Rise as an educator raising creative thinkers that will thrive in the 21st century!
By: Michelle Korenfeld
Creative Children Like the Animals of the World -
Teaching English PBL lesson plans for a whole year
by the 5 E's method:
Explore - Introduce learning by stories, poems and art.
Experience - "Play" with the new information by nurturing creative conversations. Invite coloring of the book's drawings to incubate ideas.
Ignite writing and drawing by surprising prompts becoming coauthors.
Examine - Check the ideas the students drew on.
Elevate - Recommend how to develop them into original educational products.
Express - Acknowledge ingenuity as students present their products,
and continue to learn from each other.
Social emotional learning by the stories, poems, art and creative questions
of Creative Children Like the Animals of the World:
Stories and Poems
My Uncle Angel – What is nature. Openness. Imagination.
Cute and Cuter – Butterfly life cycle. Cooperative behavior. Being brothers and sisters is more than being friends. We sometime take it for granted.
If I were a Butterfly – Maybe in my imagination I can be a… Growth mindset.
Secret Friendship – Perspective taking, seeing the broad picture.
The Dawn of a Smile at the Heights – Reaching higher. Prosocial behavior.
What Did You Think? I’m a Zebra Finch! – Emotion and behavior regulation. Purpose. Self-esteem. Constructive behavior.
Such a Heart – Empathy and loyalty like man’s best friend, the dog.
A Smile for Only You – Playfulness, independence and loyalty like the cat.
Honey: The Bee Who Wanted to Fly – The bee must learn all the tasks of the hive before fulfilling its purpose as a forager. Behavior regulation. Optimism.
The Glow of a Morning Stroll – Meeting an ant that prepares for winter. Planning, self-efficacy and self-directness.
An Eye at the Tip of a Feather – Showing our true beautiful colors like the peacock confidently displays his tail feathers.
The Chubby Cub and the Child of Courage – Native American story about care, leadership, and values (the child). Enthusiasm and support (the bear).
In the Shade of an Old Tree – Emotion and behavior regulation. Perspective taking. Cooperation instead of competition.
Sensational Senses – Discovering the senses. Cognitive flexibility.
It’s All about Eyes –Survival strategies (the butterfly) and behavior regulation.
Why Do Trees Need Birds? – collaboration. Win-win situations.
Coloring the Parrots in Red and Green? – Playful experience with colors.
Lots of Brains in Little Heads – Small parrots–much intelligence. Not judging by looks.
What Stories Do Colors Tell? Do people make things harder on themselves in order to convey social messages?
A Domesticated Mouse? – Dogs are responsive to social cues. Cats protect their territory. Mice adapt to new situations. What can we learn from each?
The Bee Nest: Not a Place to Rest – Time to grow and time to glow. Motivation to become better students toward potential fulfillment in the future.
A Rainbow of Colors – The spectrum of colors visible to humans. Ultraviolet and infrared. Building up motivation to learn science. Cognitive flexibility.
A Rainbow of More than Seven Colors? The primary colors in art and the primary colors of light.
How does the butterfly see the rainbow? Openness. Curiosity. Imagination.
Symmetry: It’s Not Only a Matter of Beauty –Do people prefer symmetrical faces? Would it affect how they perceive the person?
Nature’s Wise Fair Share – Mother nature likes her creatures diverse. There’s room for everybody.
Letter to children – Connect to nature = connect to inner strengths. Grow to be creative children of the world. Values. Purpose.
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See what the experts are saying
The organization of the practices: Explore, Experience, Examine, Elevate and Express are nicely laid out sequentially but can stand alone as in their own right as a way to foster creativity."
(Review of The Raising Creative Thinkers Guidebook)
CEF - Creative Education Foundation,
Chair of the Board of Trustees
"Your books were very helpful because they not only include science/nature, art and social emotional learning but they are designed in a way that provide opportunities for deep discussion and learning...
Again, thank you
for such excellent tools!"
Dr. N'Quavah R. Velazquez
Specialist in Educational Leadership and Effective Character Education,
Achievement Heights Academy
"The qualities of critical and creative thinking, knowledge acquisition, appreciation of nature are evident throughout the book and will enlist the learning response of all readers-teachers, parents, children."
Joan F. Smutny
Founder and Director of The Center for Gifted and Midwest Torrance Center for Creativity,
Raising Creative Thinkers helps teachers better meet the needs of today’s students, by stimulating lesson plans, helpful online tools and an inspiring quick transformational training. Our mission is that teaching will become more rewarding, as all children fulfill their brightness and gifts toward a better future socially, economically, and environmentally.
We believe education should provide opportunities to express creative thinking, since creativity ignored and stifled manifests in today’s children’s and youth’s widespread anxiety. We believe educators should introduce world problems connected to environment and society, and build learners’ skills and knowledge toward making the future better for themselves and for their communities.
Director, Michelle Korenfeld is a lifelong creativity educator, Amazon author, 21st learning curriculum developer, facilitator, painter and poet.
Our strategy sums up into 5 E's. These are 5 core practices: Explore, Experience, Examine, Elevate and Express. The 5 E's method simplifies the shift to 21st century learning and helps manage change in education.
Educators from around the world use our academy training, tools and materials to raise creative thinkers, and find out they have raised themselves as such.
Creative Children Like the Animals of the World is an inspirational social emotional learning STEAM resource that sums up Michelle Korenfeld’s teaching at The Dr. Erica Landau Institute for the Advancement of Youth to Creativity and Excellence.
Raising Creative Thinkers' useful resources and lesson plans are also based on conversations with Dr. Moshe Rishpon, who established the Clore Garden of Science and The Science Oriented Youth Department in The Weizmann Institute. This is a pioneer program in science education and a leader of that field worldwide.
Our useful tools are based on Michelle Korenfeld's life research and on raising her daughters, who were students at the Dr. Erica Landau Institute. Already 17 and 22, they still teach her creative thinking lessons every day.
Click the image to learn more about the process of developing our resources and about how the 5 E's can help you, by listening to episode 4 of the Amplifying Optimism in Education podcast featuring Michelle Korenfeld
Click the image to check out a cool activity about 3 dimensional eye-sight based on Creative Children Like the Animals of the World at the 3 Dux University!
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