A Survival Kit for Kids and Adults
Kathryn and Janine are two therapists who came to me with an idea for a tool that would help kids communicate better.
A Penny For Your Thoughts is a simple deck of communication cards, created to help kids sort through their emotions, identify the causes, and work through potential skills to help them process each situation.
The deck consists of 4 different cattegories: Emotion, Person, Place, and Skill, each with a cooresponding color.
With a target age group of 4 and up, I immediately thought of bright colors and simple illustrations to motivate the kids to use them while understanding the imagery. It was important to create a consistent style to unify all 108 cards and keep it clear. Before diving into a steady work flow, I presented Kathryn and Janine with a branding system of color schemes and fonts, and a clearly laid out process for how we could efficiently work together in producing a large number of cards. As we continued on, the the unified style kept the deck together. I am happy with the set of cards we've created to help kids. I hope that these cards reach the kids who need them most and even the ones who we don't think do. I was shy as a kid and I'm sure I would have benefited from something like this. I think sometimes children don't often know how to speak up in this way. We need to advocate for them and help them along as they battle through this scary but beautiful world.
Children work through the cards in the order that works best, but here is an example:
1. How am I feeling?
2. Who made me feel that way?
3. Where did I feel this way?
4. What skills can I use to feel better?
For more information on the product, its creators, and how to preorder your own to help the kids you know, visit A Penny For Your Thoughts
Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)
"Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children learn and apply the skills necessary to manage their emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, and make responsible decisions.
SEL is based on the understanding that the best learning for children happens in the context of connected relationships, where learning can truly be challenging, engaging, and meaningful. Learn More about SEL at Collaborative for Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL)."