“When I approach a child, he inspires in me two sentiments, tenderness for what he is, and respect for what he may become.” – Louis Pasteur –
Last week we went to Winchester school for an Author visit. Such a lovely response from all of the children but I think the response we got from the teachers and the librarian was especially lovely.
The teachers loved it and felt it would be a really useful book to have in the classroom for creative writing skills. Since My Magical Garden is all about getting the child to make up the story it is perfect for getting ideas. The teachers also felt that it was going to be really beneficial to play the guided visualization when things get too much for the children or if they just need a 15-minute quiet time.
We spoke to the librarian and she got very emotional when talking about the children. She told us that when the children come to the library, she sometimes gives them a picture and asks them to write a story about it. The librarian explained that the pictures are all very simple i.e. a picture of two children riding a sleigh or a picture of an animal.
What she was finding very distressing was the fact that every child would end up writing a negative story and usually one that was full of fear. She had mentioned it to the head mistress as it concerned her so much that these children seemed so fearful.
When she heard our presentation to the children she said that it was exactly what these children needed. She felt there was a real need for the children to be filled with positivity, which of course is what we do during our 45-minute session. We help the children to have fun with their imagination, we help them to remove the fear, sadness, anger etc. and replace it with fun, optimism, freedom and joy.