Welcome to Barnacle Beach...
Meet Tommy Turtle...
Tommy and and his friend, Tilly, live on the breezy sands of Barnacle Beach.
When a terrible storm hits Cape Ability, Tommy retreats into his shell and doesn’t know what to do.
Tilly turtle teaches Tommy to be brave and ‘have a go’ instead of worrying about failure. Throughout the story, she models how to change mindset towards making mistakes and also towards facing new challenges.
Why is Courage Important?
Is your child a worrier? Do they feel anxious about learning new things? Do they crave perfection and get upset or angry when they make a mistake?
They may view a mistake as failure – a sign they are not good enough or clever enough. Their inner voice may be saying, ‘It has to be right first time otherwise I have failed,’ or ‘If I get this wrong, I am stupid.’
This negative inner talk puts enormous pressure on them before they even begin and is very unhelpful to learning new things! They may not even start the task because it is too much of a risk to their ego.
This kind of fixed mindset trait can lead children into being very reluctant to learn new things, they find it all too risky to engage and try. If they do try, they are very hesitant because they fear errors and view them as a sign of weakness.
Change Their Inner Voice Through Storytelling
Courage is a child’s ability to have a go, even if there is a chance they may get it wrong or may not like the outcome! It helps them not to worry what other people think, to celebrate mistakes and learn from them, to be excited to try new things and not to panic if things go wrong. They learn mistakes are just part of the process of learning!
This story teaches children how to develop growth mindset thinking. We need to send them the message that mistakes are OK – because they help us to learn what NOT to do next time.
How Does Tommy Teach Courage?
‘Have a Go, Tommy Turtle’ is brilliant at helping children give new things a try. At the start of the story, Tommy is also hesitant and averse to making mistakes.
Tilly turtle teaches Tommy to be brave and ‘have a go’ instead of worrying about failure. Throughout the story, she models how to change mindset towards making mistakes and facing new challenges.
Mistakes are inevitable and part of the learning process – we must not fear them. Instead we should muster up courage, ‘have a go’ and if we make a mistake, that is fine (and sometimes even necessary!) – we can learn how to do it better!
This story can change your child from a fearful worrier to a brave tryer!
What Our Users Say…
Support Your Child's Mental Health with Cape Ability
Cape Ability was created by a Primary School Teacher with over 20 years experience. Our stories really speak to little minds, with each motivational character teaching children to develop a healthy inner voice. Each beautifully illustrated book has a guiding principle which is demonstrated by a key character throughout the story.
The books help develop a shared language between parent and child, allowing you to help them through life’s little challenges.
We live in an uncertain and changing world. At Cape Ability, we believe every child should be equipped with an inner voice that helps them to stay happy and healthy.