If you haven’t heard of the JNP project , you soon will. It’s been going for over a year now although the first books won’t come out until October 2014. The JNP project is a self-esteem movement for kids based in the US. Although the driving force and inspiration is Dona Rudderow Sturn, the project is supported by a huge team of educational and child experts from a remarkable range of backgrounds and with complementary expertise. This advisory committee oversee every book, website, educational guides that accompany each book, parent kits and the marketing material. It is absolutely crucial to the project for all of us that it is the best it can possibly be and we are very conscious that we consider every book and how it could and shall guide children and their parents.
Therefore every Thursday the JNP writing team sit in our relative home/offices in various parts of the US and the UK creating adventures for the main characters Jane and Jake and Jane’s talking goldfish Oracle. Each story has a theme around self-esteem; kindness, forgiveness, harmony, truth and we spend hours discussing what each means and how we can help parents and children with the issue.
For the Forgiveness book we have Jane and Jake making their way through a Labyrinth to discover the 7 steps of forgiveness after having experienced a number of set backs at school and at home where they need to learn how to forgive. In the Harmony story they have to learn how to sustain harmony beyond the trite ‘I’m sorry’.
The stories are in three parts; the first sees Jane and Jake experiencing the theme in their daily life . In the second part they are whooshed off to Awesome under the sea by Jane’s talking goldfish where they meet various sea creatures including Jaunty the sea turtle, Monte the Magnificent Crab and the Mertwins. Every story sees the introduction of a new sea creature. In the undersea adventure they get their learning through playing a game. Then in the third part of the story they return to home and put into practice what they’ve learned. Finally there are three endings of the story and the child reader gets to choose which ending they prefer; Jane’s, Jake’s or Oracle’s.
As if 30 stories aren’t enough we are also, for each story, writing an educator kit that teachers can use in school. The kits tie in with the Common Core in the US so teachers can be sure they are covering what children need to know in each subject; math, english, science etc There is also a Parent Kit for parents at home to use to do more work on the theme using the activities and games supplied.
In addition children can download colouring pages, they can write to Jane and Jake and parents can ask me (Judy Bartkowiak Author of NLP and Parenting books) their parenting questions or Jim Westcott, their teaching questions.
You can find out more about the series by following my Facebook Page JudyBee where you can find out about my other children’s writing.
Just to whet your appetite here is one of the illustrations.
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