When I first opened the book and turned the pages, my daughter got so excited. The pages are colorful and inviting. If you have kids who love fairy tales, superheroes, and charming adventures like my kids do, then they’ll be in for a treat.The book weaves in the tales of three cute characters and a “stone of courage” all while highlighting self esteem, friendship, and emotion management. (My daughter was intrigued by the art on each page, by the way. The illustrations are very well done.)
At the appropriate time in the story, my daughter was given the opportunity to choose her favorite character to continue on with the lesson. The three characters are just too cute–from Coochi Coo to Little Red and Aldis. Her favorite character, Aldis, led her into a lesson on setting positive goals. My kiddo decided that her short term goal would be to learn to tie her shoes!
The workbook also comes with an audio CD. An audio book, mentor’s guide, and packages are available as well. Many of the songs and lessons highlight character training lessons such as “keep trying and never give up” and “believe and have courage.”
The music really brought the lesson to life. After listening to and dancing along with the song on heroes, we continue with the workbook. She begged, “Mom, let’s keep going!” So we did. The exercises are quick and easy, and they cause children to think about emotions. They’ll circle, write, and follow easy directions. Another thing I really like about this workbook is the much-needed handwriting practice my child gets.
This curriculum is also great for kids who are struggling with bad dreams at night. It would work great with a unit study on feelings and emotions or as a stand-alone curriculum. I only hope they’ll come out with a second set soon since my daughter is enjoying it so much! Before the week is over, we’ll be finished with this workbook. Overall, we’ve really enjoyed the product.
I was immediately happy to see a Feelings Chart in the beginning of the book. My sons had fun imitating the faces and talking about various times when they also felt those emotions. I plan on keeping that page open and easy to access in our classroom. With 4 little boys, emotions can get out of hand quickly, and having a chart and lessons to refer to has already proven to be helpful.
Like Demetria’s daughter, my sons are mesmerized by mystical stories and fantasies. These books will capture your child’s imagination with creative illustrations and unique story lines. The author of The Magic Of Think, Janyse Jaud, actually is a popular voice-over from many cartoons your child may watch.
These books guide your child through various scenarios the characters encounter and then follow up the stories (on CD) with questions in the book. The questions helped to check comprehension and were perfect for my younger children. There are also extension activities to create various emotions using play dough, so you could also incorporate your younger children. Also, what mom doesn’t love a CD with built-in learning to throw on in the car while running around to all our homeschool activities? We often took the book with us and just did the workbook in the car! It was so quick and easy!
Math and reading are important, but the emotional health of our children should always come first and The Magic of Think is an excellent place to start!
There are 3 heroes to explore with. Little Red deals with bullying, individuality, courage and emotions. Coochi Coo teaches how to deal with anxiety, worry, fear (of the dark), and courage. Aldis teaches imagination, persistence, belief, goals and courage. I love the variety of activities in the workbook, based on each character’s journey and lessons. There is even a Courage Certificate in the back of the book! Butterfly’s and my favorite lesson would be when Aldis teaches visualization. “Think about your goal, imagine yourself achieving your goal. See it, feel it, then believe it!”
Besides Math and Reading, these are lessons we should be including in our child’s day as well! We give Janyse’s work two thumbs up!
I was recently asked to review The Magic of Think: Social and Emotional Learning Activity and Audio Book by Janyse Jaud. This is the first of a seven book series aimed at teaching children about courage, friendship, happiness, and forgiveness. Each book includes songs, stories, games, lessons, activities, and discussions based on social and emotional learning.
Overall, I think this is a very helpful resource for teaching children about important social and emotional concepts in a unique and creative manner. The stories are engaging, humorous and entertaining for the children. The activity book is interactive, allowing the child to record responses within the book itself. It would be beneficial in both a home or a school setting for helping to teach children about their emotions and character attributes in a more tangible way!
Janyse seems to spin gold with whatever she touches. Her voice talents (as both a voice artist and a singer) are prodigious. Janyse breathes life into what can at times be a tired children’s genre with songs full of heart and belief in the magic of childhood. The Magic Of Think is definitely a worthwhile investment if you have little ones. Janyse is up there with folks like Elizabeth Mitchell, Trout Fishing In America and Laurie Berkner as a Children’s Artist creating music accessible to kids but with a musicality and intelligence that will also appeal strongly to adults. Rating: 4 Stars (Out of 5)