About the ‘Shining with Light Series’ Book Series
Teaching & Empowering kids to shine
Our vision is to provide educational resources that empower teachers, parents and carers of young children to teach positive virtues and values. We also offer quality, informative educational speaking sessions for educators, parents and children on a variety of topics. We have created the picture storybook series for young children, ‘When I’m Shining with Light’.
This picture storybook series is about teaching virtues and values as truths. They include abstract ideas that are meaningfully described through story and rhyme, helping children to build emotional literacy. Our ‘Stellar the Bear’ shows us what different virtues and emotions look and feel like, incorporating a social story in each book that specifically describes particular skills, qualities and values that assist children to work through issues when they arise.
It is our desire that these books and resources can be used in such a way that inspire children to build knowledge and strategies to help navigate relationships and regulate emotions.
Our hope is to help children build social skills such as acknowledging that mistakes are a common part of humanity, managing and interpreting these situations and choosing to respond well. Forgiveness and empathy especially underline this process.
We are passionate about enabling children to shine the best version of themselves.
Books: for Children Ages 3+
Audience: Kinder and Primary School Children
The ‘Shining with Light’ series are books that have been written for young children 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.
The ‘When I’m shining with Light’ series is based on the nine Fruit of the Spirit and covers teaching on friendship and social skills. The understandings in these books are based on biblical truths.
What happens when we love Gods way? He brings gifts into our lives much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard- things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick to things, a sense of compassion in the heart and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely.
Galatians 5:22 (The Message)
Why is rhyme important to children?
We wanted an easy to read, easy to listen to, rhythmic flow in our books. We believe much can be said in just a few, carefully chosen words. Firstly, each verse or group of verses can be used later to discuss. This presents opportunities to teach a point. Rhymes are also calming. Singing and reading to children is often an opportunity for one-on-one time before bed. Children will retain more information and be able to process deep understandings when they are calm.
Rhymes provide children with the first building blocks of their first language. They teach patterns in language that develops as they grow. Growing children need a growing vocabulary.
Rhymes are playful. When children reach the age of about 2-3 years, they will make up words to rhyme with words you’ve said, which can be silly and fun, but also tells us about your child’s phonemic awareness, an important skill for later reading and writing.
The repetitive nature of rhyme teaches children how sounds and sentences work.
The more experience children have with nursery rhymes, rhyme play and sound play the more they have to base further language learning such as learning to read.
Traditional nursery rhymes have natural rhyme and cadence and can provide a base for made-up songs and fun with language. You can’t do enough of this during early childhood!
When we invest in teaching children words during early childhood they have a reserve that they can draw on when they go to pre-school, kindergarten and school. The more words they have at this point the better they will do at school.
Practical ways to help language develop in Early Childhood:
Sing. Singing with children provides rhythmic patterns. Use songs and tunes you know, even make up words while singing. Include children in the process! Use a nursery rhyme and sing about what you are doing at the time. Children don’t mind if you are not in tune, they will love to join in.
Sing traditional nursery rhymes and songs together. Traditional nursery rhymes provide structure. They have a beginning, a middle, (or climax), an ending. Stories have this same structure. Involvement with these songs will give children experience to base later learning in reading and writing.
Why OpenDyslexic Font is used in the books
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.
You can find out more and download Open Dyslexic here.
Skills, qualities and values that are taught in the
‘When I’m shining with Light’ series
It’s a choice that we make to be happy! Forgiveness is a way through to restoring relationships.
It’s at the root of our self-esteem and to accepting diversity and inclusion of others.
Being content, trusting and obedient through relationships.
The essential ingredient into building friendships, showing friendly behaviour and developing social skills.
The idea that sharing and waiting for a turn creates a sense of fulfilment through endurance.
Developing honesty and truthfulness.
Personal resolve to see something through with perseverance and commitment.
Being helpful, humble and even-tempered balancing life and wellbeing.
Bringing friendship skills together.
Having mastery over and regulating strong emotions.