Welcome to Cape Ability
We long to support our little ones in any way we can. That is why it can be so heartbreaking when they suffer from lack of self-belief or see themselves as incapable of doing things, such as tying their shoelaces, completing their school work or riding their bike. As parents and/or educators we can see that this is just their perception – we can see what they are really capable of. If only they could see it…
That is where the Cape Ability characters comes in. Our stories really speak to little minds. Our motivational characters teach children to develop a healthy inner voice. They each have a guiding principle which is demonstrated by a key character throughout the story. Meet the inhabitants of Cape Ability below and find out how they can help your child today.
Meet the Cape Ability Gang!
Sadie Spider – Help your children to keep trying when things are hard for them.
Does your child give up easily? Do they seem to lack the drive to see things through and persevere? Maybe they want you to do things for them when you would like them to be more determined to do it for themselves? This is where Sadie Spider can help. She shows through her story, how to keep going when things are difficult. She helps children change their mindset and have a more resilient attitude towards life.
Bobby Bee – Help your children to believe in themselves.
Does your child often say that they cannot do things? Do they view challenges as impossible for them and say things like ‘I’ll never be able to do this.’ Maybe they avoid anything difficult because they find it difficult to have faith in themselves. Bobby Bee can help your children change this mindset. He develops in children a hopeful, helpful attitude which allows them to believe in themselves and see things as possible.
Lizzie Ladybird- Help your children to keep improving at things.
Does your child expect to be able to do things immediately and get frustrated when they can’t? Do they seem compare their own ability to other children? Maybe this attitude affects their confidence and stops them from improving. Lizzie Ladybird can teach children how to take things one step at a time in order to improve. She changes mindsets to enable children to feel proud of each little achievement they make. She encourages children to focus on their own progress, improving their confidence.
Cooper Crab – Help your children to learn how to concentrate.
Does your child struggle to focus on one thing for any length of time? Don’t worry! Most very young children find it hard to concentrate. However it is such an important skill to aid learning and progress. Cooper Crab can help them learn to concentrate and give them strategies to improve their level of focus.
Tommy Turtle – Help your children feel comfortable with making mistakes and trying new things.
Does your child worry about making mistakes? Do they crumble when they get things wrong? This attitude can see them avoiding trying anything new or challenging in case they don’t succeed first time. Tommy Turtle is brilliant at helping to change this mindset. He is also hesitant and averse to making mistakes at the start of the story. However your child can read how he learns to just ‘Have a go,’ and become comfortable with making mistakes.
Kiki Chameleon – Help your children to feel excited to use their creativity and grow their imagination.
Does your child feel confident to express their creative ideas? Do they prefer to copy others? Every human being has the ability to be creative. However, children can lack belief in their own originality and seek to follow rather than enjoy using their own ideas. Kiki Chameleon shows them how to break free and unleash their own creativity for the sheer joy of it!
Roger Robin – Help your children to get along with each other.
Does your child usually want things their own way? Do they struggle to see things from the view of others and often argue with their siblings or friends? Maybe they can be bossy or abrupt when playing games? Roger and Ruby Robin help children to learn how to be co-operative with each other. These little birds help widen a child’s perspective so they start to recognise how their playmate feels too. Help your child play and work in harmony with others through this delightful tale.
Clara Clownfish – Help your children to figure things out for themselves.
Does your child ask a lot of questions? This is a great thing! Children’s endless questions are a sign that they are wondering about their world. Maybe they expect you to give them the answers to everything. Clara Clownfish helps children learn to ask AND answer question themselves by looking for patterns and connections. She helps children feel great pride in noticing and figuring things out for themselves.
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Nurturing Little Minds
Often in life, we leave these things until adulthood. Let’s face it, things like resilience can take a lifetime to develop! Many of us read self-help books and watch videos because as adults, we are looking to become happier, kinder, healthier, more successful human beings.
However, why do we leave it so late? We underestimate little children’s ability to take in messages. As a primary teacher, I can assure you that the younger years are the most powerful ones to soak up new skills and attitudes that will stay with you! Why not start them early before attitudes become too deep set? Helping a child to perceive themselves as capable, confident and able to grow and change is surely the best gift we can give them.
Cape Ability in the Classroom
The Cape Ability Approach is designed to develop a growth mindset within every child in a language even the youngest child can understand. The classroom climate becomes so positive as children develop the confidence, focus and determination to learn well. By referring to our learning character’s capabilities throughout lessons you can accelerate learning and create independent learners who buzz with enthusiasm.
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Your child will follow the characters as they each go through their own struggles and develop new capabilities. By reading the stories and reinforcing the behaviours, you will transform your child’s feelings about learning and can even improve behaviour too.
Where Cape Ability is embedded in the classroom, this further develops the skills and leads to eager, motivated and focused learners.
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