What We Do

What We Do 2018-02-17T01:30:32+00:00

elicit is where meaningful children’s literature and specialized projects connect.

elicit is a classroom where children between the ages of 3-8 years old engage in quality children’s literature. Literature filled with meaning and purpose. Literature that children relate to. Literature that is read in the comfort of the pillow-filled reading room. Literature that is read by a teacher who is intensely passionate about it.

elicit is a classroom where children, after absorbing the message of the story, then participate in wonderful projects and activities. The projects are linked directly to the story we’ve read that class. The projects are age appropriate.

Literature

At elicit, we read and create all day long! Quality children’s books, that are hand selected for each particular age grouping, are read and explored to the depth that the children are capable of. The stories all have messages and meaning within them, ranging from personal, familial, local to global awareness. Each set of classes is facilitated by an experienced and passionate teacher who is dedicated to the social and emotional well-being of young children in her local community.

Programs such as Mind Up (a curriculum for mindful learning and resilient children); The Giraffe Heroes Project (a non-profit society in American schools bringing awareness to heroes and mentors in their communities; How Full is Your Bucket? (a concept designed by Tom Rath and Mary Reckmeyer); S.E.L. (social and emotional learning) and Acts of Kindness/#Choose Kind/ Wonder (a movement created by R.J. Palacio) have all influenced the curriculum at elicit – children’s literature projects.

Recent Research in S.E.L.

Social and emotional learning (SEL) programs, which previously have shown immediate improvements in mental health, social skills, and academic achievement, continue to benefit students for months and even years to come, according to a 2017 meta-analysis from CASEL, the University of Illinois at Chicago, Loyola University, and the University of British Columbia.

Up to 18 years later, students exposed to SEL in school continue to do better than their peers on a number of indicators: positive social behaviors and attitudes, skills such as empathy and teamwork, and academics. And they have fewer conduct problems, less emotional distress, and lower drug use, among many other benefits. The analysis looked at 82 research studies involving about 100,000 students here and abroad.

Projects

Here are some examples of how projects relate to a class’ story:

Decorate individual shoe boxes or build a large wooden box as a group and organize a “shoe” donation program.
Create secret potions, messages and invisible ink.
Hand and fingerprint scenes and murals.
Building beautiful instruments! (the story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay)