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Rhythm and Light

Guiding a child and story partner to engage their senses and then to bring this awareness forward in interactions with others.

Photo of Lisa Doff
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You are new to the world, my love.


But you are taking it all in.


You sense the rhythms and contrasts. 

[Reader: Point out the contrasts around you: light/dark, big/small, high/low, soft/hard]


See the goodness.

Look for the green leaves on the trees, the sparkles in blue water, the light colors of a rainbow far away.

[Reader: Point to the pictures on the page as you read the words. Point to other things your child can see around you & say the words]


Listen for the melodies.

Hear the birds sing, the leaves tapping in the wind, the sounds of laughter.

[Reader: Point to the pictures as you read the words. Point to other things your child can hear around you & say the words]


Feel the comfort of warm and the relief of cold. Be mindful of the strength of hot.

[Reader: Place your hand on your child's cheek - say if your hand is warm/cold, say if your child's cheek is warm/cold. Is there anything else around that is warm/cold?]


Smell the freshness of flower buds blooming in spring and dinner warm in your bowl.

[Reader: Point to the pictures as you read the words. Is there anything else around that your child can smell?]


Taste the flavors you know with happiness and the new ones with curiosity.

[Reader: Look into your child's eyes and show your happiness with a smile]


Bring your light to the world, my love.

[Reader: give your child a big hug]


Bring it strong and steady. Like the tall towering trees.


Sparkle brightly, like the waters smiling at the sun.

[Reader: Look into your child's eyes and show your happiness with a smile]


Your light matters in this world. Choose love as you form your words. Show kindness with your hands and feet. And have eyes and ears open for others.

[Reader: Point to your child's mouth, hold his or her hands and feet, point to his or her eyes and ears]


In these ways, we live the truth of the beauty in nature around us. And we carry it forward.


From one to another to another to another.

[Reader: point to your child and yourself, point to each person on the page]

Describe the intended vision for your early childhood book manuscript in 1-2 sentences

The vision of this book is to spark gentleness and awareness within and between children and their caregivers. It is also to inspire outward focus and care.

Share your suggested book title

Rhythm and Light

PLEASE USE THE VERSION OF THIS QUESTION AT THE TOP OF THE SUBMISSION FORM: Share a draft of your manuscript (250 word limit, not including title).

You are new to the world, my love. But you are taking it all in. You sense the rhythms and contrasts. [Reader: Point out the contrasts around you: light/dark, big/small, high/low, soft/hard] See the goodness. Look for the green leaves on the trees, the sparkles in blue water, the light colors of a rainbow far away. [Reader: Point to the pictures on the page as you read the words. Point to other things your child can see around you & say the words] Listen for the melodies. Hear the birds sing, the leaves tapping in the wind, the sounds of laughter. [Reader: Point to the pictures as you read the words. Point to other things your child can hear around you & say the words] Feel the comfort of warm and the relief of cold. Be mindful of the strength of hot. [Reader: Place your hand on your child's cheek - say if your hand is warm/cold, say if your child's cheek is warm/cold. Is there anything else around that is warm/cold?] Smell the freshness of flower buds blooming in spring and dinner warm in your bowl. [Reader: Point to the pictures as you read the words. Is there anything else around that your child can smell?] Taste the flavors you know with happiness and the new ones with curiosity. [Reader: Look into your child's eyes and show your happiness with a smile] Bring your light to the world, my love. [Reader: give your child a big hug] Bring it strong and steady. Like the tall towering trees. Sparkle brightly, like the waters smiling at the sun. [Reader: Look into your child's eyes and show your happiness with a smile] Your light matters in this world. Choose love as you form your words. Show kindness with your hands and feet. And have eyes and ears open for others. [Reader: Point to your child's mouth, hold his or her hands and feet, point to his or her eyes and ears] In these ways, we live the truth of the beauty in nature around us. And we carry it forward. From one to another to another to another.

How has this book been informed by early childhood language development research and evidence? (response minimum 250 Characters)

I used early-developing basic concepts and vocabulary in the text, including colours, familiar nouns and adjectives. The story also includes new words to add to their vocabularies. I used repetition of some concepts, which helps to reinforce the learning. I also used experiences that anyone, anywhere could encounter in daily life and hopefully that will inspire caregivers to remember how they can be present in daily experiences with their child. I've also incorporated concepts that reflect early child development research - how mindfulness can support self-regulation and thereby co-regulation between a caregiver and child, and the power of positive affirmation in a child's development of self-concept. Some resources used: - vocabulary: colour, distance, choice (http://soltreemrls3.s3-website-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/marzanoresearch.com/media/documents/List-of-Tier-1-Basic-Terms.pdf) - Self-Reg Foundations course (https://self-reg.ca) - https://www.zerotothree.org

How have you crafted this manuscript to resonate with and/or reflect the experiences of those living in urban contexts? (optional question)

The experiences mentioned in the story are designed to link the reader/listener with images they have experienced in nature, hopefully transporting them in their minds to a serene, calming place amidst a busier, more buzzing present location. Some may be able to catch a glimpse outside a window or door or possibly by walking down the street. Caregivers may think of a childhood setting that they can reflect on and share about. My greatest hope is to invoke a sense of peace and loving connection within and between the child and caregiver as they read the story and explore the pictures. I also hope to encourage positive mindsets, and care for others.

Location: Country

Canada

Location: State or Department

British Columbia

Location: City

Vancouver

Tell us more about you / your team

I am passionate about supporting positive caregiver-child relationships and encouraging others' positive self-concepts. I also believe in the importance of early-childhood literacy experiences. I have read to my two children since they were born and the library is one of our favourite places to visit. Professionally, I am a speech-language therapist, and I work with children. I incorporate books and early literacy into our sessions as often as I possibly can. I really believe reading together is an activity that supports child-caregiver relationships, a child's success in school and beyond, social and emotional development, language development, world knowledge and many other areas. I love the concept of learning together - we learn so much from and with our kids. Stories provide rich opportunities for teaching and learning for everyone involved in story time!

Provide an example visual identity for a look and feel you might like to achieve. ( (optional question, 3-5 visuals)

Multiple Choice - Have you been previously published (online, self-published, and print included)?

  • No

Do you have an agent?

  • No

How did you hear about the Challenge? (optional question)

  • OpenIDEO announcement email

What best describes you? (optional question)

  • I am/we are creatives, writers, or artists

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Love the interactive component. Fabulous!

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Thank you Teffanie! :)

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