Whether you’re a parent looking to raise your child’s self-esteem, a teacher needing a good socio-emotional resource or a person looking for a unique gift, there are lots of ways to use this book.
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Leanne Roulston is a writer, teacher and Learning and Development specialist. While she loves working in education, she believes that we don’t spend enough connecting our learning to who we are and our experiences.
Leanne spent many years keeping journals and was amazed at the difference it made to her life. Using a combination of words, drawings and pasted in bits and pieces, she was able to uncover a lot about who she was and make sense of her life.
This made her think how wonderful it would be to create that opportunity for children in a guided and artistic way. So, she made Free Me! to help children tap into creativity, grow in emotional intelligence and feel more secure.
In partnership with BRG Learning and Development, Leanne and the team is proud to present Free Me! so children can document their personal journeys as they get to know who they are.
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Do you want more of an idea of what Free Me! offers? Download the free sample pages here to take a closer look…
If I buy bulk orders, can I receive a discount?
Yes! You can contact us directly to talk about how many books you’re after and we’ll figure out delivery requirements and the most reasonable price.
Will I need to help my child complete Free Me!?
Free Me! is a journal designed to guide your child in his/her self-development without additional direction. However, you may need to help your child with things like printing out photos, for example. If your child’s literacy is not quite at a level where he/she can read all instructions, you might need to help with this so your child can complete the activities. Free Me! also works well as an aide for improving your child’s literacy.
I’m a teacher, is Free Me! good for a diverse classroom?
Free Me! can be used by a student of any culture, socio-economic group or gender. The child adds the details that is relevant to his/her own personal circumstances. The journal was designed with a diverse audience in mind so it doesn’t subscribe to particular stereotypes. Having said that, the author is Australian so there will be a bit of an Aussie flavour in there!
My kids are into technology, is Free Me! too old school?
Technology is amazing but it’s only a tool. It won’t solve every problem in the world and it certainly won’t magically foster personal development. The author is a trained yoga teacher who understands the importance of mindfulness. Free Me! supports mindfulness in a guided way that kids will understand. Screen-free time is important so that kids have space to connect to who they are – away from distractions and over-stimulation!
How many pages are there in Free Me!?
There are 90 pages for writing, drawing and pasting on particular topics like hobbies, family and holidays, as well as an ‘About Today’ section where kids can freestyle! Free Me! isn’t dated, so if kids miss a day it’s ok. They can just pick it back up again – filling in days and dates as they go.
Will this book support my child’s personal development?
While we aren’t academics, the design of this journal grew out of the author’s own experiences as a journal writer and she found that reflection helped to grow her socio-emotional skills. ‘Reflective practice’ is a proven method for increased emotional intelligence and strongly supports personal development.
Is Free Me! mostly just for girls or can boys benefit from it too?
Free Me! is for either boys and girls aged around 9–13 years. Generally speaking, girls are more commonly drawn to craft-like activities but Free Me! isn’t just ‘arts and craft’. It’s more like a journal where kids can celebrate all that is good about their lives – or they can communicate what isn’t so good. Either way, they’re getting out important info about who they are.
My kids love this book, is there an adult version of Free Me!?
We are thinking about it and if we get enough interest, we’ll certainly lock it in! Send ideas our way for pages you’d love to see in an adult version, if you’re interested. You can send your thoughts and ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you haven’t subscribed to our mailing list, see our website free-me.com.au and sign up. You’ll get updates and exciting previews of creative stuff we’re working on as well. All free of course!
We love seeing completed Free Me! pages and sharing them with others. Send your pages to email@example.com and you might just make it to the Art Gallery! It might take a little while though, so be sure to share your work with your friends, family and classmates too.
Check out how our artists feel about Free Me! and see the difference parents and teachers think it’s making to children.
“It is so good to see a resource that helps put all the things socio-emotional learning is about in one place. My class uses Free Me twice a week as part of quiet, reflective time. We do a share circle as well and the kids love talking about their pages. Everything goes in Free Me – feathers, stamps, toys from catalogues they’re dreaming about… It’s funny to see the different ways kids approach the same page. Some of them put in a painstaking amount of detail and others not so much! But the point is it gets them talking and sharing their lives.”
“My daughter was having a pretty hard time coming out of her shell. She didn’t really feel like she was fitting in at school and she was watching a lot of TV. I gave her Free Me for her birthday and she is starting to talk more about the things she’s putting in there.”
“I love doing Free Me because it makes me feel happy and I forget about how annoying my little sister is.”
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Free Me! is a collaboration between Leanne Roulston – Writer & Illustrator and Thinka. Find out more about Thinka at thinka.me