Why the Kids Academy?
Children face a world that they don’t always understand and that they are discovering on a day-to-day basis. They sometimes come up against hard realities such as:
- feeling misunderstood by their parents
- experiencing bullying
- difficult friendships
Too often, they feel responsible for these difficult situations, and this, over time, can affect their self-confidence.
A happy child is a child who is learning, who is passionate and who heads out into the adult world with a desire to achieve great things.
A child deserves to BE a child, to live in the present moment and experience things. It’s through play and enjoyment that kids learn and it’s through positive encouragement that children grow.
Children develop well in a healthy environment, as this provides them with security, the necessary time to mature, and the tools they need to discover who they are, grow into their personality and develop into responsible, committed adults.
A bit of science…
According to science, the relationship between children and their parents has a major influence on most aspects of child development.
« Many abilities acquired at an early age are dependent on the quality of interactions with parents. Parents play an important role in a child’s initial learning (especially regarding language and problem solving) as well as in the development of the child’s social and emotional skills (especially emotional regulation, reaction to stress and self-esteem). Parents also influence the development, maintenance and cessation of positive and/or negative behaviour in children. The quality of parenting practices implemented in young childhood affect three key factors in later success at school: cognitive potential, social abilities and behavioural functioning. Considering that parenting abilities can be acquired and transmitted from one generation to the next, these continued efforts to improve the quality of care for children are important.»
– Richard E. Tremblay, Ph.D, (Université de Montréal, Canada and University College Dublin, Irlande, September 2015)
Packages for children
By nature, children believe and trust adults. Children will give adults all the power and believe the labels that adults assign to them.
We raise children to be polite and to listen without questioning for fear of provoking or defying the authority of adults or of making adults feel uncomfortable. This has disastrous effects as it keeps children from developing their own judgement and understanding the world in which they are evolving. Worse still, it keeps children from discovering who they truly are, thereby preventing them from one day becoming fully capable adults who can be true to themselves.
For this reason, we equip primary school children through fun and creative workshops, offered in two formats:
Through these group or one-on-one workshops, our goal is to help children understand the world in which they live and to equip them to thrive within it, become fully successful and reach their full potential!
These workshops enable children to become fully aware of what truly counts for them. They’ll ask themselves questions, discover their own answers, learn to verbalize these answers and then defend them while respecting the opinions of others.
In this way, children become aware of their own value and uniqueness with regard to others.
This workshop is offered in a family or classroom setting.
What is taught
Children are taught to think critically and to enter into dialog with others about the following topics:
- Team spirit
- Self-esteem, etc.
These workshops are led in a debate-style format, either:
- In private with the child’s family members, or
- As a group in a class with other children of the same age
Personal development workshops
These workshops enable children to discover themselves and to construct themselves as a person. Children will delve into essential tools that will enable them to live their lives as fully aware and capable people. Children put down roots in their own nature and build a solid foundation for tomorrow. This journey equips children and encourages them to engage in personal reflection on multiple topics.
This workshop can be offered either in a one-on-one or classroom setting.
What is taught
These workshops teach children to think on their own about topics that truly matter to them:
- Self understanding, self esteem and self confidence
- Dealing with emotions
These workshops can be offered individually or as a team, either:
- One-on-one (with Valérie)
- Partly one-on-one and partly in a group within a class of children of the same age.