraging and developing the potential in children and young people, and their families, and giving them the tools they need to be the best they can be. She believes in the capacity of people to grow and become more resilient one positive choice at a time.
Lisa is married to Steven and has an amazing son. She understands the joys and challenges of raising a child on the Autism Spectrum.
Kayleen West is an award winning children’s author, illustrator, designer and creative educator.
Her works hang in private and corporate collections around the world including the Australian Embassy in Ireland.
Since late 2009 she has worked with several publishers as author and/or illustrator.
For more about the illustrator visit www.kayleenwest.com.au
‘When I’m shining with GENTLENESS’ is about:
• being helpful, humble and even-tempered, balancing life and wellbeing
• through GENTLENESS children learn the social skills to enter play, have empathy toward others and achieve satisfaction in friendships
• how being gentle with others uses kind, thoughtful words with understanding
• Teaches children how to make good choices in social situations
• Teaches friendship, wellbeing and social skills
• Teaches positive values and qualities
• Incudes resilience building strategies that children can easily put into practice
• Written in fun rhyme and story-telling
• Printed in Open Dyslexic font
• Co-authored by an Early Childhood Expert and a Professional Counsellor
National direct email marketing to kindergartens, primary schools, counsellors/psychologists, community organisations (childrens services, counselling services, special needs services); Subscribers to website; Blogs and Youtube clips with tips on different childrens and parent topics (linked to web page); facebook advertising targeting parents, grandparents, teachers, childrens workers, counsellors/psychologists, special needs networks); facebook promotions and competitions; facebook book readings and parenting clips; On-selling through Autism Organisations, authors and speakers, illustrators; Book reviews (have been reviewed by BUZZ words magazine and GiGi magazine); Direct marketing and sales at conferences (currently Resilient Kids Conference 500-800 attendees, SJI Autism & Carer Support Conference 200+ attendees, My Special Child EXPO 500+ attendees); Direct marketing and sales to professional networks (Early childhood educators, primary school teachers, principals); Direct marketing and sales at childrens and family markets; Marketing to independent book sellers; Book signing at Koorong Books; Book Launch Party both online and public event; Marketing to specialist book sellers and services (psychologists/counsellors, occupational therapists, speech therapists, autism spectrum, dyslexia, special needs). We also do speaking engagements and workshops for children, teachers, parents and counsellors.