PARENTING AND PEDAGOGY. A UNIQUE APPROACH TO EDUCATION.
Early childhood education
Message from A.Lopatina and M.Skrebtsova: educators from Russia
OUR OFFERS TO PUBLISHING HOUSES, SCHOOLS,
KINDERGARTENS AND PARENTS
OUR MESSAGE TO PRINCIPALS, DIRECTORS AND MANAGERS OF CHILDREN'S ORGANIZATIONS - AND TO ALL PEOPLE INVOLVED IN THE UPBRINGING AND EDUCATION OF CHILDREN
The authors of a series of educational books wish to offer a short
unique training course for teachers and tutors. Our training:
- Will explain about the practical use of techniques in these books
- Will help to develop qualities of kindness as well as creative
abilities in children
- Will offer interesting ways of working together creatively.
OUR OFFERS TO PUBLISHING HOUSES
Books for children and their parents:
- How to learn to live in peace with yourself and with your child
- How to help our children become happy and successful
During the last 9 years more than 20 of our books have been published
– books explaining some unique techniques on the upbringing and
education of children through the means of fairy tales, legends and
stories. They contain many dialogues and stories about different
aspects of family life, on the professions, about music, art and the
natural world. There are Fairy Tales with magic (but real magic!), and
recipes with fruit and vegetables, cereals, nuts and honey. There are
some 600 creative games for both children and their parents. All
together there are more than 3000 parables, stories and fairy tales
which develop the reasoning ability, as well as many tasks, activities
Dear colleagues. We are offering:
• our materials published to date
• to write children's book on any theme in the form of fantasy or
poetry for you according to your personal requirements.
We promise to respond to each and every request. Looking forward to
working together with you!
FOR THE ATTENTION OF AUTHORS, PARENTS AND CHILDREN - AND TO EVERYONE
WHO WRITES STORIES OR FAIRY TALES
Kind children's stories
Dear friends! As we ourselves are the authors of children's books,
educators and storytellers, we consider that the story and the fairy
tale are especially unique kinds of creativity, and that the FAIRY
TALE is the closest to a child's heart. Therefore we not only write
stories and fairy tales ourselves, but we try to make them both easily
comprehensible as well as containing wisdom, so that our children can
be influenced to become better and kinder people. We shall be glad to
hear about your own creativity in this area, and to try and answer
your questions and comments. We will also on request place your
children's most interesting works on our website.
A.Lopatina & M.Skrebtsova
ATTENTION TO PRINCIPLES AND DIRECTORS OF KINDERGARTENS AND SCHOOLS, TO
TUTORS, HEADTEACHERS AND TEACHERS
We are offering to facilitate entertaining lessons with children
involving fairy tales, cognitive lessons, creative games, plays and
More about our vision and goals
THE SCHOOL OF KINDNESS
Why do our children love fairy tales so much? Are fairy tales really
so important in a child's life? Surely each one of us has some
understanding of the great importance of fairy tales as we can still
remember many of tales that were told to us in our childhood, their
wisdom, good advice and high morals, and their effects on our life.
We write and compile educational fairy tales which contain a lot of
wisdom and the quality of kindness. This unique kind of creativity is
closest to a children's soul. The fairy tale can bring out strong
feelings in a child - both of sadness and happiness as well as hope,
and encourages him/her to think and contemplate.
We write thematic cycles of fairy tales that not only touch a child's
soul but, at the same time teach a child about family values, about
kindness, and about the importance of caring for others.
There are tales that individually deal with such diverse subjects as
plants and trees, colours, paints and pictures; about music, about
different trades and professions and areas of expertise, about logic
and the beauty of mathematics, about the uniqueness of ones native
language. In short there are stories about everything in our
children's environment that they should learn about.
Together with each fairy tale are appended a whole cycle of different
questions, games and tasks, that help the child deeply 'live the fairy
tale' because what a person individually and independently experiences
has a predominant effect on their way of thinking. Besides we consider
it to be very important that children learn to express their ideas in
creative activity as when someone is creative he grows in the highest
sense of this word.
In connection with many of our fairy tales we ask the children to make
a special play or put on a small performance. Teachers and tutors who
have carried out these tasks, found out that these kinds of activities
influence the child's personality in a surprising way. Even among
children with psychological problems such plays and performances
develop the ability to conceptualise; enrich and activate their verbal
and expressive skills; expand their understanding about worldly
phenomena, develop the imagination as well as their creative and
artistic abilities, and most importantly, help the child to express
himself in a creative way.
Our books have been in print since 1996, and the comments received
from people who have used them have shown how these books are
important both to children and parents.
We are open to explore any form of interesting and productive
co-operation, as we have worked with pre-school age children in
different children's centres and libraries and have much and varied
experience in conducting children's activities in the sphere of moral
So we shall be glad to help you to organize a " School of Kindness " for
With deep respect,
the authors Lopatina Alexandra & Skrebtsova Maria
A FRAGMENT FROM ONE OF OUR LESSONS IN
THE "SCHOOL OF KINDNESS"
Each person is unique and has a great value.
To get to know the children, and to transmit to them a
miraculous or fairy-tale like way of thinking. To help each child
understand his/her uniqueness and the absolute originality of his own
Dear boys and girls! There are so many of you, each of you so
different and unique, and I would like to get acquainted with each and
every one of you. Tell me, do you believe in miracles? Yes? Me too!
Every morning a wizard comes to me. He brings me lots of wonderful
fairy tales. But today I said to the wizard: "Today I'm going to visit
some very special children and I'd love to make friends with them and
to learn their names." So the wizard gave me a blank sheet of paper
and told me that all your names were already written on it!
Now we shall try and perform a small miracle. (Before this
presentation write (using paraffin) all the children's names on a
sheet of special paper.) Call the assistant and ask him to colour in
this sheet with a piece of cotton-wool soaked in paint. When the names
become visible, we can read them: (for example) Ivan, Vasiliy, Petr,
Natasha, Olga etc. We also try to make some interesting comments at
"O there are so many of you, we need to remember each one of you and
not get confused. Children respond with feeling when they are praised
and shown interest individually: "Your name is so unusual! ", "Your
eyes are so kind!".
Game: "The Gate of Introductions"
Two children - the leaders of this performance - stand up facing each
other, join hands and lift them up to symbolise a 'Gate of
Friendship'. The others join hands so that a long chain is formed.
The teacher utters a special phrase, and the chain slowly passes under
the lifted hands.
We open a gate,
We'll let you through once
We'll let you through twice
But a third time - We won't let you through!
With these words ‘the gate' lowers its hands to catch one or more
children in its grasp. The caught child should introduce himself or
herself. After everyone has introduced themselves we repeat
everything we have learned about the children.
Game: "Let's Listen to our Hearts"
"Dear girls and boys. Although I do not have a fairy's magic wand I
have a heart which is able to make friends with other hearts. Right
now its conversing with someone's tiny heart. "Touk-touk". "Please,
sh-sh, please, dear children, can you please be silent for a moment."
Then I approach one of the children I already know something about, I
listen to his/her heart and I tell what this heart said to me.
Then 'I listen to the tiny hearts' of another 2-3 children about whom
I also know something. Then I approach another child and, putting my
hand on its heart I complain that it is speaking so softly that I
can't hear anything. Then I ask the children: "Do you know what his
heart is saying?" (Surely you can improvise or make up a similar
Let me listen to my own heart, perhaps it might tell me something
interesting. Then I show that I carefully "listen to my own heart"
and explain that my heart is very disturbed because it learnt that one
boy was not able to listen to his heart.
Discussion of a Fairy Tale:
Is it possible to find out about a person's heart by his/her eyes,
gestures or voice?
Why do people sometimes say: "Such and such person is heartless"?
Why does our heart beat very quickly when danger threatens?
Who among your relatives has got the softest heart?
Creative Task "Let's Listen to our Hearts"
We all sit down very quietly, and when it becomes perfectly silent we
try to listen to our hearts. First we listen to what they are saying
to those who are around us: to our mummies and daddies, our brothers,
our sisters, our relatives, to our friends and neighbours. Then to all
people, to all the animals, to all growing things and the whole of
Let's try to listen (and to hear) as much as possible, with the
intention that from our hearts many many beams radiate like beams from
Figure "The Sun of our Hearts"
On a sheet of a thick paper we
draw the sun with multi-coloured beams. The children should tell about
what their hearts have heard, then also draw multi-coloured beams radiating
out from them towards the sun.
The meeting comes to an end with the distribution of small gifts.
During the whole of the preceding lesson we were trying to notice "the
saddest child" as well as "the smallest", "most cheerful" etc. and we
make a special point of giving each of them a balloon or something
similar in a nice playful way, explaining why he or she receive these gifts.